(So)(Co) Sit Down with Nikki Segalini

I'm excited to share this week's (So)(Co) Sit Down with you! Nikki Segalini and I met freshman year of college at Northeastern University. She was always Nurse Nikki to us, even without the degree and certifications. She is one of the few people I knew in college who knew exactly who they wanted to be when they grew up. It was incredible to watch her go through the training to become a nurse all while maintaining a fun and balanced lifestyle as a college student. She's maintained that same practice throughout the past ten years of working really hard and then going on amazing travels, and doing everything she wants to be doing with her life.

Nikki is proof that you can have your shit together and still feel as though something is missing and when you step out of your comfort zone and let go of how you think things should be, everything will fall into place. 



How do you spend your days?

My job (registered nurse in the cath lab) keeps me pretty busy most days!  When I come home, I’m taking care of my new pup, Charlie.  I live right near the beach so I love taking her down to the Harborwalk for a nice long walk along the water.  

What are three things you are grateful for?

My health, happiness, and my support system of family and friends.

Explain your lifestyle in 5 words or less.  

Happy where I am today.

If you were to attend a potluck dinner, what would you bring?  

I just made chili for the first time for a weekend in New Hampshire.  To my surprise it came out amazing!  Definitely going to bring that to another party and wow people with my cooking skills!

If you could gift everyone you meet with one book, what would it be and why?

The Power of One, by Bryce Courtenay.  

What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?  

Let Charlie out. Then immediately to the Keurig.  

If you could change one thing in your daily routine, what would it be? What would it take for you to make that change?  

I would love to be a morning person.  I wake up at a reasonable time, but for my job that needs me at the hospital at early hours, I would love to just be able to wake up on my own without an alarm clock.  Charlie is now my new alarm clock which I think is helping with that change.

What does being healthy mean to you?  

To me, it’s all encompassing.  You can be eating healthy and working out and physically feeling great, but if you aren’t feeling well mentally, being healthy takes on a new meaning.  Happiness and contentment are huge factors in living a healthy lifestyle.

Have you ever been faced with health concerns that pushed you to change your lifestyle? Explain.    

I have been lucky enough to not be faced with such challenging concerns.  In my field of work though, I see it every day, and it causes me to be as aware as I can regarding my health and well-being.

What song can immediately change your mood in the best way possible?

Riptide by Vance Joy

What is one piece of advice someone has given you that shifted your way of thinking?  

When I was in nursing school, someone told me  “There is nothing scarier than a new nurse that doesn’t ask questions.”  Starting out at my first job, I found this to be entirely true - there is so much to learn and so much to see, you can’t just nod your head and say “Ok."  Six years later, I now tell myself  “there is nothing scarier than a nurse that doesn’t ask questions” - new has nothing to do with it, there is always something to learn.  To relay this to every day life, why not ask more questions and find out as much as you can about something?

What article of clothing/outfit do you feel most empowered wearing?

A great dress and a (comfortable) pair of heels!  My job requires scrubs only, so when I have the chance to dress up, I love to.

Complete this sentence: “In order to be happy, I need to….”  

Love myself.  I never believed that statement so much as I do now.

What do you have going on in your life that you’d like to share with the (So)(Co) Community?

I’ve had quite the whirlwind life over the past year and a half!  I was living in NYC for about six years, and wasn’t really happy for a good portion of that time.  I was constantly searching; for something else, someone else, and so many other things.  I felt that New York was hiding everything that should make me happy, and I was on the longest scavenger hunt to find them.  I realized it was time to remove myself from the city that I loved/hated (equally, at the same time) so much.  I moved back home to Boston in May of 2014, and I travelled that summer before settling down with another job.  I broke out of my comfort zone, and I never felt so free and amazing, so comfortable in my own skin and so happy.  One of my travels led me to Nashville, where I fell in love with an amazing man.  Flash forward to today, I have a great job, a new home, and a dog, and I’ve done this all  with a man by my side who tells me how beautiful and amazing I am every day.  I’m pretty sure life led me to this happiness because I learned how amazing I was before we met, but it’s nice that he reminds me.   For all those years I was searching for a life that would make me happy, I finally told myself to stop the scavenger hunt.  I’m complete proof that if you move out of your comfort zone and make a change that shakes up your world a bit, it may be just what you need.

30 year old registered nurse from Boston, MA.  I attended Northeastern University, and then moved to NYC for six years.  I experienced so much in the “greatest city in the world,” both good and bad, and I am so thankful for my time there.  I am currently living in Boston, MA, and saving lives in the Cardiac Cath Lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  I enjoy yoga and pilates, running (when I feel ambitious) and biking.  I live in Savin Hill, a beautiful neighborhood in Dorchester-I am two blocks to the beach, two blocks to public transportation, and a $9 cab ride to Downtown Boston, it really couldn’t be better!  I’m close with my parents and sister, and my nephew Logan is just a short ride away.  Being close with my family is a huge part of my life, and I’m really lucky that I can see them so often.