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16 things i’ve learned at 16.

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I’ve never written a post like this before.But to state a fact, I’m turning 17 in less than 20 days.And this year I figured, time’s up.Gotta start being honest with my blog readers.

I never take birthdays seriously, I don’t know why.

But after listing down some things that i have learned in the 16 years of my short life so far, here’s what i came up with.This post is written as a mix of “first person” and “third person” perspectives.It’s kind of like a list of things that I imagine myself telling my younger self, y’know what I mean?

Ok, Lettuce begin.


  1. you’re friggin stupid, Nika

when that lil hoe called puberty hits us, it’s almost as if some chemical messing with our brain forces us to believe that we own the world, when really we don’t even know how to tie our shoe-laces properly yet.

Ego is a great thing.A magical defence mechanism that the universe has created for us.But when it comes in the way of 14 year old Nika and her petty girl-fight with her friend, it does no good.

So dear confused and oddly pubescent Nika, sit down.You don’t own the planet, and you’re most definitely not the greatest of all the girls in your middle-school.Most importantly, you don’t have to be the best.Really.Chill out.

2. say hi to therapy, because you’re going to need a lot of it.

Dear 14 year old terrified Nika, it’s okay to seek help.No, you’re not going to need it forever.Infact, you’ll stop needing it by the time you turn 16.I promise.

And hey, you’ll learn a lot of really wise things with the help of therapy.

3)My passions are my absolute best friends.

As i look back and trace all the 16 years that I’ve spent living, the only thing that has been constant throughout the years, are my passions.

They have always helped me get through every single tough thing, and as I’ve grown up, I’ve slowly started realising that I’d better hold onto these passions.Because I have a gut feeling, smol Nika, that they’re going to take you places.

4)Please don’t date.Please listen to your teachers just this once.

You know that time in middle-school when dating becomes this obligatory thing that you have to do to seek validation and prove that you’re “cool”?Yeah.That’s what I’m talking about.

14 year old Nika, listen to that teacher who keeps telling you that that boy is not worth your time.Because in the end, she proves right.He’s really not that godly.Let it go.

5)You’ll meet this one guy that will absolutely flip your life upside down.

This, Nika, will be a major turning point in your life.It will teach you a million really wise things that will prevent you from making so many mistakes in the future, it’s crazy.

6)You have a thing for languages.Hold on to it.

It will become a major passion of yours.

7)Yes, you finally did start that YouTube channel and that blog.

That idea that you had been contemplating since you were 8?Yeah, you will finally go for it when you’re 16.It will be really late by the time you will have begun, but better late than never.

8)You still haven’t figured out how to love your appearance the way it is.

It’s a hard, tedious thing to do, and you at 16 still haven’t figured out how to do it.But I wonder what the future holds.Maybe one day in the future, you really will end up loving your appearance?Who knows.

9)Forgive them.

Forgive them, Nika, because they will soon realise what they did to you.And  a few of them will end up becoming your closest, most supportive friends once you forgive them.Give everyone a chance, because they will soon apologise.

10)It’s okay not to be religious.

I know, you’ve grown in a very religious family.But with time, you will find out what your true beliefs are.And they will not be religious.And that’s okay.Respect others’ beliefs, and I promise, with time, they will also learn to respect yours.

11)You will end up changing from introvert to extrovert!

You will gradually change from the little self conscious kid in class to the girl that talks to everyone in class, including all the staff.Talking to people and socialising will not be a task anymore.It will rather end up being fun and a necessity!

12)You’re amazing at giving advice and teaching people.

Keep at it.Use your newly created 2 day old blog for that purpose.Teach people all that you know of.Stop being scared of sharing your opinions on things.Because you will meet people who will love the advice you give.

13)They do care.

After spending almost all of your childhood being told by everyone you meet that your existence is insignificant, it’s easy to start believing that it really is.But really, it’s not.You’re worth a lot more than that.You will eventually find people that truly do care, so better start trusting them.

 

14)Start speaking up for yourself.

Stop taking peoples’ BS.Start speaking up for yourself.That’s not being rude, that’s being bold and confident.And boldness is a very hot quality to have.Stop entertaining unnecessary energy vampires and pessimists.

15)You have a brutally honest personality, and that will be very hard for you to handle.

You have a brutally honest nature, but you need to learn to respect the fact that not everyone likes it.it’s great to be honest, but what’s even better is to learn how to show your honesty in a polite and understandable way.

