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You are Amazing and so is Your Blog Award

Hello dearies. The most lovely Sophia nominated me for this delightful tag. Thank you girly. You are much too sweet. <3


The Rules:

1. Copy and paste these rules on to your award post.
2. Come up with at least 5 fun questions for your nominees to answer.
3. Nominate at least 5 people who you think are amazing and have an amazing blog.
4. List at least one reason why you appreciate the people you nominated.
5. Put this award on your sidebar or award/tag page if you were nominated.
6. Leave a comment on your nominees' blogs letting them know they've been nominated.

My Questions:

Swimming or Tanning?

Swimming. Because I don't tan. I burn.

Beach or Mall?

MALL ALL THE WAY.

Would you rather wear a messy bun or elegant curls?

I think that depends on the mood I'm in. Generally, I like to wear my hair in a messy bun, but on some days I want to feel really pretty, so I curl it. :}

Are your friends tall or short?

It seems like all my friends are short. XD

On a rating from 1 to 10 how much do you love your design?

Nine. I worked on this design for months, and I am so happy with the way it turned out. :)

Nominees:

Anyone who'd like to participate. :)

Nominees Questions:

Favorite season?
If you were a Disney princess, which one would you be?
Favorite social media site?
Apple or Android?
What is your biggest dream you want to accomplish?

Update:

I think I may not do tags/awards from now on. I've finally found my blogging niche, and I don't think those types of posts are fitting for my site... Sorry darlings. :}

Thanks for reading. <3

xx Nicole Rose

What It's Like Having Zayn Malik On My Wall




1. my newly decorated wall // 2. my hand loving Zayn's face // 3. me admiring Zayn's lovely face (my hair is wet, that's why it looks so clumpy. o-o)

That amazing moment when Zayn Malik is on your wall. (I now understand why 1D fans plaster their room in posters.)

I got this amazing One Direction calendar from the mall and I have to say it was well worth the four dollars and two cents I paid for it. Now I can count down the days until I get to see them in concert. (Less than 7 months to go!) It has the boy's birthdays on it too (which is why Zayn is the cover of January - because his birthday was on the 12th), which is helpful because I am a disaster when it comes to birthdays... and names... and ages... Ugh.

Thanks for reading this short little post - I'm in the midst of a monthly content transfer, and I didn't have anything scheduled for today, so I thought I'd share this. :}

How has your month been so far?


xx Nicole Rose

How To Customize Your Popular Posts Gadget



Today I am going to share a way of customizing your popular posts gadget. This coding is how my current popular posts gadget is (see the bottom of my blog). :)

1. Select the blog you'd like to add the popular posts gadget to.

2. Head to layout and add the gadget to your blog.

3. Click and drag the gadget so that it is in the footer area (the bottom) of your blog. Make sure to click "Save arrangement".

4. Open up the gadget and make sure the option under "Most Viewed" is on your selected preference. Check the box "image thumbnail" and uncheck "snippet". Then make sure you are displaying up to 4 photos (see photo below).



5. Now go to Template >> Customize >> Add CSS and in the box, add the CSS codes from below.

#PopularPosts1 li { display: inline;
float: left; }

.popular-posts .item-thumbnail img { webkit-border-radius: 200px;
-moz-border-radius: 200px;
border-radius: 200px; }

#PopularPosts1 ul li a { border: solid 2px #000;
text-decoration: none;
padding: 10px;
text-align: center;
width: 200px;
height: 75px;
display: block;
word-wrap: normal; }

.PopularPosts img { padding: 0px; }

#PopularPosts1 h2, .item-snippet { display: none; }

Red: change the roundness of the photo.
Orange: Change or remove the border around the posts.
Green: Change the width and height of each of the separate posts - play with this to fit the gadget into the bottom of your blog.

6. Save your changes.

Have a question, comment or concern? Type up something to me below, or contact me directly. :)

xx Nicole Rose

Infinity Dreams Award

The rules

+ Thank and follow the blog that nominated you.
+ Tell us 11 facts about you.
+ Answers the questions that were set up for you.
+ Nominate 11 people and make questions for them.

