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Baya, 19, Melbourne

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I took some selfies on my dad’s phone and he called me a loser 😭

(also you can’t see but that’s a watermelon shirt I’m wearing & I love it that’s all)

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I somehow managed to find some cacti in the wettest place on earth! Doesn’t make any sense but I appreciate 😎

I somehow managed to find some cacti in the wettest place on earth! Doesn’t make any sense but I appreciate 😎

So I tried to take one of those cool pictures out of the plane window yesterday, and somehow it ended up looking like A SHARK AT THE AQUARIUM! It was SO FREAKING COOL!

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Phew! Finally packed & ready for my two-week Snow to Sun holiday!!

For the first 5 days I’ll be skiing down slopes (yikes, wish me luck!) and singing “do you want to build a snowman” non-stop with my favourite pals in Mt. Buller!

Then it’s beautiful sun & swim sessions in Bali (Legion) with my wonderful fam-bam for some much needed R&R. 

Love the idea of escaping dreary, mundane weather in pursuit of exciting polar climates! Very excited & will keep both Tumblr & Instagram updated with happy snaps (most likely of Olaf replicas and crystal waters).

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Today I am spending the day making some more collages for my How To: A Guide by Baya series on Wordpress!
One of the most therapeutic things in the world is cutting & pasting pretty images while listening to the “The Fault in Our Stars” soundtrack (which I’m currently obsessed with). So excited to finally have time to write for leisure again (it’s been almost 2 months!!) and after this I’m going to catch up on all the Yen magazines I’ve neglected to read because of assignments & other lame things!
It’s going to be a good day, if only the weather wasn’t so sad today. 

Today I am spending the day making some more collages for my How To: A Guide by Baya series on Wordpress!

One of the most therapeutic things in the world is cutting & pasting pretty images while listening to the “The Fault in Our Stars” soundtrack (which I’m currently obsessed with). So excited to finally have time to write for leisure again (it’s been almost 2 months!!) and after this I’m going to catch up on all the Yen magazines I’ve neglected to read because of assignments & other lame things!

It’s going to be a good day, if only the weather wasn’t so sad today. 

Tonight, I logged onto Tumblr ready to scroll through the usual plethora of beautiful clothes on beautiful people eating beautiful food in beautiful lighting, and instead I scrolled past three make-up free selfies. After some hardcore researching, I was not-at-all surprised to trace back this trend to the internet cult-leader agirlnamedally, who set this challenge last night: 

To anyone reading this who wants to take part - I have a dare for you. Tomorrow morning, before you put on makeup (if you do so) or alter your appearance in any way, I want you to look at yourself, tell yourself that you are beautiful, and share that moment with us.

Well naturally, empowered by Ally & all the wonderful participants that popped up on my dashboard, I was eager to jump on board! I whipped out my trusty front-cam and took my shot. And I was immediately, automatically, almost by default, displeased. Instinctively, I wanted to take another photo. I wanted to move to better lighting, change the angle, chuck on a filter, take out my retainer, etc etc etc.
Now, the point of all this is not to belittle those who like enhancing their features with make-up, or feeling good about themselves when they take a great selfie! Because those things are SO SO IMPORTANT and extremely valid forms of self-love!
But this little exercise has reminded me of something that I often forget: online identities are crafted identities. In the same way that I will redraft a piece of writing two, three, five times in order to best portray my most intelligent self, I also like to take three, five, seven selfies before I post one up here in order to best portray my beautiful self! 
I thought posting the “first draft” of my photo would be intimidating and uncomfortable and scary as hell, but in all honesty, it’s quite liberating! Because posting a make-up free, filter-free selfie is a powerful way of reminding me not to hold myself and others to a standard that takes time and effort to draft and redraft.  
Thanks Ally for making me and so many others feel that little bit more comfortable with themselves, I hope you can see just how empowering you are! 

Tonight, I logged onto Tumblr ready to scroll through the usual plethora of beautiful clothes on beautiful people eating beautiful food in beautiful lighting, and instead I scrolled past three make-up free selfies. After some hardcore researching, I was not-at-all surprised to trace back this trend to the internet cult-leader agirlnamedally, who set this challenge last night: 

To anyone reading this who wants to take part - I have a dare for you. Tomorrow morning, before you put on makeup (if you do so) or alter your appearance in any way, I want you to look at yourself, tell yourself that you are beautiful, and share that moment with us.

