The Liebster Award! ☯

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Happy Friday everybody!

I’ve had such a great time in Melbourne these last couple of days. It’s a lot less fast moving and consumer driven than Sydney. It’s also very chill and beachy, and I’ve loved all the photo opportunities! Something really cool happened this morning too- I woke up, walked to the kitchen, looked out the window, and what do I see? A boy koala baby! 😂 For Monday’s post, I’ll try and share some of the photos I took. It was truly amazing because of how close I was.. I could literally pat it! It was sitting on the fence and did some neat acrobatics for us. Clever koala!

To top this week off (yes, I know it’s not quite done yet, buuut 😂), I have been nominated by the lovely Elise @littlelemonyellow for the Liebster award! I’ve gotten quite a few of these already, but none lately, and who doesn’t love a good ol’ award post? 🧡

Now, let’s get started!

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Rules:
-Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you and display the award image.

-Answer the 11 questions you are given.

-Share 11 random facts about yourself.

-Nominate 11 other blogs, or less! Up to you x

-Notify your nominees- leave a comment or embed a link to their blog in your post

-Give them 11 questions to answer!

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Elise’s Questions:

1.  What inspired you to start blogging?

Oh, great question! I was ten when I first started blogging. The sort of age where you really want to be grown up and have everyone take you seriously, and so I thought: website! that’ll make me grown up. 😂 Let me tell you, it was a very childish blog three years ago. Hahah x

2. If you could change anything about the world, what would it be?

I would sort out all the world’s problems. I would stop all the evil undercover operations that happen right under our noses, I’d try and find cures for all the ailments, and I’d eliminate issues like the uneven distribution of wealth.

3. What is your favourite thing to do when your home alone?

When I’m home alone, I like to eat lots of yummy food, turn on the AC (If it’s hot!) and watch some Netflix, or catch up with blogging/my social media. I have a younger brother, and he’s a very distracting person. I can’t get a lot done with him around!

4. Have you ever had a white Christmas? If not, do you want to have one?

Yes, I have actually. Last year, I went to England by myself. I was sad that I’d be missing Christmas for the first time as the family (from my dad’s side) who I was staying with don’t celebrate it. But, on Christmas morning, they woke me up super early to tell me that it was snowing! It wasn’t super heavy snow, but it was magical. 😍

5. What is the best thing about blogging?

I’d say that the best part about blogging for me is having my own personal space to write and share everything with the people I’ve come to care about. It’s like a second family for me! My blog is quite aesthetic, and you can really see my personality through the design. It makes me really happy!

6. If you could travel anywhere in the world for a day, where would you go?

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If I could go anywhere for a day, I’d go to the Maldives! It’s lovely and has all the features that places like Hawaii and Bali do, but without all the tourism. I feel like too much tourism has the potential to ruin places.

7. What is the fanciest place you’ve ever been to?

There’s this really nice restaurant that my family and I go to sometimes. It’s about an hour away, in the city, and it’s very grand and expensive! It’s called Neptune Palace. The decor is quite neat, modern and luxurious and they have cool extras like tanks for the lobsters and fish out in the open. There’s many levels to the restaurant and to get inside you go up an escalator. The first time I went there, according to my dad, I was only a few weeks old!

8. Do you prefer watching movies at the cinemas or at home?

I’d say at the cinemas, but there’s something special about watching at home. Debatable! The big screen is great, but then there’s privacy at home.. no idea!

9. What is your favourite smell?

I’ve got a few! They’d probably be Vanilla, cinnamon, the smell of baking, the smell of rain etc.

10.   Are you a dress/skirt person or more of a shorts/jeans person?

I don’t really wear shorts, and pants for me mostly consist of tights, but I’ve got some fancy pairs. I have a lot more dresses and skirts, but I like everything at different times. I’m so indecisive today!

11.   Are you happy with your blog at the moment?

Yes, I am! It’s developed a lot over the years and I’m really happy with my progress. I’ve got a lovely audience and have really found a writing style that I enjoy. 😊

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11 random facts about me!

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  • This year, I learnt Indonesian at school. I’m in Year Eight, so it was compulsory. I know basic phrases, introductions and a bunch of other things. If I was to ever visit Indonesia, I’d definitely know what to say. I hope. 😂

 

  • My first word was ‘bye’ when my Dad was leaving for a business trip. I don’t know my exact age, but it was fairly early!

 

  • I can’t whistle, click my fingers or wink properly.

 

  • There’s one song called ‘Number One for Me’ and it makes me cry every time I hear it.

 

  • I don’t think I’m very photogenic, but others seem to disagree!

 

  • I very rarely take photos of myself without filters unless I’m sure I look great.

