Nicole Kidman is loving life right now. She’s completely content living on her Nashville farm with her country music husband Keith Urban and her now 1-year-old daughter Sunday Rose. Nicole nabs the December/January cover of Ladies’ Home Journal and discusses being a mother and her new happy life at home and out of the spotlight.

Nicole knows that living in Nashville does cause her career to take a backseat, but she completely cool with that.

“There are certain limitations to my career because I’m based here,” Nicole acknowledged. “And that’s cool. Keith has enormous ambitions, which I support. His tours and albums are much bigger than what I’m doing right now.”

Nicole already lived a whirlwind lifestyle and now she knows that she is much happier with a simpler way of living.

“I was running from my life, in a way. My imaginary life was better than my flesh-and-blood life. That’s a sad thing to say, but it was,” Nicole admits. “Now I love my real life so much it requires an enormous belief in a film to want to take it on.”

“I think that we’re in the world to connect,” Nicole says. “Because that’s what you’re left with. You’re not left with your house or awards or money, you’re left with the people that you built relationships with.”

Nicole and Keith are very much and love and very happy together in their Nashville home.

“I love being in love. I believe in the power of love, the way it can heal,” Nicole confided. “The more you keep choosing it—because there are times when you can choose to be angry at the person or to love him — the more it nourishes a family.”

However, Nicole prefers to keep her personal life private and believes that’s how it is meant to be.

“I would never write a memoir. There are things that happen behind closed doors, and that’s where they belong,” she explained. “I’m not secretive. I’m protective.”

Nicole’s two older children, Isabella, 16, and and Conner, 14, mostly live in L.A. with their father, Tom Cruise. As a new mom of a 1-year-old it’s no wonder Nicole is protective, especially since she feels more like a woman than ever right now.

“They’re not very big, my boobs, so they just became normal size,” Nicole explained about breast feeding. “I loved it! I felt very Woman. When you’ve had a slightly androgynous body your whole life, having breasts is a nice feeling.”

Every week she hosts a 10 a.m. baby group and said, “This is my way of having 10 kids.” Nicole also confided that she would like to have another.

“Sunday’s third word was ‘wow,’ and I say that word a lot. I hope when I’m 80 I’ll still be saying it,” Nicole said about her hopes for the future. “I’ve been given extraordinary opportunities, with huge dreams fulfilled. I’m 42 and my eyes are still wide open.”

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