Thanks for checking out my new blog - A Shell And A Stone, my name is Aaron Nichols - I'm from Ottawa, KS - 31 years old - this is a special place where I hope to share the experiences of the next month or so of my life. Some of you may know that I have recently left my job of 11 years and am about to take a cross-country trip to Oceanside, Ca to visit some family and do some soul-searching along the way.
The name of this blog is very special and I'll explain it here: in the last year and a half, I have been deeply affected by the loss of two dear family members...
The Shell: Our patriarch of the Nichols family, Uncle Steve, recently passed as he lost his battle with cancer. His adventurous spirit distinguished him among men as someone who navigated fearful waters with courage. For him, I carry with me a Shell from Jacksonville Beach, and am inspired to create my own adventurous travel - hence this cross country trip.
The Stone: Blessed was I to know and love our beautiful cousin Megan (Price) Werner. This spunky wife and mother of two had been one of my best friends since I was born. Although she lived several states away, our love and family connection stayed true until January of 2009. She tragically took her own life to the utter shock and dismay of all those who knew her. When we stood in her home a few days later and Uncle Steve had said "It was Money" I fell apart even further inside. At that time, I was halfway through my own journey to financial freedom - I had the answers that could have helped - and yet was too late. For her, I carry with me a Stone from the Mohican River in Ohio, from a floating trip with her sister Tera, kids Mel and Tristan and husband John and several Kansans - All who wished she was floating with us. Since that point I have become a Financial Fitness Coach and am Passionate about helping families and individuals deal with the stress of living paycheck to paycheck. True North Financial Fitness Coaching is my new career path that I am persuing in her honor. Love Ya Meg.
This song still inspires me and has stuck with me since my younger days, just as dreams of this trip have - Enjoy, and please keep checking back - I'll try to update as much as possible - Thank You!