Thank you Outrageous Glamour for nominating me. :)

11 Facts About Me

1. I am very passionate when it comes to food, graphic design, words and band members.
2. I am obsessed with colored hair.
3. I'm really hard on myself.
4. I like taping things to my bedroom walls.
5. Though I love books with a passion, I own very few of them (the library is my main resource).
6. I relive every mistake I've ever made when I'm trying to fall asleep.
7. I struggle with self love.
8. Singing when I'm upset helps my hurting heart tremendously.
9. I want blogging/writing/web design to be my job (so I don't have to leave the house).
10. I'm religious when it comes to 11:11.
11. I have over 1312 items on my iTunes (yikes).

The questions I was asked

1. Have you ever stayed up all night?

Yes. I did this way back in late July 2014. It was crazy awesome. :)

2. What is your favorite book?

ALL OF THEM. Please don't make me decide.

3. What is your favorite word?

Winner.

4. What word do you hate the most?

Hate.

5. Favorite super hero?

SPIDER MAN. <3

6. Have you ever been stung by a bee?

I don't think so. :}

7. Your worst pet peeve?

When people take their blessings for granted (this is so me).

8. Favorite TV show when you were a child?

Kim Possible. <3

9. Favorite day of the week?

Sunday. :)

10. Can you cut shapes?

Probably not...

11. Favorite snack?

Nutella straight from the jar.

Nominees and their questions

Anyone who would like to do this. :)


  1. Favorite thing about blogging?
  2. Are you a writer, a reader, both, or neither?
  3. Favorite clothing item?
  4. Have you ever had a movie marathon? Why?
  5. Favorite band?
  6. Long hair or short hair?
  7. Favorite quote?
  8. How many stuffed animals do you own?
  9. What are your goals for 2015?
  10. Favorite social media site?
  11. Least favorite social media site?

If you do this please comment the link below so I can check it out. :)

Thanks for reading. <3

xx Nicole Rose

Dealing With Inner Critics & Dialogue



Inner dialogue is something that plays a huge role in your level of love for yourself. What you're thinking is essentially what you say - it's what you believe. The small, personally hurtful comments can pile up and weigh down your self-esteem until you're sitting in bed crying about something that's truly all in your head (I'm the guilty party here).

But getting those little voices of doubt and insecurity to go away is hard. Super hard. Sometimes I find myself giving in because I just don't feel like putting up a fight. Which is exactly when I should be pushing back harder.

So, what can I do if I find myself not wanting to fight the good fight? Try out the exercises listed below to see what works best for you. :)

1. Set fire to the negative.

To some of us - especially those of us who listen to what our inner critics say - the tiny things can feel like we've just stepped on a landmine with our brains. Mostly because we blow things so out of proportion (haha, get it?). So the next time negative thoughts bombard you, grab your mental lighter. After heavily dousing them in gasoline, light 'em up up up and watch how pretty the flames get as the thoughts die away. If you think fire is too violent, you can try "placing" the thoughts in boxes or trash cans. You can also try turning them black and white, then shrinking them into postage stamps that accidentally get thrown away...

2. Occupy your inner critic.

One of my inner critics - Downer, I call her, - is currently in Europe, touring the country with her BFF's "You're-Not-Good-Enough" and "You'll-Never-Get-Anywhere". Whenever she visits I like to help her repack her bags and refill her wallet before sending her our on another journey again. You should try the same thing. Send your inner critic(s) off to Paris for a fashion show or to a deserted island where the only inhabitants are monkeys and pelicans. If they try to come back, send them off again. They can never resist an adventure.

3. Embrace the flaws quirks.

Your quirks (lovable flaws) are what make you, you! So what better way to establish self-love than to accept and love your quirky parts? After all, they are the reason people befriend you, relate to you, fall for you and so on, so embrace them. Don't hold back bits of yourself because of someone else, or you'll end up losing connection the best parts of you.

