Wednesday, 11 February 2015

To tell or Not During the Process...

     Hi everyone! So today's topic (or this week, or this month.. or, should I say until the next post, which hopefully shall be soon) is simply about telling people about what you're up to. The title actually takes more than a sentence to explain... hear me out on this! So, ever had that feeling when you are facing a struggle or you're in the process of something and you don't want to let anyone know about it until you're 100% confident about it or until you win? So, I sort of did that during the past few weeks.

     I was in an election for being a Social Science Students' Councillor, a part of the university's student council, and there were only 10 positions available for next year whilst there were 17 people running for it. I knew this was going to be a big part of my university experience if I made it, and I was really wondering if I should let my blogger friends (yes, you, reading this!) and readers (you, again! :P) to know about this! Why wouldn't I? Well, of course, I usually don't like to let people in the nose of what I'm trying to achieve because for one thing, what if I fail? Everyone will laugh at me! Everyone will know that I tried but didn't make it- it'll be embarrassing! Unfortunately, that was part of why I didn't want to spread this news.. not even to my fellow friends back in Edmonton... and guess what? practically everyone in Edmonton knew about it because of Facebook (never doubt Facebook's ability to let everyone in on the gossip...). Anyway, even my Mom knew about it from Facebook and suddenly a bunch of people "Facebook liked" the creation of my event! I felt so embarrassed and panicky because I suddenly had more pressure to win- from family and friends across Canada!

     So a quick run-through: this campaign really taught me a lot and I met a lot of different people and I'm so glad that I ran this campaign- I forced myself to talk to strangers and it was really a great experience. Even though I spent hours running from buildings to buildings by myself, hanging posters at like 8 in the morning, finding those election boards in each building, and even though I came back to my dormitory late at night just so I could pass out some campaign material and inform students of my platform at the library, it was all worth it because it was a great learning experience. I felt so much support from friends and halfway through it (this campaign lasted two weeks, ending just on Monday), my embarrassment and panicky feeling and pressure from family and friends in Edmonton actually became heart-warming to me and became supporting. I was so glad that they got to know about it during the process, because my heart really warmed up when my Mom and Grandma encouraged me- and what really made my heart flutter was when they said it is okay if I don't get the position, because it'll be a great experience. I already knew this "quote" or should I say this "learning experience theory" since forever ago, but when they said it, it really touched the bottom of my heart and I didn't have as much pressure anymore.

     Today was elections' night at 8:30pm, where they had revealed the newly elected representatives for next year. I had a night class from 7-9pm, so I sort of used that excuse to avoid the elections' ceremony, because I was afraid of facing it. You remember my last post about trying not to compare yourself to others? I tried not to. My Facebook event only had 35 people "going" to it while my competitors all had at least 100+. I did feel a bit down, but I tried to look at the bright side of the 35 people who supported me.

Wow, that was a long paragraph... I guess it's true: the process is the most important part, rather than the ending, because the ending would either be a yes, I won the election or a no, I didn't win.. but it was a great experience. 

 Is the ending the most important than the process? Did you guys ever struggled with the idea of telling friends/family/readers of your blog what you're going through?


I'll let you enjoy my campaign posters (the real ones had words over it, of course)!








Tuesday, 20 January 2015

New Year, New.. Replica? Jealousy?

Happy Friday, everyone!

Okay. So, as much as I always try to remind myself that I am beautiful, smart, unique, blah, blah... there are times when you see someone else and you cannot help but feel envious of their beauty, their personality, or their accomplishments, etc. I would just like to stress that everyone is important to this world and that everyone is born into this world for a purpose. As normal as it may to feel a tingle of jealousy whenever you encounter someone "more successful than yourself", I still feel that an overload of jealousy is quite unhealthy. 


I'll reveal one of the intentions for this post: After coming to university, I felt envious of the many people I encountered- their experience, intelligence, beauty- I met leaders of clubs, founders of clubs, this, that... and the list goes on! How could they be the leader of a society with over a hundred members, be part of the residence council with that position, maintain a GPA of 3.9, have the time to socialize and have great connections built, and be a competitive athlete/musician at the same time? How could...? How...? And the list goes on.

1. Avoid comparing yourself with others. Once you compare yourself with others, you look down on your accomplishments and your value. 

2. Set your own standards and work towards your goal instead of setting a difficult or big goal quickly unless you are capable of achieving it; small steps could build you up to your destination, and you will grow and learn from the experience! The experience might even be the best part next to your achievement!  

3. Instead of comparing yourself to those people, set them as examples or inspirations. Take these 2 situations for example:

  • Situation #1: "My goodness, she is soo talented at dancing ballet- she even has her own ballet studio now. Plus, she's also the manager of that clothing retail store, and she's the founder of X Club!" 
  • Situation #2: "Wow, I'm amazed at her accomplishments and I'm now even more inspired to pursue my own goals."

