I'm Nicole, an ordinary 20-something living in the Chicago area, on my way to being my best self.

My favorite day of the week is Saturday, because you can sleep in and stay up late. Pretty much all of my mornings start off with a little reading and a cup of coffee. It's the best. My first celebrity crush was George Clooney, and my second was Jim Halpert. I think both of those are really good choices for a celebrity crush. I believe that good people sometimes do bad things and that we should always be trying to better ourselves.

I've always considered myself to be a writer. I often prefer to discuss things through writing, because it gives me a chance to think about my words. My career dream as a kid was to be an author. Not so much anymore, but I still believe that writing is important, for everyone.

Which leads me to this blog...

After bouncing around in my head as a nameless idea for years, explosive bagel began June 2015. It's my place to share a lot of different things with other people of the Internet. I live life and I write words. It's a blog about being human.

My goal is to create writing that is impactful in some way, whether it be relatable, comforting, inspiring, entertaining, or all of the above. I would love to connect with people who read my writing. I'd love to hear your stories and your feedback, good or bad. If you're interested in connecting with me, learn more here.

I write because I enjoy it. I blog because I want it to matter.