Friday, January 12, 2018

December in Photos


Hi guys! Instead of doing Looking Back for December, I'm going to show you how that month went for me in photos. I wanted to try to do more photography (not just of ducks) and so that's how this post came into being. There might be a little quote or afterthought under each of the pictures to add explanation in words. Enjoy!

Also, I was absent last week. I'll have a post coming soon on what I was doing that week. ;)

Dec. 2




Dec. 9



Dec. 11





Regrets are powerful. They make us stumble and fall. If we ever come to a decision where we might have regrets, we must choose to not burden our hearts.

Dec. 14




Watercolors are a type of therapy for me when I need to relax and feel free. My mom says she doesn't like watercolors because she can't control them. But that's exactly why I love them. I love that I can't control them, I can only work with them.

Dec. 25




This Christmas I felt the magic again. I think that's a good omen for 2018.

Dec. 31


Midnight. Breathe in faith, exhale uncertainty. I'm ready for 2018.


Smiles!
Nicole

Saturday, December 23, 2017

The Liebster Award


So it's been a couple of weeks. I know my last post was pretty...bland. I'm really sorry about that. I've just lost some of my motivation to post on here with Wild Pennings and all, but I miss posting my raw thoughts regularly. And I may not reach "regular" for a while. But I'm coming back.

So a couple of weeks ago, I got nominated for the Liebster Award by Mckenna @ Alternate Galaxy. This is probably my second or third time doing this award, but that was last year in 2016. And honestly, this tag has changed so much since I did it, so I'm pretty excited. Here's how it goes:


Rules

1. Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award.
2. Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gives you.
3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 blogs.
5. Nominate those blogs of their nomination.
6. Give them 11 questions to answer.

Thank you, Mckenna, for the nomination!


Questions:

If you could change your own name, what name would you choose?

I don't know. Probably the name of the story character that's most like me, which would be either Raven or Lauren. But right now I really like my name, even though I used to not like it. 

if you could have any super power, what would it be?

Night vision so I could be nocturnal. And endless energy so I shouldn't have to sleep unless I wanted to because waking up is the worst thing.

what is your favorite memory from your childhood?

That's hard....I'll share a great one instead. There used to be many empty house lots in the neighborhood I used to live in, and they were all grown over with tall grass and red clover. I really loved crawling around them and playing hide and go seek with my siblings during the summers, and having butterfly catching contests. 

Another great one is naming all the cows in the field behind my old house with my best friend and finding daffodils and being too scared to climb the fence to get them. 

I also remember lots of strawberry picking with my family and stuffing myself with berries for breakfast. 

Nostalgia, man.


what’s your most embarrassing moment?

OH. OH. OH DEAR. 

So I was at a family fourth of July party and I was like twelve or something and my aunt had invited her husband's family over, and just so you know, my extended family and their family do not get along. Like, they all sit-on-separate-sides-of-the-porch do not get along. So I was walking with my little brother and the big grandpa dude from the my uncle's side was like, "hey, my grandson wants to kiss you," and EVERYONE was laughed and I was mortified. Now I think about it, it wasn't that big of a deal but at the time it was the end of the world. 

Or the time I danced with this one guy at a church dance and I kept wanting to talk to him but I was so nervous and we just stared at each other in awkward silence for a full three minutes while I kept opening and closing my mouth like a fish. Sad, 'cuz I really liked that guy and now I'm pretty sure he hates me.

what’s your favorite holiday and why?

I love the fourth of July and New Year because I get to blow stuff up. I especially like New Year because you stay up late and at twelve, you realize that the last year is gone and its never coming back. You realize there's a whole new year waiting for you to do something with it, and it just kind of knocks the wind out of you because you've realized one year has passed and you grew up, and that little girl at the beginning of last year is gone because she changed into what you are now.

what’s your biggest fear?

Being forgotten by people I care dearly about.
Losing my family.
Sometimes dying before I'm ready.


do you want kids in the future? how many?

Sure, as long as the number does not exceed five. Three is my preferred, but then there's the issue of playmates so maybe four? Still haven't decided and probably won't until I actually get married and have them.

what’s your favorite Christmas tradition?

Probably reading the Nativity Story. My family doesn't really have a lot of traditions.

are your left or right handed?

Right, although I can be ambidextrous when I clean the toilet. 

what’s your spirit animal?

I like to say a cat or fox. It depends on what mood I'm in.

what’s your biggest obsession?

