A Word From Our Founder
By: Nikki Michelle Charnstrom
From the very moment, one has an epiphany, it seems as if nothing else can consume their every thought. This is exactly what happened to me when I decided I wanted to launch my own blog. One thought spiraled into another which led to a business name I adore. While I had a long list of potential names and words I liked, the one word I couldn’t shake was “crowned.”
After a bit of brainstorming with the help of my mom, we came to like “Crowned Chics.” Although I never decide on anything without first bringing it to the Lord, so I asked for His blessing. We prayed on it for a brief period and soon enough our brilliant Father gave me visions and ideas I knew I absolutely had to try.
With the name “Crowned Chics,” I immediately envisioned a group of women trekking through the desert in long gowns wearing different crowns. This is the photo shoot that would brand my business and thanks to my gorgeous friends Heather, Megan, Justine, and Monisha — we made it happen. Every image you see on this site is taken by yours truly. (Unless of course, it’s a photo of me — the credit belongs to my boyfriend, Alex.) Yes, I’m not only a writer but my other passion belongs to photography and that’s an entirely different business.
Since April, this latest endeavor has ignited my soul and kept it burning with excitement. When I think about it, I’ve never been this enthusiastic or confident about something I’ve created. Crowned Chics has been my focus for the last two months as I’ve continuously poured into this dream. From scheduling the photo shoot to creating the blog’s logo and inviting other writers I know and love to join me on this journey — I’ve been busy, to say the least.
Going into this, I wasn’t exactly sure how all of it would turn out or when I would even be ready to launch. But, here we are on May 1, 2018, the day of our launch and everything is so much greater than I could have expected. When I say the Lord has had His hand on this since the beginning, I mean it. How do I know this? I can only do so much planning and preparation but when it comes down to it — He takes care of the final results.
Sure, I’ll tell you I have more ideas for the future of Crowned Chics and you’ll come to learn what those are soon. For now, I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for being here, reading this and receiving everything I’ve worked so hard to create for you. This blog is a place for YOU and I hope you can feel my arms outstretched pulling you in for a hug.
I am incredibly passionate about women and I want to be a source of empowerment and inspiration for you, my fellow queens. I invite you to join me and the other amazing writers on this journey of coming together as women with one goal in mind — to put aside all pettiness and rejoice in the beauty of feminine fellowship.
Nikki is the owner and founder of Crowned Chics. She lives in the warm desert of Phoenix, Arizona with her beloved family. If she's not ferociously clanking away on her typewriter, she's behind the camera capturing moments for her business Charnstrom Captures Photography.