 

  • I’m more of a girly girl than even I realised, yet I own so many pairs of sneakers.. converse, two pairs of superstars, two pairs of running shoes, and another pair that I can’t remember!

 

  • I love slant/spoken word poetry.

 

  • ‘Serendipity’ is my favourite word.

 

  • I want to have two kids, a boy and a girl, and name them Aria and Lucas.

 

  • I’ve had my blog for nearly four years now!

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My Questions to my nominees:

What was the last picture you took with your phone?

 Have you ever faked a sickie? Tell us!

 Have you ever danced in the rain?

 Favourite type of pizza?

 If you could witness anything, what would you want to see?

 If you could be any age for a week, how old would you want to be?

 How do you start a conversation?

 What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?

 What cheers you up?

 What is the longest you have gone without sleep?

   What is your favourite word? least favourite?

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My nominations:

I’m going to leave this open to anybody who wants to participate!

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Lost and Found: A recognition tag by me 😊

Hello my lovelies!

I’m working on this post in the car as I’m heading to Melbourne for the week with my brother and dad.

Road trip, if you may!

I’ve been wanting to do something special for my 200th follower celebration as I didn’t really get around to anything when I hit a hundred. And so I was thinking.. why not create my own tag!

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Rules:

• Thank your nominee and the original creator of the tag. 🙂

• Before you participate, insert the following text somewhere in your post by means of explanation!

I’ve talked about my self discovery journey on this blog before, but never in any of the depth I’d have liked to.. and that’s what I’d like to do in creating this tag. Get myself, and others, to think about how far we’ve come; our journey. We all have goals, and even though we don’t always feel like we’re enough, we’ve achieved so much in our lives! What we had then, we’ve built upon. Every minute, every second. That’s the transformation. All the life changing events, all the little moments. The jokes and laughter, the love and friendship, the tears, the moments where we fall apart? That’s what we’re made of. That’s what fills our holes and voids. The truth: that we are more than worth it, and any healing we may need- that’s our beautiful healing. I’ve seen this firsthand in my own life: all our bottled up feelings, all that pain we don’t speak of, that can translate into so much positive change, when our hearts are in the right place. There’s so many miracles everywhere we look. Go on, honestly. Look. You may not see anything at first, because it’s what you’d call ordinary.. but that’s where true happiness is found: when we appreciate the little workings of our everyday lives.

• Answer the following six (combo 😂) questions:

1 • Do you believe in New Years Resolutions? If so, do you find you stick to them well and achieve your goals? Do they motivate you to make change for yourself, or to please others?

2 • [this relates to the previous question!] When you work towards your goals, do you find yourself sticking to an exact plan, or do you let go a bit and allow circumstances to happen? If so, have you experienced anything you’d call an unplanned achievement along the way?

3 • When you were a child/teen (answer depending on your current age, or whatever you prefer!), did you have a life plan for yourself? How did other people/ the media/ society cause you to adjust those plans?

4 • Are there any movements or rights (marriage equality etc.) that you believe in and have opinions on? Share some.

5 • What are your thoughts on stereotypes? In what ways do you think the world would be different if such a thing was nonexistent? Do you think stereotypes are helpful in any way?

6 • You live in a Dystopian world where after a certain age, when you begin to understand the effects of your words and actions, you are charged for any expression, even something as small as a shrug. Everything is copyrighted, patented or trademarked. If you fall into debt, you are sent for collection. Who would benefit from rules like this, and why might there be such a protocol in the first place?

• Give a free nomination to anybody who’s interested! This tag is open to all x

• Have a great day 💕💕

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Snail mail: Bringing back the idea of penpals (:

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Hello there!

I’ve been sitting on this idea for a while now, and it seemed that there was no better place to talk about this than on my own little part of the internet. (Me bringing in the cliches, sorry!)

What I’m about to say next though, you might not expect. I’m looking for Pen pals. I know that sending letters back and forth might not be everyone’s piece of cake, as yes, it is a longer process and does take some more effort, but I think that’s the beauty in it. We, as a society, are so used to instant gratification that we no longer see the true value of what we receive. I’m looking for some like minded people here- maybe three of you?

I’m honestly really excited about this because I love getting to know about different people and making as real a connection as possible. I think this is a really special opportunity as you never know who you’ll find, and it’s like your world expands a little as you learn more and more about others who are so different, yet similar to you. There’s so many benefits, and I feel that the older way of doing things, sending letters, really does come with many benefits. Electronic communication is so impersonal and plain fast moving. You don’t know who your real friends are.

I’ve had email buddies before, one who I still talk to sometimes, but not regularly. It’s a good experience- I know so much about this person and I consider them a friend, but I’m looking for something different. This offer is open to anyone who’s interested. You can leave a comment down below, and I’ll get back to you. I’d love to talk to a bunch of you , but unfortunately I’m not looking to be sending a ton of letters all the time, so I’m sticking with a maximum of three people, as stated above. If I choose you as one of my Pen Pals, I’ll be sure to email or drop you a comment to tell you. If you’re not chosen, please remember that it’s nothing personal, and I’d still love to chat!

