Meet Nicole Antoinette Armstrong
MEET THE MUSE: Nicole Antoinette Armstrong ~ writer, podcaster, brave truth-teller.
Tell us about yourself:
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being able to let go of the attempt at “perfect” anything.
What is the trait you are most grateful for in yourself?
The ability to get to the heart of what’s true without judgment.
What is the trait you most cherish in others?
What is your most treasured possession?
I know that cats are not possession but… my cats.
What talent would you most like to have?
Self-trust amidst chaos
What is your most marked characteristic?
My mother would tell you it’s how fast I talk
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Hopefully I haven’t done it yet.
What do you want to be remembered for?
Showing up as my full, messy self – even when it’s inconvenient or totally terrifying.
What is your motto?
What job | project | goal are you working on now?
Putting together Season 2 of Real Talk Radio, the podcast that’s filled with refreshingly honest conversations about the wonderful mess of being human.
What is your “why” behind it?
To promote the kinds of conversations that show people (myself included) that no matter what we’re feeling we’re never alone, and that we’re all just doing the best we can.
What skills | qualities do you need to cultivate for it?
Patience with the inevitable tech screw-ups that make me want to bang my head against the door and then curl up in a ball and hide.
How can we support you and your work?
By checking out season 1 [link: https://www.nicoleantoinette.com/podcast], if it sounds fun to you!
Share your inspiration with us:
When and where are you most inspired?
I know it’s usually thought of as the other way around, but for me inspiration follows action. It’s not until I do the work that motivation and momentum start to kick in.
If you could inspire one change in yourself, what would it be?
To get out of my own way.
If you could inspire one change in the world, what would it be?
That we stop shaming each other.
Where do you look for inspiration in your daily life?
To the people who are doing things instead of just talking about doing things.
Which historical figures have inspired you?
Eleanor Roosevelt, and Marcus Aurelius (particularly his book, Meditations)
Who are your living muses?
Alexandra Franzen (http://www.alexandrafranzen.com), Liz Gilbert (http://www.elizabethgilbert.com), and Eric Thomas (http://etinspires.com).
Want to share a quote or a poem or a song lyric that inspires you?
“Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone.” - Alan Wilson Watts
Now, let’s dive deep:
The connections that form when we share our real lives in real time.
What is holding you back from living the life you want?
The belief that anything is holding me back other than myself and my own fear.
What is your greatest fear?
What has been your greatest life lesson?
That no matter what, I am never alone.
What breaks your heart for others?
Seeing people hold themselves back.
How do you break your own heart?
When I tell myself that my voice doesn’t matter.
What part of your story do you keep leaving out?
That staying sober is fucking hard.
What has held you back from sharing it before?
Admitting it to myself first.
Thank you for the inspiration. xo, muse
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