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ANOTHER blog award?! – The 2017 Liebster Award

OMG, I cannot believe I’m accepting another blog award in less than a week! I’m so honored and happy about this, about people thinking my work is good enough to be considered for a nomination…aa3616_c1f345f13b8a4a35b170f67445c25035-mv2

This time I’m accepting the Liebster Award. I was nominated by Allen from The Traveler 196, his blog is awesome please go check it out! He writes about travel and takes really cool photos. Thank you for the nomination, I really appreciate it!

Here are the 2017 Liebster Award Rules:

 The rules are pretty simple. After you receive and accept the award, you basically ‘pay it forward’ by following these steps:

1) Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2) Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
3) Provide 10 random facts about yourself. (optional)
4) Nominate 5 blogs that you feel that deserve the award.
5) List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste off my post or visit this site.)
6) Answer five questions and think 5 questions to ask to the next nominees.
7) Lastly, inform the people/blogs that you nominated and provide a link for them to your post.

Here are the five question I have to answer:

 1) How long have you been blogging?
I’ve been blogging on and off for ten years now but this is the first time I’m really trying. And I’ve been writing on this blog for 8 months and I’ve been trying to post new content every week.

 2) What advice/tips do you have for new bloggers?
Don’t give up. Do a lot of research before you start. Learn a lot about social media. Engage with other bloggers. Work hard because it takes time but you’ll eventually get there. But NEVER.GIVE.UP.

 3)How do you overcome writer’s block?
I start to brainstorm and to think about possible projects I can do, I go to Pinterest and I like to take long walks to clear my mind. That always helps.

 4) What impact do you plan on having on the world?
Something I would love to do is to be able to forge a new generation with gender equality, less hate and more tolerance. If I can do something to make the world a better place I would definitely do it.

 5) What is your favorite blog post written by you and why?
Well, I have to say that my favorite blog post written by me is “Using your phone is like smoking in the 50’s”. I like it because I feel so strongly about it. I hate seeing people walking on the streets not paying attention to anything or anyone but their cellphones. And I think it’s a severe addiction that we are not taking seriously.

And now I’m going to list 10 random facts about myself:
1) I speak fluent Spanish and English. 
2) I’m currently learning Japanese.
3) I tried learning French for 2 years and I hated it.
4) I love The Vampire Diaries so much (the TV show, not the books).
5) I’ve read every book Dan Brown has ever written and I really enjoyed them.
6) I love to walk, I can walk 6 kilometers in an afternoon and keep going.
7) I love to organize things: parties, events, birthdays… anything, you name it.
8) I love to hip-hop. I’ve been taking hip-hop classes for 7 years now.
9) I love to talk. I can talk for hours!!
10) I did the International Bachelorette and it was hell but I learned a lot so it was totally worth it. 

And here are my 5 nominees:

1) Daily Surprises

2) The Kingsman Journal

3) Adventures and Naps | The Ups and Downs of Living Abroad

4) Simply Saidy

5) Graceful musings

My five questions for the nominees are:
1) What were you looking for when you started blogging?
2) What’s your favorite social media?
3) What’s your favorite TV show?
4) What’s your ultimate blogging goal?}
5) Tell me how your dream life would look like…

Congratulations to everyone! You can accept the award, follow the rules and comment on this post with the link to your acceptance post or ignore this and go on with your life.
And if you weren’t nominated you can answer my questions and leave me a comment with your answers, I would love to read them! If you are new to my blog please feel free to check ITBC out, there’s a lot of stuff to read! And if you really liked it feel free to follow me so you can get an email every time there is a new post!
I guess that’s all. I hope you have an amazing weekend and I hope to see you on Monday!

-L.S.

My first blog award EVER!

I am happily accepting my first blog award EVER! I’m so excited! This blog award is the Blue Sky Tag Challenge Award which is an unofficial blog award given by a fellow blogger. Like any other unofficial blog award, it has some rules upon acceptance.

What is it?

