I first met Nikki because we took the same pilates class together. At some point we started talking and realized we had a lot in common. Nikki has become the type of friend I go to for advice of all types and I always appreciate her grounded and aware perspective. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and her daughter that has the best hair ever! Considering that Michelle cuts it, that does not come as a surprise, but jeez, if I could have those bangs I would!
Nikki has lead an interesting path to where she is now, first as a ballerina, then a management consultant and now an entrepreneur. She just launched Stellashare which is a private photo sharing tool that soon everyone will be talking about as if it had always been part of your daily life.
1. What was the most influential year in your life so far? What made it special?
The birth of my daughter, Stella in 2015. She is my miracle baby that we conceived through IVF. She is the sole inspiration behind our company, Stellashare.
2. Who is someone that inspires you?
My daughter, Stella. In her 15 months on this earth, she has taught me that anything is possible and what it means to be present in the moment. She is curious, smart, funny, and wild. We joke that her spirit is part my grandmother, whose name she shares and part the soul of my late dog George, who was the very best dog in the world.
3. Whether big or small, what was the last trip you took?
Our last trip was to Santa Cruz Island, a special place for us because of my husband’s family ties to the island and it is also the place where we got engaged. This was our daughter’s first trip to the island which made this year’s trip extra special.
4. What three words represent your work?
Innovative, personal, joyful
5. Favorite bloom, and why?
The peony, in all its glory. Peonies are my all-time favorite because they remind me of my mother’s garden. Whenever my parents send me flowers to mark a special event, whether it be my birthday or Mother’s Day — they are always peonies.
Thank you, Nikki!