Nicole used to be extremely insecure and shy. When she was 18, Nicole had the opportunity to move back to Colombia to participate in a local beauty pageant. She went on to win and compete in Miss Colombia Universe. When Nicole moved back to Chicago, her mother convinced her to try out for Univision’s beauty pageant/reality show, Nuestra Belleza Latina. Nicole had made it onto the show and wound up placing 3rd. It was at that point that Nicole’s life and career would change. With a thirst for travel and the desire to tell a story that would invoke change, Nicole took on a new opportunity in becoming a newscast anchor for HOY. It was all those moments leading up to her profession that gave her the confidence to finally let go of her insecurities and come out of her shell.
What do you wake up thinking about?
Snooze, please! Then everything I have to do comes to mind, so I wake up. Then I force myself to stop thinking about that for just a minute to be thankful, and set a positive intention for my day.
What's your morning ritual?
Every morning starts with a cuddle session with my dog, Gordo. I usually fit in a quick run, brush my teeth, eat breakfast, shower, get dressed and ready for work.
How does social media play into your daily life?
Journalists are expected to develop a strong presence on social media and keep followers engaged because it's one of the main ways to share stories. Although it feels great to disconnect, I usually post at least once a day.
Are we more connected or disconnected than before?
Both. We're more connected to what is going in other parts of the world. We're farther from those who are closest to us. I think it's important to keep in mind that we only see what others want us to see on social networks. It's not really, real.
What is most important to you in life?
Being happy. Being healthy. Being open to new experiences. Making the most out my time on this earth with my family and friends, doing some good in the world, and surpassing my own limits.
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