N I K O L A C L A R K

Have Courage & be KindπŸ’• β–ͺSpecial Ed Teacher: Inclusion + Awareness #MissClark β–ͺModel | Actress | Fitness | Yogi "Faith always defeats fear."

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"How do you spell 'LOVE'?" - Piglet
"You don't spell it, you FEEL IT." - Pooh

We had the CUTEST little visitor come into class today. 😍 It's amazing the amount of love that can come from such a little human. When he walked in, the room immediately got a little brighter. (More kids = more light & love.) One of my students with Down Syndrome immediately ran up to him, bent down, gave him a hug and said, "Hey, Miss Clark... he looks just like me!" πŸ€— #meltmyheart

This little man is such a simple reminder of the magic that takes place in my classroom every period, day in and day out. I'm honored to be a witness of the special powers my students have that change lives and create mini-miracles wherever they go. I am blessed to be a beneficiary of their incredible spirits that have allowed me to understand what true, unconditional love FEELS like. I just love, love - there's nothing like it! 😊❀️ #MissClark #lovemonth #myworld #mypeople #specialeducation #differentabilities #bestfriends #bestjobintheworld #nolimits #nothingdownaboutit #love

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How did I get so lucky? 😍
I have the best Valentine of all! I didn't think men like him existed. He's the most kind, intelligent, generous, spiritual, selfless, hard working human I know. And he makes me feel special every single day! πŸ’˜ .
Happy Valentine's Day @ganesmadison ! You make my heart so happy! 😚 #magical #bemine #valentine #happy #luckygirl #gratefulheart #valentinesday #boyfriend #dreamy

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Simply magical... 😍 ...the lanterns were pretty cool too.😏✨
#him #lanternfestival #AZ #tangled #wish #magical

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Vegas was too good to us... ❀️ #vegascrew #weekendvibes #poodle
Love these amazing humans! We had such a fun weekend celebrating the birth of @brandontnel. #birthdayboy #vegas

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Meet Miss Mia. Between her style and personality, this girl is probably the CUTEST thing I've ever seen. She loves to make us laugh - her comedic timing is on point and always has everyone belly laughing with her unpredictable, hysterical, honest humor. πŸ˜‚
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Mia is teaching us how simple, kind gestures can positively affect someone else and the benefits of setting high expectations and seeing things from a different perspective.
Not only does this girls excitement shine through her eyes and her smile, her entire body exudes happiness when she walks into the room or sees someone she cares about.
Mia is the perfect example of why we should hold the bar high and not place limits on anyone. Mia constantly moves her head- left to right, right to left... and as I've been observing, thinking to myself "I'm not sure she's listening" or "how do I get her to focus?" - she constantly surprises me with articulate, confident, on topic responses. As she's looking side to side, she sees different points of view and puts a whole new meaning on seeing things from a different perspective. This girl never ceases to amaze me.
We would all benefit from being more like Mia. Smile. Choose to be happy and make others happy. And before you pass judgement, try to see things from a different perspective.
Mia, you are adorable- I am so lucky to be (called) your teacher.
Miss Clark loves you so much! Oh and Harley loves you too!! 😏 🐢#whatsyourdogsname #MissClark #lessonslearned #specialeducation #differentabilities #bestfriends #bestjobintheworld #nolimits #perspective

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Quality BFF time with Ash & baby Brooks! So in love with this little guy. 😍 @hottieash #bff #qualitytime #baby #bedtime #auntie #koka

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Here's another episode of "Kids say the Darndest Things." Sure do love this boy! "...We need to protect Miss Clark... from guinea pigs, armadillos and also rattle snakes - I know she hates those. Oh and her fear is spiders!" #kidssaythedarndestthings #MissClark #specialeducation #differentabilities #downsyndrome #nothingdownaboutit #theluckyfew #bestfriends #bestjobintheworld #happy #love #awareness

