All posts tagged: inspiration

B.A.D. Girl Tip: Take a Risk

I know firsthand how scary it is to take risks and do something that is out of our comfort zone. I left a comfortable job in the fashion industry that I was pretty damn good at to start my own business. The hardest part wasn’t leaving the job, but rather  leaving the comfort of a steady paycheck. However,  I knew in my heart that if I didn’t leave when I did I probably wouldn’t ever do it. If you have confidence in yourself then being afraid to take a risk shouldn’t be an issue. When you believe in something with your whole heart you can make it your reality. If you want something you have never had before then you have to do something you have never done. Be someone who chooses to live freely. Be B.A.D.! What risk have you taken? xoxo Nicole Let’s Connect:  Bloglovin’  Facebook  Twitter  Instagram   Youtube   Shop Advertisements

B.A.D. Girl Fitness Tip: Enjoy The Process

B.A.D. Girl Tip: Enjoy The Process A work out is just as much mental as it is a physical process. You have to train your brain to like it. If you dread your workout you are going to dread how long it takes you to see the results you want. Like attracts like. So start feeling good about your workout and your body will start to look good too.  Try new things until you find an activity that you actually enjoy doing. Celebrate every last squat. Enjoy the process and you will achieve your goal sooner. How do you enjoy working out? xoxo Nicole Let’s Connect:  Bloglovin’  Facebook  Twitter  Instagram   Youtube   Shop

B.A.D. Girl Link Love: Dream Chasing, Champagne and Wasting Time

Hi Loves, I hope you all are having a great week! I am really happy because I received notification that my trademark application with the USTPO has been approved and is in its final stages! This means I will be the official registered trademark owner of ‘B.A.D. Beautiful, Authentic & Determined’ very soon! I always knew in the back of my mind that I needed to protect myself, but if I am being honest it wasn’t until I found myself dealing with my FIRST infringement issue that I kicked it into high gear and dropped a huge chunk of money to protect what I have worked so hard to create. It’s something that I highly recommend to anyone with a unique idea, name or brand and are looking to really invest in it for the long haul. If you need help or have questions about the trademark filing process you can always reach out to me! Here are this weeks links I am loving: Beautiful: I love hearing/reading peoples success stories because it motivates and inspires me to …

B.A.D. Girl Tip: Do Something Today

It’s so easy to get caught up in our day to day lives that we can neglect what is most important and that’s ourselves. I am challenging you to do at least ONE thing that your future self will thank you for. Here are few ideas in case you need some help! Go to the gym/workout for at least 30 minutes Start on your business plan Eat a clean meal Tell that person how you honestly feel Get a full nights rest Buy that domain name you came up with Stick up for yourself Start a gratitude journal Read the first chapter of a book Do something fun or unexpected I am going to work out, eat clean and get a full nights rest today because I slacked off this weekend. HARD. What are you going to do today? xo Nicole Let’s Connect:  Bloglovin’  Facebook  Twitter  Instagram   Youtube   Shop

B.A.D. Girl Tip: Realize They are Valid

B.A.D. Girl Lifestyle Tip: Realize Your Dreams are Valid I love being inspired by successful people and I was moved by Lupita Nyong’os‘ acceptance speech during last nights Academy Awards. It’s so easy to get lost in the idea that our dreams are just that; something we fantasize about but never really attain because dreams by definition are “not real”.  I, however  want to be one of those people who validates their dreams and I hope you do too. Let’s get it! Are you working towards your dreams? p.s. Lupita and Camila Alves were my best dressed faves from last night! xo Nicole Let’s Connect:  Bloglovin  Facebook  Twitter  Instagram  Youtube  SHOP

B.A.D. Girl Link Love: An Inspiration for All Women & Men Too!

Hey B.A.D. Girls! I hope you all had an amazing first full week of the year! I unfortunately suffered a stomach bug this week and did a whole lot of resting (among other not so pleasant things) so it wasn’t the greatest start to my new year. BUT I am finally feeling better and after watching this video from Lizzie Velasquez, an amazing young woman who suffers from an extremely rare and unknown disease where her body cannot put on weight I snapped out of my funk with the quickness! This beautiful girl radiates positivity and is an amazing motivational speaker. I think she defines what it means to be a B.A.D. Girl in every way to the millionth power.  Please watch her video and tell me if you don’t feel completely inspired to live afterward! I really admire true strength. I could not even fathom what she has been through in her life. The fact that she is sharing her story and living life to the fullest is so refreshing and I want to …

My Top 5 B.A.D. Girl Tips of 2013

I really can’t believe another year is on it’s way out the door! It always seems to go by so quickly, but I think we just forget about all the moments and memories we made throughout the year. It’s nice to look back and reflect so I selected my 5 favorite B.A.D. Girl tip posts that I published in 2013. And a big thank you to YOU for reading them! 1. Remember What Happiness Really Is  Happiness is something we all want out of life and probably struggle with all the time. I was touched by the honesty from some of you when I published this post.  Read the full post HERE. 2. Create a Gratitude Jar  I started my jar back in November when I published this post and its getting pretty filled up! Its also a nice way to end each day. Read the full post HERE. 3. Don’t Waste Your Time  Our time is the one thing we can’t get back so pick and choose how you spend it wisely. This goes for …

B.A.D. Girl Link Love: Makeup Tricks, Being an Introvert and My New Shero Malala Yousafzai

Hey B.A.D. Girls! I hope you all had a kick-ass week! Here are the latest links I am loving! 10 really helpful makeup tips/tricks they teach you at Beauty School via Beauty Riot This was an interesting read: 23 Signs You’re Secretly an Introvert via Huffington Post Malala Yousafzai is 16 years old who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2009 for being an advocate of the right for girls to attend school in Pakistan.  She is my new Shero and I will always think of her bravery when ever I feel fear. Here is a clip from her 20/20 special that I saw on Friday. She is so freakin’ inspiring. Isn’t Malala a total B.A.D. Girl?! xo Nicole Let’s Connect:  Bloglovin  Facebook  Twitter  Instagram  SHOP

B.A.D. Girl Tip: Do One Thing Different

Sometimes all it takes is one small act to spark change in your life so  I am daring you, yes YOU, to do just one thing different this week.  It could be anything, it just has to be out of the ordinary.  Perhaps it’s something you have been meaning to start doing like waking up 10 minutes earlier or  taking the time to write up your business idea. Or maybe you want to do something you have never done like pay for a strangers coffee or call out from work and spend the day learning how to do something on your bucket list. Do it for the possibility. The possibility that if you make one minor change you may set the stage for major fulfillment. Sometimes even the smallest shift in thinking or doing can create the biggest opportunity. What are you going to do different this week? Be B.A.D! xx Nicole Lets Connect: Bloglovin  Facebook  Twitter  Instagram

B.A.D. Girl Tip: How to Have a Great Day

Wake up late. Spill coffee on your blouse. Your boss pisses you off within 15 minutes of being at work. You mess up on a project at work and so on and so on. Does this spiral of negativity sound at all familiar? I have had my fair share of these days, but once I learned the powerful impact that a positive thought in the morning can have on my day it changed my daily outlook. Instead of waking up and saying ” ugh I don’t want to go to work/school” or ” ughh I hate waking up this early” opt for the simple thought of ” Today is going to be a good day!”. Try this one thought every morning for a week and see if your days start to change for the better. The trick is you have to mean it when you say it. Close your eyes and imagine yourself having a great day before you get out of bed in the morning. Say it out loud.   Then while you are brushing …