The Blue Sky Tag

The Blue Sky Tag Challenge (a.k.a. Blue Sky Challenge) is given away by blogging peers. This means a fellow blogger in the community has found in my blog or in one of my posts something that caught his attention because it has an attribute he deemed worthy. This particular award seems to have something to do with the number 11 because I have to answer 11 questions asked by the person who nominated me and then I have to nominate 11 bloggers and ask them 11 new questions and they have to do the same thing on their blogs.

But first things first: I have to thank Booferson from Boo’s insane and inane ramblings for nominating me. His blog is really interesting so be sure to check it out (click here)! Thank you for thinking my blog was good enough to receive this award and thank you for your trust.

Now I’m going to answer the eleven questions that Booferson asked me:

1. What is your favorite film or television genre?

I think I’ll have to say drama or comedy. It depends on how I’m feeling. Sometimes all I really need is a good comedy and sometimes all I need is a captivating drama.

2. What reality TV show or game show do you think you’re best suited for?

Mmm… I think I’m best suited for Family Feud. I love that game and when I was little I used to play it on my computer for hours!!

3. What is your guilty pleasure? In other words, what food, song, movie, or whatever do you absolutely love to the point you will drop everything to indulge in it and refuse to give up for any reason?

Oh, this one is easy. I love Inuyasha (it’s an old-school anime) and it means the world to me. Let’s just say I’m not obsessed with Japanese animation but Inuyasha holds a special place in my heart. It’s a masterpiece. I will highly recommend it. It doesn’t matter what I’m doing, I’ll stop doing whatever I’m doing to watch or read anything Inuyasha related.

4. Where do you get your inspiration for all your blog posts?

I observe the world around me. Also, I like to share things that I learn that might be useful to others. I talk to a bunch of people on a daily basis and I try to listen to what worries them.

5. If you had to limit yourself to only one form of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, your blog, etc), which would you choose?

This one is tricky. I’ll say that I will limit myself to Facebook.

6. Why did you make your choice for the previous question?

It’s not my favorite social media, but I find it the most useful one. I use it for college, to see what my relatives are doing, to stay up to date on what’s going on with the world, to see and share photos, to connect with people, to share things…

7. How many other blogs do you read on a regular basis?

I read a lot of blogs, let’s just say that I read 15 blogs on a regular basis but this number can vary from time to time. Sometimes I read more and sometimes I can’t keep up with the updates.

8. Apple, Android, Windows Phone, other, and why?

Android. I’m used to it and I feel I can do more things with it. I think Apple is not for everyone and it makes it so difficult to share anything with someone that doesn’t own an Apple device, it’s frustrating. Android is more friendly and I like it more.

9. Favorite song of the moment?

It’s going to sound unoriginal but whatever: Shape of you – Ed Sheeran

10. Name something you remember fondly from your childhood that the current generation will “never understand”.

Setting up the VCR to record my favorite TV-show on VHS because I wasn’t going to be able to watch it live.

11. What’s number 1 on your bucket list, and in all honesty do you think you’ll ever complete it?

My number 1 on my bucket list is “To be happy with what I’m doing with my life”. I honestly don’t know if I’m ever going to accomplish it, but you can be sure that I’m trying really hard!

Nominations

Now to make my 11 nominations:

  1. A Little Outdoor Therapy
  2. Zen Vandelay
  3. Sparkle Potato Alien
  4. Trending Top 5
  5. Gals Whine Time
  6. Only For Your Information
  7. Lyn Durante 
  8. The Kingdom Style
  9. Island Girl On A Mission
  10. My Yellow Apron
  11. From Dream To Plan

Questions

If you’ve been nominated, here are the questions that I’m asking you:

  1. What is your favorite part of your day and why?
  2. What is your favorite social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc) and why?
  3. How do you feel about ads on your blog?
  4. If you could only pick one superpower: read minds or rewind time, what would it be?
  5. When you are sad, what’s your favorite thing to do to cheer yourself up?
  6. Do you speak another language, if so, what language is it?
  7. What’s your favorite movie of all time?
  8. TV-show that you think is terribly underrated?
  9. What’s your guilty pleasure? That thing that you really enjoy but you are ashamed of? Let your readers know!
  10. Do you have a pet?
  11. Why did you start your blog?

