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August Recap

 + I welcomed August.

+ Had a series of guest posts.

+ Talked about uplifting myself while trying to convey a repetitious message.

+ Did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

+ Shared with you the secret of how to please everyone.

+ Told about my soul.

+ Wrote some six word stories.

+ Made a metaphoric comparison of us to worms.

+ Shared a poem entitled "Is it wrong of me?"

Thanks for reading!

Don't Wait For Inspiration - Seek It!



7 Ways To Seek & Find Your Inspiration.


1. Blogs


There are so many insanely awesome and inspiring blogs out there. There are blogs on writing, blogs on fandoms, even blogs on blogs. It's truly amazing how accessible they are - or can be. So when in need of inspiration, surf the web for blogs centered around your topic.

2. Books


Do you have any idea how hard it is to write a book? I do. I've written three of them. The processes of writing a book and - if it be your goal - getting it published are both hard and will testing. So be open when reading a book. Don't only search for inspiration, but enjoy the story as well. For whether it be about romance, action or adventure, become invested in the story. Delve into the plot while developing attachments to the main characters. If the book is well written, this should come easily.

3. Quotes


Quotes are like motivational strips of words that fit easily in one's "inspirational pocket". Recently I've been collecting the ones that speak to me, writing them down on index cards and taping them to my bedroom walls. Whenever I look up from my computer screen there's something nearby that sparks inspiration, or gets me thinking. Perhaps you could do the same. Search for quotes or small phrases that touch you, and plaster them where you can see. React accordingly.

4. Friends (or strangers...)


Conversations with friends are (sometimes) like fresh breaths of air. Communicating with other human beings allows us to get insight, learn, and even switch perspectives for a little while. And I'm not just talking about communication among friends. Talking to strangers is great. Listening to them is even better. I'm not telling you to stalk and eavesdrop, but when someone nearby is talking, listen. I have found inspiration in just learning the happenings of other's lives, and I bet you will too.

5. Art


It's time to whip out your old paints and paintbrushes, along with the clay, craft foam, glitter, and whatever else you may have stashed away. Get creative. Go hog wild and make a mess. When you're finished, hang your artwork on the wall, or set it on your desk. Stare at it. Study it. Allow it to inspire you in its imperfect way. Or, if you'd rather not make a big mess, there's always the simple task of Googling "inspiring artworks".

6. Music


Plug your headphones in and take a trip to your iTunes - or the musical side of YouTube. Music is not only inspiring, it gives you a reason to get up and dance too. When I think of inspirational music, I think of Marina and the Diamonds, Birdy, Lorde, and (the ever so angelic) Ed Sheeran. Musical tastes do vary from person to person, so if you don't like these artists, search for ones that fit your taste. Find a song that speaks to you and tear apart the lyrics, look at the meaning of the words. Ask yourself what the singer is singing about, and why it was so important to them to convey that through a song.

7. Dreams


Use your dreams as creative and inspirational fuel. Think of the dreams you had last night, or your actual goals. My personal dream/goal is to become a (bestselling) published author, and I constantly have to remind myself that in order to get there, I have to write (you would think that would be easy to remember). Life gets in the way, and sometimes you just have to step back, realign yourself, and remember that you will accomplish your dreams - if you stay inspired. ;)

Thanks for reading! If you have questions or something to say, comment below! I can't wait to hear from you.

Until next time,
Nicole Rose

she trusted you.

Messy bun

[via pinterest]

she trusted you.
she poured everything she had into you,
and you hurt her.
be thankful she's too kind to get revenge.

My Soul

My soul is restless.

Much too often it detaches itself from me to feel the freedom of the room. It hates being bounded by the confines of my all too human body - something I try to understand.

So I let it go.

I watch it waltz around with the other freed souls. I watch it shake hands with strangers, smile wide at passerby, and strike up conversations with unknowns. I watch it wiggle around in the center of a bustling crowd, not caring because it's independent and unrestricted.

And f r e e.

Sometimes I wonder if that soul is really mine. Something so separate couldn't actually belong to me. But every night, when the soul is tired, it returns to the hollowed out bones in which it resides (that's me).

