Wednesday, 30 August 2017

♡ I ordered myself both volumes of Codename: Sailor V after reading a bit about the storyline and I cannot wait for it to arrive! I am going to hold off on reading more Sailor Moon manga until I've read these two as I am sure they'll make me see Sailor Venus is a whole new light.

 These gorgeous mermaid cupcakes by Sugar Hero are way too pretty to eat - but I'd do it anyway. So glad I finally decided to embrace the mermaid trend; they're so fun and magical!

 These pun-filled lunch printables are actually the cutest things ever. If Daniel had a job where he took lunch to work - and I was actually someone who made things in the kitchen other than sweets - I would totally stick these on his lunch. I'm such a sucker for puns!

 A humorous drawing with a very real meaning. How people treat food service workers greatly affects what I think about them!

 10 couples share what their favourite part of their wedding was. (Did you know that I love reading marriage and relationship blogs? There's nothing more heartwarming than couples who think the world of each other and are always looking to bring more happiness into their relationship!)

 I've had T-Swift's new song on repeat every single day since it came out and I'm still not over it. I cannot wait for her new album and tour!

 As I have already mentioned quite a few times, my birthday is coming up in September which means I am freaking out, of course. Don't get me wrong, I love my birthday - I celebrate it all month long - but having to organise three different dinners + the fact that I will soon be 21 is dampening my excitement a little bit. I'm sure I'll feel a bit better once I've actually booked all three dinners, and gotten those phone calls out of the way.

 SpongeBob as an anime is both the most wonderful and most terrifying thing I've ever seen. 

 Every now and then, Daniel discovers a recipe online that he likes and wants to recreate it at home, and it always turns out perfect. Daniel seems to have a knack for being in the kitchen; he always knows what spices and herbs to add to a dish that will make all the difference. 

I always think I'm not going to like what he's making as I am a very fussy eater, but I always end up loving it. This week he made a slow cooked beef casserole and it was so good! That may not sound amazing to most of you, but we don't get a lot of nights together and usually have soup, pasta or a microwave meal for dinner, so it's a really special treat when we can have a nice, home cooked meal together.

♡ It's not even funny how badly I need this doormat!

Until next time,
Indya xx

Monday, 28 August 2017

I love both fiction and non-fiction books. I honestly don't know if I could choose a favourite. Sure, I've read far more fiction books than I have non-fiction, but out of my top ten favourite books of all time, six of them are non-fiction. It really is a close battle.

I love the unlimited possibilities of fiction; anything can happen in a fiction world, but I also love the realness of non-fiction books and memoirs. I love the raw feelings, the honest thoughts, and having the chance to live a whole other life through the eyes of someone else. 

I have never read a non-fiction book that hasn't changed me, and I'm going to talk about a few of my favourites today - both well-known, and not-so-well-known. I thought it was the perfect time since We Love Memoirs Day is coming up on the 31st! I know a few of these aren't considered memoirs (in fact one is a biography), but we're just going to roll with it.

1. The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank.

Starting with a classic. There's no way I couldn't include this book in this list. Like most books I read, I read this because I felt like I had to; because the millions of people across the world who praised this book had to have gotten something right, and in this case they did. 

I was honestly so surprised at how well written this book was. Anne was such an intelligent girl with an amazing way with words, and a truly caring heart. Even though I knew how it ended - with her entries just suddenly stopping - it was still like having my heart ripped out. It's definitely worth the pain, though.

2. Running With Scissors, Augusten Burroughs.

My God, has Augusten been through hell and back! At 12 years old, his parents divorced and he was adopted by his mother's psychiatrist, which was a strange enough thing to go through at such a crucial. This was only made worse by the fact that the family he was sent to live with were... just, ineffable. I don't even know how to describe them. 

The house is dirty and the children can do whatever they want (smoke, do drugs, have sex, etc) from 13 years and up. Not to mention Burroughs biological mother is wildly unstable and seems to be going through some kind of breakdown throughout the book. 

