We had the good fortune of connecting with Nichole Holze and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nichole, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My business grew organically out of what I was doing on social media. I began a “public” social media account back in 2016. It wasn’t long before the adventures I was embarking on with my children started to gain traction and my account began to grow. Writing had always been a passion of mine and with the account growth I found more and more freelance writing opportunities opening up to me. It was at that point that I decided to treat whatever “it” was that I was doing as a businesses. Once I made the pivot and treated my social media and travel writing pursuits as a business, doors continued to open. I believe it was the intentional step into treating it as a business that helped to catapult me into the next measurable level of success. So, while I hadn’t set out for this to be a business, I’m really glad that I made the pivot and my business continues to grow, with profits increasing year over year.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Often times, I find myself stumbling over my words when asked what it is that I do. I cannot parse the wide variety of things I do in my business down to a single sentence. Perhaps that’s true of all entreprenuers or self employed persons. That said, I absolutely love what I do. It gives me the freedom to homeschool my children, and take our family on a wide range of travels and adventures. I get to experience life right alongside my children as they grow, and that is worth everything to me. What sets me a part from other travel writers or content creators, is my angle of adventure schooling. I always approach a topic through a lens of learning, whether it’s for myself or for my children. Additionally, our flexible homeschool schedule gives me an edge over other family travel bloggers in that we can travel during the midweek and off season. I am also a strong storyteller and I believe that it’s the power of story that helps my audience “see” themselves in whatever adventure we are pursuing. We are a family that sees the glass half full and find joy in most all tings, which translates into the content that I share. I’m also not afraid to be honest and be real about my imperfections and short comings. One of hte most challenging things about this self employed, homeschool Mother life that I lead is balance. It’s all to easy to find work pushed to the side, or to become all consuming. I’ve found that I’ve had to be very intentional about setting boundaries to my “work” hours. Otherwise, I’d find myself sending pitch emails at 10 pm when my children are in bed. Time boundaries are without a doubt one of the challenges with what I do. But, I wouldn’t change a thing. I’ve learned that taking those big risks can have big rewards, and what I have to offer the world is unique, as is my story. And it’s important that I tell it.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, first of all, I’d be thrilled to have my best friends visit the Texarkana area! Especially next April, when Texarkana, USA is in the direct path of totality for the total solar eclipse. For coffee, we would definitely enjoy a cup or two at these local places: Alley Cats, which is a coffee shop in a renovated old railroad dining car, Local Habit Coffee Company, and try to catch the Humble Troll coffee truck, which is a coffee brand made by the local non-profit Mission Texarkana. I’d love to show my friend all around downtown Texarkana. We would grab some selfies at the murals in Kress Gap and take a walking tour of downtown to take in the historic sites. The 1894 Art Gallery is a must see. For lunch downtown, we could eat at the brand new Cafe Lucille which as an amazing back courtyard. It would also be fun to go on a flea market round up and stroll some of my favorites, like Owl’s Nest Flea Market on Texas Blvd. If my friend needed to get some work done, we would head over to For All Brandkind co-working space to knock some things off of our to do list. For a little outdoor adventure, we would go mountain biking on the trails around Bringle Lake, where there are over ten miles of single track! We could also rent kayaks from Paddle TXK and enjoy a sunset out on Bringle Lake. For dinner, I would take my friend back down town to my favorite restaurant: Pecan Point, where we would enjoy some great cocktails and duck fat fries, trust me, they’re amazing. Last but not least, if there was a show happening at the historic Perot Theater we would go check it out then head for a night cap or snack at Hopkins Ice House.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to give a shout out first to my husband, for always being supportive, even when it meant trusting me to take our children on all kinds of wild adventures. Additionally, I would not be where I am today had it not been for Christina McEvoy of Macs Explore. She created a course called Insta-Success that is a course designed to help people learn to monetize their social media accounts and get paid to travel. Beyond that though, she has been instrumental in my mindset training, a constant encourager and always supportive.

Website: www.luckeywanderers.com

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/coleyraeh

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nichole-holze-834b1920/

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