This week I'm talking to Nabeela from Nabsticle, a fabulous teenage lifestyle and thoughts blog that I absolutely adore. Nabeela's blog was also a recent find after she commented on one of my older posts and I fell in love immediately. Her writing style is sublime and she is honestly one of the nicest people I've had the honour of getting to know recently. One of my favourite posts, The Rambling Thoughts Of A Confused Adolescent, makes me think even to this day as I experienced this same feeling of dread and it's beautiful to know that today, Nabeela is feeling more motivated and confident. Here's the happiness interview, hope you enjoy!
What makes you want to get out of bed on a morning?
For me I think it’s the endless opportunities that can present themselves throughout the day. It’s another twenty four hours to get closer to my dreams, learn something new and discover who I am in the process. Yes it’ll have twists and turns but knowing that I’ve been blessed with another day in this world is more than enough to get me out of bed and embrace it.
Which five music tracks are destined to put a smile on your face and why?
Time to scroll through my very long ‘Happy’ playlist…
Two and a half hours later and I’ve finally managed to narrow it down to five.
- Naïve by The Kooks
- If You Wanna by The Vaccines
- Save It For The Bedroom by You Me At Six
- Skater Boy by Avril Lavigne (I’m not even sorry…)
- Arabella by Arctic Monkeys
I always end up having a little dance (again, not even sorry) whenever these songs start playing and there’s a beautiful sense of nostalgia and memorable moments attached to them that never fail to make me smile.
Name the best experience you've had so far in your life and why.
I feel like my entire life so far has consisted of small moments that have taken the sky’s immensity and buried it deep within me. Whether that has been at Lauren Aquilina’s gig that spread goosebumps across my skin to the time my friend and I were in fits of laughter in the middle of our History lesson. Those moments are the pieces that fit together to make my best experience because they are what have taught me the value of gratitude and have shaped me to be who I am today.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
In five years time I’m going to be twenty two, let me just take a moment to let that sink in…
I would like to have completed writing and editing one of my many unfinished novels, I’d like to spend my time blogging, writing and reading thought-provoking literature along with gaining inspiration and positive energy from fascinating people.
What do you do to pick yourself up after a bad day?
I like to distance myself from other people and spend time alone to reflect, sounds pretty sad doesn’t it? I find that taking a hot shower or going for a long walk to clear my head helps immensely. This sounds really odd but I sometimes plough through my increasing to-do list because I find that putting all of that despondency into something productive instantly boosts my mood.
Finally, what is happiness to you?
To me it’s when a person feels free, strong and independent enough to do whatever they want without any demeaning stigmas and judgements attached. Personally I find so much joy when I give out to the world, which is partly why I love writing on my blog so much. Despite my voice being so small and often suppressed by many outstanding individuals, I feel like I’m contributing to something big. With every progressing day I’m seeing people fighting for change together. Seeing this unity blooms hope and hope is what sparks happiness. So knowing that I have the potential to change the world just by being a part of such a profound and opinionated generation is definitely enriching.
I shall leave you with that before things get far too deep…