The Versatile Blogger Award

Hi, everyone! 🙂

I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award.VERSATILE 1

Before I start, I would like to thank Amy @ inkyspells for the nomination. If you love book reviews and tags, then you should visit her lovely blog. 😀

The Rules:

  1. Post the award on your blog.
  2. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate other deserving bloggers for the award.

Seven Facts about myself: (Since I’ve already stated some facts in my previous Award post, I’m going to share some not-so-obvious ones with you today, haha.)

  1. I am a Vegetarian. And, no, I do not only eat raw fruits and vegetables. There’s a ton of yummy food that I eat.
  2. I’m a stationery addict. I don’t care how much stationery I have at home, I will keep buying more and more and MORE! (Oh, and, if they are vintage, there’s nothing that can stop me from raiding the store.)
  3. I love baking! One of my best creations is Chocolate Chip Brownies. Am I making you drool yet? 😉
  4. I know how to code simple applications using Java. 
  5. My favorite fruit is Strawberries because they taste heavenly dipped in chocolate! 
  6. I volunteer at the Special Needs Center once in a while. I enjoy volunteering there because it helps me appreciate the small things in life.
  7. I don’t know if this is weird or not, but I always play out scenarios in my head whenever I listen to a song. For example, when I listen to Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood, I imagine myself leading a mafia. Am I the only one who does this or…?

*Drum Roll Please* I would like to nominate the following bloggers:

  1. Louise @geniereads
  2. Urban Tutu
  3. Fatima @NoteablePad
  4. Marie @Drizzleandhurricanebooks
  5. Kat Impossible
  6. Adi in the Life
  7. Claire
  8. Quirky Victorian
  9. Lauren @Wonderlessreviews

I hope you enjoyed reading my answers!
Congrats to all the nominees! I’m looking forward to reading your answers.
 😀

-The Jouska

 

The Happiness Tag

Hi, everyone! 🙂

Turn that frown upside down because it’s time to be happy thanks to this positive tag.

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Before I start, I would like to thank Marie for encouraging me to do this tag. She posts great stuff about books, travel, food and much more. Do visit her blog! 😀

The Rules:

  1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
  2. List five things that make you happy.
  3. List five songs that make you happy.
  4. Nominate five bloggers to do the tag.

Five Things that make me happy:

  1. Reading Books:

    I love reading, obviously. Books are like my friends. They accompany me when I’m sad or happy, and they help me detach from the outside world.
  2. Chocolate:

    I know most of you are aware of my chocolate addiction. But, I can never leave chocolate out of my Happiness list! I love anything that involves chocolate be it cookies, cakes, fondue and the list is endless.
  3. Family:

    I love my family because they’re great people. They’ve always been supportive of me. I don’t know what I’d do without them, and as cheesy as that sounds, it’s true.
  4. Blogging:

    I’ve only started blogging a few months ago, but all the love and support from my fellow bloggers has made it even more fun and motivational.
  5. Travelling: 

    I love travelling to different parts of the world and exploring new places, new cultures, and meeting new people. The thought of travelling just makes me so happy.

Five Songs that make me happy:

  1. Modern Talking-Brother Louie 

    The is one of those songs that I’d listen to on a road trip and smile like a fool, haha.
  2. Cyndi Lauper-Girls Just Want To Have Fun

    This is such a feel-good song. The beat of this song just makes me want to get up and dance around my bedroom!
  3. American Authors-Best Day of My Life

    From the lyrics to the beat, everything about this song screams positivity.
  4. Taylor Swift-Shake It Off

    Shake it off! Shake it off! This is what I say to my haters and laugh it off.
  5. Pharrell Williams-Happy

    How can I forget this song? The song title itself spreads happiness.

Nominees:

This tag will surely bring a smile to your face. Hence, I tag everyone to do it! If in case you decide to do the tag, feel free to let me know in the comments section below. I would love to read your answers. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed reading my answers!
What’s the one thing that makes you happy? Let me know in the comments section below. 🙂

-The Jouska

 

 

The Miranda Sings Award

Hi, everyone! 🙂

Sorry for not posting anything yesterday. On the bright side, I’ve been nominated for the Miranda Sings Award.