We are all humans and we all have the capabilities to do anything if we pursue it. Instead of criticizing yourself and being envious of others, think of it as: "if she/he can do it, so can I!" 

Sometimes whenever I encounter an opportunity, I might become skeptical about my capabilities and doubt myself, but you won't get anywhere if you don't try and push yourself out of your comfort zones. I dare you to take opportunities and be motivated- life is too short to think of all the ways situations can go wrong! If you know you will later regret not doing something or trying it, take action and do it now! 

If you have another tip or a story to share about building confidence and overcoming human's nature to comparing self to others, please comment below- it will definitely help inspire others! :) 

Have a happy new year and I hope you will not regret 2015!! :)  

Friday, 9 January 2015

4-Month Break! Happy 2015!

     Hii everyone!! I honestly can't believe the number of months that have flew by since the last time I touched my blog!! Long story short: I flew to London, Ontario for school and I am now officially an undergraduate student at Western University! Can you believe that? Haha.. Anyway, I hope everyone was doing well since my last trace of presence in the blogging world. I actually missed blogging a lot- I enjoyed reading other people's blogs, typing up blog posts, and more! The blogging world helped make me feel more fulfilled. I'm ever so grateful to be back here! 

     Before university, I was always wondering how it felt to be in university and what was the environment like; I had piles after piles of questions for my fellow friends who were already experiencing the life. Now, I am super psyched to share my own experience (I might just be blogging about it more in the next few weeks, actually) and give tips to people! Anyhow, I can definitely feel a more dynamic change from high school to post-secondary, mostly because of my move to Ontario, I feel much more independent, confident, less worried about what others thought of me, and I have more self-esteem. One tip I have is to push yourself outside your comfort zone: sometimes, that's exactly how the magic happens! :) Expect surprises and rewards for yourself. 

     Anyway, how is school in terms of the course work? It varies for everyone as it depends on each person's study habits and whether they're willing to put in the effort to read, study, review, ask questions, and more importantly, maintain a positive attitude in school. I also learned more new ways and tips for me to study, so I'll be blogging about that in the next blog post! :) And a photo here for you crunch upon: my textbooks for this semester- can you spot some Calculus, MOS (Management and Organizational Studies), Psychology, Business, and Economics? :P 


Anyway, my blog is roughly a year and a half years old now and since it's also a new year, I'd like to celebrate a vague timeline of some of my favourite past outfits since the birth of my blog! 

October 2013- Hello, You met a freak (my first ever post, haha)! 

October 2013- Thanksgiving outfit idea! 

October 2013- Thanksgiving outfit idea! 

December 2013- Christmas Outfit!

Winter Wonderland 
Staying classy with a plaid cloak, a structured bag, and a pair of navy wedges with gold accents. 

Girly and feminine with different patterns and textures! 
Adding some edge with the "shirt-over-the-waist" trend! 

Summer- Orange is the New Black! I totally forgot how long my hair was until I saw this photo, haha. 


And I should end off the blog post with a recent picture of myself, of course! Not sure if you remember, but I chopped off quite a bit of my hair (do the comparison from the above photo and the below)! This was actually a few weeks ago before Christmas but I'm sure it will do for now! More to come, of course! :) 

 
And of course I needed to take an outfit shot!

Frosty the Gingerbread man! 

Well, I hope everyone enjoy their weekend and have a splendid day!! Thanks so much for reading and I can't wait to see what everyone has in store in their own blog! 

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Animethon 21

Hi everyone! I've been missing in action from my blog and my social media networks for quite awhile because of Animethon, which occurred in August 8, 9, and 10! I used to love blogging and reading blogs and all that (I still do, don't get me wrong), but after Animethon I feel like I shouldn't be sucked inside the virtual world.. ahh. I'll be back in shape soon, though, so don't worry.

Anyway.. Animethon 21 was really enjoyable this year; it was my second time attending Animethon and it felt like I enjoyed it more than last year as I was able to get some hotel rooms booked with my friends in the university residence! (Therefore we could party all night and just walk to get back home after the late night events! :P) Anyway, I do have to admit that one of the best things about Animethon is again, volunteering!! I was one of the people responsible for registering the customers~ woohoo! I love greeting people and making them feel warm and happy inside- plus, it was really fun to get productive and efficient to shorten up the line!! Yay~ I hope the people didn't feel frustrated as last year (there was a super long line last year when I was volunteering.. gosh...)!


Spot me working at the Registration Desk! It was so fun greeting people and welcoming them to Animethon :-) 
I got a looooong line of customers! :D 

Next, I just wore a kimono outfit for the 1st day- a kimono, lace up socks, sandals, and a purple wig!