How do you deal with your inner critics and dialogue?

xx Nicole Rose

A Love Letter

To my dear, blooming Rose -

Attached to this letter is not only my love, but my gratitude, thankfulness and a small box of decadent dark chocolates. I would've had flowers delivered too, but no measly plant could ever compare or express my feelings toward you.

Ahh, my dear. You are my truest bundle of joy. It does not matter what mood you are in - you light up my day in the most wonderful of ways.

Your smile makes the sun jealous. Your embrace makes me feel full. Your laughter - so thick and loud - makes me want to laugh too.

What I love most is when you are truly and purely being yourself - because that's who you're meant to be.

With much love and kisses blown with a wink,
Your Secret Admirer

PS: Maybe we could share those chocolates later, eh?


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When you need some uplifting, write yourself a love letter. Be silly and positive. Analyze yourself. Amp up your best qualities. De-sock your feet as you write and wiggle your toes as your write (then put your socks back on because gosh it's cold). Get a big thick blanket and curl up under with a flashlight. Laugh at yourself - have fun.



Once your letter is done, seal it up in an envelope or just crumple it up and place it on your desk. No matter how "bad" you think it is, DO NOT throw it away. Open it up and read it as many times as you need, whenever your feel like it. Remember how you felt when you were writing it. Acknowledge how in love with yourself you are - or would like to be.

Will you write a love letter to yourself today?

This post was inspired by the wonderful SARK, who is always so full of creative ideas and heart-melting realness.


xx Nicole Rose

Taking the first step (the journey of self-love).

For a huge chunk of my life, I've always felt that I was not allowed to love myself. I felt like saying I was cool or awesome was for some silly reason, forbidden. I thought people would shun me if I voiced fondness toward myself. This, I think, brought me to the course of thinking well, maybe I'm not as great as I originally thought. Maybe I'm annoying... Or weird... Maybe I'm not-- And so on.

I am now seventeen years old and I've changed my view on this completely.

(Or at least I'm trying to.)



Self-love is a rare gift, especially in its pure state. It's also something we're entitled to. Yep, I said it and I'll say it again.

WE ARE ALL ENTITLED TO SELF-LOVE!


Perhaps you are shaking your head and assuming things are different for you. I can honestly tell you they're not.

Please, allow yourself to love yourSELF. You are a great, amazing, fantastic human being! You're breathing and full of hidden talents others will be delighted to see! You're the only you this world will ever come to know, and as soon as you realize that... gosh, things will start feel so much better, I can guarantee that.

"But... How do I love myself?"


Take the first step. Start with a simple hug. Wrap your arms around yourself, give your torso a tight squeeze. Rub your sides and smile. Kiss your shoulders and spin around. Starting to feel the love, eh? Good. Keep doing this, every day. Keep reminding yourself to let down your stubborn walls and silence your inner critics so that you can live the loving life you want to live.


My challenge today: take the first step.

I did it. Can you?


xx Nicole Rose

Top Ten Writing Posts

New to the blog? Ready for a flash back to the past? Check out these past posts to view some of my older works. :)


Top Ten Personal Favorites


Us.

Sometimes I wish I wasn’t me.

(A writing piece from 2014.)

Sometimes I wish I wasn’t me, because me is fragile and doesn’t speak up for herself. She doesn’t like other people and she takes on the burdens of others. She knows no one understands and thinks that perhaps no one will because she’s a constantly changing soul that is slowly and painfully progressing toward death. She tries too hard and enjoys shadows more than she does the light. But even then she craves it. She craves the light because the light is blinding and shining and uplifting. She sees others in the light and thinks “Oh, I wish that were me because look at how amazing they are.”

Why isn’t she in the light? Why doesn’t she just step out and let it shine down on her? Because she’s scared that she’s unworthy. She’s scared others will see her in the light and step away or worse - push her out. She craves acceptance into the light but knows if she tries there’s that small, humanizing chance that it won’t work out.

And if it didn’t, where would she be left to go?

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Reading this, and knowing the things I know now makes me smile. I used to feel so helpless (and write so dramatically), thinking I wouldn't ever get my turn in the light, especially after all my failed attempts at trying.

