About Niki Flow

Niki Flow (a palindrome of "wolf, I, kin") is my new pen name. I used to write under the name "Sara Michele O'Sullivan." O'Sullivan is an ancestral name. Daniel O'Sullivan came to the United States in the late 1800's. He was the father of my maternal grandmother. My family-of-origin name is Sara Michele O'Toole. I was named for my grandmother (Sara) and my cousin (Michael). I was supposed to be a boy, my mother explained. My name would have been Michael Mark O'Toole. My mother and family call me Micky. In business I was known as Michele. In 1996 I discovered a text-based RPG and invented by accident the name Tizzrah. (I was going for Tirzah, Ben Hur's sister but got it backwards). The name Tizz stuck for internet and gamer friends. So, because I love jazz (first) among all genres of music, I am "jazztizz." I worked for most of my life as a legal and/or executive secretary is high stress jobs. Currently, I am a freelance writer; the volunteer coordinator and facilitator of under1000skies and Volunteer Biographers; a transcriptionist on Simbi, and co-creative team scribe on ServiceSpace.org for the beautiful Awakin.org interviews. I feel like, at last, I am part of something truly beautiful and world changing. Service Space was founded by Nipun Mehta on the idea of "Giftism." (See his TedX Talk: "Designing for Generosity.") I'm a mom/birthmom to six children (3 kids, 2 birth kids and one little angel). I am happily married for the past two decades or so to my best friend. I'm a musician, artist, writer and world citizen. I believe that life is in two parts -- finding your passion, then giving it back to the world. The operative word here is "Give." "I am planting seeds, nothing more."

Gems 5.6

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Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

5.4 (1)

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BRAVE
You can be amazing.
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug.
You can be the outcast,
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love,
Or you can start speaking up.
Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
And they settle ‘neath your skin.
Kept on the inside and no sunlight,
Sometimes a shadow wins.
But I wonder what would happen if you
Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave
Everybody’s been there, everybody’s been stared down
By the enemy,
Fallen for the fear and done some disappearing.
Bow down to the mighty.
Don’t run, stop holding your tongue.
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live.
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in.
Show me how big your brave is.
Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
Innocence, your history of silence
Won’t do you any good.
Did you think it would?
Let your words be anything but empty.
Why don’t you tell them the truth?
Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
See you be brave
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
Songwriters: Jack Antonoff / Sara Bareilles
Brave lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Gems 5.4

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

5.4

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