Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole Clark.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Nicole. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Peace, acceptance, and forgiveness are just a few words I have finally learned after almost 14 years of tears, heartbreak, and anger.
Somehow, I had the privilege of being a backup dancer in my early twenties. One of my favorite memories I can remember quite vividly. On my 22nd birthday on stage in Las Vegas, with my friends around me and the crowd wishing me a happy birthday. I got to travel the world, met amazing people/celebrities and most importantly do something I loved so much. I was making a ton of money and living life like there was no tomorrow. It was the absolute best times and years of my life.
Unfortunately, I was in my early twenties and we all know that those times are fun but they are not smart. And just like that, one bad decision lead to many more and I veered so far off to the left I was off course. I was not dancing, lost my best friends, ruined my career and tarnished my reputation. With nothing left but to move back home and I’m sure you can imagine what an adjustment that was.
I lived a very sad life for a while. So angry, bitter, jealous and stuck in my feelings. I could not move, let alone move forward with my life. Spending years trying to fill that void I felt from a tour. Friends, men, material things, food but the most detrimental was my jobs. I would jump from job to job, feeling unfulfilled, hoping and wishing something great would come along. Not noticing I had everything I needed and wanted.
I am most thankful for God not giving up on me, continuing to guide me, and test me until I passed. He has taken me to a place where I am completely satisfied in Him. My relationships may not be reconciled but I recently had the courage to ask for forgiveness for my wrongdoings. I might not have the highest paying job but it is right where I need to be. I don’t get to dance and travel the world but I get to share my life with an amazing husband and a beautiful daughter.
After all these years, I finally understand that my purpose was to follow my dreams. I set a goal and accomplished it. A valuable lesson I can teach my daughter. It’s a beautiful thing to be at peace with my past. A huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I wish it didn’t take as long as it did but it was all apart of my journey to get to this destination.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Don’t listen to what the world says about you. You are worth it. You are enough. You are capable of anything!
God has a plan and a purpose for your life. Read your Bible and find a group of friends that will lift you up and tell you the truth. Love with all your heart is and give all you have. Do not give up and have faith. You are seen, loved and not forgotten.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Twelve 12 Ministries – what should we know?
Twelve 12 Ministries is a non-profit organization created to support women who are struggling to conceive with infertility, being barren, or suffering a loss through miscarriage, stillbirth or abortion.
Inspired by Romans 12:12 “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer”, we focus on biblical teachings to connect, inspire, and support women through their most difficult times.
Twelve 12 Ministries provides a safe environment for women to seek, learn, and gather online, in small groups, large groups or one-on-one.
With an infertility diagnosis and still healing from a miscarriage, Twelve 12 Ministries was created out of experience. After months of hope, prayers, tears, surgeries, supplements, and remedies, conceiving our 2nd child was not in God’s plan.
If I did not have Jesus in my life, a community to surround me, and the truth of the Bible, I would not have made it through. This is my story, and through my pain and hurt, God helped me break free. The strength I was given from this trial is now my way to help others who are struggling with the same issue.
Taking a look back through my journey, all of my experiences have prepared me for this moment. Working jobs in leadership, management, retail, dance, fitness, choreography, sales, consulting and television have given me everything I need to help others. I truly consider these jobs as my business school. Learning the ins and outs, especially all the dos and don’ts of running a business. I am dedicated to forming an impactful and inspiring environment that cares about their employees and wants to see them thrive and grow. Focused on creating a ministry to pour into the community to share the gospel and help uplift others.
Do you recommend any apps, books or podcasts that have been helpful to you?
I LOVE books! Some of my favorites are The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, She’s Still There by Chrystal Evans Hurst, You Are Free by Rebekah Lyons, Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey, Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis and The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson.
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