But transitioning into the light isn't something you can just jump into. It's a gradual change - you have to ease into it, or risk burning yourself to a crisp. So take head in this scripture and remind yourself dear soul; you are meant to be you and you will have your chance to shine.

"I returned and saw under the sun that - the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding, nor favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all."

Thank you for reading. <3
xx Nicole Rose

Growing Through Nostalgia



Have you ever had those days where you pull that hidden box of childhood memories out of the back of closet, just to relive the old days? Do you flip through the pages of a novel you taped together yourself, reliving the nostalgic feeling of warmth as you think "wow I needed a lot of work"? Do you flip through the pages of a dusty scrapbook and remember the moments surroundings the photos?

I do.

When I was younger I used to do it a lot (especially since I had a book with my ye old crush's face in it - looking through it gave me an excuse to stare at his childhood roundness). I'm going to be honest and say generally, I remembered the bad times, like the stupid things I said or did. But I made sure to think about the good times too. And even though I dwelt on what I thought I lost (and sometimes still do), I look at my present self and I smile. Because I'm actually starting to be okay with where I'm at.

My mom sometimes says to me, "the little things that matter so much to you now, won't matter to you later."

And she's right.

My younger self used to take dance classes four times a week. Now I spend my days writing. I used to obsess over Josh Hutcherson. Now I obsess over book characters and band members. I used to think that my best friend was going to be in my life forever and ever and ever. We haven't talked in over a month.

And even though these things make me feel sad when I allow myself to look back, I realize I've grown. Thanks to my memories, experiences, friends, interests and more I've developed into the person I am now - the person I'm beginning to really, truly love.

Thank you for reading. <3

xx Nicole Rose

January Linkup

This mid-month linkup is an opportunity to meet other bloggers, discover other blogs, and create friendship as you go! Share anything you like.


Mid-Month Link Up

Grow your blogging perspective.

Make sure to visit other blogs and link up your own! :)

The blade in my back is worth 3 years of memories.



I'm going to put this simply, bluntly and first.

I miss you.

And even though it was me who made this choice, even though I know you're probably breathing better knowing that I'm not around to remind you of how far apart we've become, sometimes I find myself with a new dagger of memories stuck between my shoulder blades. I relive everything over again every time I touch the hilt. I rev myself up for the action of pulling it out of my body once and for all, but... Mm.

So I walk around with my head held high and a smile plastered on my face. When I flip my hair, people don't notice my wounds or the blade stuck in my back - none of them ever look too closely. And if they did I'd want them to believe I don't pull it out because it's better not to - because it'll damage too many nerves or precious, vital organs.

(But in reality it's because I'm too scared and I'm not ready to let go of the time I invested in us. In you.)

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Sometimes, our brains work quite unfairly. And since mine wouldn't let me forget what today is - was - used to be, I figured, well, I may as well write about it.

Thank you for reading. <3

xx Nicole Rose

10 Things I Want (and Why)


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There's so much more I could add to this list, because I wish to be so many things. Heck, I could write a book series about what I want to be, and I'd die before I could even get it all out (seemingly dramatic, but very true).

But if there's one thing I've learned over the course of the past few crazy months, it's that I'm here right now, being me right now. If these are the things I want to be, why I can't I just be them?

I think part of me is still scared (of others and of success), which is why I keep holding back. Everything is a choice though - so, I have a choice here, don't I? I can choose to continue being afraid.

Or I can choose to be who I want to be.

What's your choice?


xx Nicole Rose

[Late] Christmas Photos

Today we'll be flashing back to the past - even though Christmas was less than a month ago. :} I meant to share these photos sooner, but had some other posts planned. Enjoy! :)

Christmas Eve






We had a dance party/photoshoot, then opened up one gift each. :)

Christmas Day



  


Explanation: Christmas is a massive celebration in our household. Ever since 2010, my parents have been adding a twist to it, doing different things to spice up our ye old traditions.

