The Blogger Recognition Award ๐Ÿ‘ง

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Hiya lovelies!

Today I’m going to be completing an award post that I was nominated for by the lovelyย Mollyย who also happens to be my good internet friend and pen pal ๐Ÿ˜… She’s so lovely and a great person to talk to.

A big thank you to her, and you, for reading this post! โค hugs x

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Rules: 
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show the award.
3. Give a little backstory on how your blog first started.
4. Share two pieces of advice you think new bloggers should know.
5. Nominate five other bloggers for the award and leave a comment on one of
their posts to let them know, along with a link to your award post.

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The birth of infinitelyadaydreamer~

You know how when you’re little, you want to do grown up things like have a ‘fun’ job or well, make a blog?

I do, because that’s me.

This is my one and only only blog, but it’s changed a lot over the past four years that I’ve had it. The name, the content. Everything. infinitelyadaydreamer used to be a very basic, very crappy gaming blog where I squealed over things that people probably had no clue about. Awkward.

Anyway. I never left this blog, and I actually find that pretty surprising. But I stuck with it and it sort of grew with me. I asked others for advice that I didn’t always take, I experimented, and what you’re looking at today is the product of all that. I’m very fun loving and young at heart. I like jokes and have a really quirky personality, but I’m mature at the same time. I feel like my blog is a very accurate representation of me, and I love that.

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My top two pieces of advice for new bloggers~

1. Find a blogging schedule that works for you. Up until recently, I had no schedule whatsoever. I lived, of course, but It was super weird. Posts at random times of the day. Sometimes I could write for hours, others I had no inspiration. This really helped me to organise my life too! very important.

2. Quality over quantity. It’s a real thing. When you’re starting out, you may feel like you need to post a lot to catch up and start seeing good stats, but that’s not the case. As I said above, scheduling is key. That’s it. If you’re frequent (but not overly so!) and produce high quality content, you needn’t worry about how many likes, comments or follows you receive. It’ll happen.

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My nominations~

-Lauren @ LaurensBackpackAndBlog
-Grace @ wilflowers
-Carolyn @ BeautyBeyondBones
-Savage butterflies
-Just a Blank Blog


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Vegetarian update + the questions, answered! what do I buy to replace what I won’t use anymore?

Hi friends!

(Nice intro, right? I thought it’d make you more inclined to like this post. ๐Ÿ˜‚)

Just kidding!

In today’s post, I’m going to be talking about how I’m going with vegetarianism. You may (hopefully!) remember that I talked about this in an earlier post. I’d link that here, but I’m just going to hope for the best, and anyway, I’m observed in writing this now!

Look forward, not backwards! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜…

[Quick disclaimer: this post is my personal experience with animal products, and It’s not my intention to offend anybody. No judgement here. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just wanted to make that clear!]

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Here’s what’s happening:

So far, I feel better.

Happier.

Now that I don’t eat meat, or much of any other animal product, (I’m looking to move onto veganism when I feel I’m ready, which hopefully won’t be in too long!) I’ve become more aware and compassionate, and the best part?

You might’ve noticed in the title. I said “won’t use” instead of “can’t use.”

That’s because I have a choice. I just choose not to. It’s not something I have to do, It’s something I’m doing because it’s right for me. It’s a decision I know I stand by all the way. I wake up being sure and knowing what I want, and I carry that out.

If nothing else, I want that sort of enlightenment for everybody. That awareness.

This isn’t me glorifying vegetarianism, even. It’s just how it is.

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Hint: it includes pictures!

I’ll be showing you some of the new products I now use in place of my old ones. I found that I had to chuck out a lot of makeup and buy new hair products and the like, but that’s okay. The whole package is a good one, and I do have a bit of a tendency to hold onto things that need to be chucked anyway! (hello, very old mascara. ๐Ÿ˜‚)

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1. My Lush basket ๐Ÿ˜

While this isn’t very full just yet, I have a few baths bombs and other little bits and pieces. Gold toothy tabs with Papaya powder and brazilian orange oil. They sound fancy, right? haha x Seriously though, they’re not half bad. Definitely very fresh and there’s quite a few so I alternate between using coconut oil and these when I brush my teeth. That snow fairy bucket is an ethical bath/play product. I’ve just used it as a sort of grown up playdough so far, but the possibilities are endless. Next, I’ve got a Sugar plum fairy lip scrub, and a cute little lip balm. I’m going shopping next tuesday, so I’m hoping to get some makeup and maybe a new bath bomb from the Lush store!