Me.

Rose.

My soul - that wild, tangled, maddened soul - is mine me. It's me.

How crazy is that?

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Thank you for reading. <3

Six Word Stories [#25]

caffeine

What is the world doing today?

We Are Worms.

Road

Something I've discovered in my short span of sixteen years in the world is that human beings tend to dig themselves into emotions, just a worm moves its way through dirt. It's always surrounded, always feeling, until the rain comes and its drawn to the surface, ready to move, where it finds it can't feel anymore - the environment is foreign.

It seems we're just like that. We are worms and dirt is our overwhelming emotional surroundings. The rain is an event, something moving within you. It draws you to the surface, where you get the chance to breathe and move forward; as well as escape the emotions, just for split second.

Most times I don't want to be a worm. They seem so distant and unknowing to what is happening around them. They don't realize what the world is making them feel, or even do. Or... do they? Humans, I'd like to say, most generally don't understand what they are going through, until they've already gone through it. It's hard for us to process the information around us, as well as the emotions that eat us up on the inside - and sometimes the outside.

But I'd like to know what you think. Are we metaphoric worms surrounded by symbolic dirt?

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

As most of you may know, there's this thing going around called the "Ice Bucket Challenge". It's to raise awareness for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; click here to learn more), a disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Tons of people have contributed and donated to the ALS Association, thanks to the ice bucket challenge. Including myself.


^ This is moi, getting ice water dumped onto her head. :P

I'm going to admit to you guys that I did not want to participate in this challenge. I'm not too keen on getting wet, and when I was nominated, I thought the whole ordeal was quite foolish. But now, sitting here and reading about how much this ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has helped and grown, it fills me with pride to know that I - in a small way - have contributed as well.

I encourage you to participate as well. You don't have to dump water on your head, or even donate. You could pray for the people ALS has effected, or raise awareness by posting about it on your blog. Whatever you do, just know your gesture and contribution matters. :)

Thank you so much for reading. <3

Six Word Stories [#24]


What're you doin'?

Nothin'. Lookin'. Lovin'.

Another post where I try to uplift myself while conveying a repetitious message to my readers.

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[via pinterest] I kinda just want to curl up in bed right now and write/read/cry/sleep...

Sometimes I have a really hard time sitting myself down to write a post for my blog. There's a broad span of topics out there that my brain picks at random, and when I pick one to start writing about, I feel as though it's not good enough. My thoughts constantly say "someone could write this better" so I usually stop and push the writing away to be finished on another day.

Why do I do this to myself? I think it's because deep down, I'm afraid of what you guys will think. I'm afraid I'll write about something and it just won't live up to your standards - or even my own. I hate feeling as though I've failed someone, and I hate feeling as though I've failed myself, so I don't do anything. Which causes me to get stuck and feel like I've failed myself anyway. The whole ordeal is so confusing, yet its resolve is so simplistic.

I need to lower my expectations to a reasonable amount. I need to let go, be free. Be succulent (juicy) and wild. I don't need to care about what others think of me because they are themselves and I am uniquely me.

I am me.

No one else is going to be me.

So I may as well embrace it.

Thank you for reading this confusing post.

Guest Post by MorningTime4

Main Blog // Bloglovin // Goodreads // Figment
My name is MorningTime4. It's not my real name, but an alias that was once a nickname given to me by my friends in fifth grade for my optimistic and bright personality. Some of the joys in my life are my friends, writing, and going out into the community; they have all helped me come out of my shell and become the person I am today. My other past times besides reading and writing really revolve anything to do with the arts and sports, especially theater and volleyball. I'm an INFP and a Libra. If I could take up any occupation in the world, I would become a successful published author, a scholar, or a nomadic learner. I'm more old-fashioned versus mainstream. I love the color orange. I spend my nights pondering about anything and everything. I'd like to go and live my life to the fullest so when I die, I know I've lived a satisfying life.
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// the world's universal language //

I love the world and its languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, ASL (American Sign Language). They all bring a distinct dialect and a richness culture when they speak. I even love the accents that people form when they try to speak a language other than their native one. 
There is one language that I really love. It's a language that we can all understand, and no way am I talking about English, a universal language, or Chinese Mandarin (which apparently beats English by a 2:1 ratio). For this language, you don't have to even have to speak! All you can do is keep quiet and just listen. Know what language this is? It's the beautiful language of: 

* drumroll *

MUSIC!

