Born, raised and still a resident of north Fargo, Nichole Truhlicka is a 1998 graduate of Josef’s School of Hair Design. She took her cosmetology skills to a local salon for 18 years before opening her own business, Embellish Hair Studio, with her sister Brook Berlin three years ago. Nichole credits her parents, Dave and Mary, with raising her and her sister with “a strong work ethic, to take pride in what we do, and take responsibility for our actions.“

Together since their first date in March of her freshman year of high school, Nichole and John were married in 2000 and welcomed daughter McKenna about a year later.

“Little did we know that we would struggle with infertility,” Nichole says of expanding their family. “After five long years and undergoing in vitro fertilization, we were blessed with Levi . A couple years later along came Ava with no difficulties.”

Away from work, Nichole enjoys watching sports, whether it is in-person or on TV, taking pictures, shopping at little boutiques, going to movies, and nothing beats a drive to the lakes for the day.

Nichole Truhlicka pictured with her family. Photo courtesy of exposures by j.linnea / Special to On The Minds of Moms
Nichole Truhlicka pictured with her family. Photo courtesy of exposures by j.linnea / Special to On The Minds of Moms


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1. One word that best describes my parenting style…

purposeful. Whether it is having fun making memories, scheduling all of their activities, or disciplining, I try to do it with a purpose as to why I am doing it and then I am determined to make sure it happens.

2. The best part of my career is…

getting to know so many wonderful individuals on a personal level, you get to know a lot about somebody when they have been a client for years. Just knowing that in some little way you helped to make them feel better about themselves, not only on the outside but also on the inside. My life would be so different also if I hadn’t gotten to meet all of these clients over the years.

3. I can’t live without my…

salted caramel toddy from Babb’s coffee house. I go there every single morning, I enjoy the quiet drive there after the hustle and bustle of a busy morning. I often joke that I must own a little spot in that coffee shop by now.

4. My biggest "mom challenge"…

trying to spend individual quality time with each one of my kids and trying to give them 100% when life is busy and pulling me in so many directions.

5. The quality I admire most in my husband…

his dedication to our family; he is always putting the kids and me before himself. He shows that same dedication to his parents and my family as well. When John puts his mind to something that is going to better himself or the family he does it.

Nichole Truhlicka pictured with her husband. Photo courtesy of exposures by j.linnea / Special to On The Minds of Moms
Nichole Truhlicka pictured with her husband. Photo courtesy of exposures by j.linnea / Special to On The Minds of Moms

6. People are always surprised to learn I…

am very interested in law enforcement and if there was one career other than hair that I would want to do it would be a police officer. I have done only one cop ride-along but would like to do more.

7. Outside of my family, I am passionate about…

having good-quality relationships with friends and people I meet along the way in this journey called life. When it comes down to it they are just like family. Being able to be a good friend who is there to support them during the difficult times and gets to celebrate together during the good times- that is rewarding!

8. A family tradition of ours…

going to the Blenders every year at Christmas time. We have not missed a concert in 19 years. As soon as the kids got to an age where they could sit through the concert, they got to join us. We are on year four this year of the whole family going. We start at Sammy’s pizza, then Atomic Coffee for cocoa, and after that we head to the concert. We have a lot of family traditions but that is definitely one of my favorites.

9. I want my kids to grow up knowing...

that as long as they are kind to everybody and do their best at whatever it is they are doing, that is enough for me. I don’t care if they are the best one on the team or the smartest one in class, etc. As long as they work hard and it is their personal best I will be proud of them. Being kind to on another is the easiest thing they can do and I hope they see that from John and me and apply it in their everyday lives.

10. My best advice for a mama expecting her first child…

you will experience a new kind of love like no other, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy and won’t come with challenges. You will make mistakes but don’t beat yourself up. And never say never because you will end up eating your words at some point. Example: my child will never be that kid throwing a temper tantrum and screaming at Target...let’s just say been there! And more than once!

11. The habit I hope my kids don’t inherit from me…

overthinking and over-analyzing everything. My mind never rests and I hope they can find or learn the skills to just be at peace with their thoughts and let their minds rest sometimes.

12. The one kid show I can’t stand…

SpongeBob SquarePants

13. Boy moms know…

that boys are very busy and full of energy (I know some girls are also). I like the saying “boys will be boys” but not to excuse bad or inappropriate behavior. With my son I always get a few more “I love yous” just randomly throughout the day, so they definitely have a very sweet and caring side as well.

14. Raising a teenager has taught me…

how important communication is and being able to talk about anything. Also letting them make some of their own decisions within reason, knowing they might make a mistake, but will hopefully learn from it. They are just trying to find themselves and figure out who they are.

Editor’s note: This story was written and riginally published in the October/November 2018 magazine. Forum Communications Company is re-publishing these stories as On the Minds of Moms staff members develop a new online community.