Honestly, I could write a whole post on the mind-blowing things that happened to Augusten, but you're better off just reading the book. With every word I read, my mind kept thinking about how this just cannot be true, but after the family he lived with tried to sue him for defamation and he won, I guess it really is true. It's no wonder at all that his second memoir - Dry - is about his inevitable struggles with alcoholism.

3. Julie & Julia, by Julie Powell.

Admittedly, I only heard about this book once the movie came out, but I knew instantly that I wanted to read it. It's always been one of my life goals to cook every single recipe from a cookbook before, so when I found out this book was about someone who gave themselves the task of doing it in one year, I knew this book was right up my alley.

Many things happened in this book that truly surprised me. This project greatly impacted Julie's mental health and marriage, and there were many instances where I was sure her entire life was going to fall apart. It honestly stressed me out a lot reading it, but I loved the cooking side to it so much that it's still one of my favourites.

4. Confessions of a GP,
by Benjamin Daniels.
As I said in my top ten post, I will buy any non-fiction book that begins with "Confessions of a...". I have read three, and there are all on this list. Any book that has the word "Confessions" in the title is sure to be a brutally honest, shocking book that will not fail to make you cringe - and that's exactly what this book does. 

It's filled with the most strangest and bizarre medical stories that will blow your mind. I know that sounds like an odd topic to be interested in, but there's a reason shows like Embarrassing Bodies are so popular; we are curious creatures, and we are drawn to anything different from ourselves. It's good that books like this exist for those like me who can't handle watching medical TV shows because we're too squeamish. 

5. The Real Mrs. Brown by Brian Beacom.

I have said multiple times that I really enjoy comedy writers, especially stand-up comedians. When I was younger and got bullied at school and then came home to anger and fighting, I would always turn to a DVD like Carl Barron to cheer me up - and it always did. When Mrs. Brown's Boys came out, I instantly fell in love with it. It made me laugh until I cried; it's such a great feeling to be that carefree. 

After watching some of the special features, I discovered that many of the cast were related by blood or marriage which intrigued me, so when I saw this book at a thrift store, I knew I had to pick it up. This book is about Brendan O'Carroll - the man who plays Mrs. Brown - and, even though it wasn't written by him, I think it did a great job of capturing who he is and telling the most important parts of his backstory. He has such a genuine love for what he does, and he kept at it for over 20 years before he got his "big break", and I honestly can't think of anyone who deserves it more. I really enjoyed this book.

6. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.
I understand if you roll your eyes at me just mentioning this book because it was everywhere at one point, but there's a reason books become so wildly popular, and I think this book deserved the attention is got. Elizabeth wasn't happy living the life she was living, so she made some changes. She tried new things, made some mistakes, and went through a lot of hardships, but she also made some amazing memories and ended up happier after all of it.

Granted, she has since left the person she met through this journey for a woman, but I don't think she regrets what she went through and what she wrote about it at all. This was the journey that she needed to go on at the time, and it really is quite an amazing one. If nothing else, you learn a lot about other countries and ways of life by reading this book.

7. Van Gogh's Women: His Love Affairs and Journey Into Madness, by Derek Fell.
I went through a stage where I was obsessed with art, and Van Gogh in particular. It was around the time when Tumblr was filled with Kanken bags and the colour yellow - as that was Van Gogh's favourite - and I very happily joined in on this trend. My Instagram was filled with yellow photos, I visited every single art gallery nearby, and I read any book about Van Gogh that I found - and that last decision made me realise something: Van Gogh was not the best person.

This book in particular really opened up my eyes to that fact. If Van Gogh was alive today, I have no doubt that he would be labelled the "nice guy". I understand that he had deplorable mental health, but he spent a lot of life complaining that women never loved him, and thinking that he was owed love from everyone, and that really snapped me out of my obsessed with him. I definitely believe the saying "don't meet your heroes", because this book made me see Van Gogh in a completely different light. It really is interesting to read though; it's almost like a behavioural science study on him. His personality traits aside, I still adore many of his paintings.

