Self Reflection | 2017

Hi friends! So the year has come to an end already (how?!) and what better way to end the year than with a good old dose of self-reflection? I believe it’s very very important to reflect on one’s self at least once a year, and since it’s the year-end, it’s better now than ever. Reflection for some people can be harder than it is for others, but everyone should try it in order to come to terms with 2017 and to start the new year off on the right foot. So today I’m going to share with you my self-reflection process? or whatever it is. I encourage you guys to do so as well. These are questions that I’ve gathered from multiple sources, Pinterest included. Also, this isn’t something I would normally do publically, so please respect that. Enjoy!

Reflecting on 2017

1. My biggest fitness accomplishment was:

maintaining my clean eating habits for the most part throughout the year, and increasing the amount I can lift.

2. My biggest blogging accomplishment was:

going self-hosted & revamping my blog!

3. These are the skills I acquired this year:

  • I improved my French
  • I learned advanced coding
  • improved my photography
  • learned the art of meditation
  • learned how to create animated objects using a software
  • I learned how to apply henna

4. This year, I learned the following about myself:

I learned that I’m very strong, both mentally and physically. Way more than I thought I was. My heightened ability during training never ceases to amaze me.

5. Here’s something I learned about other people:

everyone is annoying. jk

6. My biggest regret of the year was:

not properly focusing on academics

7. Someone I really enjoyed spending time with this year was:

My close friends and family.

8. I adopted this new positive habit:

Meditation

9. I dropped this negative habit:

Negative Self Talk / Self Criticism

10. My most common mental state this year was:

Happiness. Alhumdulillah.

11. Here’s how I grew emotionally this year:

I learned to stop taking everything that people said personally.

12. The best gift I received this year was:

the time and love of my loved ones. the best gifts ever.

13. A new food/dish I tried this year was:

Salmon. Yup, I’ve never had salmon before until about two weeks ago.

14. This year my physical health was:

Not in tip-top shape but relatively great.

15. Here’s a new friend I made this year:

I befriended other fellow bloggers this year!

16. This year I traveled to:

Istanbul! And maybe Dubai but I’m not sure if it was this year or the last.

17. Here’s one adventure I had this year:

All those ten days in Istanbul were one giant adventure.

18. This year I spent a lot of time here:

my bed. and school.

19. This year I broke out of my comfort zone by:

Trying new things that I was terrified of before.

20. A hobby I loved spending time on this year was:

Reading. (And napping but that probably isn’t a hobby)

21. This year I practiced self-care by:

  • meditating
  • working out
  • investing in my skin
  • hydrating
  • trying to de-stress but failing miserably
  • tried to prioritize sleep/naps

22. My biggest time waster this year was:

Movies and TV series.

23. What I am most grateful for this year is:

having my family and closest friends always around, and having their love and support.

24. Here are three words that would sum up this year:

stressful, adventurous, joy-filled

25. How have I developed or changed as a person?

I’ve learned that life is too short to hate things or to hide inside my comfort zone, so I’ve tried new things that I normally wouldn’t have done before. I believe I’m also a little less mean than I was before.

26. What have I done differently this year? What new people have I met or new experiences have I had?

I’ve stopped holding grudges. I’ve practiced self-care and reflection as much as possible. I’ve changed my perspective on certain things and I’ve tried not to judge people. Met quite a few lovely people, both inside and outside the blogosphere, and have had so many new experiences from visiting new places to working with different bloggers – and companies. (well, almost)

27. How much fun have I had this year? Was I fulfilled?

I’ve had loads and loaaaaads of fun this year, it’s been so amazing. Definitely fulfilled.

28. Who has helped me, been influential or impacted my life this year?

There are so many people, but mainly I would say my mother, my family, and my closest friends.

29. What am I really proud of?

Being prepared for the next year (blogging wise), learning how important self-care is, and not giving up.

