We had the good fortune of connecting with Nikki Stewart and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nikki, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I believe the most important factor behind success is authenticity. If you line up your values and goals with your actions in your day to day life, you’re living an authentic life. I’m telling you, people can see that from miles away. People are drawn to it and they don’t even know what it is. Yet, I believe whole heartedly this is the key ingredient to success, and well, happiness.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
To set the stage, I lost my mother back in 2016, right before I decided to marry my husband. Honestly, the grief threw me for a loop! I felt so lost. I had no direction. I became obsessed with time and that any day could be my last. At that point, I was in a very toxic work environment in the restaurant industry and due to this awakening in my life – I was able to cut ties and move towards my real passions in life. I was looking at two careers – cosmetology & real estate. I was between jobs at the time and decided to put forth my efforts into getting my real estate license. One online class and a year and a half later – I was finally able to call myself a realtor. At that same exact time I enrolled in Paul Mitchell – I told you I was lost! Anywho; that first year I did 2 sales, which 1 was my own personal home. This current year, I am working on my 4th sale. With that said, I have joined an amazing team – Vertical Atlanta, with a mentor who believes in me and what we can achieve together. That was a long backstory, thank you for staying with me! I said all of that to point out what sets me apart from most – and that’s my drive. Honey, I lost myself. But the feeling of getting yourself back and feeling like yourself again?! That is the most powerful drive I think you can have. Alongside that, I now know my values and I stand beside them. Thankfully, I know have a friend & mentor, who values the time I spend with family, the goals I have financially, and what it means to feel supported by your team. Finding that was NOT easy. Whoever tells you that journey is, is lying.

I would love the world to know that we define our own success. Myself? I absolutely think I’m successful. Am I millionaire? No, I’m not. However, I’m able to live the life I want, with room to grow! I think everyone desperately needs to define their own terms of success, because it’s not a one-size-fits-most.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
What I love about Atlanta are the different pockets that you can dive into. You can literally create whatever kind of vibe you’d like to have for the night. I LOVE to hop around too. So if we wanted to be a little fancy, I’d take them for pre-dinner cocktails on the rooftop bar, Regent Cocktail Club, and watch the sunset. Then we’d go over to dinner at Himitsu. After that, we’ve had a few cocktails and it may be time to hit the dance floor at Tongue & Groove. Now, on a more casual note – we could go have a cute picnic in Piedmont Park, then walk over and have lunch and margaritas at Zocolo’s, walk into Ten and say hey to my favorite bartenders and possibly find yourself walking into a drag show at Blake’s. I could honestly list off so many fun things to do. I love Atlanta.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Well you know I gotta shout out my MOMMA! No seriously, even from up in Heaven, I know she’s still my number one fan and I would never have been who I am without her. Secondly, Brene Brown and literally any of her books – they teach whole hearted living and the power of vulnerability/shame. Also, the book The Outlier – that teaches success is a number of things, that line up for a person, including luck. I saved the best for last and that would be my husband. The person that supports me day in and day out – no matter my mood. I really couldn’t do half the things I do, without him.

Website: https://verticalatlanta.com/

Instagram: instagram.com/ohhhitsnikki

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