8. Confessions of a Park Avenue Plastic Surgeon, by Cap Lesesne.
Much like Confessions of a GP, this booked is aimed at nosy people who want to know the ins and outs of other people's lives - and it does its job well. Unlike the patients of a GP, most of Cap's patients are there willingly because they would like to change something about themselves, and there are some very interesting cases in this book.

People requesting to look like their favourite celebrity, models wanting liposuction just days away from a photoshoot, and even a super mysterious mission where Cap is flown to a secret location to operate on royalty. There isn't a dull day in the life of a Park Avenue Plastic Surgeon, and there isn't a dull moment in their books either!

9. Falling Leaves, by Adeline Yen Mah.
I am really drawn to biographies and memoirs of those who have had a rough life. I actually read the abridged version of this book first, which is called Chinese Cinderella. I could tell by the title that it was about a child that was treated horribly - just like Cinderella - and I was correct. I both fell in love with the book, and fell apart after reading it, but nonetheless I searched for the full version and soon read that as well.

Adeline's childhood is a truly sad story. She is outcasted from her entire family and has a step mother that cannot be described as anything other than pure evil. She has two people in her life who truly care for her, but they are unable to stop the abuse and trauma that she goes through - eventually, one of those people passes away, and she isn't allowed to see the other one anyway. This is a great book, there's not a dull moment in it, but be prepared for it to make you both very angry, and sad.

10. Confessions of a Qantas Flight Attendant, by Owen Beddall.As you can probably tell by now, I just love getting a glimpse into other people's lives. I knew nothing about flight attendants and am always looking to learn something new, which is why I bought this book with no prior knowledge to its content. I read it a few years ago so I can't remember too much about it, but judging from all the reviews on Goodreads, there seems to be a lot of stories about drinking, drugs, and affairs within the workplace. 

I understand if those topics aren't your cup of tea - because they certainly aren't mine - but I am still always intrigued by people who live completely different lives from me. If you're a flight attendant and you're looking for a relatable read, this is not the book for you. Many flight attendants didn't like this book because it was so unlike their experience, but if you're just a curious person like me who likes to read about the lives of complete strangers because they are so different from yours, then I think you'll like this book. 


Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction books? If you like non-fiction books, what are some of your favourites? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,

Indya xx
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Friday, 25 August 2017

It took a lot of planning and cancellations for Daniel and I to be able to organise another adventure for the two of us since our schedules are so opposite at the moment. Right now we only get Sunday's together (and we sometimes don't even get that), which is when we usually do food shopping, so it really feels like we have no time to do anything but go to work/uni and buy food.

I know that we're really lucky to live together, but it still sucks that one of us is always leaving once the other gets home. The only time we get to be together is when we're sleeping, or for a few sporadic hours here and there if I happen to finish work early and he starts a little later - if he doesn't have homework to do, that is.

Anyway, I knew from the first of August that I wanted to attend the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie's Hot Chocolate Festival, and we finally managed to go on the 20th. Daniel and I have been to the Chocolaterie two times before, and all three times have been during their Hot Chocolate Festival.

My very first adventure post back in August 2016 was of this exact event, which is why I really wanted to go again this year; to re-create that post - only with better photos this time around! Last time I took all the photos on my phone so they were all squares. The photos themselves weren't actually that bad for phone photos, but my blog deserves better.

The last two times I attended the Hot Chocolate Festival I tried the Banana Split and Mint Madness flavours. This year I tried the Hot Gaytime (which I simply ordered as "Gaytime hot chocolate", because there's no way I could look someone in the eye and ask for a "Hot Gaytime"), which boasted a honeycomb and caramel flavour. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't amazing either. 

By the time I added the second shot of melted chocolate, the caramel flavour was overpowered so it tasted like one of their regular hot chocolates. Their chocolate is so good though - even a plain hot chocolate from them trumps a special hot chocolate from someone else.

I feel like I should warn you all that a trip to the Chocolaterie is not for the faint-hearted. Granted I've only been whilst their Hot Chocolate Festival was on, which might attract more people than usual, but it is filled to the brim with customers. If you're planning on having lunch and want to sit inside, I would get there as the doors open and try to save a seat. Their outside seating area is nice though, and it's heated.