30. Is everything I have done this year in alignment with my big dream or goal?

I can’t say yes to everything, but mostly yeah. There are definitely some things I wish I had done differently, but what’s done is done.

I hope you guys enjoyed reading through that, and I still strongly suggest that you go ahead and reflect on your year as well. It makes a big difference in how your new year will start, even though you might not realize or notice it. Thank you for sticking until the end. Don’t forget to follow my blog and subscribe via email! New posts soon x

 

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Where I’ve Been | Back on the Blogging Train

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Hey you guys. How has everyone been? Yes, I’ve been very MIA for last three and a half months I believe, and I apologize for that. I’ve been so busy with school and everything else that there has been absolutely no time for my blog. School has stressed me out to the max. But since winter break has just begun, I thought what better time to hop back onto the blogging train than now? Oh, how I’ve missed writing. I’ve missed my blog. Whenever I’m not blogging, it feels like I’m neglecting a child. Weird, but that’s how it is.

So what’s new outside the blogosphere?

Over these past three and half-ish months, I’ve completed 3 sets of academic exams, joined my school’s media team, gotten back on track with my training, and gone self-hosted!! That’s right you guys, I finally did it. I made the big move. This is a really big step in my blogging journey, and it makes me so happy. I will talk in detail about going self-hosted in another blog post. Also, I finally got my nose pierced (mentally squealing oMG)! I’ve wanted to get it done for over a year, and honestly, it was waaaaay less painful than I had anticipated.

In other news, I had been nominated for 3 (or 4?) award tags back in August/September, and one of them not just once but thrice! I have yet to complete these tags, I’ll pop the links to them somewhere in this post once they’re up. I’m so honored to be given recognition by other bloggers, our blogging community is so wonderful and I love being a part of it.

Also, guess who’s traveling agaiiin? Yup, this girl is going on another adventure, which means more blog posts and more photographs! I feel like everything from now on is going to be one giant adventure, and even though I’m obviously excited, I’m also a little overwhelmed. Especially with academics at the back of my mind.

Anyways, I’ll catch y’all later, hopefully soon. Follow me on my social media (handles linked below) to stay updated and for the behind-the-scenes part of my life.

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A Quick Update

Hello again.

So since I’ve been away for quite a while, I thought it would be nice of me to give you guys a little update on things. Firstly, Eid Mubarak to those of you celebrating! Secondly, if you follow me on social media, I had mentioned that I wouldn’t be posting very often for at least a month or so due to upcoming exams. These exams are honestly super important and so I need to put more time aside for studying. Once that’s over and done with, I’ll put more time into blogging and I will be posting more consistently. Now, because I’m going to be busy for a while, I’ve already written a couple of posts that just need to be scheduled, so you guys will still be getting content at least once or twice a week. How does that sound? If I do have any extra time on my hands, I will 100% be writing more posts to add to the growing list. 

In other news, I’m really hating the heat; wishing winter would come sooner. Speaking of winter, I have a few autumnal/wintery blog posts coming too, so keep an eye out. I suddenly have this huge burst of inspiration for posts out of nowhere and it sucks because I’ve hardly had any time to write lately. The one time I don’t have writer’s block just has to be when I’m super busy, how convenient. It’s currently 1:10 am and it’s only around now that I find time for writing. This will be a scheduled post for tomorrow though since it’s obviously quite late to publish it right now. I have plans for this blog you guys, just wait and see. I hope y’all truly like my content when it comes. I personally think it’s going to be amazing. Or at least I’m hoping. Also, I’ll be changing up the theme a little whenever I get the time – not really feeling this current one at all. Anyways, I guess that’s all I have to say for now.

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Different.

Writing for a purpose can sometimes be the hardest thing; if I’m forced to write, the result would be a fully blank sheet of paper. But if I write just for the sake of holding a pen, I could get like ten billion words out. Is it just me or do other people feel that way?