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Before I start, I would like to thank Nazmin for the nomination. If you like posts that are interesting, creative, and informative, then you should visit her blog. 😀

To be honest, I watched a Miranda Sings video for the very first time before writing this post and, it was quite…interesting? Anyway, moving on to the award.

The Rules:

  1. Post the award on your blog.
  2. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
  3. List seven things you love about yourself.
  4. Nominate ten bloggers who deserve the award.

Seven things I love about myself:
This is going to be pretty hard for me to do. Nevertheless, I’m going to try my best. I love my…

  1. Intellect
  2. Creativity
  3. Perseverance
  4. Humility
  5. Dressing Sense
  6. Open-Mindedness
  7. Determination

Nominees:

Honestly speaking, I would like to nominate everyone who’s interested in this Award because it gives you an empowering feeling. Feel free to let me know in the comments section below! 🙂

For some reason, writing this post reminded me of this little girl, haha:

I’m looking forward to reading the seven things you love most about yourself!

-The Jouska

 

 

The Get to Know Me Tag

Hi, everyone! 🙂

I’ve been nominated for ‘The Get to Know Me Tag’. getiton.jpg

Before I start, I would like to thank Tiny Obsessions for encouraging me to do this tag. If you’re interested in posts related to books, movies, and all other things worth fangirling or fanboying over, you should visit her blog. 😀

VITAL STATS

Name: Flaneur
Nicknames: I don’t really have a proper nickname.
Birthday: 7th March
Star Sign: Pisces
Occupation: University Student

APPEARANCE

Hair Color: Dark Brown
Hair Length: Up to my waist.
Eye Color: Hazel Brown
Best Feature: I think I’m most comfortable about my eyes and nose because they’re my sharpest feature.
Piercings: I had my ears pierced when I was 12.
Tattoos: No, but I’d like to have a small feather on my wrist like the one below.
Right or Left: Right

FIRSTS

Best Friend: My first best friend’s name was, let’s say Alexis(Imaginary name). Our mothers were good friends and that’s how we met each other at a very young age. We’ve practically known each other since we were born. During those times, we shared a lot of common interests. Even though we’re not really the same people now, we’re still in contact and I consider her to be one of my good friends. 🙂

Award: I won a trophy for coming first in a Dance Contest! 

Sport: Basketball. I loved playing basketball when I was a child, I still do!

Real Holiday: When I was 12, I went on a trip with my family for the very first time to Thailand. It was a great trip, I often look at the pictures stored in the attic. Ah, sweet old memories! ❤

Concert: I went to a One Direction concert 2 years ago with my younger cousins. They are huge fans and I was there to look after them. I’m not a big fan of the band, but I don’t hate them either. I actually like some of their songs. 🙂

FAVORITES

Film: Big Hero 6! It is by far the best movie that I’ve watched. Even though it’s an animated film, it’ll make you cry. 😦

TV Show: I watch a lot of TV Shows. But, I guess that my all time favorite TV show would be Gilmore Girls.

Colour: Turquoise

Song:
I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston

Restaurant: I’m a big-time foodie, so it’s very difficult for me to answer such a question. Anyway, my favorite fast-food restaurant is Papa John’s and my favorite dining restaurant is Little Italy.

Shop: Galeries Lafayette! It has all the things you could ever ask for, from clothes to furnishings to gourmet.

Book: I can’t only choose one book! That’s insane. I can tell you my favorite genre, though, which is Young Adult Fiction.

CURRENTLY

Feeling: Content with my life.

Single or Taken: Single like a Pringle. (Bad pun, I know. I’m sorry.)

Eating: Well, I’m having a Hershey’s Chocolate Bar right now. 😉

Thinking About: The things I have to do tomorrow.

Watching: I can’t write and watch something at the same time, haha. Although, ‘The Voice’ is going on in the background.

Wearing: A loose t-shirt with some black leggings.

