Screenshot 2015-07-19 14.05.53Trajectory of Life is the lifestyle blog of Nicole Haddenham, née Carlson, a writer who recently relocated to San Francisco from Denver, Colo. When she’s not writing, Nicole spends her 9-5 working in HR technology. While she began blogging in 2007, Nicole has been putting words to paper since she was quite young, starting her first writing club — The Petite Poets — in elementary school.  More recently, Nicole formed and led a monthly writing circle, Denver Creates, a community of writers who met monthly for three years from 2016 to 2019.

Beyond her love for writing, Nicole has a pretty intense case of wanderlust and a curiosity for just about everything. She is never without a book and usually has at least a few she’s in various stages of reading.

Nicole started Trajectory of a Life as a method of sharing her life’s trajectory with friends, family and anyone else interested, as well as to connect with like-minded individuals. The blog celebrates living purposefully with curiosity, courage and simplicity as guides. Nicole documents this philosophy through writing about her adventures in reading, travel, cooking, being a dog mom, minimalism, sustainability, marriage and setting and meeting life goals. Trajectory of a Life features stories of giving back, travel, life experiences and lessons, weekly reflections and more.

Originally from a small town in South Dakota, Nicole has also called home the states of Wyoming, Delaware, Colorado and now, California, where she currently lives with her pup and husband.

To find out more about Nicole, visit her website at nicjoy.me and connect with her via social media:

{All opinions, including product reviews, are her own. All photos unless otherwise specified are her own.}


my manifesto

I believe in kindness for self and others. | I believe in do-gooding regularly with no need for recognition. | I believe in pedicures and spa days. | I believe learning new things and taking classes is the path to self. | I believe taking steps outside one’s comfort zone should be done daily. | I believe accessories make an outfit. | I believe music is truly good for the soul. | I believe in solo travel and movies and dinner dates. | I believe in wanderlust. | I believe in making lists and plans and goals. | I believe in taking time to laugh and learn and love. | I believe your life is your message to the world and you should do all you can to make it inspiring. | I believe in leaving a legacy. | I believe being at 36k feet with no access to cellphones is bliss. | I believe in home-cooked meals prepared with loved ones. | I believe in pausing and mindfulness and taking time to just be. | I believe the city is where I belong but there’s something to be said about wide-open spaces. | I believe in friendships and time spent laughing and building relationships. | I believe we are all connected. | I believe that book stores and libraries are magical. | I believe in hard work and integrity. | I believe we are all doing the best we can with what we have. | I believe rescued is the best breed. | I believe in mountain air and campfires and stargazing and majestic peaks. | I believe less is more + one in, one out. | I believe in writing in the margins (and all over the pages). | I believe that my feet hitting the pavement and fresh air filling my lungs can change even the worst day. | I believe in lazy weekend mornings of writing and coffee drinking. | I believe in being a little bit overdressed for every occasion.  I believe in four-legged, furry kiddos. | I believe in BYO and reducing single-use. | I believe in recording life through journals and blog posts. | I believe living in the arena and being vulnerable is the only true way to grow as a human being. | I believe true love is worth waiting for. | I believe in doing what sparks joy. | I believe the only way out is through. | I believe in owning your story. | I believe nothing is wasted. | I believe in holding myself to a standard of grace, not perfection. | I believe in beginning again, and again, and again.

~Nicole Joy, 1/3/2016 + revised 10/5/2019

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