1. Have you ever had a nickname?
“Nikki Li”. A friend used to call me this all the way back in Primary school! Funny story as this where my IG name came from! I was looking for a username that wasn’t taken so I took Nikki-Li and which some how rolled off the tongue as “Nikki-lae”. For some unknown reason I decided to cut off a “k” to make it “nikillae"
2. You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why?
Black - its bold, straightforward, stands out and can be used to make shades of grey - two birds one stone!
3. Who's your hero?
As much as this sounds like a cliche answer, it is true and Im sure many can relate. My hero is my mum! I don’t understand how she does it but being a mother is much more than a full time job. She’s open my eyes to what it’s like to pour all your time, energy and love into a family and I can only hope that I'll grow up to be half the woman that she is.
4. What did you have for breakfast?
My go-to breakfast (like 6 days out of 7) is three pieces of wholemeal toast, topped with banana, peanut butter cinnamon and a drizzle of honey. Paired with a cup of coffee of course!
5. Favourite post workout snack?
It depends if Im feeling sweet or savoury! Either way, I try to go for something protein-rich! If its sweet, I like protein bars with a coffee or tea, or a high protein yoghurt with banana, fruit and some granola ! Otherwise, a massive bowl of salad with a lean protein source such as chicken breast, lean beef, tofu or eggs white and plenty of veggies!
6. What makes you laugh the most?
From actual jokes, to my own stupidity or my best friends clumsiness or even my boyfriend’s occasional dad jokes!
7. If you were a piece of clothing, what would you be and why?
A t-shirt! Im talking just a plain, oversized, crewneck T-shirt - nothing fancy at all ! I love loose-fitting items for the day-to-day and an oversized tee can easily be dressed up by layering necklaces, throwing on the favourite pair of denim and a cute blazer. On the other hand it works as your comfiest PJ piece. The only struggle is finding quality ones that don’t shrink the wash!
8. How would you describe your job to a child?
Im still studying at University so I guess a Primary school kid could relate to me in a way…I’d say its the same as Primary School except I get to choose what time I start the day, and I don't have to wait for the 3pm bell before I go home!
9. What song would you sing at karaoke night?
Empire State of Mind - Ill never get over Alicia Keys’ voice
10. Where in the world would you love to go on holiday?
At the moment, my mind is set on Cappadoccia in Turkey - it looks absolutely surreal and magical and seeing photos of it always gives me major wander lust. Ive also never had any exposure to their culture so I’d image that would be really interesting and eye-opening
11. What sport do you wish you were pro at?
Dance - if that counts as a sport. Admittedly, thanks to So You Think You Can Dance. I used to spend hours on Youtube rewatching routines. Ive always wanted to do Hip Hop and Contemporary!
12. What's your secret talent?
I honestly cant think of one!
13. What motivates you to work hard?
The sense of accomplishment and achievement that I know Ill feel after little goals are completed along the way. I don't have an “end-goal” yet and I may never have one but I want to learn something out of everything I do in between then. I think its all about taking opportunities (or risks) to get new experiences, and then to embrace them.
14. How would you define being Happily Active?
Having a good mental-relationship with health and fitness. I believe that health and fitness definitely go hand-in-hand. You can’t get results at the gym without complimenting that with the right foods choices. When this happens, people that are putting time aside to stay “active”, don't see the results that they want. This in turns make them unhappy and unmotivated to keep up the lifestyle. I think Happily Active is all about the mindset and making a commitment to living a more balanced life - whatever that may be for someone! More literally, when I think Happily Active, it also refers to how amazing and accomplished I feel after exercising, because of the endorphin rush!
15. If you had a choice between two superpowers, being invisible or flying, which would you choose and why?
Flying ! I love travel so much, plus...plane rides are so over-rated these days
16. If you could compare yourself with any animal, which would it be and why?
To be honest…a monkey because I absolutely love bananas. I have to have one everyday and it has to be the perfect level of ripeness. I get grumpy if I don’t and its made me quite the banana connoisseur over time!
17. What’s your favourite way to get Happily Active at the moment?
Recently, Ive only had time to gym and I use it as an outlet to relax. It helps that I also gym a lot with my partner so we tend to sink a lot of time there. Otherwise, I loved running around the local lake but its gotten a bit too cold for that now that Melbournes in the middle of it's winter !
18. What's your proudest achievement in the last 12 months?
Since its my last year of studies, things have been hectic. To be honest, an accomplishment has been pulling through a subject that I was set on failing from day 1. It did make me realise that consistency, hard work and a quick holiday to Fiji (before my exam), can do the trick!
19. What are your top three workout songs?
Currently, what gets me going at the gym are "No Guidance" by Chris Brown,”Flexible” by Tory Lanez and because I love latino music: "Le Encanta" by Juan Magan
20. What's your favourite quote/mantra and why?
"If you love what you do, then you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” Im always told that life’s too short to do *xyz* and not enjoy it and I totally believe it. I don't think finding our dream jobs is easy and it'll take a lot of bumps, turns and risk-taking. But Im a firm believer that every experience along the way will be valuable and in the end, it’ll all be worth it when pieces of that life puzzle start coming together !
Find Niki on Instagram: @nikillae
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