I noted this in my first post about this event as well, but I still can't believe that people bring huge baskets and fill them up with things from the shelves. Their products aren't exactly cheap, yet big families seem to buy one of everything. I swear they must save up all year long for all the things they buy!

Last year I bought a super cute mug (like that will surprise anyone), which also came with a little whisk and some chocolate, as well as a card and a gift tag because I'm a sucker for paper souvenirs. 

I also had my very first macaron at the Chocolaterie last year, and tried another one this year. I absolutely love macarons, and had so much fun when I made my own (I hope you all appreciate how much better I'm getting at making Pinterest graphics!). I'll have to try making a different flavour soon!

The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie is on a big hill, and there seems to be a farm in the lot next to it. If you walk down the hill you'll find a fence with goats and a pig on the other side. They seem to know exactly what humans are for and will eat grass right out of your hands - I just hope that no one has been feeding them chocolate!

I may be just shy of 21 (ahhh!), but just the fact that a place called "Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery" exists seems pretty magical to me. It's a nice place to go for a day trip; I do recommend visiting if you live in the area. There's even a huge glass window where you can see the chocolate being made, and you can attend classes (for a fee) in there as well!


Have you ever been to a place like this before? If not, would you like to?

Until next time,
Indya xx

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

♡ So proud and happy for Taylor Swift winning her court case, and I am very eager to see what her complete social media erasure means for future music. It's been far too long since I heard a new T-Swift song.

♡ I love, love, LOVE Allure's article on no longer using the term "anti-ageing". Language is such an influential thing and the more we are aware of the words we use and what they mean, the better!

 I honestly have no words for all the things that have been happening in the world recently. I feel helpless over here in Australia; it's honestly like we're all just watching a ticking time bomb, and with every second that goes passed, things keep getting worse. Kelly from Studio DIY shared some great links and resources in her latest weekend post that will do more helps than I can.

 Here's a cute video to put a smile on your face during the hard times, because you deserve a laugh.

 Erica from Coming Up Roses looks super cute in this fabulous and important t-shirt, and shares some much needed wisdom with us all.

♡ This person's thoughts about Rachel and Joey's relationship in Friends was quite interesting to read. I definitely think I'm going to notice Joey's character development a lot more next time I watch the show.

♡ I decided to watch Rick & Morty from the start since everyone seems to love it. I was expecting it to be a dumb, immature humour, but it's so much more than that. All the dysfunctional relationships in the family - Rick's drinking and selfishness especially - are so heart-wrenching to watch, but I just can't stop. I refuse to believe that he doesn't care about Morty at all, but it really hurts seeing Morty be let down time and time again!

♡ I've been struggling with my trichotillomania particularly bad lately. Unlike most cases, mine is almost completely subconscious and I don't often realise I'm doing it until it's too late. It comes and goes - sometimes I don't do it for ages, and then I suddenly can't stop - but I really don't understand why it's so bad at the moment. I'm really happy with my life and everything in it, yet parts of my anxiety still act up and affect my daily life. It really just goes to show that mental illnesses are completely random, and can affect anyone - whether they have a "perfect" life or not.

♡ These DIY desk nameplates by Aww Sam are so fun and cute! I've added them to my DIY-projects-to-do list. I think I'll make mine say "The Small Adventurer", but I haven't quite decided yet!

♡ It may only be August, but I am getting so excited about Christmas, and just December in general. I know time is a human concept, but I still find great significance in ending one year and beginning another. It's a great time to look back over the last 12 months and note down what you liked and what you didn't, and what you would like to change for next year. Plus I'm just a sucker for anything to do with Christmas!

Until next time,
Indya xx
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Monday, 21 August 2017

Those of you who are particularly interested in my Collection Series may remember that I already did a purse and bag collection post back in December, but it was awful and needed to be redone. 

