Nikki Cade

Mixed media artist, Nikki Cade, left her full-time job as a special education teacher in June of this year to pursue art full-time. Because she’d spent the last several years building an online following and customer base, she could quit her job when her art became more important than the teaching. It’s been six months since then and she loves it. Here Nikki talks about what it took to leave the full-time job, how she prepared herself mentally and financially for the transition, her path to freedom, and how she found her creative voice.

photos by: Creative Soul Photography



I see the world as this beautiful place. I see it as this very resilient earth that loves us and keeps us supported even though we beat it up as humans. I think it’s a really beautiful place to be.

I see the world as this beautiful place. I see it as this very resilient earth that loves us and keeps us supported even though we beat it up as humans. I think it’s a really beautiful place to be.

Some things we talk about…

  • Knowing when to leap
  • How to transition from a full-time job to being a full-time maker
  • Making do with what you have (and creating success wherever you’re at)
  • How to keep your own voice while imitating what’s working for others
  • Sharing, and selling, your work online
  • How the practice of minimalism changed Nikki’s life

“I think that if you believe in yourself and you’re ready to take that leap, it’s worth it. Leap when you’re ready.” 

“Just make whatever you want to make. If it’s coming from you and it’s coming from this genuine place, you can’t be wrong. It’s yours.”