16)Take care of yourself.

Try your best not to get trapped in the productivity pressure spiral.It’s very tempting, and it feels heavenly to be productive.But you need to start taking care of yourself and your health more often.


Thanks for reading, guys!My 17th birthday is literally in 20 days and I have no idea what I’m doing!Birthdays can be very stressful sometimes.

One thing I do know, is that on this occasion, I’ve decided to start being more honest with you guys, and not only write technical, scripted blogs, but expand my context a little.

Love you guys, see you in just a few days!Oh, and also, comment below when your birthday is!(i’m curious)

Tchao,

Nika ❤

 

 

 

 

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TedTalks that will blow your freaking mind.

Hi, beautiful humans.I’m Nika.Welcome to my blog, where you’ll find good vibes only.

The other day, I read a post written by an amazing blogger,Chloe Luna, in which she listed the links to some TedTalks that she found really interesting.That inspired me to make my own list of this sort, since I watch a lot of TedTalks.

Here are some TedTalks you gotta watch this instant-

1)Life’s too short to weigh your cornflakes.

2)#OCD

3)”I grew up in a cult.”

4)What makes you special?

5)How to make YouTube a career

6)The power of intuition

7)Searching love to escape ourselves

8)Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

9)This is what happens when you reply to spam email.

10)Looks aren’t everything.Believe me, I’m a model.


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October chill playlist.(monthly music jam)

 

Hey there, reader.How’s Fall out there, on the other side of the globe?For all of you southern hemisphere citizens, I feel you, man.No fall=wut even is October.

These days, I’ve been studying how to make my posts more aesthetically pleasing.And I thought, what better way can I do that, than to share my current playlist with y’all?It’s like a mood-board.

I’ve got more themed playlists coming up very soon.It has been a while anyway, since I’ve written something non-technical and non-hacky.

Here are some vibey, chill songs that became part of my chill playlist for October.

1)idontwannabeyouanymore by Billie Eilish(you’re going to see a lot of her in this playlist).

2)Call out my name by The Weekend.

3)Lovely by Billie Eilish and Khalid

4)Paper Hearts by Jungkook.

5)Sometimes by Ariana Grande.

6)Chase Atlantic-Swim

7)Ddaeng-BTS rap line.

8)Let me down slowly-Alec Benjamin

9)Icey-Melii

10)Jealousy-Monsta X

11)BBIBBI-IU

12)HANN-(G)-IDLE


I have a lot more of my monthly jam to share with you guys, but that will be a part of a new blog-post.Thanks for reading(or listening)!

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How to remain sane when you’re way too busy.

 

Yo, hard-workers.How’s your overly packed schedule treating you?Well?I hope so.

I don’t know about you, but when it’s exam-time, or when I’m juggling school, blog, French, and everything else, I get a little outta wack.I don’t know if it’s physical or mental, but when I’m extremely busy to the point where I have to start pulling all-nighters and skipping meals, I start getting cranky, restless, and I start looking tired with those sad bags underneath my eyes(dark-circles, in your language).

Then there comes a point where I have to step back and just chill a little.If I don’t do that and keep going, it comes to an abrupt halt.

To avoid that, here are some ways to keep your ‘busy’ consistent and productive, effective, and most of all, sane.

1)Have a slow morning or evening.

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When you whole day is crazy packed and you have no time for yourself and to de-clutter your top floor(mind, in your language), you gotta give yourself that time before or after work, aka in the morning or at night.

2)I underestimated napping.

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I used to find sleep kinda boring earlier.After I started doing more things during the day, I realized just how important and useful it can be.And I’m afraid, I kinda love sleep now.

Napping really works, guys.When you aren’t getting enough sleep in the night, napping can be your way to keep your energy stable throughout the day.

3)Don’t eat unhealthy crap.

When you eat unhealthy processed crap, you’ll feel like crap.When you feel like crap, you won’t be able to work as hard.Because without good health, you can’t really do anything.

4)Make time to workout.

This one’s self-explainatory.

5)Don’t do it half-assed.

If you’re studying, don’t passive-read.Read with complete concentration.Because even if you don’t like the subject, if you’re still studying it somehow, you might as well just go all out and give your very best.

If you’re doing something, you might as well just do it to your best abilities, y’know?

6)Make time for YOU.

