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Inspired Blogger: Nikki of Simplystriving

I am so excited to introduce you to my February Inspired Blogger.  I don’t remember exactly where I found Nikki (most likely a link up), but her passion and love for the Lord were clearly evident when I first visited.  She inspires me by her pursuit of Him, and how she strives to walk every day in the grace she’s been given.

Without further adieu, I’d like you to meet Nikki of Simplystriving:

Tell me a little bit about yourself?

I have been married for 12 years to the man of my dreams, my college sweetheart. Together we make a home in the currently freezing mid-west with our 3 year-old son. Our stillborn son, Elijah, is waiting for us at our true home in glory. I’m blessed to stay home right now and try my hand at full-time homemaking, but worked in the interior furnishings industry for 10 years previously. In my free time, you will find me tickling the ivories on my piano, reading, or trying my hand at painting contemporary landscapes. A perfect evening for me consists of Mexican or Chinese take-out, board games, and homemade popcorn surrounded by those I love most.

What is the purpose of your blog?

I started Simplystriving last November simply to share my journey of seeking joy in the everyday while striving to become all that my Redeemer has made me to be. I pray it is a place of encouragement for others while they strive on keeping God their primary focus as well.

What are you passionate about?

PRAISE! From glorifying Him to encouraging others, praising is the place for me.

Who or what inspires you?

My family is ultimately who inspires me to keep striving. I want to leave a legacy they can be proud of — that reveals no doubt as to what’s most important to me. I soak up encouragement to do just that from a handful of blogs I follow regularly — this blog being one of them!

What else would you like my readers to know about you?

I’m just a girl in love. In love with my Savior. In love with my family and friends. In love with the idea that we can help each other along life’s journey. Because we’re all striving. Stretching. Sometimes struggling. Why not encourage each other along the way. And I would love to get to know you and discover what you’re striving for. Please feel free to stop by sometime and say hello!

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Will you take a moment to stop over and visit Nikki and say hello?  I just know that you will love her and her blog as much as I do.

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Charina
    February 1, 2012 at 2:43 am

    I too love coming over to Simply Striving!  Blessings!

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      Nikki
      February 1, 2012 at 7:27 am

      And you know I love having you, Charina! You encourage me so. Thank you!

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    Kerri Smith
    February 1, 2012 at 5:55 am

    Nice to “meet” you Nikki! Looking forward to browsing through your blog!

    • Reply
      Nikki
      February 1, 2012 at 7:28 am

      Thank you, Kerri! I’m thrilled to meet you, too and am looking forward to getting to know you!

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    Rosann
    February 1, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Barbie, thanks for sharing another awesome blog for me to follow and read!  Love that I can find so much Christian encouragement in this wonderful blogging world.  🙂 

    Blessings to you this day, friend!
    ~Rosann

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    Nikki
    February 1, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Oh, Barbie. You know I love you, friend. Thank you so much for this opportunity to get to know your readers! You bless me so….

    • Reply
      Barbie
      February 1, 2012 at 9:30 am

      My pleasure my dear friend.  Have a beautiful day!

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    Nikki
    February 1, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Hello Rosann! Just wanted to let you know I’m so excited to share my journey with you and have complete confidence we can encourage each other. Thank You, Lord, for this thing called blogging! 🙂 
    Have a blessed day! 
    All for Him, 
    Nikki

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    Cami @ First Day of My Life
    February 1, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Loved reading this!! Nikki is a sweetie it seems like. Totally checking out her site now. Blessings to you both 🙂

    <3-Cami from First Day of My Life

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      Nikki
      February 1, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      Thanks for sharing here and stopping by Simplystriving, Cami! You have a beautiful blog (and now I want some taco dip) 🙂
      Blessings to you! ~nikki

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      Barbie
      February 1, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      Thank you Cami!

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    Katie
    February 1, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I love Nikki!  Her blog is so encouraging!  Go check it out.  🙂

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    Anonymous
    February 1, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Thank you, Barbie, for highlighting one of my favorite bloggers 🙂 

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      Nikki
      February 1, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      Oh, Dolly. I don’t deserve you. Bless you, friend. Hugs to you!

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      Barbie
      February 1, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      Mine too! Thanks Dolly!

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    Nikki
    February 1, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Katie, you are so kind (and I am feeling your one word for the year–thank you!)

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