Friday, July 22, 2016

A Day In Her Shoes

"Nicki, you want to support women in the sex industry don't you?" I was asked. No! No I did not. I quickly clarified for my new friend that I had a desire to support people who were struggling, struggling with life, mental illness or overwhelming circumstances. I was passionate about journeying with young women, to support and advocate for them, and to equip them to overcome and to reach their potential. As far as I was concerned that had little to nothing to do with prostitutes.

My friend smiled at me graciously and began to open up her heart. She explained why she wanted to help women in the sex industry. I had no idea that many of these women are victims of human trafficking. Many are sold, tricked or forced into prostitution and frequently by someone that they know and trust. I had no idea that some of these women are actually children. As my friend shared her heart, my own heart broke and my world view shifted. These women that she described were exactly the young women I wanted to journey with.

As we approach the UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on July 30th I encourage you to find out more about human trafficking and what you can do about it.

Abolishion offer a free 30 day email course that is designed to...
- inform you about human trafficking,
- help you understand how it works and
- equip you to do something about it.

I have registered for A Day in Her Shoesa campaign run by Abolishion, and will be wearing heels all day on July 30th to raise awareness about human trafficking and to raise funds to prevent human trafficking where it happens. I'll post an update and some selfies with my heels on afterwards.  Watch the video below to find out more and join me in the fight against human trafficking by signing up at adayinhershoes.org



Friday, January 1, 2016

2015 Reading Goals & Challenges

Books Read In 2015:
  1. The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6) by Richelle Mead.
  2. Halo (Halo, #1) by Alexandra Adornetto.
  3. Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington.
  4. Rooms by Lauren Oliver.
  5. Orphan Black #1 by John Fawcett.
  6. Orphan Black #2 by John Fawcett.
  7. A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1) by Claudia Gray.
  8. On the Bridge (The Infernal Devices, #0.5) by Cassandra Clare.
  9. After the Bridge (The Infernal Devices #3.1) by Cassandra Clare.
  10. Disruption (Disruption, #1) by Jessica Shirvington.
  11. Corruption by Jessica Shirvington.
  12. Sorceress (Spellcaster, #3) by Claudia Gray.
  13. Shadow Study (Soulfinders, #1) by Maria V. Snyder.
  14. Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3) by Maggie Stiefvater.
  15. What Really Happened in Peru (The Bane Chronicles, #1) by Cassandra Clare.
  16. The Runaway Queen (The Bane Chronicles, #2) by Cassandra Clare.
  17. Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale (The Bane Chronicles, #3) by Cassandra Clare.
  18. The Midnight Heir (The Bane Chronicles, #4) by Cassandra Clare.
  19. The Rise of the Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles, #5) by Cassandra Clare.
  20. Saving Raphael Santiago (The Bane Chronicles, #6) by Cassandra Clare.
  21. The Fall of the Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles, #7) by Cassandra Clare.
  22. What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (The Bane Chronicles, #8) by Cassandra Clare.
  23. The Last Stand of the New York Institute (The Bane Chronicles, #9) by Cassandra Clare.
  24. The Anti-Cool Girl by Rosie Waterland.
  25. Orphan Black #3 by John Fawcett.
  26. Orphan Black #4 by John Fawcett.
  27. Orphan Black #5 by John Fawcett.
  28. Soundless by Richelle Mead.
  29. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver.
  30. Protect the Children by Maria V. Snyder.

Reading Challenges Completed:

2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge
Nicki has completed her goal of reading 30 books in 2015!


So that's 30 books, 4225 pages, and one reading challenge completed in 2015.

I'm aiming for 25 books in 2016 and will be signing up for Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge.

What reading challenges or goals have you signed up for in 2016?


Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 Reading List

In 2014 I read:

  1. Shadow Kiss: The Graphic Novel (Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel, #3) by Richelle Mead.
  2. City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5) by Cassandra Clare.
  3. Taste of Darkness (Healer, #3) by Maria V. Snyder.
  4. Requiem (Delirium, #3) by Lauren Oliver.
  5. Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel, and Raven (Delirium, #0.5, #1.5, #2.5) by Lauren Oliver.
  6. Raven (Delirium, #2.5) by Lauren Oliver.
  7. Annabel (Delirium, #0.5) by Lauren Oliver.
  8. Steadfast (Spellcaster, #2) by Claudia Gray.
  9. The Immortal Crown (Age of X, #2) by Richelle Mead.
  10. Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2) by Cassandra Clare.
  11. Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3) by Cassandra Clare.
  12. Silver Shadows (Bloodlines, #5) by Richelle Mead.
  13. City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6) by Cassandra Clare.
  14. Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2) by Maggie Stiefvater.
  15. Empower (The Violet Eden Chapters, #5) by Jessica Shirvington.
  16. Welcome by Maria V. Snyder.
A total of 16 books, 6795 pages, read in 2014.

I'm aiming for 30 books in 2015 and will be signing up for Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge.

What reading challenges or goals have you signed up for in 2015?

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 Reading List

In 2013 I read:
  1. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin, Roy Avers (Narrator) - Review
  2. Scent of Magic (Healer #2) by Maria V. Snyder - Review
  3. The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead - Review
  4. Destined (House of Night #9) by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
  5. Spellcaster (Spellcaster #1) by Claudia Gray
  6. Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X, #1) by Richelle Mead
  7. The Meeting (Vampire Academy, #1.1) by Richelle Mead
  8. City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4) by Cassandra Clare
  9. Assassin Study (Study, #1.5) by Maria V. Snyder 
  10. Power Study (Study, #3.5) by Maria V. Snyder
  11. The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines, #4) by Richelle Mead
  12. Ice Study (Study, #3.6) by Maria V. Snyder
  13. E-Time by Maria V. Snyder

A total of 13 books, 3285 pages, read in 2013.

I'm aiming for 18 books in 2014 and will be signing up for Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge.

What reading challenges or goals have you signed up for in 2014?

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Crochet Shrug, Cowl and Skirt

A couple of crochet projects that I finished recently.

Moth Wings Shrug

This pattern was created by Mimi Alelis and published in the Summer 2010 edition of Interweave Crochet.

I completed this project using Patons Touch of Ice (60% Tri-acetate, 40% Acrylic) in pale lilac.

This was an intricate pattern that required some concentration. I worked on this project over several months.

Crochet Cowl

I was recently gifted with a gorgeous ball of Trendsetter Yarns Dune (45% Mohair, 25% Acrylic, 20% Viscose, 6% New Wool, 4% Polyester) in Mauve Mousse. I used it to create this comfy cowl.

This simple and easy pattern can be whipped up in an afternoon. It was created by Virginia Fynes and is available on her website Fynes Designs.


Salsa Skirt

This pattern was created by Doris Chan and published in the Spring 2013 edition of Interweave Crochet

I completed this project using Cleckheaton 100% Bamboo in Rose.

This was an intricate pattern that required some concentration. It works up quickly and was completed over a weekend.





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