These are words from the woods. When I say woods I do not mean the literal definition of woods, as in an area of closely packed trees and shrubbery (and sometimes a car or a shopping cart or something else that makes you wonder how it got there in the first place); I mean the other woods. The place we create in our heads when we realize that ordinary life can be extraordinary once we start to unlearn everything we know to be true and start to revisit the world through an entirely new lens. The woods where the Sasquatch exists and there is no such thing as 9 to 5 and saying hello to complete strangers doesn’t always end up with you getting kidnapped. The woods where ideas, philosophies, stories and emotions are always growing and changing at a constant rate – and even when they appear stagnant, there is always something happening under the surface that we may not always be able to see.

I have spent my entire life trying to explore these woods, and when I start to feel as though I have seen everything and that there is nothing left to discover, I stumble upon a new part of the woods and trail my way through. There is so much to learn about this world and I understand that I, even with this knowledge, haven’t even scratched the surface. I am brand new, with a very old soul. I once met a woman on the bus who told me that she was “as old as the universe and as young as the day!” I think we all are.

My name is Nikki. I’m a 22-year-old poet, writer, musician, internal-philosopher, children’s performer, travel-addict, adventure-seeker, sasquatch enthusiast and whale-lover who talks to strangers and gets along with humans and non-humans alike. Right now I am living and working in Toronto and am in my last few semesters at York University studying to get my Bachelors in Environmental Studies for Environment and Culture. Simultaneously, I am trying to “make it” in the music industry as a singer and Ukuleleist in a weird and wacky folk band that features two girls harmonizing with two ukulele’s (I named my ukulele Lord Phoenix, it’s taking us places). I created this blog because I finally feel as though I have the adequate amount of life experience that merits a blog and I would also like to re-connect with writing and engage with my experiences and thoughts through that creative tool.

I hope that my collection of stories, poems, articles, ramblings, photos and advice leave you wondering, laughing, inspired, dumbfounded, enraged, guilty, empty, full, embarassed, overjoyed and questioning all at the same time. I also hope that you don’t hate me if that happens.

Love Nikki


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