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Make time for your mental health.Make time to eat atleast one meal by yourself or with your favourite people, and take your time.Make time to do what you truly love.Make time to do the little things that matter, like going on walks or long-drives.Make time to listen to music.

7)Take frequent breaks.

And valuable ones.

8)Dump those thoughts.

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Okay, if you don’t have a journal already, you must be some great saint who doesn’t need to sort their emotions.But I still suggest, get yourself a journal.Dump all your thoughts, everything that is bothering you.Write in it even if you’re completely satisfied with how life is right now.Write because you can.Write yourself reminders about how incredibly grateful you are to be able to exist.

9)Matcha is my jam

I don’t know why, green tea is my ultimate stress reliever???Like, look at how calming this looks.I just-brb get green tea

 

Shoutout to my mom, who got me obsessed with Matcha green tea.And shoutout to Matcha green tea for increasing my productivity.Matcha=productivity.

Okay.I’ll stop now.But seriously.Matcha=productivity level 100.10/10 would recommend.


Most of all, be grateful for being able to work hard and be patient with everything.Don’t go too hard on yourself.

Thanks for reading, I looove you and I’m so proud of you for working this hard.

Follow me on Instagram @nicculent for daily 5:00am grind updates,rants, and much more.

I also have a YouTube channel (Nicculent) !

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Tchao,

Nika<3

P.s.Yes, I made all of these edits myself.However, 40% of the pictures used are taken from Pinterest.Credits to the owners.I’m trying to make my blogs more aesthetically pleasing, and I’ll eventually get better at it.Promise!

 

 

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What you still don’t know about blog/Instagram growth. (Research Fridays #1).

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Hello, welcome to my blog!I’m Nika, and I’m a small blogger trying to grow online.

While planning the month of October and some of my goals for that month, I had set a goal for myself to do some, any, research about online growth whether it’s Instagram, blog, YouTube channel, or whatever else every Friday and to note down whatever I learn.

And so, I did that this Friday!I didn’t spend as much time on the research as I had wanted to, but I’m getting there.I noted down and learned some valuable info that I think might help you guys out, since most of you guys have your own blogs and Instagram accounts, and much more.

Along with writing the information and research down, I decided to also share it with you guys, because it might just be very useful info that you can implement.

So, I decided to just make it into a series.Every Friday when I do my usual research and learn something new, I’m going to write about it and share the knowledge with you guys.Along with that, I want to share my weekly online growth goals, and how I did with online growth on the previous week.This will help make things more practical, and help you see where I’m trying to implement the knowledge that I gain when I research.

This is what I learned this Friday.

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My online growth goals for week #3 of October:

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What I’ve learnt this Friday:

Documenting the process of online growth attracts a huge amount of following.

I’ve realized that the lifestyle bloggers who just post pictures that evoke no emotional response, just for the sake of posting something, are less likely to grow as compared to those small bloggers or small entrepreneurs who document the journey.By the journey, I mean the 5:00am grind, the lack of sleep, the frustration over technical issues, and everything that includes the process of achieving a goal, y’know?

I’ve come to know that doing that makes your audience relate on a one-on-one, more personal level, and they are more likely to recommend your account to a friend and not unfollow anytime sooner.

I’ve been trying to figure out what ‘content’ really means on Instagram, and it’s clearly more than just a great looking picture.

For example-Gary Vee, Jade Darmawangsa, etc.

These guys don’t just post pictures.They also post valuable knowledge, share experiences, share what they’re going through and talk about controversial topics openly.

I’ve been trying to do that, and share my 5:00am grind.But it’s apparently not as easy as reading this post.Talking about the process includes being open with your followers and not caring if they’re judging you.

Do you do this?I’d love to check out your IG feed, leave your usernames in the comments below!

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A website I’ve been finding useful for finding the right hashtags for my posts:

Hashtagify.me

This website works for Instagram hashtags too.It’s basically a website with a search bar in which you can type in a tag related to.When you do that, you’ll see some popular and relevant hashtags related to it, and much more, all about hashtags.

You should definitely try it out for your blog or anything else you’re creating online.


Some other websites I found helpful-

1)BloggersMeetBloggers.com

It’s a blog all about blog growth.It has information for you specifically depending on whether you want to start a blog, grow it, or monetize it.

2)ConvertKit

A blog all about email marketing.

