The Blogger Recognition Award!

Hi loves, Shreya here! Hope you are all having a brilliant week so far:) Around two months ago, I was nominated by the lovely Hanna for this award/tag! As of a couple days ago, I have officially been blogging for one year! That’s right, this blog is now a year old and I couldn’t think of a better time to accept and recognise this award! So, thank you again to Hanna for nominating me…please go check out her blog! I guarantee you will enjoy it as much as I do! Now, onto this award!


Rules:

1. Write a post to show your award.
2. Acknowledge the blogger that nominated you.
3. Give a brief story about how you got started blogging.
4. Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
5. Nominate 15 bloggers for the award.

Ooh ok…how did I start blogging? Picture this. Before September last year, I would basically spend a good 30 minutes frantically writing in my journal about absolutely everything that I wanted to say to people, change in the world and speak out about. Just as fulfilling writing in my journal was, I really wanted to express at least a small part of my thoughts to people who agreed with me, disagreed with me or were anywhere in between. I wanted to create my own little corner on the internet to express my thoughts and feelings as well as share snippets of my life with fellow bloggers! So to answer your question, I started blogging because I wanted my thoughts and ideas to be heard while remaining pretty anonymous, while connecting with other people who have similar interests to me:)

Now that I have been blogging for a year, I guess I know a little bit about it? I’m far from being an expert of the blogging world but I do know a couple of things to always remember while blogging

Followers don’t matter! The number of readers never defines how good or not so good your blog content is! Don’t let the number affect your post choices because at the end of the day, quality is better than quantity:)

Stay true to your ideas about your blog – it’s your space. I really think that this is an important practise in the world of blogging because I feel like society is affecting our decisions so much these days, that it is important to make sure the content on your blog represents the ideas that you believe in! Authenticity is key! Show the world the you that YOU want to be, and don’t let the comments completely rule your post ideas:)

I nominate:

Em

Rosypop

Olivia Batt

aVeryAwkwardBlog

Teenella

Thoughtful Tash

Ok, ok. It’s not 15 but these are the bloggers that first came to mind when I thought about this award! Some of these were the first blogs that I’d ever read and really have a special place in my heart:)


So that’s a wrap on this award! Hope y’all have a great week and keep your eyes open for future posts coming very soon! I am forever grateful to those of you who stop by to read my blog…it means more than the world! Love you guys<3

Signing off,

Shreya xx

 

My Wanderlist Tag

Hi loves, happy Saturday! I was intact going to share with you all my travel bucket list, but to make it a little more interactive, I thought I would create the ‘My Wanderlist Tag’ I am an absolute travel fanatic, something you may now know as ‘Wanderlust’! I thought I would tweak it a bit and make a ‘Wanderlist’ of places I want to travel to! Let me know where you would like to travel in the future…Without further ado, here it is!

Rules:

  1. Include the ‘My Wanderlist Tag’ logo in your post.
  2. Include all the cities/countries you have visited so far.
  3. List your top 15 places to travel from your bucket list!
  4. Nominate 5+ people to do this tag!

I thought I would start off with the places I’ve been to:)

NZ- Queenstown

Australia- Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Alice Springs, Canberra

India- Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Agra

UAE- Dubai & Sharjah

Malaysia

Singapore

USA- California: Los Angeles, San Francisco. Massachusetts: Boston


For my age, I’d say I’ve had the privilege to travel to quite a few places…and for this I am truly grateful! Experiencing different cultures really brings me happiness and I find that I can get lost into different cultures really easily! Here are some of the places on my bucket list.

  1. Paris, France
  2. Santorini, Greece
  3. New York City, NY
  4. Yosemite National Park, California
  5. Italy
  6. Hawaii, USA
  7. Switzerland
  8. London, UK
  9. Nantucket, Massachusetts
  10. Monte Carlo
  11. Tokyo, Japan
  12. Orlando, Florida
  13. Maldives
  14. Washington D.C, USA
  15. Munich, Germany

I Tag:

  1. Dewdrops0213
  2. James Patmore
  3. Thoughtful Tash
  4. Teenella
  5. Chocolate Drops
  6. Robin Blue

There you have it! 15 places that I want to travel too…a little ambitious but I guess that’s what makes it all the more fun! Have you been to any of these places? Would you like to go? Leave it in the comments below or include these in your tags!