That’s it. Now you can accept and answer these questions (be sure to link your acceptance post in the comment section below) or decline in a comment (or you can send me an email to ideasthatbuildcities@gmail.com, or just ignore this altogether and go on with your life).

If you were not nominated but you feel like answering my questions, feel free to answer them in the comment section, I would love to read your answers! And if you are new to the blog feel free to check out the rest and follow ITBC so you can receive an email every time there is a new update!

I’m sorry I’ve been MIA, I had a rough couple of days but things are looking up. I hope to see you next time, bye!

-L.S.

How to get books delivered to your house for free

Today I’m going to show you an awesome website that I started using about a year ago. It’s called Book Depository and it’s a dream come true.  Why?Because it delivers any book you buy, even if you live outside the U.S., directly to your house FOR FREE!! That’s right, I live in Argentina, which is a country located in South America that is far away from everything and I still get the books delivered to my house, for free!!

I feel weird about writing about this because I tend to think that everyone already knows about Book Depository but, on the other hand, a little over a year ago I had absolutely no idea that it existed so, I would like to think that by writing this I will be helping another bookworm like myself to get a hold of amazing books by using this e-shop.

How does it work? Well, like any other e-shop, first you go to their web: www.bookdepository.com and you start browsing for those books you have always wanted but they were too expensive to buy or they didn’t even exist in your country.

I love to read but I often like certain titles that are not even available in my country so sometimes it can be next to impossible to get a hold of certain books that I want. I’ve had a lot of moments where I would browse for a book on e-shops and I would find it, I would try to buy it and I was asked to pay three times the price of that book in order to get it delivered to my house. And that would always stop me until now.

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They deliver your books in no time (I’m used to a month or two of waiting, but with Book Depository it’s only two weeks!) and they even give you a nice bookmark every time you order something. And sometimes they have amazing sales where the books are 70% off! I know, it’s crazy!!

So next time you want to buy a book, don’t forget to check Book Depository out. You might end up saving a lot of money!!

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So tell me, did you know about Book Depository? Have you tried it? If so, what book did you buy? Did you find that book that you were looking for? I would love to know, so please let me a comment in the comment section down below!

See you next time… bye!!

-L.S.

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Organization life hack

When it comes to doing stuff – I am a very organized person. I like to seize the day, I like to do a bunch of things every day so I can get things done fast. And to be able to do that means I have to be very organized when it comes to knowing all the things I have to do.  This is why I want to share my tricks with you so you can also be organized and seize the day.

First: Write down all the things you have to do.  I’m serious, every single one of them! Even if it means writing down “Take a shower” or “have lunch”. Why? Because when you write down everything, your brain doesn’t have to focus on what you have to do so it can focus on how to get it done.  Do this at the beginning of your day, when you just woke up or while having breakfast. I recommend you write it down, you can print this list that I made for you, it’ll be really helpful! I strongly recommend that you write it down on this list or on a notepad instead of using an electronic device.

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Once you have all the things you have to in mind, try to see if there is something you need to get done at a certain time or before something else happens (For example if you have to go to the bank before it closes, you have an appointment or you have to go and buy food so you can cook lunch) and write it next to that specific time on the list (or write the time next to the chore if you are making your own list).  Then, try to get everything on the list done. If there is something you need to get done at a certain time you can set an alarm, it’s really helpful!

Every time you accomplish something, crossed it off your list! That feeling you get when you do something you were supposed to do it’s awesome. And it feels so good it makes you want to be able to cross everything off your list. So that will keep you motivated to do more tasks! At least it happens to me. Also, it helps to see how much you get done during the day. Every night check on your list, see if there is something you missed and maybe you can add it to the “Tomorrow I have to” section so you can check it the following day and add it to tomorrow’s list. Also, you can see you’ve done a lot of stuff and you can go to sleep with a sense of accomplishment.

