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In Which Nikki Assures “It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later”

Okay, so you probably saw this coming, seeing as I haven’t posted for almost three weeks. I’ve put off this post like you put off breaking up with a really, really nice guy.

It’s not you, blogosphere, it’s me.

Really, though, I do hope to continue this blog at a later date. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it and all the awesome people I’ve gotten to [virtually] know because of it, but at the moment it’s just the wafer thin mint that is going to make me explode Monty Python-style. In my other life, I’m attempting to:

– start a nonprofit from the ground up with no experience whatsoever

– teach creative writing to three different age groups once a week

– keep my garden from dying of heatstroke

– promote and build a fledgling photography business

– help my hubby minister at our house church

– write my graduate thesis

So blogosphere, as much as I’ve loved you, it just isn’t in the cards for us right now, kid. But here’s lookin’ at ya.





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Elephant Fact # 8

Elephants make great best friends.

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In Which Nikki Indulges in a Little Shameless Self Promotion

I realized recently that I don’t talk very much about my photography on this blog. I guess that’s mostly because I like having India Ink Elephant reserved in my life as a tiny little place that exists entirely for my creative and nerdy pleasure. Seriously, if you go back and read my first entry, that was pretty much the only guideline I made for this blog. Must Be Enjoyable At All Times.

And don’t get me wrong, I very much enjoy photography…99% of the time. But of course, that other 1% is often pulling her hair out trying to make sure the books balance and think of new marketing strategies and find the perfect way to crop this photo and come up with an ingenious way to make my shot of a pregnant woman’s belly stand out from all the other shots of all the other pregnant bellies in the whole wide world. Like anything fun done for profit, there are times when I need a breather even from an art that I enjoy so much.

But I did want to mention my photography right now because I’m pretty excited about the coming months. I’ve recently launched a new photography website and booked my first two weddings for September and October of this year. Marc has gotten interested in the business as well, and in our daydreaming about long-term plans, we are hoping to grow the business as partners so that eventually we can be self-employed and more freed up to work on Wayfarers Ministries, our newly-registered nonprofit that will hopefully turn into a church and street kid drop-in center in the next few years.

If that sounds like a sizable to-do list, I guess it probably is. But I’m excited and really do believe that God is showing us, slowly but surely, how to survive as Grown-Ups without giving up on our dreams or ministry callings. It’s a pretty neat feeling.

Anyways, if you’re so inclined, check out Nikki Mayeux Photography. And if you’re in New Orleans and know anyone needing photography, I would love you forever if you recommend me to them. In fact, I’ll even offer a 15% discount to anyone who says they found me through India Ink Elephant. How’s THAT for a marketing strategy, eh? =)



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In Which Nikki Writes a Guest Blog

Hey folks! I thought I’d share with you the link to my friend Kate’s blog, called The Debt Free Family. I forget how I initially stumbled upon this blog, but I certainly know why I keep visiting it–Kate and her husband are chronicling their mission to wipe out their debt ($15,000) in 14 months on a $20,000 a year salary. I find this hugely valuable and inspiring, since Marc and I are trying to do the same thing (with admittedly less fabulous results so far). From Kate, I glean tons of helpful ideas about budgeting, cheap and natural alternatives to household products, great Mexican recipes, and thoughts about money and the Christian faith.

Kate asked me to write a guest post this past Saturday, and since she’s been very interested in hearing about my experiences with communal living, I decided to go at it from this angle:

Needs and Wants, or What Living in a Commune Taught Me About Contentedness 

Give it a read and show Kate’s blog some comment love if you’re so inclined.

Happy Monday, ya’ll!


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Prolific Premier Post, or Nikki Likes Alliteration

Hello world. Welcome to my little corner of the internet.

India Ink is rather a baby elephant at the moment, so pardon my growth spurts as I figure a few things out, i.e. my purpose in writing this blog and what on earth I intend to offer you, good people of Magic Web, in return for taking the time to click my link out of all the click-able links on your screen. I hope the results will surprise and delight us both.

Things you can look forward to:

– elephants both real and crafted

– reflections spiritual, mystical, and radical

– phototypes and stories from my little corner of the real world—New Orleans, Louisiana

– whimsicality and newly-invented words

– recipes, DIY projects, and other resources for cozy domestication

– a growing almanac of pithy quotes and wisdom from the wise

– thoughts on the profession, education, and enjoyment of ink on paper

– assorted other wonderful things

Check back soon!

faithfully yours,


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