3)Canva

Okay, if you haven’t heard of Canva yet, you’re majorly missing out.It’s a site that helps you edit for free, with thousands of free templates.I use Canva for all of my edits.Seriously.Just try it.You’ll love it.Not spons tho.(I mean, why tf would Canva sponsor me?lmao)

 


This is all for today’s post!I hope you learned something useful.

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How I wake up at 5:00am every morning.(how to wake up earlier)

What if I told you that I have been waking up almost every single day at 5:00am for the past 3 years?You wouldn’t believe me, would you?Well, it’s true.

If you’re looking for non-hacky ways to wake up earlier, you’ve come to the right blog.Lettuce begin.

1)Take it slowly and gradually.

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If you’re used to staying in, you won’t be able to wake up at 5:00am the next morning, right away.So, take it slow.

For example, gradually decrease the number of times you hit the snooze button.

Or, gradually change the time you set for your alarm from 10, to 9:30, to 9:15, etc.

That way you won’t feel much of a difference.

2)Start slow.

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Yo, you’re already waking up at 5:00am.Take it slow in the mornings.Journal, do something you like, play music, clean your room, whatever gets you going for the day.Don’t “start” your day immediately.

3)Start with your favourite thing.

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What do you like doing the most?Start your day with that.

This gets you excited for the day and motivates you to wake up in time.

For example, I love my blog(obviously).So the first thing that gets me going this early in the morning is blogging-y’know, checking comments, reading your blogs, all of that.

So when I feel like hitting the snooze button, I instantly remember that if I don’t wake up on time, I wont get time to do what I love AKA blogging.

4)Use your fave song as an alarm.

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Go to your phone’s settings, and change your alarm tune from that boring standard tune to your favourite song.I promise, you’ll wake up not only instantly, but also all hyped up.

Like, I legit wake up shimmying to BTS-DNA instead of that boring standard alarm tune, and I’m already hyped AF for the day.

5)Start with a workout.

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What?You don’t find this realistic?You think you won’t be able to do it?

It’s actually the easiest to do when you’re doing it in the morning.I promise.Set the vibe with some music, get your workout gear on, and GO.Move.The day will have never begun in a better way.

You don’t even have to become Cassey Ho and do a full-on workout, you literally just have to move and tell your body to turn sloth mode off.

6)Have somewhere to go to.

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When I have my plans for the day, all concrete and ready, I tend to sleep in a lot lesser.

If you have somewhere to go, possibly for work or school, or a café to do some blogging, you’ll find that you tend to wake up without complains, simply because you have to.You tell yourself before-hand that there is no other choice.

7)Document the process!

I always tell you this, don’t I?But have you actually ever given it a try?I’m sure you haven’t.

Put the process and your everyday progress on Instagram, both you and your followers will be motivated.It’s also a lil tip to increase your Instagram following, because doing this actually attracts more people to your feed and gives them a reason to follow you.

If you do it, share it with me!I’m @nicculent on Instagram.

Remember, that “documenting” is not just for show.You want to make sure that you also get reminded of the fact that you have to do it, and it will help you look back and check your progress, and feel proud.It works as a reward.

8)Plan the day on the previous night.

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Do this so that you don’t have to wake up at 5:00am instead of 9:00am, but spend a crap ton of time just wondering what you’re going to do, and then realizing that it’s already 8:00am and you’ve wasted all this time just planning and contemplating things.

This will also get you all excited for the day.

9)Give yourself enough sleep.

I you’ve slept for, like, 5 hours the night before waking up at 5:00am, you’ll have a concrete reason not to wake up and to hit the snooze button-“I didn’t get enough sleep last night, I’ll start over tomorrow”.But the next day you’ll find yourself staying up late at night again, and creating a cycle that is hard to get out of.

To avoid this, give yourself enough sleep.I’m not talking about the standard “you should get atleast 7-8 hours of sleep” bs, but how much sleep YOUR body needs.Some of you might work well with nly 6 hours, some of you might need 10 hours.Whatever works for you, boo.


Aaaand that’s it.Thank you for reading!I hope this helps you get more work done.

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How to stay motivated to workout when you’re “just too lazy”.

 

Bonjour vous les gars!I’m Nika, and thank you for reading my blog.

Okay first off, thank you for existing.

No, seriously.

You’re awesome and your existence means a lot to me.Like, I wake up in the morning like “Today is for my blog readers”.