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"Let the music groove you,
Let the melody move you!
Feel the beat and just let go,
Get the rhythm into your soul!
Let the music take you Anywhere it wants to
When we're stuck and can't get free
No matter what, we'll still be singing..."
--Turn Up the Music, from the movie Lemonade Mouth*
*Note: I'm not a huge fan of Disney movies, but this one was my ultimate favorite when I was younger, and the song goes along with the post, so... 

Hold up. If music IS the universal language of the world, then why are the lyrics in all different languages? 
The best answer I can give to you is the verbal language of the song doesn't really matter that much. What is important is the message that the words convey, and the actions and connections that are made because of those messages and words.

photo is mine
There was this one video I blogged about when I first started, and it was just so beautiful. Maroon 5 had this thing calledthe Daylight Project (which you can view the video here), named after their songDaylight. It was a project where people submitted videos about things they loved and hated-- really, all sorts of themes that we can all relate to in some way--were brought together. Honestly? I loved this video. People talked about things that I could relate to, and by the end of the video, I was a crying mess. 
Another thing that happened music-related, in my life, that brought people together, was Frozen. Frozen was starting to get all of this hype and recognition. At the same time, I was new to theater and didn't know anyone there. We all had differing personalities that, in a school setting, would have clashed headers. My entire theater cast and I were all vocalists. Singing out loud to the Frozen soundtrack was our way of bonding. By the time the experience ended, we were all really sad to have to go. 
I'm really thankful for music, really, because without it, I would have still been a shy girl who just sang in the shower really loud and who wouldn't have tried to expand on her musical talents. I wouldn't have bonded and met some of my friends where our conversations started of with music-related stuff (like my friends and I arguing about Michael Jackson and my friend singing Mean off-pitched and making me laugh). I also currently have several songs stuck in my head. Here's a playlist of them (I added the Lemonade Mouth song in it, too, in case you want to hear how it goes):
Songs in My Head, August 2014 by Morning on Grooveshark


Well, if you enjoyed this post, then please check out my blog! (http://theworldthroughmywindowsill.blogspot.com).

Six Word Stories [#23]


What could she be running from?

I've always wanted...



I've always wanted to be that girl with the journal and the elegant cued comebacks. I've been craving the passion of putting my pen to paper, but when such an opportunity comes I pass it down because I think I'll live in the moment better if I'm not too busy converting it into words.

Sometimes I really want to change that. I want to forget that someone could be looking at me while I jot something down in my little book of collected words. Maybe that's what the real cause of my hesitancy is - I'm afraid someone is going to watch me attempt to create a private moment for myself.

Or worse, there's the scenario of them asking to view my words. What if they wish to know what I'm doing? I'll have to tell them with an faux pride that I'm writing about how awesome their laugh is, or how inspired I am by their movements.

Am I being paranoid? Or am I being prideful in an overbearing way? Because who would take the time to notice me anyway?

Guest Post by Sneha

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Top 8 Quotes That Inspire Me


For the past two years I’ve tried to be in sync with the literature side of me after learning that I was pretty good at writing and interpreting different types of poetry. I’m someone who always needs a push to do something otherwise I’ll just sit there like a lazy sack and do nothing for a while. Something that constantly keeps me on the move is motivational and inspirational writing, songs and movies. I see, hear or read these type of things and immediately think to myself, right, it’s time to get back on track now after I laze around for a couple of days. So this is something I need in my life. Therefore, I decided that why not share with you some great, meaningful quotes and explain what a few them tell me and what they have taught me.

1. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” - Neale Donald Walsch
2. "You miss 100% of the shots you didn't take." - Wayne Gretzky

This quote, being only 9 words still speaks more than a thousand words. It’s a very strong sentence or phrase, and definitely says a lot. To me this quote basically tells me to say YES. Say YES to every opportunity that comes around, it’s hard and it’s scary but just imagine the outcome. Remember that it’s more important to try and fail rather than to just not try at all.

 3. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” - Anne Frank
4. “You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like there's nobody listening, And live like it's heaven on earth.” - William W. Purkey

This is definitely my favourite. It’s all about letting go and enjoying life. If you don’t take part in certain things you WILL without a doubt regret it later. I am quite a shy person, therefore it’s happened to me so many times, so now I’m trying to push myself to really go out and try different things and let loose because it really brings you so much joy and happiness and gives you a sort of frilly feeling on this inside. It is magical.

5. “So many things become beautiful when you really look.” - Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall
6. "I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was." - Ransom Riggs

This quote really opens my eyes. We live in a world where we are constantly influenced by people around us, always wanting things that others have, do etc. and so we forget to appreciate what we have. Therefore, always take a few minutes every now and then to remind yourself how lucky you are.

7. “If you don’t love something, you’re not going to go the extra mile, work the extra weekend, challenge the status quo as much.” – Steve Jobs
8. "The more you learn, the more you realize how little you know..." - Jim Rogers

Last week I read a book called “A Father’s Lessons for Life and Investing – A Gift to My Children” by Jim Rogers. My dad told me to read it. It was incredibly enlightening and eye opening. This quote is from that book; this is one of the lines that really stood out to me. There is no limit, no stop sign when it comes to learning, because there is just so much out there to know in this world that it just doesn’t stop. Planet Earth has been there for a quite some time now, and as we move forward day by day, there are so many new things being discovered giving us even more to learn about. We are given the opportunity to learn about the past, the future and most importantly the present. Learning is not just about reading a boring book, there are so many different ways to broaden our knowledge; for example, traveling, watching movies or videos, learning from others experience...there are so many different resources available in this day and age and we must do whatever we can to try and acquire them. So there you have it! I’d like to give a big thanks to Rose for giving me this opportunity to guest post on her lovely and amazing blog; I hope you guys liked it!

I’m Sneha from SleepySneha, for more from me check out my blog!

Thanks!
Sneha

Is it wrong of me? (a poem)



photo via pinterest

Is it wrong of me to blame you? / You left me all alone.

Where'd you go, my dear sweet friend? / The answer is unknown.

Seven hundred plus days. / Gosh, I invested so time in you.

Thirty months of conversations kept / and one moment was all it took before it broke through.

You told me I meant something. / In fact you made me believe,

That I was your everything, / your plan of deception did succeed.

And even though I'm broken / because you left my love to wilt on the floor.

I hope you're freaking happy / now I've healed and I'm so much more.

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Thank you for reading. <3

PS: This is my 400th post.

Guest Post by Celia


hey peoples!

me name is Celia.

I'm so excited to be doing this guest post!
thanks so much Rose for letting me! your blog is so awesome, and your writing is flawless! you inspire me so much! :) <3

I just wrote a kind of short story thing.
I hope you enjoy! :)

and if you would like to read more stuff I've written, or just see other stuff I do, I would wuv it so much if you would check out me crazy blog! :)
here's a link

crazy. crazy. crazy.

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I  told her to break it.


I didn't like it.
not at all.

it was too full of the unknown.
too mysterious.
too different.

I didn't understand it.

it needed to be destroyed.


I told her to break it.


she had just nodded.

she was young.
too young.

it wasn't fair.


I didn't know then.

If I had know,
it would still be whole.


I told her to break it.


now there she lay on the cold hard ground.

there it lay.
shattered in a million pieces.


her soul.


I told her to break it.