FUTURE

Want Children: In the future, yes. I love kids, they’re so cute and adorable that is until they grow up. 😛

Want to be Married: Yes, if I meet the right person and I can feel the connection.

Careers in Mind: I really want to pursue something in the Marketing or IT field. My dream job, however, is to work as the Marketing Director of a Fashion company. 🙂

Where You Want to Live: Anywhere peaceful. Although, London would be a great option.

DO YOU BELIEVE IN

God: I’m not very religious, but I do have faith in God.

Miracles: Yes, absolutely. I have even seen some of them happen in reality!

Love at First Sight: Um, I’ve never been in love before. So…maybe? 

Ghosts: Nope, not at all.

Aliens: Well, the theories of Aliens invading our planet make it seem very real. Although, I’m not too sure if I believe in them.

Soul Mates: Yes, to a certain extent. If two people share common interests, understand each other, can read each other very well, and all such things, then they might just be soul mates.

Heaven: I don’t know how to answer that.

Hell: Same answer as above.

Kissing on the First Date: I’m not saying yes, but I’m not saying no either.

Yourself: Yes, believing in yourself is way more important than someone else believing in you. 🙂

Gosh, that took me so long to write, but I had fun doing it!
I hope you enjoyed reading my answers and got to know a lot more about me. If you’re interested in doing the tag, feel free to let me know in the comments section below! 😀

-The Jouska

 

 

 

 

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 3

I’m not going to lie, choosing only three of my favorite quotes has been quite challenging for me.

Since it’s my last day of doing the challenge, I’ve saved the best quote for the last! 
Today’s Quote:
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Why I love this quote?
We all have dreams that we want to achieve sooner or later in life. While some people keep dreaming, others take a step forward to turn their dreams into reality. Diligence, perseverance, and commitment is all you need to achieve your dreams. It may not necessarily be as big as someone else’s dream, but it is as important as any other dream. Never underestimate the power of your mind, it can do wonders! There are many examples of famous as well as ordinary people who have gone a long way to come where they are today. Consider your favorite idol’s journey, it wasn’t smooth, was it?
I won’t hide the fact that there will be many ups and downs while you’re on your way to making your dreams come true, but in the end, it will all be worth it! 😀

Nominees:
As I said earlier, if you’re interested in doing the challenge, feel free to let me know in the comments section below.

What are your thoughts on dreams? Share your opinion with me in the comments section below. 🙂

-The Jouska

 

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 2

Today’s Quote:

Why I love this Quote?
“You should talk more!” “You seem bored.”
It’s not uncommon for us introverts to hear such statements. Most people consider introverts or quiet people to be a drab. But, we’re not that boring! The thing is, most of the time, we’re preoccupied with anxious thoughts flooding in our brain. Hence, we don’t interact much with the people around us because we’re afraid that we might say something awkward. We prefer thinking rather than speaking ourselves out, and that’s perfectly okay. We also have control over what we speak, thank god for that. Moreover, I’ve noticed that a lot of quiet people are either very creative or logical. When it comes to socialising, quiet people prefer deep conversations over small talk. Remember, even if we’re quiet, we’re silently observing every move that you make, haha. 😉

Nominees:
As I said earlier, if you’re interested in doing the challenge, feel free to let me know in the comments section below. 

What are your thoughts on this quote? Share your opinion with me in the comments section below. 🙂

-The Jouska

 

 

The Blogger Recognition Award

Hi, everyone! 🙂

I’ve been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award.
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Before I start, I would like to thank Sadaptation for nominating me. You should visit her blog because she posts some pretty creative and interesting articles. 😀

Rules:

  1. Write a post to show your award.
  2. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Give a brief story of how you started your blog.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Nominate 15 bloggers who deserve the award.

How did I start my blog?

