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Deadlifts and Lipstick

and everything in between

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Nikki Barr

Always just on the verge of having my shit together... Writer. Photographer. Vegan. Power lifter.

The truth about anxiety

The truth about anxiety is that no matter what words I type, I want to hit the delete button. And that truth transcends into every aspect of my life.

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We don’t need another Hero

Wonder Woman didn’t have heroes—she was written as one.

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Lessons in Failure

The barbell hovered a few inches off the ground. I dropped it and shook my head. That’s ok, take a few seconds and try it again. I step back up to the bar. I’ve never failed a second attempt, I think as it hits the gym floor.

Speaking on Mute

I can’t speak. He waits for me to say something… anything. Tears taste salty and sting the rawness in my throat, but I won’t let them fall. I’ve been a writer on mute most of my life.

I Don’t: A Wedding Paradox

During the entirety of my 20s and 30s I was asked when I was going to settle down and get married. I would always respond: When it’s legal for everyone I will consider it. Then marriage equality happened and I had that “oh fuck” moment...

A Dress to Remember

I pulled out my favorite summer dress and let it fall familiarly over me as I smiled at the memories enshrouded in the fabric. It’s purple and pink and everything that makes me feel free.

MySelfies Myself

As my Project 365 comes to a close, I am going to take some time to reflect, and write, about the lessons that came with it. The project helped me be strong enough to ask for help; to be more vulnerable. It’s hard, it sucks, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

But, sometimes poetry

After my official break up with fiction, I've been steadily committed to working on my memoir project and this space. For as long as I can remember, I've been writing something. I don't know life without it.  My first true love... Continue Reading →

Defying Gravity

Returning from Texas I told my trainer I was ready for more... I looked at her and said: “I want to be strong.”

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