AND if you have to a lot of stuff for a long period of time (like a month) draw a calendar and try to pour everything you have to do in there. When I do that all the things that looked like a trillion things in my head now seem doable and that relaxes me. When I have a lot of things to do my brain tends to overload and I’ll feel suffocated. But if I write it down my brain calms down and I can see things clearly. Maybe you thought that you had to wait for two weeks to do something and you realize you can get it done in two days. Maybe you thought you were behind on writing that essay because you thought you needed like the day after tomorrow and you realize you actually have a full week to do it.

Writing things down will definitely help your brain out, it’ll free your mind! Now your brain will have more time and energy to do stuff instead of having to remember all the things you have to do. I would say that this is my life hack to be more organized. You don’t need money or weird things to be more organized. You need to give your brain a break: write everything down!

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Well, let me know what you think about this. And let me know if you’ve tried this and how did it go! Also, do you have any tips you would like to share?  I would love to read all about it in the comment section! Thank you so much for reading this, if you found this helpful don’t forget to give it a like. If this is the first time visiting ITBC please feel free to check the rest of the blog out and if you like it, follow Ideas That Build Cities so you’ll receive a notification whenever there’s a new post!

I really hope to see you next time… bye!

-L.S.

Using your phone is like smoking in the 50’s

We are all addicted but we just don’t know it.

I know the title it’s a little too much, but I swear I have a point. I personally think everyone or almost everyone is addicted to their phone.

It’s crazy, but every time I look around when I’m on the bus or the subway or even walking on the street; all I see is the top of people’s heads. Why? Because they are looking down at their phones. I know it’s crazy but I’ve noticed that nobody is paying attention to their surroundings anymore. They are looking at life through Instagram (I’m not going to talk about this again, I’ve already talked about how bad I think Instagram is, you can read it here), Facebook or Twitter.

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And I’m starting to feel like it’s a dangerous addiction. I’ve realized that I’m capable of spending 2+ hours on Social Media. And it’s just a waste of time because I’m doing literally nothing. Sometimes my daily commute to college is shorter because I lose track of time because I’m on Twitter or Instagram and it scares me. I’m trying to stops using social media so much because I feel like it’s dangerous to me. I lost track of time and somehow I can’t stop using it. It’s the first thing I do when I wake up and the last thing I do when I go to bed and I hate it. And it’s like I can’t control it. I’ve noticed that when my friends and I get together there is a moment when everyone is just silent and going through Instagram. Maybe it all started with a “Let’s just take a picture so we can post it on Instagram” and one posted it, and the other went to Instagram so they could like it and comment on it.  And then we were sucked by it. And maybe I’m overreacting but I feel it’s happening to everyone lately.

It’s awful to see how everyone is looking down at their phones in spite of being in a great place or having a nice day at the park. They aren’t looking at how green the grass is or how blue the sky is. They are looking at the latest meme or they are taking a selfie.

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And the worst thing is that it’s accepted worldwide. Everyone does it. And when we try to stop it, we use an excuse like “It’s funny”, “It’s not that bad”, “It helps me to stay connected with friends from all around the world”, “I’m socializing”, etc. And maybe it is true, but I believe it’s a little too much. I think it’s an excess of over-sharing information. I think we need to start to tune down the sharing and start living.

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Sometimes I think it’s like smoking in the 50’s: everybody thought it was cool and it was socially accepted. Like here in Argentina people were allowed to smoke inside the hospitals (like wtf?) even in front of sick people. They were also allowed to smoke in rooms where there were no windows and only one small door. When we think about it now it seems crazy, but that’s how it was before. And I think it was because no one realized how bad it was until people started to die. I’m not saying using our social media is going to kill us, but all I’m saying is that it’s not healthy for us. And the reason as to why we don’t realize this is because there hadn’t been enough evidence to point it out because everything is so fresh and sudden. We need time to see the real repercussions of it all.