Ah.. ha.. ha.. I laugh at my horrible photo-editing skills! >"< please forgive me~ the old background was not nice at all so this is still better than the last one... 
For the second day, I cosplayed as Kuroko from Kuroko's Basketball (I managed to finish watching the first season before Animethon to get a feel of his cool personality, haha). Yepp... Kuroko is a guy. I was so delighted this year as lots of people wanted to get pictures of me~ yay, I can finally join the bandwagon of cosplay celebrities!! Haha, jk! :-)


My friend got these pictures as I was posing for another like 2 or 3 cameras who asked to get pictures of me.. so that's why I'm not looking at the camera! 


Kuroko (me) and Ryuko Matoi (one of my friends) <3 

Me and my friends went to more events than last year.. such as a film, a game, a panel with introduction to voice-acting, Masquerade Ball, An Cafe's concert, Magistima Saga's concert, Yukino 's Guest Autograph, and of course, must visit the vendor's hall and Artists' Alley for sure! Volunteers also got free food provided this year, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.. I wouldn't say the food is the best, but it's edible and still fulfills a meal, although me and friends do go to other restaurants for more bites! :)


Here's my haul from Animethon!!




I restocked up on my posters, got a few postcards to send to friends, a puzzle, and a wall scroll! :') plus an Animethon pin~ I think I only spent $50-60 this year because I actually thought a lot before purchasing, instead of randomly splurging whenever I felt like it, haha. 


 

Now that I think of it, I don't think I've ever said I am near-sighted? Here's me and my friends, just sitting on the ground, waiting for the line up to watch the Talent Show (with An Cafe as the judges)! Exploited- my nerdy glasses- GAH! P.S., we tend to wear casual clothes on Sunday (last and 3rd day of Animethon) because it's our shopping day and there are less events :')

Well, that's it for this post! :D Have you ever been to an anime convention?? 




Until next time~

XOXO, 
Nikkie

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Orange is the New Black

Now before you get on ahead with that title.. no.. I didn't watch the TV series yet although I heard many compliments about it~ heheh... but that's sort of where I'm deriving the title of this outfit from!

I don't have much orange clothes now that I think of it.. NEW SHOPPING MOTIVE!! (Just kidding, haha- I need to start saving for school too!!) Anyway.. the weather is so so hot today (and a bit humid)- it felt nearly like the warm, humid weather in Hawaii when I took a stroll down here in the evening! Loved the feeling.. gosh, how I miss Hawai!! 










Oh my gosh.. I love this setting so much!! Perfect shooting location for more outfits! Con is that my photographer (aka my sister(s)) didn't have a fun trip here walking! Oh, look.. I'm wearing my "walking shoes"! 






What I'm wearing: Top from China | Shorts from China | Hat from China | Roots Bag | Clarks Shoes

This light thin cardigan was absolutely perfect for the cooling evening! I honestly don't remember where it's from! :P but today was too hot to wear the cardigan! It's probably above 38 degrees Celsius including humidity!! Well, I love hot more than cold, so I'm going to embrace this weather while I can (crazy me, huh)?! ^^ *flips sticky hair in air* (I'm debating what sorts of short hairstyles should I go for as I have extremely thick hair!) 

Until next time!! Have a great day!

-Nicole 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Crop it with a Skirt

Eek, I can't believe I found a crop top from my Mom's old collection!! Haha, I actually remember seeing some pictures of my Mom rocking it when she was younger... she's still stylish! :P Anyway, I'm wearing this black crop top with a lace skirt, plus a denim jacket for the extra structured denim touch- quite a basic, easy outfit to put together if I do say so myself.. it should be great for school. 














And, I did quite a bit of shopping the other day, and I thought I'd like to share my haul! 

There was a sale in La Senza- these bras were only roughly $9 each- down from around $30-$35 each! 

1/3 of the shoes I bought- it was on sale for $29.99! 
A look from the front/side :) 

2/3 of the shoes I bought: the brand of this is Clarke, and I bought it in sears for $69, down from $109! I know it might not look really in style, but this I'm calling this my "walking shoes"- I know I can walk in this for a whole day without my feet hurting from it! It's so comfortable.;) 
 The third pair of shoes is not yet in my hands- I actually spotted it in Aldo, but my size was not in stock. I'm usually a size 7 to 8, but since I decided that pair of shoes would be great for winter, I sized up just in case I wore thick socks for the shoes; so, I ordered a size 8 and it should arrive within 3-6 business days! Can't wait to see and wear them!! Anyway, I can say that this shopping haul from yesterday was pretty successful, though still quite a bit pricy! 

Did you do any recent shopping hauls? Share them with me so I won't feel bad splurging so much, haha!!
Until next time~ have an amazing day!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...