Happy Friday, beautiful people!

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Clean air and 🌞 ~ I enjoy poetry

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Hey there everybody!

Today’s post will be a little basic, but I have no doubt that you’ll like it. I’m going to be sharing with you some poetry that I wrote the other day when I was up at my grandparents place. I went out for a couple of hours and indulged my photography habit, and it was amazing! They live in the Blue Mountains and everything just felt so clean, fresh and vibrant. I took some really great shots that I’m proud of, and they inspired me to write the following poems. 💕

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The smell of flowers

Like someone was happy today

And they wanted to share

bloom bloom

The smell of flowers

 

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And the hydrangea whispered

‘I wish I was yellow,

Like the very life that

Shines

Through the trees’

Sometimes it is just as hard to be the

same as it is to be different.

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200 followers celebration- thank you.

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We’re always being asked to calculate. Calculate things.

Things like our happiness, for example. We shouldn’t base it on items or anything tangible, but on experiences, and people, as the exception. Or our value as people. That’s a big one too, isn’t it?

How many times have you been told to stop basing your worth on your success, or your looks, or anything fleeting or uncertain?

These are reflections of our deepest fears, and ways we try and go about answering our biggest questions: can I be loved? Am I enough?

I started out as a blogger three years ago. Yes, I’ve had this site for a long time, but I couldn’t work out what I wanted to do with it, or whether it was even possible for me to create something that people will want to come back to. Because honestly, a like button means nothing. I’d rather have genuine, real life likes. That’s what infinitelyadaydreamer is about: growth, humour, and story telling. I am so blessed to be able to create and share my words with you. I’ve learnt a lot about myself through this period of evolution, and I can say with 100% certainty that if I could, I’d lap life up and just keep going. But small milestones are great too, and they’re reminders to never stop pursuing what makes us truly happy.

So this is a big thank you to 202 (!!) people who cared enough to make my blogging journey theirs too, and also to the countless others who read my posts/ liked/ commented. You all have a special place in my heart, and I cannot express how grateful I am for everything. Your encouraging words and the priceless friendships I’ve made on this site.

This is what I calculate my worth in now.

Anything and everything that adds to me as a person, and blooms with me.

Not numbers, or likes, or views.

But they’re nice too.

😅

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Vegetarianism: I want to transform my life.

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Hello beautiful people!

As the title of this post suggests, I am now following a plant based diet, devoid of animal products. 🥗

I want to start off this post by saying that while I have no qualms about sharing my vegetarian journey with such a supportive community, I am vaguely nervous about doing so as not everybody has received my news so well. One person, really. But that’s alright! This lifestyle isn’t for everybody, and that’s perfectly fine. In no way am I criticising anybody in this post. ❤

You do you boo!

At this point, I feel a bit silly even making an announcement like this as I’ve only tried started following vegetarian rules for two days. I first started off vegan, because I felt it would be better to just go the whole way instead of being a vegetarian and still consuming some animal products. (Butter, milk etc.) I do understand that everything is a process though, and a life change like this will take some getting used to as I’m so familiar with an everything diet. I actually follow Islamic guidelines regarding food too, so I’m grateful for that as it’s definitely helped with transitioning as I can’t eat meat products in some restaurants and cafes as they’re unhalal.

A lot of the  thinking behind my decision came from an offhand comment where my mum told me that she could see me following a vegetarian diet at some point in my life as I’m really compassionate and aware of the world around me. I took this with a grain of salt at first, because I’m that person.

I have said things like “vegetarian? no way! What a boring life.”

But.

Maybe I was wrong. I must’ve been, because I’m taking this seriously. I want to lead a more compassionate life that’s in touch with my morals and beliefs, and that I stand behind one hundred percent. I’ve struggled with bad body image and eating issues for a while now, and that’s part of my reason for wanting to go ahead with this. Not the main reason, that’s animal welfare, but one of my reasons. I think this will help me to stop being scared of what I eat, and start embracing what happens when worries fall away and only pure happiness is left.

So far, I’ve watched a documentary on veganism. It showed a lot of behind the scenes footage on how our food is really brought to us, and even though I was aware before of the practices, it felt so real to me this time. It really hit home. I’m hoping to make this my next stopping point. It’s hard at the moment as this announcement is a bit of a bomb that I’ve dropped, and there’s not a whole lot of food for vegan recipes at home 😂 I did however make mini vegan cheesecake bites, and they were pretty yummy! My whole family tried them, and even my brother liked them. He’s seven and vaguely fussy, so I wasn’t sure if he would but I was pleasantly surprised by his reaction.