Guest Post by Anna

Hey Everyone!
This is Anna from Banana and Bear, doing a guest post for the wonderful Rose :)
To tell you a little about myself, I love reading, writing, photography, music, dancing, singing, acting, and crafting.
I have been working on writing a novel, and I've been thinking about different synonyms for different words. It really helps, so that I don't use the same word to often.
So I started with coming up with a list of synonyms for words like "good", "pleasant", or "nice".
Here they are:
Good
Wonderful
Great
Terrific
Stupendous
Divine
Lovely
Perfect
Splendid
Amazing
Georgeous
Pleasant
Pleasing
Loveable
Beautiful
Glorious
Brilliant
Fantastic
Grand
Marvelous
Extraordinary
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And also I made a list of synonyms for words such as "unpeasant", "bad", and "annoying":
Awful
Teriable
Dreadful
Rediculous
Disgraceful
Detestable
Pathetic
Maddening
Annoying
Horrid
Rotten
Unfit
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Also, I find it helpful to have a list of feelings or emotions, because then my character can feel ecstatic, joyous, and rapturous, instead of always being excited ;) And, on not great days, she can be depressed, listless, or melancholy, and not just not just always sad ;) So here is my list of good feelings or emotions:
Content
Happy
Excited
Ecstatic
Joyous or Joyful
Youthful
Lucky
Relaxed
Welcomed
Loved
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And a list of bad feelings and emotions...
Depressed
Restless
Mournful
Distraught
Frightened
Saddened
Bored
Grumpy
Angry
Furious
Seething
Listless
Irritated
Murderous
Envious
Melancholy
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So yea. Hopefully you all enjoyed that, I, at least, find it helpful ;)
I also thought it would be fun to share a little expert from the book I'm writing, I will be posting this on my blog later, as well.
"I stopped still, right where I was, amid the chaos. I didn't notice the people pulling me every which way, the resounding noise, or the blinding light. I was alone in my thoughts, and I started to think, really think, about my situation. I could go back and live a normal life. I could try to forget this whole thing. I could, in fact, be myself, my normal self. But I would never stop wondering about everyone, and everything, here. That line was right there, but if I crossed it, I was never coming back. Not ever. And so, without a word to anyone, I turned around."
-My Book That Doesn't Have a Title Yet
;)
So yes, that didn't spoil to much :)
Anyways, that's all for now, thanks for reading this post!
Go write something! ;) (And don't forget to follow Rose's blog!)
Xo,
-Anna ♡
(www.bananaandbear.blogspot.com)

Six Word Stories [#22]

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"This looks comfortable. Don't you agree?"

Simply Adored

Boots

Mismatched socks, pink post-it notes, desk charms, key chains, big words, small sentences, inspiring quotes, duct tape, crude artwork, candy wrappers, notebooks, CSS codes, creative dreams, hugs, smiles, hearts, stars, asterisks, soft songs, wiggling toes, stripes, callused fingertips, lists, sunshine, dancing in the mirror, singing in the shower, awkward conversations, old crayons, rainbows, thunderstorms, change (as in, coins), stuffed-up animals, tape, floral prints, chevron skirts, leather jackets, huge sweatshirts, odd facial expressions, push pins, comedic attempts, tall people.

I adore these things. These little, big, simple things.

They're just there, they exist, and that makes me happy.

What do you adore?


Thank you for reading.

How To Please Everyone:

Don't.

Recurring Inspiration

Wood desk & flowers


 Eyes


And he threw water colors on her face, Ran it through her hair, over her cheeks, He said, So the world can see you beauty, Reflected in every color on your body (Alaska Marleau)

Life Has No Remote, Get Up And Change It Yourself?ref=pinp nn Life has no remote, Get up and change it yourself. We live in a dog-eat-dog world. Everyone’s doing what they can to stay afloat. As NSA whistleblower and gestapo ”traitor” Edward Snowden has shown us, though, somewhere along the line, any of us could find ourselves...

Wishing to get into shape can only get you so far. Sure, it’s the catalyst that starts the positive changes your body needs, but with these motivational smartphone wallpapers from Verizon, you’ll get that extra little push you need to turn your wishing into reality.

Manic Street Preachers Setlist of the concert at Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, England on October 20, 2010 from the Postcards from a Young Man

all photos via pinterest.

Hello August

[image via google]

Good bye July.

Hello August.

Do you know what August means?

New things.

Change.

School work.

Hope.

Opening minds.

Succulence.

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