All posts by Nikki

About Nikki

Proudly brought to you by Nicola Jackman Productions and The UPliftment Programme(UP) - "sharing the healing power of JOY" Nicola is the founder of The UP - she is a performing Heartist and Joy Catalyst, she intends to support humanKIND with more joyful, solution-orientated tools - so that we can all talk inspired actions and support each other and the world. The UP is a Not for Profit Organisation rooted in South Africa since 2003, they share joy through Care Clowning, Community Joy Sessions. Please feel free to email us or contact us for any information on JOY TALKS, Nicola's seminars or The UP's volunteer training - nikkijackmanjoy(at)gmail.com "great bliss is found when we share joy with another" Nikki Jackman

Celebrating the 1st laugh…

It’s amazing for me how different cultures connect with joy and truth is…

WE ALL LAUGH IN THE SAME LANGUAGE

This said, some cultures celebrate the mirthful release of laughter. In fact, the Navajo traditions celebrate a newborn’s first giggle.

According to Navajo (or Diné) tradition, a baby is considered to be of two worlds at birth: that of the holy people and that of the earth people. As weeks pass, adults wait and listen for the child’s first chuckle — a sign of joy that signals his desire to join his earth family and community. In Navajo culture, it is believed that a child assumes the qualities of the person who witnesses, or coaxes, his first giggle. This celebration is followed by a blessing to ensure the child lives alife full of generosity and gratitude.

Amazing for me…

1) The Celebration of the laugh – if only we ALL realised the importance of the gift of  laughter

2) I’ve mentioned it before, but the joy of giving and the joy of being grateful… HUGE

LAUGHTER , GIVING and GRATITUDE – well worth celebrating and sharing!

smile baby

Stepping UP… 10 years of sharing JOY…

I celebrate the care, the kindness, the commitment, the love of each and every person

who has volunteered or sUPported The UP in last 10 years…

What started as a dream to share and grow joy & 2 volunteers myself & Lucille Greeff walked into Red Cross Burns Ward…

has grown into an awe-inspiring – purpose creating and loving family of over 75 volunteers…

There have been 100’s more in this journey & countless gifts & contributions & I just want to put a

COLLECTIVE THANKS (to you all)

thankx

My wish for this planet is we will all Step UP, become active contributors to this planet, find ways daily to be awesome examples of humanKIND and shine as you live – doing what brings you joy…

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR LOVE & SUPPORT!!!

JOY ACTIVIST & self discovery

I am always amazed at how many people ask me – “are you always joyful & happy?”  & then I smile & say “no – don’t worry – I too am human and go through my stuff & still even judge my tides… I just choose to not stay there too long”

Actually at present I’m busy preparing to get married (check out weddingdit.com) and I’ve all sorts of new things coming up for me, mostly related to very deep fear of commitment and the amount of trust it seems you have to have to totally commit to someone for life, when you just never know what could come up. I’m working through it and for sure there’s been many tears, not all of them joyful I can say honestly – but healing all the same…

I’m going to end this post with a picture & the poem I’ve just written & I hope it will inspire ALL of you out there working though your tides & just be that much more gentle & loving with yourself as you peel back the layers…

onion

Aunt Heather – your life a gift…

In honour of my Aunt Heather… and with a huge amount of appreciation to you for bringing so many of the family together again. Such a gift to be together again after so long and although tears flowed with thoughts of us missing you, we celebrate you… we ALL LOVE you and you showed us all – the miraculous gift that completing life can be – when you have such a remarkable relationship with God…

AUNT HEATHER WE ALL KNOW YOU ARE now IN THE HEAVENS and looking upon us all… Thank you for showing us what humanKINDness truly is, thank you for believing in ALL human beings and insisting on their greatness…

heather cable

MAfrika – my one woman show is largely a living dream through your belief in me & I devote this tour to you and your remarkable life…

GOD BLESS YOU!

My MAfrikan dream – 6 months in

Dearest Dear Ones (as MAfrika like to call our supporters)

This world is an awesome one, full of awesome adventurers courageous enough to live their dreams and create and live into inspired possibilities.

IF YOU CAN DREAM IT YOU CAN CREATE IT

These words were always inspiring for me – but they really only felt like words for a while – but lately living this MAfrikan dream – I understand the remarkable effect dreams have when you are courageous enough to take them on. I was bold when I declared that in 2012 – I’d take this inspiring little one woman show MAfrika and reach twenty cities in twelve months, I could see that in reality it would take loads of creation and all I could feel was a tingling in my heart that seemed to be saying – just keep doing what you can right now and it will happen.

So the plan was to have reached 6 cities by now & at least 1500 children – well the dream lives and I’ve surrendered the how to God and I”m thrilled to say that we have completed 4 cities and 2 rural areas – we’ve reached over 2500 children already & I feel like it’s actually NOW about to take off. I’m so excited because people are so inspired by MAfrika’s message and they’re stepping up to help us reach thousands more.

mafrika

In the theatre show MAfrika learns from the Fire element how to throw away her fear, from Earth how to laugh & connect to her purpose, from Air she learns to breathe & Water teaches her to go with the flow and surrender. What apt reminders too for me on the physical journey & I am totally surrendered to how this journey will look at the end.