This year, we played a version of Let's Make A Deal. We were told we had to dress up in order to play, so I dressed as a goth (of course), my sister Morgan went as a chimney sweep (so cute), my brother went as a "gamer", and my older sister, Crystal, went as a Pegasus. Pretty cool. huh?

Note: The picture of the Mortal Instrument Series (above) is something I received from my wonderful sister, Crystal. They look so beautiful. <3 (If you haven't read the series, I definitely recommend it. The books are so good, so so good.)

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I hoped you enjoyed these crazy Christmas photos. My holidays were amazingly blessed - and I hope yours were as well. :)

Thanks for reading!
xx Nicole Rose

DIY: Cherishings Jar

Hello there darlings. :) Today I am going to do something I don't normally do - a DIY. I'm not a hands on crafty person, but I really felt like I should do this. You'll definitely receive a positive boost if you do this craft. So let's get started! :)

Today we will be making a cherishings jar. I made mine way back in August and it's really helped me realize how amazing life can truly be - especially if you look at the little things.


You will need:


+ A jar/container to hold your cherishings (I used an old plastic orange juice bottle).
+ A pen/pencil/marker/whatever you want to use to write your cherishings.
+ Scissors
+ Paper

(and if you'd like to decorate your jar get some duct tape or ribbon)

Step 1. If you'd like, decorate your cherishings jar. Make it look really happy and creatively awesome, so that it fits your personal needs.

Step 2. Write down a few things you cherish. Nothing is too big or too small. A list of ten evenly spaced items should work, to start off your jar. :)


Step 3. Cut, fold, and place your cherishings in your jar. :)


Step 4. Marvel at your work. ;)


Step 5. Try to put more cherishings in your jar everyday.

Now whenever you feel down, just dump out your cherishings and read through them for a little reminder of the good things in life.

I hope you enjoyed this little craft. Let me know in the comments if you did this, and/or what you cherish. :)

What do you cherish?


Thanks for reading!
xx Nicole Rose

Completing goals with confidence.

Now that you've decided on a SMART goal, do you feel confident you'll complete it? If you're anything like me, you're probably wondering why you chose such a huge goal (like, is this really necessary? Oh dear, I have so much work to do...). You probably feel quite overwhelmed and don't know where to start.

Well I have a secret to share with you guys. The trick to setting goals and feeling confident you'll complete them is so simple, it can be broken down into 3 easy steps.


1. Start at the end and work backward.

When getting to work on your goal, it may seem daunting, overwhelming and (sometimes) impossible. Conducting a plan by working backward through the steps you need to take can be really helpful. Take my "write two more books goal" for example. What do I have to do before I can say I finished writing two books? I have to write two books. What do I have to do before I write two books? I have to write one book. What do I have to do before I write one book? I have to write an outline. What do I have to do before I write an outline? (I think you get the point.)
Creating a simple step-by-step plan by working through the process backward can straighten out your thoughts and give you a sense of what needs to be done.

2. Set timelines.

Creating strict timelines for yourself can be really helpful. I am one of the many people who sit down at the computer and gets easily sidetracked because I tell myself I can do things later - because there's always more time later, right? WRONG.

Setting a timeline (for example: finish typing up a blog post by 12:30 so you can get to work on something else) will allow you stay on task, ensure you're getting things done, and help your overall efficiency.


3. Use monthly mini-goals.

Utilizing monthly mini-goals is an essential stepping stone on your way to achieving any goal. Drawing up a plan of action and creating monthly steps for each goal will not only help you track down your progress, but make sure you stay on course without slipping behind or pushing too far ahead.


Now that you've established a plan of action, set a timeline, and harnessed the awesome power of monthly goals, it's time to get to work! Follow these steps and remember to have fun! :)


Are you prepared to complete your goals with confidence?


xx Nicole Rose

Don't Let Them Influence You.


On the Saturday before Christmas, I went to the mall with my sister to meet some fellow 5SOS fans (WHOOT WHOOT). I'm going to be bluntly honest and I say it was the worst idea ever. I'll spare you the details of our downhill spiral, because that's not what this post is about. This post is about a conversation I had with one of the girls.