 

2. Thank You Body Wash

What I love most about these products is that they aren’t too expensive, the quality is amazing and they’re so accessible! This and the rest of the products above can be bought from your local coles. ๐Ÿ™‚ I started using this a while back, and every time I do, I always feel extra fresh and a bit minty. Not a bad sort though, good sort. *wink.*

 

3. Sukin Shampoo and Conditioner

I’ve seen these around but never actually tried them until I stayed with my cousin and used a bit of theirs. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I have good hair, but it doesn’t always behave and these were lifesavers! As soon as I got back home, I bought my own. They weren’t exactly the same but still so good! Highly recommend.

 

4. Sukin Foaming facial cleanser

This is really good at keeping my face clean and dirt/oil free, but they should probably test and make sure that all the pumps on the bottles actually work ๐Ÿ˜‚ frustration.

 

5. Natural Deodorant

My mum was pretty skeptical when she found out I wanted this because she said it wouldn’t do anything at all.. “Well mum, it must. I mean, it’s a good brand, and they can’t really sell a product that doesn’t work!” And I was right, thankfully. It’s pretty good and you smell like perfume. A nice, calm fragrance. Just don’t sweat TOO much, okay?

 

6. Mr Bean Coffee Scrub

This was the first item I bought and while it is a tad pricey, it’s great. It really does target problem areas and helped with a couple of stretch marks I have ๐Ÿ˜ช๐Ÿ˜€ Oh, and whenever I use it, it’s like I’ve drunk a cup of coffee- instantly wakes you up. Washes off fairly easily, good good and good.

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Melbourne/ Victoria Trip: Photo Dump! ๐ŸŒ†๐Ÿ—บ

Welcome back dreamers!

How fast has this week gone?

It’s already Friday.. that’s not a bad thing, of course. Well, for those of us who are working. For people like me who are on holidays? We’re like, “time, why do you exist? Like, exist, of course, but to our BENEFIT ONLY.”

Right, anyway. I’m getting sidetracked ๐Ÿ˜‚

As I mentioned in some of my earlier posts, I was in Victoria for a little over a week, staying with my cousin and his housemate Rachel!

There were quite a few days where we got to go right into Melbourne city though.. on New Year’s Eve and New Years, for example. And I honestly loved it! Ever since last year, I’ve just been wanting to travel non stop (shoutout to my good friends Lauren and Kathryn who actually do that a lot of the time! โ˜บ๏ธ) and even though I didn’t even leave the country, it felt like I grew a little as a person and I just feel well, I don’t know, more cultured? Yep.

So this will be fairly simple: I’ll split this post into three parts. I’ve got a poem to start with, then I’ll do a section for photos I took in Victoria, then photos from the time I spent in Melbourne.

PS. Keep a close eye on the channel: infinitelyadaydreamer! I’m posting a Melbourne Vlog.. or trying to. It’s taking a long while, but I assure you it’s worth the wait! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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To be human is to marvel at the rest stops that are the homes of other creatures

To be human is to have glittering stars for eyes, and a mind that roams, ever changing like the waves that grace the shore of many waters, a soul filled with love and a heart brimming with contentment

To be human is not easy

But all beautiful things

Blossom

Through the seasons of change

And grow through heartbreak and tears and longing

Like a ๐Ÿฆ‹

Fresh eyes

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VICTORIA-

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Me from A-Z ๐Ÿ™‚

Hi there!

I actually saw this idea online. Someone has used it as part of a journaling prompt and i thought it would be cool to make my own. I used canva to make this, taking advantage of all the nice fonts and using a pretty border I downloaded to decorate it. It was a freebie from Lisa Glanz, who has a websiteย that you can find here!