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Lately I've been pondering the importance of being a strong, righteous woman and the impact and influence we can have on the world. As I re-watched the First Presidency broadcast this week, a few thoughts came to my mind. #deardiary .
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First of all, I love these men with my whole heart. They are truly inspired individuals. How grateful I am and how blessed we are to have these brave, humble, charitable men to lead us and help us on the path of knowing and becoming more like our Savior, Jesus Christ. .
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I have received a witness that President Russell M. Nelson is a prophet of Almighty God. I love him and sustain him. It's easy to see that he possesses the attributes of Christ when you look at his life and his selfless commitment and dedication to serving Him. I treasure his love for our savior and I delight in his love and appreciation for women.
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In a talk he gave at General Conference back in October 2015, he spoke of women and our divinely appointed roles and responsibilities in Heavenly Fathers plan, especially now - in todays world. He spoke of the example we need to be of virtue, light, love, knowledge, courage, character, faith and living righteous lives. And he challenged and inspired us to be women who know how to make important things happen by our faith, who are courageous defenders of morality and families, who are devoted to shepherding God's children, who know how to receive personal revelation, who understand the power and peace of the temple endowment, women who teach fearlessly and women who know how to call upon the powers of Heaven to protect and strengthen children and families.
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My deepest hearts desire is to become this woman he so boldly speaks of. President Nelson, thank you for relaying this message to us and for giving us women the desire, encouragement and necessary tools in order to become this "righteous women" Heavenly Father needs us to be.
#journal #novel #testimony #righteous #articulate #different #distinct #happy #women

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Just reminiscing all the way back to last week. Missing the sunshine, the beach and... him. #cheese 😬 ...Too soon for a #fbf ? #barbados #paradise #reminiscing

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We didn't miss each other at all! 😏 .
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And just like that, all is right in the world. Thanks to my aide for capturing this moment... right before the last few came running and we all fell over. πŸ˜‚ #preciousmoments #tackle #love #actionshot #candid #MissClark #teacher #grouphug #specialeducation #differentabilities #bestfriends #bestjobintheworld

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Lost at Sea. βš“οΈπŸ˜ #formal

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Curly hair & casual wear. #repost

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2017: "Life is not a test, it's a classroom." I love taking time to reflect on what was, appreciate what is, and look forward to what will be. .
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This past year, I was blessed with experiences that continually tutored me on the laws of mindfulness, positive thinking and self-talk, the power of influence and the importance of laughter, empathy, forgiveness, charity and love. I learned how to focus on the things I can control, let go of the things I cannot and to make the most of every situation by staying in the present moment.
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I have proof that no matter what happens in our lives, ultimately, happiness is a choice. Remember that. Some days we're the bug, some days we're the windshield. But we can choose to see the good in every situation we are placed in - even if it seems nonexistent.
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This year, the reality that we are never alone has been emphasized time and time again. Specific people are placed in our lives as guardian angels to help us through our most challenging times and also, to reignite our passion for life and turn our flicker into a flame. I promise you, that if we continually persevere and push ourselves - moving onward & upward - there is, in fact, "light at the end of the tunnel."
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I recognize the hands of God in the details of my life. My gratitude and love for Him AND my faith in Him and His timing, perpetually deepens every single day. I am beyond blessed to have Him and my Savior, Jesus Christ, as my mentors, teachers, counselors, advocates and friends. They know the end from the beginning and they love us perfectly, personally and individually. Don't ever forget it. .
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So... on that note (more like - novel πŸ˜‚) Cheers to making 2018 the best year yet! Love you all!! #deardiary

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Sure glad Santa got my letter this year! πŸ˜‰ ...Merry Christmas to me!! πŸ˜πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸŽ #merrychristmas #luckygirl

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Baby, it's wayyy too cold outside... what do ya say we get outta here! 😏 ...β˜ƒοΈβ„οΈπŸ˜ŽπŸοΈπŸŒž #photography

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