Her name (for privacy purposes we'll say) was Allison and she was 13 years old. She was short and round and absolutely adorable. She didn't say much, and at first I thought maybe she doesn't like strangers - or perhaps she didn't like anyone at all. But we ended up in the back of the group, kind of trailing behind the other girls and listening to them talk about Micheal Clifford's hair and converse with strangers as they passed out flyers for the new LIVESOS album. I made a comment about being left behind which broke the ice. I connected with this girl in the most magnificent of ways. Why? Because of what she said.

"If I said anything, people would hate me."

As she said that I looked at the group of girls hobbling and chatting in front of us. I let my eyes linger on the big tree we all seemed to stop before and I replied with: "I know, right?"

Our exchanges were short, full of teenage slang and clipped words. As I tried to break away from that, so that I could be eloquent and voice to her that her opinion mattered, it quite frankly came out like this: "So, I mean, screw other people because, who cares right? Well I care, so... yeah. Don't care."

Thinking back I know I could've said something way prettier and like, ten times more inspiring, but it doesn't matter. Allison's words opened up my eyes and allowed me to see who she was. A blossoming teen girl scared to voice her opinion - and be herself. She reminded me of how I was at that age and how I am now.

What I want you to take away from this is that 1). you are not alone. No matter what you're going through, no matter how hard, weird, or bizarre your situation is, someone else is going through the same thing. Someone out there understands. And 2). don't be afraid of what other people will do if you try to be yourself. In reality, we're all struggling with something. We all have to overcome something (or there wouldn't be any point to living life). So don't be scared. Don't hold back. Tug away your bindings, dear soul, and set yourself free. Be who you are meant to be because this world needs you to contribute, create and express.

Let's start a discussion in the comments. I want to hear what you guys have to add. :)

Are you afraid to be yourself? Why?


xx Nicole Rose

6 Books I'm Looking Forward To Delving Into

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1.) Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Yeah yeah, I know I'm late to join the party, but I've finally gotten over myself and decided it's time. I know some people who are obsessed over this series and I'd like to see what there is to obsess about (plus I have this personal thing where I can't watch the movies until after I've read the book...).

2.) The Heir (The Selection #4) by Kiera Cass

ERGH. I am so excited for this book! The One was an easy read and I flew through it. Once I was done I couldn't get it through my head that the story was over - and I'm so glad it isn't. I can't wait to see what Kiera will come up with next. :)

3.) Untitled (Firebird #2) by Claudia Gray

I finished the first book in this trilogy a couple months ago and I seriously can't wait for this to come out. Things were great then they went bad and they got good again - and then the book ended (I hate when this happens -_-). So as soon as this book is released I'm going to snatch it up and indulge myself with the glorious story Claudia Gray has created.

4.) Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

I've only read a few of Rainbow's (#nameenvy) books, but when I have, I escape from the world and get sucked into the book until I read the words THE END. This is one of the most wonderful feelings there is, so I can't wait to see - or better yet, read, this wonderful masterpiece.

5.) Clockwork Angel (The Inernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare

I read the TMI series and knew - instantly - that I was going to read all the books written and to be written by the ever so amazing Cassandra Clare. Her writings are lengthy but well worth the read. Her stories are true masterpieces - which makes me crave to read this book.

6.) The Storm (The Rain #2) by Virginia Bergin

I just finished the book that was written before this one, and the ending made me really unhappy, so I'm glad (more like ecstatic) the author is writing another book. I'm eagerly counting down the days until its release (GAH) so wish me luck. Hopefully I won't go insane from book deprivation before then. o_o

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You can stay updated on my reading progress by going to my goodreads profile and adding me as a friend. :)

What are you looking forward to reading?


Little Red Dress




For Christmas I got this lovely plaid number - isn't it gorgeous? I wore it for my birthday and used it as an excuse to have (yet another) photo shoot.

Do you guys enjoy photo-filled posts like these? Or do you like helpful posts? Comment your opinion below, please. :)

Thank you for reading. <3

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