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 2019 Women Of Influence Summit | Dear Younger Me

As we prepare for #Summit2019 we thought it would be fun for all you to get to know our speakers. So we've interviewed each one to share a little about them and what they are looking forward to at this years Women of Influence Summit! Read below to learn a little about Nichole Winter! 

Tell us about your education and career path:

I graduated with a  two year Sales and Management Degree from St. Cloud Technical College and started working for Anderson Trucking just out of college. I was there for a year before ventured out on my own. I was a wedding planner for many years with a side business of cleaning houses. Early on I made a choice to work part time because my main priority was to be a mom. As my kids got older I started a custom wedding invitation company but for the last thirteen years I have owned Destination Vacation and am a personalized travel planner. I have also owned Jump on My Journey for 7 years and am a lifestyle and business coach.  

What is the best part of your job?

I get to help fulfill peoples bucket lists. Most desire to travel more, to become healthy, and to be financially free and stable. I help others achieve all three.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I would love to learn to ballroom or salsa dance with my husband! 

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?

Maui, Hawaii! My family has spent a lot of time there. It is a special place that holds many great memories for us. I love the variety of activities, always being outdoors and the simplicity of life when I am there.

What is your favorite meal? 

I love just about anything Mexican. Fish tacos, taco salads and for sure chips, salsa and guacamole!

How do you keep a healthy work-life balance?

I accepted that we are in a constant season change and cannot give everything in our life 100% at all times. For me January and February are about 80% work, while my husband takes on home tasks and kids activities. Yet in June and July, I am in summer vacation mode with my kids, working my businesses in the pockets of my day. Sometimes the house is spotless,  I have a temporary cleaning lady or we work together as a team. Not all things in our life can get 100% of our energy at the same time and that is okay.  I just do my best to be intentional for the task at hand, by doing that I know I will move the needle forward towards what I need to accomplish. I've also worked at becoming a master of “Giving Grace." Giving grace for you might look like letting the laundry pile up, creating a longer deadline on a work project, giving your kids a chore list to help even when they complain, and being OKAY with it!

What book do you most often recommend to others and why? 

High Performance Habits by Brendon Buchard. Your habits will be a large part of your success in life.  This book speaks about the top six habits of high performers. It offers actionable pieces to help you change your habits which then can lead you to great success (both personally and professionally). Check out my blog for some other great read I recommend.

How has Next Monday been of value to you and your career?

I have been a part of Next Monday for almost four years now and I have received support and  love, I have been challenged and gained ideas. This are just a few things that come to mind. I have also gained so many great friendships. 

What is your favorite memory from past Summit events?

I remember meeting so many great ladies. I have even stayed connected with a few!

What are you looking forward to at the 2019 Women of Influence Summit?

Always #1 is meeting new women. I love to learn from others and to hear their dreams and goals. #2 is to take away a few tools to help me succeed and grow either personally or professionally.

What are you hoping to share with fellow attendees at the Women of Influence Summit?

My son’s says it best, “you do you” whatever it is big or small, scary or exciting. If something keeps showing up for you, go after it. It’s never too late or too soon, it will happen in the right time. If you are worried of judgement or if people will talk, give them something good to talk about!
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