The photos were atrocious, and most of the bags themselves were either ugly or boring, so today I am just going to show you my novelty bags as they are my favourite, most used pieces. Plus, today is World Fashion Day, so it's the perfect time to share this collection with you!

Admittedly, this collection actually started because I stumbled across the owl and fox bags -pictured above - at Kmart for $9 and just couldn't resist purchasing them. I soon fell in love with them after realising how much easier it was to take crossbody bags with me everywhere instead of ridiculously big bags like I usually did!

I also discovered people like Mermaidens and Studio Mucci on Instagram and fell in love with their pastel, feminine, and novelty style choices, which only fuelled my want for more crossbody bags. I absolutely love the bags I own, seeing them hanging in my closet always brings a smile to my face - and there's still heaps more out there that I am dying to purchase!

The mermaid shell bag and the popcorn bag are both also from Kmart, and I mentioned in my first bag collection post that the unicorn bag was an accidental purchase from DollSkill - I was just trying to see how much shipping was, and didn't realise that "continue" meant "pay now", causing me to spend $60+ on a bag I've never used (because it was expensive and I don't want to ruin it!). 

Not that this should be a surprise to anyone, but the bags that are shaped like food are definitely my favourite. A donut shaped crossbody bag is my dream bag, but I've also seen cute hamburger and watermelon shaped bags that I'd love.

The rest of my bags are all from eBay. The black and white cat bags are based off Luna and Artemis from Sailor Moon. Even though they're slightly bigger and bulkier to carry around, I love them because they fit both my digital camera and my Polaroid camera inside, whilst still having the convenience of being a crossbody bag.


For me, going out with a crossbody bag makes all the different to how I feel throughout the day. It's certainly no secret that I am quite a nervous, paranoid person, so I am always convinced someone is going to take my bag. Bags with straps that are only long enough to sit on one shoulder make me extra worried since they slip off a lot, and someone could easily pull it off my shoulder before I have a chance to react.

Crossbody bags do exactly what their name suggests: they go across your body. The strap goes over your head and sits on the opposite shoulder to where the bag sits at your hips, meaning that the strap won't slide down - and that if someone were to tug at it, it would get hooked on your neck and wouldn't go anywhere. This may seem silly to a lot of people, but I know those with anxiety will understand.

These bags are all quite small - as they are meant to be - so they usually can't fit a book inside them which can be a bummer, but they do fit phones, keys, card holders, and other small items perfectly. They are great for quick trips to the shop, or even day trips if you're going somewhere where you don't need a book or camera (let's be real though, I need both those things quite often).

They also help dress up an outfit when you don't feel like putting much effort in. I am a huge fan of statement pieces; I love wearing bold lipstick to distract from my otherwise minimal make-up, or big necklaces for when I am feeling particularly fancy, but my go-to is always a bold and bright bag. I know these pieces wouldn't exactly be considered 'elegant', but they make me happy, and I love it when people tell me how cute my bag is, so I am going to continue using them.


Do you have a favourite accessory or statement piece that you don't go anywhere without? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,
Indya xx

Friday, 18 August 2017

It's certainly no secret that I have a very particular home decor style. Basically, I love anything that is shaped like something else - particularly when that something is in the shape of food, and especially when it's shaped like candy.

It's difficult to find stores that suit my home decor style as everyone is in love with minimalism and muted colours at the moment, so when I do find a place that satisfies my bold and bright home decor wishes, you can bet that I am going to tell the world about it.

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Uncommon Goods is one of my favourite online stores. Just like the name suggests, it is filled with uncommon and unique decor pieces for your home, as well as an abundance of great ideas for gifts for those of you who like to start their Christmas shopping early.

There is something for everyone at Uncommon Goods, including kids (the gummy bear and balloon dog night lights may technically be for kids, but I still want them!) and even those with a green thumb

Animal lovers can also breathe a sigh of relief know that Uncommon Goods has never sold any products that contain leather,  fur or feathers. They are also committed to working with a range of suppliers - including artists and small manufacturers - to bring you a wide variety of products.


