Series Introduction: Ambition

BY: NIKKI MICHELLE CHARNSTROM

We are only a few days into this new year and I don’t know about yours, but my social media feed is consumed by cliché resolutions and novel-length reflections of the year gone. Sure, I’ll appreciate the idea of a fresh start as much as the next girl — but so what? Setting goals to better yourself and pursue your passion is great, but at the end of the day it’s not enough. The bottom line is: you cannot have ambition without action. Period. End of story. 

So, if you’ve set a resolution for yourself in the new year, then you’ve got ambition, girl! That’s the first step. See, ambition is all about having that desire to achieve something and usually, it’s pretty high effort — and, that requires action. 

Last year, I was pretty unhappy and unfulfilled. I knew I needed something outside of my full-time job that would breathe purpose and meaning into my life. I wasn’t entirely sure what that looked like or what that meant for me. It didn’t hit me until I was sitting on my couch staring at a canvas on my wall that read, “Write Your Own Story.” Poof! A lightbulb went off and before the words “Crowned Chics” crossed my mind, it was the beginning of an idea. 

I’m telling you this because even though the desire was there, you wouldn’t be reading this right now if I would have simply let ambition be enough for me. I’m just as glad as you are that this unexpected seed of an idea blossomed into a beautiful platform where both my writers and I can voice our thoughts filter-free. 

This is exactly why I know it’s so important for us to cover ambition this month. If you don’t know it already, we want to celebrate your successes and give you a hug when things get tough. It’s our responsibility to encourage, motivate and inspire you with our words and our stories. So, buckle in, grab your New Year’s list of resolutions, and let’s turn your ambitions into a kick-ass reality. We’re going to do this together, lady. After all, we’ve all got something to improve upon.

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.