My name is TS Nicholson. Friends know me as “Tams”. I am a professional in the non-profit field with a passion for helping all life be joyous and free and find peace. This site and its contents are my humble gift to anyone that might benefit from coming here.
Director, Forsyth County Drug Awareness Council from 2016 – Current
American Red Cross of Georgia from 2008 – 2016
Media Quotes or Mentions:
September 2018: Founding Intern William Allen – Forsyth County Herald
June 2018: County Line Magazine
February 2016: Director Hired – Forsyth County Herald
PERSONAL Projects & Work:
My mission statement is simple: “To be a positive tool in the education of humanity and demonstrate the absolute necessity of engaging in healthy loving-kindness, compassion, and reverence for all life.”
- Board Member of The Mary T and Frank L Hoffman Foundation / www.All-Creatures.org
- Founder of the Silent Communion Project (a work in progress),
- Prayers for Animals and Animal Activists,
- Several unpublished manuscripts in various stages of development.
- Student of the Father Richard Rohr’s Living School, 2022 Cohort.
- And now this … The Beloved Institute. It will have very humble beginnings but is structured to increase to help a larger and larger audience.
“There is never enough time to do as much as I would prefer. It is time to enlist the help of some volunteers in 2020.”
Personal Project Highlights:
Silent Communion, sponsored by All-Creatures, tabled at the 2016 Animal Rights Conference in LA and right next to Keegan Kuhn’s table for Cowspiracy! (That was awesome!!) Our table provided literature from Silent Communion, All-Creatures, and the Christian Vegetarian Association. I was warmly received by all, interviewed for a documentary (still in production), and even had fun speaking in front of the large main hall audience for 30 seconds one morning. Wow! Just Wow!
I had the privilege of spending a day in New Mexico at the hermitage located of the Center of Action and Contemplation (CAC) and then had a private meeting with Father Richard Rohr and his beloved (RIP) Venus concerning my Silent Communion project in 2017. It was a day that I will never forget in such special prayer and meditation and then that meeting. I was humbled even more when Father shared that Melinda Gates and another famous singer had also recently spent a day of solitude in the hermitage as well.
And it is so humbling to have met many like-minded compassionate peers and pioneers over the years. I’ve been blessed to end up in the right place at times and have many helpful and wonderful discussions with people like Lisa Kemmerer, professor, author, and amazing woman. She has nine books now and they are all amazing
And I am blessed to live in Georgia with many wonderful souls such as Carmen Cox Pop, Co-Founder and CFO of Farm of the Free Animal Sanctuary (and too many others to list!)
And I’m equally thankful to have amazing like-minded friends all over the U.S. Wow! How affirming is it to live in a world where the shift to compassion is slowly taking root. There are tens of thousands of amazing and dedicated people working toward this change. The numbers increase each year.
Now, one last thing … I like to discern whom I allow to impact my thinking. Do you? If so, here is about me (not my work):
My Mode of Operation: Cruelty-free living coupled with loving-kindness and respect for all life along with the belief that we are each gifted in a way to help others and meant to experience joy.
My Personal Worldview: I believe that the complexities within the design of all life are more than accidental or derived solely from evolution and come from a source larger than we can understand: a creator who is filled with an abundance of loving-kindness toward all. This creator’s love for all life can be witnessed through the innocence of children and the intelligence of creatures. Humanity, it seems, are the ones who sadly corrupt everything, but there is a shift occurring now that is moving us toward a more compassionate world. This shift will slowly, with time and dedication, usher in a new era of compassion and peace for all.
My Personal Practices: My work keeps me in constant interactions with others, but my renewal comes from a simple personal life with creatures, lots of study, meditation, prayer, exercise, communications with religious leaders and servants, and solitude. I live in the world, but not of it. Although I am far from a hermitest (female hermit), I do favor the concept of attempting to keep myself in the mentality of residing as a semi hermitest outside of work hours. Doing so allows me to draw close to my creator and stay focused on helping others, but there is always time for friends and beings in need. Always.
Learning Experiences: My early career was spent on a very successful upward mobile track within the corporate sector, in various positions and advancements, until a simple experience in the early 2000’s with a non-profit concerning humans with disabilities made me acutely aware of the need for educated advocates for those who could not speak for themselves. My interaction with that non-profit was a powerful and moving experience that changed my heart and the course of all my future professional work.
I left the corporate world and dedicated myself to the nonprofit sector by starting from the bottom up within an international organization, living off of my savings, volunteering at several other non-profits, and returning to school to earn a degree in psychology/communications and going on to graduate studies.
In 2008, I found myself further stretched and refined as I became an ethical cruelty-free consumer/eater (vegan) and realized the duality of this world and illusion of marketing concepts that we are exposed to on a daily basis. Having my eyes opened in this area, again, profoundly altered and defined my worldview.
Since 2016 I have been the Director of a Drug Prevention Coalition and, again, find myself growing and stretched within another social justice issue that is often surrounded in so much stigma, shame, and denial along with, again, the marketing tactics concerning the pharmaceutical industry.
“My desire is to help lift you up.”
There are common threads that run parallel in all social justice issues. I want to try a variety of things, sharing my knowledge, concerning what may be helpful to you as a person or your organization. There can be burn-out, frustration, depression, and feelings of being completely overwhelmed when trying to make a difference with these issues. That is why it is so important to lift one another up and know techniques that keep staff and volunteers in your organizations healthy, functioning well, and free from discouragement.
The Goal for You: I simply hope to share something that might be an encouragement to you on one of these pages. We will be sharing videos and materials and more. You will see additional sections come to life as I try to figure out how I might be of help to others. I’ve got some things in mind. This website is a labor of love. If you find something that is helpful to you, please let me know so I can be aware of what is helping others and what is not.
Peace Be with You, Tams