Love and hugs and happy travelling!

Signing off,

Shreya xx

“Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”  – Ibn Battuta

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Let’s Talk About: Negative Influence

Sometimes life can be real difficult…don’t you think? Every second of every day, we are constantly worrying about how somebody else will react to what we do, or say, or think or believe in. Our thoughts are clouded with the shadows of other people’s opinions that prevent us from seeing clearly, seeing the world how WE want to. Some people call it inspiration. Some call it influence. I say it is both, yet neither. Inspiration is a positive way of taking someone else’s actions and words into thought while we progress in life. Influence is what people have on other people, which may not always be a good thing. Inspiration is optional. Influence is not as easy to prevent.

Do you ever think back on a decision you made in the past that was influenced by somebody else’s decision or opinion? I know I have. Do you think your decision would have been completely different if you hadn’t been influenced by another person? Would it have been better in the long run? Would it have been the same?

What I really want to say is, that you should live life for YOU. Accomplish what YOU want every day. Go by what YOU believe in without worrying what other people might think. Stand up for causes that YOU are passionate about, regardless of the amount of support you receive. Act the way YOU want. Talk the way YOU want. Be the way that YOU want to be, because at the end of the day, no one knows what’s best for you more than yourself.

I believe that there is a reason that we are all so different from each other. We have the ability to inspire and influence each other in a positive way, which can be extremely powerful. However, if we all started acting the same way and talking the same and behaving the same, we lose our own authenticity and the authenticity of our society.

So from today, break the boundaries of negative influence in society and be who YOU want to be. Inspire others by your own individuality and help bring out the best in everyone around you! Aspire to be the best you can be, and don’t let the opinions of the people around you limit your imagination and creativity!

Don’t wait for others to accept you into their ways of life, show them that you are better than that. Don’t let people mould you into clones of themselves because you are better than that. At the end of the day, authenticity is key, and there is nobody in this world quite like you:)

Signing off,

Shreya xx

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10 things that make me smile…

Hello my lovelies! A couple of weeks ago my family and I were going through old photos and videos of us from about seven years ago which inspired me to write this post. Some things in life, be it big or small, never fail to make us smile!

Whether it’s splashing in crystal clear water on a bright summers day or the smell of fresh cookies in the oven, there is always that one thing that spreads a wide grin across your face.

I believe that a smile is the most important accessory a person can wear. It is free, individual and easy to find!

Sometimes, these little things are all that we need to make our day better or turn our mood around. So, I decided to share some of mine with you…

Things that make me smile:

  • When your walking along the beach and your feet are just touching the crystal clear water that washes away the footprints you leave behind.
  • When you enter your room after leaving a delicious candle lit in there for a while and a sweet smell fills your lungs, making you feel warm and fuzzy.
  • When the cutest little child is smiling at you and you can’t help but smile back.
  • When you finish the last page of a book and can’t stop smiling at the happy ending, can’t stop imagining what could happen next.
  • In the late afternoon when the sky is a blend of a rosy pink and a mellow yellow while the blazing sun disappears under the clouds and you can just make out the silvery lining of the moon.
  • When someone makes you feel so special that in your mind, the moment freezes and you feel like the luckiest person alive.
  • When you re read an old email or a conversation and all these amazing memories come flooding back.
  • When your best friend gives you a look that signifies an inside joke that’s too good to be true!
  • Watching someone open a present from you, especially if you spent endless months and sleepless nights creating it.
  • Looking at old photo albums with your family and reliving all the wonderful moments of your life all over again.

These are just some of the many things that never fail to put a smile on my face! What are some of yours? Leave a comment below! I would also love to do a Q&A so feel free to leave me any questions!

Hope you have an amazing week and find the time to smile every once in a while :)

Signing off,

Shreya

“You’ll find that life is worthwhile, if you just smile.”  – Charles Chaplin