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Oh well, oh well. Look who rose back from the dead.

Hello everyone! I know it’s been ages since my last post, but I guess… I’m back? I love being a blogger and I love writing posts for you to read and to comment on but lately, I’ve been having a lot of issues and I couldn’t set myself to write something that will be “trendy” or “clickbaity” enough. And every time I wanted to write something I thought that as my “comeback post” it had to be something really good and as time went by whatever thing I was able to write wasn’t good enough.

Honestly, this year is building up to be a literal hell of non-stop to-do lists and tasks to do and I’m already considering to let go of some hobbies of mine, or at least put them on hiatus. And as I was thinking about all the things I will have to leave behind this year I came across the question about this blog.

Like I said before, I can’t keep this blog up as a professional blogger. Even though it hurts like hell (because I’ve put so much effort into it) I have to come to terms with not being able to go on. But I simply can’t with the idea of having to let go of it. So… I came to the conclusion that I’m going to keep writing but this blog it’s going to be a little bit more personal. It’s going to be my outlet and sadly I’m not going to put that much effort promoting it. I’ll try to write as much as I can, I’ll write about my day, my issues, college, science, work, house-keeping shit and such. I’ll try to be open with you, I’ll try to be honest and I’m going to be ME. I don’t know what this year has in store for me, but I can assure it’s going to be a pain in the ass. At least I guess it’s going to be entertaining.

So, if you think you want to keep following this blog because you consider this might be fun… be my guest! Welcome to my life, I hope you enjoy the ride. I’m pretty sure I’m going to cry a lot.

I hope you join me on this adventure! I consider feedback is love and it’s always welcomed.

See you next time… bye!

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.