Maybe I’m crazy, but that’s how I see it. And that’s why I’m trying to use it a lot less than I used to. Do you feel the same way about phones and social media in general? I would love to know what you think, let me your thoughts and comments in the comment section, please! Thank you so much for reading this and if it’s the first time visiting please feel free to check my blog out! I hope I see you next time… bye!

 

-L.S.

Favorite ways to unwind after a stressful day

Have you ever had those days where everything is wrong, that you feel blue and stressed, that you’ve been working like crazy or binge-studying and you need to unwind? Well, today I’m going to share with you what are the things that help me unwind.

When I have a stressful day I have a lot of things I like to do to unwind.

Dim the lights and listen to some relaxing music

I would go to Spotify and listen to the Playlist “Relax & Unwind”. I’ll try to stay away from bright screens (If I have to use my cell phone I would set the screen brightness as lowest as possible). I would try to stop thinking about all the things I have to do. I like to do this with my boyfriend after a long day. We would cook something nice together and we will sit down and eat it. We can talk about our day and let go of all the stressful things that happened. Wine or beer is optional, but it’s a nice touch!

Relax and read a book

I would lie down on my bed and read a book; nothing’s better than letting your mind wander to other things.  Nothing is better than a good book to take your mind off of things.  After that, I would take a bath, have a nice dinner and go to bed early.

Watch my favorite TV show

After a long and stressful day maybe all you need is a good genuine laugh. And for that my favorite thing to do is to sit down and watch my favorite TV show (and I prefer comedies when I’m stressed). I will sit down and watch Friends, or Modern Family, or Parks and Recreation or Scrubs. Anything that would make me laugh and forget about everything.

Have a dinner date with friends!

If you are stressed nothing is better than let it all out with some friends. Talk about what’s been bothering you over dinner, laugh about it with friends and then go home with a big smile on your face. Eat whatever you want, be happy, you’ve had a stressful day. You deserve it.  Also, you can go to the theatre and watch a movie. Have a great night out.

Well, those are the things I do when I’m stressed. What are the things that you do? Do you do some of these?  Please leave me a comment; I would love to read it! Thank you so much for reading this, if it’s the first time visiting ITBC feel free to check the rest of the blog out!

-L.S.

I don’t know what I’m doing

I don’t know what I’m doing. Honestly, I don’t. Writing this blog is something hard for me and there are several reasons as to why.  English is not my first language. Spanish is, but somehow I feel more comfortable writing in English than writing in Spanish. I’ve carried out a few blogs in Spanish, but I don’t know, they didn’t feel right. But that being said, writing in English is so hard for me and I tend to make mistakes while writing and I am afraid that those mistakes are going to cost me readers. But anyway, I wanted to take that chance.

Secondly, this blog is my baby. My project that I’m working really hard on and I refuse to let it go without a fight. I don’t have much money so it’s hard for me to spend money on my blog. I don’t live in the U.S. so it’s also hard for me to monetize my blog. But I also refuse to focus on all the negative aspects of my blog, I will push so I get the chance to make this blog work. I honestly don’t have a product to sell to you guys and I don’t have a niche:  I only have my feelings, my knowledge and my thoughts on certain topics that I would love for people to read.

And I also go to college. I’m about to get my masters in Biology and it’s so hard to keep up with posting and the social media. But here I am. Sometimes I would say that I am failing, but I’m doing everything I can to make this work.  I won’t stop writing. I know I have to keep going because even though I’m not seeing the light at the end of this dark and mysterious tunnel, the light exists. I’m going to see the light eventually if I keep going. This blog is going to make it.

Also, I’m getting surgery tomorrow. I have something on my left hand that needs to be fixed and that means I won’t be able to write for a while. That’s why I’m on a crazy marathon trying to write a billion posts so this blog won’t end up lost in the internet world.

I honestly don’t know what I’m doing but I know I’m doing everything in my power to make this blog work. Because I believe in Ideas That Build Cities and I believe in myself. I believe I’m capable of achieving great things and I won’t give up no matter how much it takes.

If you have ever felt like I feel right now, please let me know in the comment section below. I would love to read what you think about this. I hope to see you soon…. Bye!