Right now, what I’m doing, it feels good. I feel good. Better than I have in a very long time.

[Also, this is a bit random, but I’ve just released a new video! Get in first and be amongst my most dedicated viewers 😂😊 The video has actually embedded itself below, but I’d love it if you could check out my channel. click here beautiful!

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Vegelicious magenta sushi 😍

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VEGELICIOUS MAGENTA SUSHI!

If you exclusively ate food featured here on the frankie blog, you probably wouldn’t be doing that great in the health department, what with our relentless posting of bickies and cakes. So it’s probably high time we shared something truly healthy – and this magenta-hued sushi is about as nutritious as nosh gets. Dyed pink from beetroot juice, these rice rolls are chock full of various veggies and a bit of fruit, too. Pop over to Random Acts of Pastel to check out the recipe, which includes instructions for whipping up your very own wasabi.

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Pink Magic Sushi Recipe- Taken from http://randomactsofpastel.com/pink-sushi-with-juniper-wood-kitchen/

Makes 4-6 rolls

Ingredients:

– 2 cups organic sushi rice

– 2 ¼ cups filtered water

– 2 TBSP fresh beet juice

– ½ TBSP all natural rice vinegar

– 1/ tsp coconut sugar

– ¼ tsp fine sea salt

– 4-6 nori sheets

Filling ideas:

– Purple yam or sweet potatoes

– Radish

– Cucumber

– Mango

– Avocado

– Enoki mushrooms

Avocado wasabi whip

– 1 avocado

– ¼ tsp rice vinegar

– natural wasabi powder to taste (we used ¼ tsp)

Procedure:

1. Rinse rice under cold running water until it runs clear. This removed the starch so its better to not skip this step.

2. Put the rice in the pot and cover with just a little more water than rice. For 2 cups of dry rice we used a little less than 2 ¼ cups water (about a ¼” of water to cover the rice in the pot).

3. Turn the heat to max and bring to a boil, occasionally stirring. Once it comes to a boil stop stirring, turn the heat to minimum and cover with a lid.

4. Check the rice in 6-8 minutes to see if all of the water has been absorbed. Tilt the pot to see if any water is sitting on the bottom. When the water is absorbed remove from heat right away to prevent over cooking the rice at the bottom.

5. Using only a wooden spoon, remove the rice from the pot carefully into a wooden or plastic bowl (metal will alter the taste of the rice vinegar we are about to use).

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6. While the rice is still hot add ½ TBSP rice vinegar, ½ tsp coconut sugar and pinch of sea salt. Fold the rice several times to evenly coat and distribute the ingredients. Next, drizzle 1 to 2 TBSP beet juice all over the rice depending on how deep you want the hue. Fold the rice as opposed to a stirring motion. Cover with a tea towel and let the rice cool at room temperature before rolling.

7. While the rice is cooling, cut your toppings and set up your rolling station. Have a bowl of water for dipping your hands into as you are handling the rice to keep it from sticking to your fingers. Cover your rolling mat with a large freezer bag or plastic wrap if you want an inside out maki roll (the rice on the outside of the roll). The cucumber, radish, and mango are best sliced into long matchsticks. The yams and avocados should be about the thickness of a finger.

8. With wet hands, spread the rice out onto the plastic covered rolling mat – don’t make the layer too thick or the rolls will be too big. Try to keep it at a single layer of rice (about ¼” thick). When it’s even and slightly longer than your nori paper you can pat the nori down onto the rice. Fill with your fave toppings lengthwise in the middle. When you are ready to roll, wet the top edge of the nori (furthest edge from you) and carefully roll towards it using the bamboo mat as a guide and trying to keep it tight so you don’t end up with rolls that fall apart.

[Here’s a video you can reference for sushi rolling techniques]

9. If you prefer traditional maki rolls with the nori paper on the outside just use the rolling mat without the plastic, put the nori down, rice down then toppings and roll.

10. Now you can prepare the avocado wasabi whip. Combine avocado, rice vinegar and wasabi powder in a small food processor or high speed blender to create a fluffy whip. Blend until smooth and light. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes to let the wasabi spiciness develop.

[Serve with gluten free organic Tamari, Avocado wasabi whip and pickled ginger.]

** If you want to make your own pink pickled ginger; thinly slice the ginger and place in an airtight container along with rice vinegar and a few drops of the beet juice. Let sit in fridge overnight or at least a few hours so the colour and vinegar absorbs.

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Awesome repost, right? When I saw this on the frankie newsletter, I knew I just had to share it with you all.

Do you like sushi? Would you try this recipe out? Is it not the cutest, most aesthetic dish you’ve ever seen?

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