Hey, friends.

Happy Monday! Or, not so much…?

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Nicole Baart. I’m a novelist, philanthropist, and mother of five kids from four different countries. I love words and I love connecting with people. I also love Mondays (gasp!). I know, right? Hear me out. For me, Monday is a fresh start, a blank slate. A crisp, white page waiting to be scribbled on. Each new week feels a bit like New Year’s Day to me, and I love the opportunity to begin again.

Whether or not you feel the same way I do about Monday, I hope you’ll join me right here every Monday morning for a little jump start. I want to infuse the start of your week with encouragement, inspiration, and even delight. We’re calling it #MuseMonday, and we hope you’ll join us in spreading a bit of joy around. We’ll be sharing ideas, laughing out loud, rediscovering beauty, and hopefully finding that we are filled up and ready to go into our lives to create and inspire in ways that are meaningful and transformative. Sometimes we’ll talk about books and the creative process, sometimes we’ll just giggle together. But no matter what we do, I promise #MuseMonday will always be encouraging.

Thanks for joining me, friends! We’re in this thing together–and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Create confidently,


Nicole Baart is the mother of five children from four different countries. The cofounder of a non-profit organization, One Body One Hope, she lives in a small town in Iowa. She is the author of seven novels, including, most recently, Little Broken Things.