Yes I still hold the intention (or inTENtion as MAfrika calls it) of being as far as Somalia by the end of the year and to have reached 20 000 children with this wonderful message of love, joy and unity. And I start a new fundraising campaign tomorrow & I’m praying for some corporate or large investment support… I’m also going to stay open to all the synergising, collaborating, win-win-win opportunities & welcome any tips you have for me.

THANK YOU DEAR ONE’S for believing in your dreams, for courageously stepping into them and for BEing awesome examples of humanKIND!!!

LOVING BOLD LIVING

Wow what an awesomely amazing time to be alive, you can physically feel the shift happening… So many people are waking up to their purpose, stepping out of their shadowed – play safe existence and choosing to BE the ALL they were born to be…

AND YES there are challenges, yes there are times it seems easier to go to a less risky existence but our journey here is to grow, steadily and solidly like a big old yellow wood. We don’t need to change our growth, or the tides we are going through, we just need to be the all we are – each and every moment and when the mind-judgement-stuff comes up to say “you can’t do it”, “this is impossible”, “be realistic”… just remember you are LOVED, you are not alone, you are part of a growing consciousness – there are thousands of us stepping BOLDLY INTO LIVING… LOVING ALL the tides, all the seasons and all the magnificence…

mother Tee

This year 2012 I chose to take on bringing a theatre show & workshops to 20 cities in 12 months… I go through all the motions I’ve mentioned above and I just stay in communication, I’ve surounded myself with people who will hold my hand or kick my butt whichever is needed  – but bottom line (pun intended) I am staying on the journey and choosing love, living faith and being the crazy full Nicola – joy activist I was born to be. And as I live this way – as I am all of me, I’ll be inspiring others too as we are all ONE

MAfrika’s reflection of WORLD WATER DAY…

Greetings Dear Ones…

Nikki’s site is all about Sharing joy so we are sharing this space to share joy…

TODAY IS WORLD WATER DAY & I was thinking about all the water in us & what we can learn from water…

wowders

Flo-ula is found on my journey (she is the most beautiful element of water) & today in celebrating water & thinking of all those without enough water… I choose to APPRECIATE ALL THE WATER… which also means all of you as we are all over 65% water…
Flo-ula’s message is LET GO… let go of anything that’s in the way of you being THE WOW BEING you were born to be…

so I let go of all the thoughts holding me back today – I surrender – so Big Dad can show me the way…

With love & gratitude for WATER & all water does for us and is for us

To follow MAfrika go to www.mafrika2012.com & link to her twitter & facebook

Mintyl HaXaku FLO-ULA Mintyl HaXaku WATER…

so Grateful…

I’m now past the first phase of my 2012 LOVE & JOY tour –  MAfrika2012 and I’m here just thinking “WOW” – I am so so so BLESSED!

Amazing friends and supporters have stepped in and thrown, time, money and creative resources and proven to me the power of Einstein statement ” if you can imagine it – you can create it” WOWZER Einstein you were right on it… Thank you!

Thank you for your genius, now that I’m really living it – I keep imagining more and more of us choosing love, choosing kindness and choosing care for each other…

TOGETHER WE REALLY CAN!

together we can

Thank you to all my new and old friends, thank you to all the schools, thank you to the 1500plus DEAR ONE’S who’ve seen MAfrika and continue to live her message of LOVE, JOY & UNITY…

I am so so so so grateful for this awesome, amazing and wonderful journey in which I get to live my talents & bliss and inspire others to do the same! LIFE IS GRAND!

As MAfrika would say “Mintyl HaXaku” (I LOVE YOU) and love you I do…

More on MAfrika on www.mafrika2012.com

BRAVERY…

Thanks to www.bornthiswayfoundation.org

I was inspired to share what BRAVERY IS TO ME…

joy in living

Bravery to me – means stepping boldly into FOLLOWING your DREAMS those special dreams of your heart.
Ten years ago I envisioned my Care Clown (hospital clown) reaching thousands of children and adult children with her message of love,joy and unity.
Now it’s 2012 and I’m touring with MAfrika (my Care Clown) 20 cities 12 months through Africa. I’ve already reached 1500 children in the first 2 cities and I feel my life shifting with the massive bravery it takes every day to LIVE THE BIG DREAM!
I was born this way, with a whole heap of crazy creativity, hope, love and joy to share and I’m thrilled to be living in a time where we are all accepting this awesome individuality and celebrating the ONEness we all are beyond that too!

I am so excited about our world and the possibility that exists right now for us all to dream, create and live as ONE!

2012 – WE ARE THE ONES

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for…

I see so many inspired people stepping UP to play big games this year, spreading their messages of transformation, growth, love and possibility. And I realise more than ever the power of action and the excitement of these times we are living in…

WE REALLY ARE THE ONE’S WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR

waiting for

If we envision a healthier, happier world then it’s up to us to support that journey and it starts with choice then action, then choice then action and before we realise it we’re having so much fun and our new world exists…

Here’s wishing you all a year full of lived dreams and actions that make your heart and the worlds heart sing… One other thing – we may be a lot of ones (individuals up to our big games in life) but when we synergise and support our strength and effect magnifies. Let’s do it together!

2012 – WE ARE off the shelf and into the BIG GAME!