Well, to be honest, it was a decision that I made after a lot of self-debate. Even though I had an interest in blogging, there was something holding me back and that something was fear. I was confused, to say the least. I kept asking myself questions like:
Where should I start?
What should I write about?
Will people like my blog? and so on.
Sooner or later, I realized that I had to stop being such a wimp and just go for it. Maybe, it was my sudden surge of confidence that motivated me to start ‘The Jouska’ blog. I’m glad that I made that choice because I really enjoy being in the blogging community now. Also, I’m not very chatty in the real world, so having a blog gives me a way to express myself freely without any judgement.

My advice to new bloggers:

  1. Never be afraid of the outcome:
    I know it’s hard to start something you’ve never done before. It’s scary. However, when it comes to blogging, don’t be afraid of what others think of your blog. You are the creator of your blog and there’s no one to stop you. Maybe your blog won’t do very well in the initial stage, but trust me, it will get better with time. Anyway, my point is, fear is your worst enemy so don’t let that get to you. Don’t think about what other people have to say, always be confident and sure of what you do.
  2. Be consistent:
    Always make it a point to post as regularly as possible. If it’s difficult for you to post something new every day, then follow a consistent timetable. I’ve seen bloggers come and go because they get bored of their blog and end up deleting it. Remember one thing, your hard work will pay-off in the end. 🙂

*Drum Roll Please* I would like to nominate the following bloggers:

I hope that my piece of advice helps you find your way in the blogging community.
Congrats to all the nominees! I’m looking forward to reading your answers.
 😀

-The Jouska

 

 

 

Things Awkward People Do

I admit that I’m a shy person, but I’m also very awkward. The main reason behind this dilemma is me being self-conscious of everything I do. Hopefully, I’m not the only one who experiences this. :/

Anyhow, here are some things that awkward people know to be true:

  1. You awkwardly smile in group photos. 
  2. You pretend to be busy on your phone when you’re alone in public just to avoid any social interaction. (We don’t want people thinking that we’re loners)
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  3. When you have nothing to say so you just let out a nervous laugh.
  4. You try to avoid eye contact because it just makes you terribly nervous and uncomfortable.
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  5. Flirting? I’ve never heard that word before. Does it exist in my dictionary? No.
  6. When you like someone and you want to try sparking up a conversation, but you never end up talking to them.
  7. You’ve always been bad at introductions.

You got to admit that we all have our awkward moments that we regret for days, months or even years. But, hey, at least we’re not bad people. 😉

Have you ever experienced something as awkward as the gifs above? Let me know in the comments section below! 🙂

-The Jouska

Music For When You’re Dreamy

Aren’t we all daydreamers?

I love music and cannot survive a day without it. My taste in music depends on my mood to a great extent.
I don’t know about you, but I daydream way too often, and I have a playlist that I listen to when I feel this way. The playlist consists of around 50 songs, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you all. 😀

Songs in my ‘Dreamy’ Playlist:

  1. Years & Years-Desire
  2. Keane-Somewhere Only We Know
  3. 5 Seconds of Summer-Jet Black Heart
  4. Adele-When We Were Young
  5. Tyler Joseph-Can’t Help Falling in Love 
  6. Ed Sheeran-Bloodstream
  7. One Direction-I Want to Write You a Song
  8. Taylor Swift-I Know Places

As you can see, my taste in music is not definitive, haha.
What’s your favorite dreamy song? Let me know in the comments section below. 🙂

-The Jouska

Inspirational Quotes

I love quotes because they inspire me to become a better person.
My wall is covered with so many quote posters that you can barely see the wall color hiding behind them…Oops?

Anyway, today I want to inspire you all with some simple yet effective quotes:

  1. Some of us may be very competitive and in turn, always want to win. However, we must learn to accept defeat as well. Ultimately, it’s not about winning but about gaining experience.
  2. Challenging yourself is always a better idea than challenging someone else.
  3. Always keep one thing in mind, if you really love something then don’t be afraid to chase it. 
  4. This quote always motivates me to get up early in the morning and get all my work done. In simple words, productivity leads to good things.
  5. Never be afraid to let your true colors shine. Everyone is unique and you’re one of them. Dare to be different! 

I hope you are inspired by my favorite collection of quotes.
What’s your favorite quote? Share them with me in the comments section below! :D

-The Jouska