After leaving her abusive marriage in 2000, with her infant son in tow, Nicole found a few unexpected bumps in the road that she travelled upon.
With her young son in her custody, Nicole was faced with deciding what was more important; getting divorced from her abusive husband through the help of legal-aid and having to quit her job, file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, get on welfare and government assistance or to stay the course and face years of living a life with what she foresaw was an uncertain future, with undue hardship and strain. Little did she know then, the magnitude or impact of her decision that fateful day.
She made one of the most difficult decisions of her life and choose to “play the game” so that she could rebuild her and her young son’s life. Ask her today and she’d say, “It was the best decision I ever made, next to leaving her son’s father and their unhealthy relationship.”
In the years to come, Nicole discovered a niche-industry within real estate, that turned her life around and helped create multi-million dollar producing software products that were able to give her the much needed answer to her prayers for a better life for her and her son.
Against all odds, she was able to beat the system and climb her way out of what seemed like a bottomless pit of an existence of being a “Welfare Mom,” to a life that was filled with stability, financial security and unlimited opportunities.
She is a domestic violence survivor as well as has had some major health struggles over the years and is in recovery. She also has fought and graciously won her battle with breast cancer a few years ago. Nicole is a fighter and survivor. These experiences have shaped her into who she is today and have helped her prioritize what really matters in her life. Life is short and Y.O.L.O.
Currently, Nicole lives in Bellingham, Washington to be close to family and where she grew up and is enjoying being retired. Her 22 year old son, Nick Surfer Ocean is happy, healthy and truly living his dream life working on yachts and travelling the world. She couldn't be more proud of him and of herself.