Also, I feel like my previous blog posts have been the most random things ever and they’re mostly about writing, but eh. That’s what my blog is about after all – it’s what I think and how I feel. It’s a part of me. It even says right there on the top that this blog is a teeny tiny glance into my mind. A mind that never stops learning and exploring, a very very curious mind at that.

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Stranger.

Sometimes you feel out of place, like you don’t belong. At home, at school, or wherever it may be. You’re surrounded by people who know you so well, yet they don’t know you at all. Sometimes you can even feel like a stranger in your own home. And even though you have so many friends, you’ll still feel like you have no one. You might feel very afraid, but you feel like you have no one to reach out to. Sometimes you feel like you’re all alone, sometimes you’ll feel sad. Sometimes you’ll feel like you’re never good enough, other times you’ll go mad. But all along you know that deep inside, you’re stronger than ever before. So once again you pick yourself up and put on a smile, telling yourself that nothing can bring you down.

Thankfully I have you.


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Blank.

Sometimes I just stare at a blank screen or sheet of paper, wanting nothing more than to write, but the words fail to find their way out of my head. They just linger there, unable to put themselves together to form even the simplest of sentences. Times like these are often very frustrating, and sometimes it gets me mad. My mind feels as blank as the paper I am looking at, yet in reality, it’s the exact opposite of that. There’s nothing I can do really, except to start writing something, anything, in hopes that I no longer have to stare at a sheet that’s so painfully empty. Part of what I write might not make sense, but I believe that the rest of it does. Sometimes I write poems, other times I write what I feel. Most times I just ramble, but what I write is real. I’ll go on and on about stuff that is pointless, things that no one even cares about, but I know that out of billions, there is at least one other person who knows this feeling all too well. I write my last sentence and look once again, this time satisfied as I see the sheet that was once so irritatingly clean, now covered in words.


Just a little something to clear my head.

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The story behind my blog’s name

I believe everything has a story behind it. Be it a short story -even a sentence long- or a long one, there’s always something to be told, isn’t there? It didn’t take too long for me to come up with my blog name because I decided I’d just describe myself as this blog is all me, to share who I am with the world.

I came up with the name ‘The Little Black Rose’ for a number of reasons which I’ll discuss right now.

I’ll start with ‘Little’. Anyone who knows me would know that I’m a petite person. I’m short (5 ft to be exact) and yeah, you get the picture. And when I say petite, I mean just small or tiny, not skinny. Skinny is my sister, not me. Even though I’m not ‘skinny’, I’m in no way fat. You could say I’m fit, all into working out and stuff. I’m little,  like I have to look up at almost half of the people I know when I talk to them. That’s part of the reason I like kids, they make me feel big.

“Black”. The colour black is my favourite colour. I like to think that people who wear black tend to have colourful minds. Some of you may argue with this,  but it’s entirely my opinion. I also believe that the colour black shows confidence and that the person is strong, I don’t know why I believe that though,  it’s weird I know.

Now for my favourite part; “Rose”. Just last week, maybe a little after midnight, I was talking to a really close friend of mine. Now you see, when it gets late and I’m tired, I either start laughing like an idiot and doing other random stuff or I get really really honest. Too honest sometimes. Or both. So while I was talking to this guy, I just randomly went “I’m a rose.” Obviously anyone would ask why, and this was my exact explanation:
“roses have thorns.  they’re like ‘bitch don’t touch me im too pretty too be touched.  touch me and I hurt you’ unless you’re careful with me,  you’ll get hurt. and they’re delicate. so im a rose.”

And then all of a sudden, I went “shitt I got it” and then I said this:
“ok ok so if there is a guy and a girl, whether they’re dating or married or siblings or whatever,  the guy is the thorn and he’s protecting his rose bc he loves her and doesn’t want her to get hurt and shit.”
After that I just sat there, proud to have a weird and very random imagination, and started thinking about who my thorn actually is. Because I’m amazing like that haha.

Okay so then I put those three words together and that’s pretty much the story behind my blog name. Tell me what you think of it.

Allie x

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