Hi there, I'm Nicole, an ordinary 20-something living in the Chicago area.

After bouncing around in my head as a nameless idea for years, this blog began in June 2015, originally named explosive bagel. At the start of 2019, this page became nicole in real life.

The things people post on the Internet aren't always an accurate representation of their life. This page is different. This page is my real life, posted online. It's my place to share a lot of different things with other people of the Internet.

My goal is to create writing that's impactful in some way, whether it be relatable, comforting, inspiring, entertaining, or all of the above. I live life and I write words.

It's a blog about being human.