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I’d definitely recommend making one of your own! It’s all creative work, but if you prefer to take it up a notch, get out your supplies and do it the good old fashioned way with pens, textas, paper and anything else you can think of.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚

Anyone who knows me knows that I love words.. and anything else creative. It’s so much fun, great for your health, and it’s also very personal and unique! We often have an idea of what we’re like, a bit of this, bit of that, but how often do we lump all that awesomeness all together into one pretty picture?

I’d love to see yours if you try this!

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Borders-05 PS. I challenge you to do something self love related.. today, I bought myself a small bunch of flowers from a florist in Parramatta!

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User envy and the interesting concept of desire ๐Ÿค”

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Happy Friday everybody!

You might’ve heard of the green eyed monster. You might’ve felt its wrath, even. My guess is that you have. I know I have, and that’s half the reason I’m writing this post: to kill two birds with one stone.

Hello teacher Maryam! Would you like an apple? ๐ŸŽ

Well yes, and no. That green eyed monster, that’s envy. ‘Green with envy’, ‘feeling blue’, ‘seeing red’. All those colours we attach with feelings. They mean something.

Yesterday, I had a bit of a meltdown.

I was hella cranky and probably more nightmarish than a tired granny. And I hadn’t eaten dinner either. That didn’t help one bit. I told my parents I had no idea why I was so upset, but in reality, I did.

I was suffering from user envy. Have you ever scrolled through your social media, maybe an Instagram feed, and marvelled at the too good to be true, #blessed pictures you’d see? And by marvelled, I don’t mean felt inspired. If you, personally, take inspiration from a perfectly curated layout, three cheers and a hip hip hooray for you, but I know I don’t. And that was part of the reason I felt so badly. I didn’t want to be THAT person. I remember being told by a teacher once, back in year five, that envy was good, it was jealous that caused problems. This struck me as being a very odd thing to say. Nobody else portrayed jealousy in any light other than a negative one, and rightly so. What good could come from poison like that?

There’s actually a few social media accounts I’ve found myself obsessing over lately. They reflect my ideal, the style I wanted for myself. They seemed effortless, even though I knew that to be such a naive view. Everything we share, all that we post, it’s the best of everything. When others look on, that’s what we want them to see. Little bits of perfection. And all of that, it really kills your self esteem and how you see yourself, even if only temporarily. I found myself asking to use some of those pictures, and making my own copies of work they’d done. Of course, I didn’t allow myself to like what I’d created, because it was so me. And that was the whole point, right? To create something original? Right and wrong.

And that’s where desire induced anxiety comes in.. we all have primal desires, to love, to be loved, to be enough, even, dare I say it, to attain perfection. (Which is impossible, mind you.) It occurred to me, today, as I was reading a timely Frankie

article on this very topic, that I have a lot to say about it. Hence this post. We live in a world with so many outside influences, and we’re a just a little speck, caught up in the constants and changes of our society. We’re always being shown ways to live our lives: how to act, dress, speak, think.

It’s endless.

And this could be so many things. Part of the new world order, freakin mind control, you name it.

I can tell you, in all honestly, I only like social media when it fuels my desires. When I get a certain amount of likes, enough comments reassuring me that my posting game is ๐Ÿ’ฏ- and when it’s not, I try and find ways around, try not to let the darker side of my mind mess around with my perception of my self, and how I should be. It’s in these times that, most of all, we need our logical thinking.

Social media platforms and all their little workings are said to build us up, magic and miracles through clever hashtags, smiling faces and reassuring captions, but they have so much potential to mess with our heads. It’s clever in a way, how much less we’d desire if we didn’t see other people with that very thing. It really goes to show, it’s not about what we want, and more about what we should want. These sort of techniques are also used in consumer advertising, in which we are convinced to buy, but who for? Ourselves, or the companies who see through dollar signs?

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The Liebster Award- Yet again! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Hi everyone!

I’m pleased to say that this will be my second Liebster award nomination in the past two weeks, and I got this from my lovely friend Kimberly over atย freeperspectives.

She’s such a lovely blogger and a good friend of mine too.. I can say with all certainty that while we all make mistakes, checking out her blog will not be one. I am quite the fan!