Currently, it's ballet and probably has been for several phases of my life. I'm also obsessed with British movies, TV, and accents, and the Irish countryside. Also piano music.


11 Facts about Me:

1. I like homemade dutch apple pie with vanilla ice cream.
2. I'm basically obsessed with soft pop as I call it, which is mostly acoustic, and some electronic music.
3. I like writing stories that deal with internal turmoil (emotions, thoughts, etc.)
4. I unintentionally study people in social settings. I can't help it, I just do it no matter who it is and I'm really good at picking up on little personality quirks.
5. I like painting with watercolors.
6. I'm a Mormon.
7. I'm super organized in everything except for my bedroom.
8. I love saying the words Pizza and fluff.
9. I love traveling and want to go to Ireland one day.
10. I have a hard time making friendships and kind of write out an alternate reality in my journal full of things and people and events that are important in my life.
11. I'm from a small town and love the countryside.

Gee whiz, I don't know if I can name 11 blogs, but I'll try. (You're not obligated to do it, if you don't want to.) I nominate:



Your questions:
  1. What is one thing you are passionate about?
  2. What is your favorite place to visit?
  3. Is there somewhere you've always wanted to travel but haven't gotten the opportunity yet?
  4. What blog post are you most proud of?
  5. If you had to pick between books or movies for life, which would you pick?
  6. One talent you have?
  7. Favorite pizza topping?
  8. Greatest adventure you've had in your life so far?
  9. Something that gives you nostalgia?
  10. Favorite quote?
  11. Do you like dinosaurs?

I hope you enjoyed the post, as well as the random photography that I didn't get to post this year. Aside from that, it will probably be Christmas Eve by the time you read this. What are some of your traditions? Are you excited? Merry Christmas! I hope that you can really feel the Spirit of Christ this year. :) 

Smiles!
Nicole

Friday, December 1, 2017

Looking Back—October/November 2017 edition


Hi guys! It's been a while, I know, but it's time for another edition of Looking Back! I figured I could put together a substantial post for once. After all, it has been two months and a lot has happened since then.

Family and Friends
  • A family emergency popped up on my mother's side of the family, so she had to fly out for three weeks which left my younger sister and brother and I to cook and clean for ourselves. Guys, that is HARD. My sister and I might do a collab post series on our many adventures while she was gone, so stay tuned for many instances where we might have burned the house down, locked ourselves out of the house, and other fun adventures.
  • Halloween Night I went trick or treating with some friends. You can read my post about that here
  • Over Thanksgiving break I got to go to my Grandmother's and spend some time with my fabulous cousins. We had a lot of food, although my sister and one of our cousins did eat all of my grandfather's private ice cream reserve unwittingly. XD

Writing
  • I did NaNoWriMo and I won! you can read more about that here. My goal was 30K on the Young Writers Program, and I ended up writing about half of my novel, Shadowskin. 
  • I have an endless supply of story ideas. My newest one is currently titled "Out Thoughts Are Our Ghosts," and it's a kind of paranormal murder mystery set in a fictitious city in Britain called Grey Sky. And I worked on developing a contemporary that carries the name "Colorful Uknowns" but that could change very soon. It's about art and math and seeing reality from different views. Not to mention I came up with a sequel to Divided but shhhhhhhhh. 
  • For the most part I participated in Carol's Cameras and Pens Challenge. or CPC. You can read my stories here. I didn't get to enter every entry (so sorry about that, Carol!) but I did as many as I could and added to my blog series Seven

Reading

Yup. Still in that reading slump. I did read a lot more in October though, so here's what I got through.

   
 
   

Meditating...

On stress. Yes. I've been stressing about stress. I discovered several ways to relieve stress, which is a mental thing. If you would like to see a post about that, comment below and tell me. I'll see what I can do. :)


Blogging
  • November 26th was Mirror Me's two-year blogiversary! I didn't celebrate this year, due to the NaNo craziness and all, but I might be doing something soon. Keep your eyes peeled. 
  • I left WBW words for good. I am leaving the blog up, so the posts are available any time. But I might change it to private since it is WordPress. 
  • Wild Pennings has had a great two months so far since I started it! I've gotten responses and I can't say how much fun I've been having blogging on my new writing site. 
  • I re-designed the theme of Mirror Me and the featured images. I'm going to be using more of my own photography so I don't have to rely on Unsplash so much. The featured image above is one of my own favorites. What do you think? Do you have any suggestions?


What did you do/read/think last month? I love to chat! 


Smiles!
Nicole