Now that that’s said-

So, I recently got myself out of a fitness slump.No excuses, but while I was being a lazy human and still trying to workout consistently, I figured how to have a sane workout schedule even when you’re just not feelin’ it.Maybe it’s because you’re a student like me, or because you’re stressed, or whatever else.

Here’s how to still stay(decently) fit even when you’re on a rut.

Lettuce begin.


I have been working out consistently for the past 5 years now, and I’ve had several people ask me how I stay motivated.

Here are my answers.

1.Why even?

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Do you want to workout to look a certain way, or to feel a certain way?

If the answer is the first one, rethink, my friend.I’ve tried working out with the first mentality, and from experience I tell you-it.does.not.work.When you workout to look a certain way, you spiral yourself into a negative, time-consuming cycle.

But when you workout with the second mentality, which is to feel good about your body, to feel more energetic afterwards, to feel like you’re doing good to your health, you will never even need external motivation again.

2.Do you hate the gym?I gotchu

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If you don’t like the gym, ditch the gym.If you like the gym atmosphere and the motivation you get when you see other people working out , go for it!

Do what you love.As long as you’re moving, you’re good.

I like the gym.I don’t like going on walks or runs outside, I find that boring.I love to dance.I do dance covers on my YouTube channel, so I work on those as a workout.I love love looove pilates.I love going on hikes.So, I don’t have to dread my workout because whenever I workout, I’m doing what I love doing, ya know?

Open the notepad on your device right now as you read this, and list down some exercises that you like.And do them!

3.Netflix & Chill the Nika way

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When I’m YouTube & Chilling, instead of sitting in my bed with blankets over me and stuffing my face with vegan ice-cream, I Netflix & Chill while on the treadmill.

That just means one small change-Instead of sitting/sleeping and watching Netflix, I walk while watching it.It’s that simple.You don’t even have to run, you just have to walk at a comfortable pace.

A TON of people already do this without knowing it.You know how some people watch the TV while working out?We’re doing the same thing here-we’re watching Netlflix while moving.

This has helped me immensely, and I feel way better about spending time watching Netflix or YouTube.

4.Document your workouts.

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Document your workouts and put them on your Instagram story, your YouTube channel or your blog.I promise, there’s tons and tons of people who need that motivation and who will thank you for putting your workouts out on the internet.

Become someone else’s motivation, and you will be motivated.(lmao look at me trynna be all big sister-like)

5.Do workout challenges.

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I get more excited to workout when I’m doing a workout challenge than I am to just workout.

Just look up “workout challenge” on YouTube.You’ll thank me later.

6.Mark your workout days.

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Get yourself a calendar.Mark the day off whenever you workout that day.At the end of the month, when you see the marks on the calendar, you’ll feel super proud of working out for those many days.The next month, you’ll want to mark more days off.

7.You shouldn’t.

Stop saying “I should”, “I must”, “I have to”, and start saying “I want to workout”, “I could workout”, “I can workout” instead.

When you try to force yourself to do something, you’ll be more likely to not do that thing.You know, just like a kid does with his homework when he’s forced to do it?When you tell yourself you want to do something or you can do something, you’ll actually feel like doing it.

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8.External motivation.

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You already know this too well, don’t you?Follow fitness bloggers on YouTube, have a motivational wallpaper on your phone, all that usual stuff really makes a difference.So start doing it.These are the smallest changes you can make.

9.Have a friend do it with you.

Okay, this one’s hard.I’ve never been able to find someone who wants to workout and is motivated to do it.It’s going to be hard to find someone who is as motivated as you are, but if you do, please make the most of it!If you can’t find one, I gotchu.DM me on Instagram (@nicculent), and lets motivate each other to workout!Problem solved.

10.What matters equally:

Eating healthy.By healthy I don’t mean restricting yourself or going on crash diets.

By healthy, I mean intuitive.Eat intuitively.

This is a vast topic, and I’m not qualified enough to write about it.But I do know quite a few things about it that could probably be helpful to you.I will write a whole new blog-post about it, sometime soon.

11.Don’t workout.For days.On end.

Hypocrite Nika.

When you’re already working out because you like it and you’re still in a rut, you just need a break, dude.Take a break for a week or how much ever time you want, until you want to resume the consistency.

This one always works for me.It might work for you too.


That’s all for today’s blog-post.If you like more blog-posts like this one, let me know in the comments!Thank you for reading.

Make sure to follow this blog if you haven’t already, and help me out to hit 500 followers by the end of this month!

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ily.Take care, Tchao!

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