After having some fun discovering the joy of modded Skyrim, I naturally became interested in maybe doing some of my own small scale mods. So I download the Creation Kit and it installs just fine as far as I could tell. But when it comes to the part where I load the Skyrim.esm I open the data menu in the kit and find it completely empty: no skyrim.esm, no update.esm, and no files relating to any of the mods I have already installed through the NMM. Because of this I feel stuck and after hours of scouring the bowels off the internet I still can't find anything remotely related to a solution to this problem and it makes me feel as if I'm the only one that's ever had this happen.
Interestingly all my plugins, mods and all, show up when I run the Skyrim Launcher and click the Data Files menu. I don't know if that means anything but I'm pretty noob not only to the modding community, but also to general computer troubleshooting in general.
Any help that leads to a fix would be greatly appreciated.