Did you see anything on the list that you like? If you happen to purchase something, feel free to buy an extra one and send it my way - my birthday is next month 😉  and let me know if you have any favourite pieces from Uncommon Goods that you think deserve a mention!

Until next time,
Indya xx
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Uncommon Goods were kind enough to sponsor this post. All items mentioned were chosen by me, and all thoughts and words are my own. I only work with brands that I genuinely like and believe in. Thank you for supporting The Small Adventurer!

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

♡ In exactly one month, it will be my birthday! I'm super nervous to turn 21 (especially since the older I get, the more people think I'm lying about my age! #5footshortproblems), BUT I'm also super excited to see all my friends and family + to get The Powerpuff Girls on DVD from Daniel 🙊

♡ Speaking of my birthday, my wish list consists of Candy Melts in every colour as I need them for 99% of the recipes I want to try out + they're expensive as heck here! Anything from my baking wishlist would also be lovely.

♡ I was recently contacted by two companies wishing to collaborate with me, and I am over the moon. I have been trying to push away thoughts that my blog is an entire year old and hasn't gotten anywhere, but now I feel so much better. They are both companies that I not only have actually heard of, but also love! This was just the encouragement I needed to put more effort into my blog content and continue to grow more and more!

♡ Kesha released her new album Rainbow and I could not be more happier for her. Every track is fantastic, but I'm particularly in love with WomanLearn To Let GoHymn, Rainbow, Praying, and Boots.

♡ I recently discovered the subreddit Cool Collections and have been spending quite some time browsing through all the posts. People collect such unique things, it's so interesting to see! Most people's collections are usually way more impressive than mine though 😅

♡ I loved this beautiful Humans of  New York post.

 We're halfway through the month and I have been killing most of my goals (particularly the commenting on other people's posts one - 68 and counting!), and failing at #1 and #5. Let's hope I fix that by the end of the month!

 Speaking of my goals, one of them was to improve my Instagram. I decided to try and bring more colour into my Instagram feed, and I think I'm doing a pretty great job. I really want my photos to inspire creativity and happiness, and I think bright colours do that quite well.


Do you have anything you've been loving lately that you'd like to share? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,
Indya xx

Monday, 14 August 2017

I cannot believe that I've been blogging for an entire year already! It honestly feels like it's only been a couple of months. Time goes way too fast! I am so proud and in love with my blog. I have written 142 posts in the last 12 months, and I think that's a pretty good amount. I went from posting completely sporadically, to twice a week, and am now at three times a week.

My posts themselves have changed quite a bit as well. I scrapped series' that I didn't enjoy, I changed the names of other series', and I started posting cooking and DIY content, which has been my favourite change of all. This blog has encouraged me to branch out to new things, thus making me fall in love with creating - and life - all over again.

Looking back on my posts and statistics for this past year really helps me realise how far I have come, and lets me know what works best for me. Blogging is certainly a journey and I learn something new everyday - whether it be a huge new revelation, or even just something simple like make sure all your photos are the same size.

Whilst I am still 100% a newbie; a beginner; a novice; and every other synonym of those words, I would like to share a few things that I have learned since my very first post on this blog, as it is nice to reflect on the growth I have achieved, no matter how small it may be.


1. Know where to find your audience.
I am a huge fan of Sailor Moon, which certainly isn't a secret. Most of my readers aren't, and I totally get that. I would completely understand if they chose to skip posts about Sailor Moon and similar topics, but they never seem to. Still, for specific themes like SM, I seek out others in those communities. 

I have joined multiple Sailor Moon Facebook groups, and I also post my content in the Sailor Moon subreddit, which is one of my favourite subreddits of all time. If you post about specific topics that may not appeal to everyone, it may pay off to seek out readers for those posts in alternate places, instead of just miscellaneous blogging Facebook groups or Pinterest boards.

2. Pay attention to where your audience is from. 
I am from Australia, but the majority of my readers are from America. In fact, only around 5000 people who have viewed my blog are from Australia, whereas over 10 000 people from America have visited, which is mind-blowing. Due to most of my audience currently being in Summer, any posts of them that are about the colder weather are bound to attract less views as it's not relevant to my audience.