Now, into the post, shall we? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and show the award logo.
2. Answer the 11 questions from the blogger that nominated you.
3. Share 11 facts about yourself!
4. Nominate 11 other blogs- notify them! ๐Ÿ˜Š
5. Give your nominees 11 questions to answer.

 

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Kimberley’s Questions:

  1. What is one quality you hope that you will never change?

Definitely my ability to conjure up creative ideas just like that. For example, I went on a Rain forest walk today.. it was so lovely, and I was able to write a fairly long poem on my surroundings. It wasn’t forced.. it was what I desired, and I’m happy with the outcome

2. What food best describes your personality? Why?

Interesting question! I’m probably some sort of quirky fruit. Something a bit exotic, different. Appreciated by those with refined tastes.. yada yada. Haha. ๐Ÿ˜‚ What exactly? I’m not even sure myself!

3. If you could live in a fictional world, where would it be? What book is it from?

If I could live in a fictional world, I’d definitely live in Ms Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children.. I remember when the movie came out in 2016, and I watched it in the cinemas, and then again at home, and by that time I had all three books too.. It’s just so magical, but also creepy. And I’m all for that, you know? It was like I had directed that movie, written that book. So me. ๐Ÿ˜

4. When was the last time you did homework? (etcโ€ฆ 30 minutes ago, a day ago, 5 days agoโ€ฆ)

Hmm, I’d guess around the start of December.

5. If you can do absolutely anything today, what would it be? Why?

I’d begin a worldwide trip and return home only when my need for adventure had subsided.. all though that probably never will happen, which is good. There’s always more to take in.

6. What motivates you when you feel down?

Pinterest.. I love it! My best friend first introduced me to it, and it’s my go to place for when I need quotes. Happy, sad, anything. It really works.

7. If there is one thing you can change in the world, what would it be, and why?

Mean people! I’d turn everybody nice.

I know this isn’t the most important thing I could do, but it’s not like anybody’s exempt from it based on social status, age, gender etc.

8. What is your favourite word? Why?

My favourite word is ‘Serendipity’. Basically a happen accident. Good luck ๐Ÿ˜Š

It’s a pretty word with a pretty meaning. I like how it feels when I say it. It’s light.. what more can I say? ๐Ÿ˜‚

9. Is there a book that can you reread 1000 times? Whatโ€™s the title, and whoโ€™s the author?

Oh gosh, there’s too many to count! YA fiction has gotten so much better in the recent years. Here are a few examples:

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10. What is one thing you regret not doing?

I regret not taking more pictures while I was in England. The memories definitely live on in my head though. I wake up every morning and remember everything. It’s all so clear and crisp and I’m filled with longing.

11. To end things on a positive note (because Iโ€™m so negativeย ๐Ÿ˜‰), How are you feeling right now? (because I care about you tooย ๐Ÿ˜Š)

Honestly, I haven’t had the greatest day in the history of days, but a bit better. Writing this post definitely helped, and so did having some dinner. I’ve also made a conscious decision to stay off my social media for a while which I know will probably help even more!

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Nominees:

Again, leaving this open! I want to give everybody here a chance whether you’ve received an award before or not. Much love xo

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My Questions To You:

  1. If you didnโ€™t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
  2. What would your perfect room look like?
  3. What job would you be terrible at?
  4. What skill would you like to master?
  5. What songs have you completely memorized?
  6. What do you consider to be your best find?
  7. What takes up too much of your time?
  8. What are some small things that make your day better?
  9. What TV channel doesnโ€™t exist but really should?
  10. What is something that is considered a luxury, but you donโ€™t think you could live without?
  11. Whatโ€™s something you like to do the old-fashioned way?

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Weekly Inspiration (‘: (2/1/18)

Happy New Year everybody!

I know I’m late, both to post and tell you this, but screen free time definitely helped me to really enjoy New Years and be present. Nonetheless, It’s great to be back and connecting with you all, and I wish you only the best. I cannot thank each and every one of you enough- in every way, bigger or smaller, you have been great friends and we’ve achieved so much together XX