Obviously, I'm not going to be posting Summer-themed recipes and outfits that feature shorts and singlets when I can't go a day without having the heater on, but knowing where your audience is from can explain why certain things aren't working, and help you to find a middle ground.

3. Don't be afraid to get personal. 
I've gone through a lot of self discovery over the past year and a bit, and this blog definitely helped with that. Now that I realise I have anxiety, I am very vocal about it. I do worry that that people could get sick of hearing about it, but you have no idea how amazing it is to finally have an answer to so many questions. 

Years I've spent at a loss for words for why I am the way I am, why I'm so gosh darn scared of everything, and now I know why. Ever since I moved out of home and distanced myself from the life I lived for 20 years, everything all makes sense - and talking about all that on here has been amazing. 

My post about the side effects of anxiety that I deal with is my second most popular post of all time, and my posts about being estranged from my mother and struggling with dissociation are also two of my most popular posts. People appreciate honesty, and they like knowing that they aren't alone. I receive great support whenever I open up on here, and it always leaves me feeling better.

4. You DON'T need a niche.
When I first started blogging, I read a million and one posts about how important it is to have a niche. A year later, and all I'm seeing is posts on how you don't need one - and I completely agree with the latter. 

Both themed and miscellaneous blogs will find their audience; there's people out there who only like to read about specific things, and there's others who like a little bit of everything. The whole point about being a blogger is so that you can share who you are with the world, and that is going to cover a lot of topics. We are ever-changing creatures, and our blogs should be too.

5. I love it even more than I thought I would.
I started a blog with the vision of one day going into it full-time. I would still absolutely love to do that, but I've also realised that I genuinely love blogging so much that I will continue to do it even if I don't end up making any money off it. 

I am so passionate about writing, creating, and learning new things that I don't need to make money from those things for them to feel real or worthwhile to me. I've also grown so much as a person since I started blogging, and I'm sure I will continue to grow as I continue to blog, and I don't want to give that up just because it's not benefitting me financially. Life isn't all about money, anyway!


Starting a blog has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have something to look forward to, something to strive to improve each and every day, and I have found that I really enjoy having something to work on - especially when I have such a genuine love for it.

I've discovered so many incredibly kind and creative people through the world of blogging, and I've even made a few friends, who are always lovely and encouraging. If you are toying with the idea of starting a blog - or any creative journey at all - you should just go for it. You never know what might come out of it! Life is meant to be enjoyed, so do the things that make you happy!

Until next time,
Indya xx
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Friday, 11 August 2017

It's finally here! Part three of mine and Daniel's first holiday away. I already talked about our day at the snow and the hotel we stayed in + all the food we ate, so today I will be telling you all about our day hiking up to the top of a waterfall!

The Steavenson Falls are apparently quite well known - especially in Marysville - as everybody suggested that we check them out while we were there. The only issue was the locals just called them "the falls" so we weren't really sure what they meant at first!

We eventually figured out/took a guess that everyone was talking about the Steavenson Falls, and decided to go there on our third day of the trip. If I'm being honest here - which I always try to do - I hated this adventure. I had no idea how long it would take to walk up to the top of the waterfall, nor did I know that the track would be so terrifyingly dense and muddy. 

I was completely out of breath and in pain during the entire hike, not to mention petrified that I was going to fall to my death, get lost forever, or be eaten by a wild animal. It sounds silly to type it out now, but I really did not have a good time - until we got to the top.

The view was really nice, and I was much happier knowing that we were going the right way the entire time. I got great photos on my phone and some pretty cool Polaroids.

I do love waterfalls. They are so pretty, and it's quite calming listening to the rushing and crashing of the water, but I think from now on I'll stick to admiring them from the bottom! You get a much better view of them that way, anyway.

Is there anyone out there who has gone hiking and totally hated it? Or, if you loved it, can you tell me why?! I just can't imagine myself ever enjoying it. - but then again, exercise is really not my thing!

Until next time,
Indya xx
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