Well naturally, empowered by Ally & all the wonderful participants that popped up on my dashboard, I was eager to jump on board! I whipped out my trusty front-cam and took my shot. And I was immediately, automatically, almost by default, displeased. Instinctively, I wanted to take another photo. I wanted to move to better lighting, change the angle, chuck on a filter, take out my retainer, etc etc etc.

Now, the point of all this is not to belittle those who like enhancing their features with make-up, or feeling good about themselves when they take a great selfie! Because those things are SO SO IMPORTANT and extremely valid forms of self-love!

But this little exercise has reminded me of something that I often forget: online identities are crafted identities. In the same way that I will redraft a piece of writing two, three, five times in order to best portray my most intelligent self, I also like to take three, five, seven selfies before I post one up here in order to best portray my beautiful self! 

I thought posting the “first draft” of my photo would be intimidating and uncomfortable and scary as hell, but in all honesty, it’s quite liberating! Because posting a make-up free, filter-free selfie is a powerful way of reminding me not to hold myself and others to a standard that takes time and effort to draft and redraft.  

Thanks Ally for making me and so many others feel that little bit more comfortable with themselves, I hope you can see just how empowering you are! 

A CHEEKY LITTLE QUESTION TAG

I was browsing my “likes” today and realised I’d forgotten to answer Ally’s (agirlnamedally) & Nadia’s (everything-wasilluminated) questions! I’ve combined them in this lil post! Feel free to answer them also & tag me so I can read all about you & the cool things you collect/read/watch/think about.

1. Do you collect anything?

I started collecting the 3 of hearts once, and then I realised it was pretty much the cruelest thing to collect so I stopped. I also collected every “Two of a Kind” MK&A book, but I recently gave them to a young girl cause she needed them more.

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Two equally important pieces of news about my life this week:

1. I passed my driving test helllllll yes!

2. I got to dress as Harry Potter for a Uni ball (and NO GOD DAMMIT I AM NOT CHO CHANG WAS CHO IN GRYFFINDOR NO I DIDN’T THINK SO)

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I woke up at 7am today after going to a Uni ball last night, and my friend asked me why I was sending such happy snap chats so early in the morning. I could only attribute this chirpyness to the adorable collar I got to wear today, look at it!! It makes me so happy!!!  

I woke up at 7am today after going to a Uni ball last night, and my friend asked me why I was sending such happy snap chats so early in the morning. I could only attribute this chirpyness to the adorable collar I got to wear today, look at it!! It makes me so happy!!!  

"Feminists are depicted as “angry extremist” " -- the reason that happens is because there are so many radical feminists like that. It's not like the media is depicting feminists in a way that is completely fabricated. The depiction you see is based on how so-called feminists ACT. That's what too many people forget. "Feminism" is **NOT** a dictionary definition. It's not. Feminism will be defined by the ACTIONS of feminists. We need to FIGHT against the radicals if we want to save feminism!
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I understand where you are coming from but I’m don’t entirely agree. The Media has a LOT of control over defining feminism, and as a result, feminists suffer from the same mediated condition as Muslims: news stations always like to show the radicals because they’re trying to scare us into believing anyone who identifies as a Muslim or a Feminist MUST BE EXTREMISTS. This is a problem because probably only something like 1% of people who identify themselves as Muslims or Feminists behave in radical ways. But mainstream media like to present them as a dominant stereotype. 

The only time feminists get any air time on mainstream media is when they are showing their tits and hissing and screaming. When women try to bring feminist ideas into the mainstream in less extreme ways (eg. Beyonce, Tina Fey etc), people mostly end up talking about all the ways they fail to be feminist (focusing largely on how they conform to standards of femininity, how dare they).

Media representation also goes further than real life people: feminists in movies and TV shows are always presented as extremist. The first example that comes to my head is when Enid, the typecast feminist in Legally Blonde, boasts about single-handedly organising “the march for Lesbians Against Drunk Driving”. And then she does this speech :” take the word semester: a perfect example of this school’s discriminatory preference of semen to ovaries. That’s why I’m petitioning to have next term be referred to as the winter ovester.” Her pursuits are set up by the movie to seem excessive and silly (WHICH IS LITERALLY HOW FEMINIST IS ALMOST ALWAYS PORTRAYED): crazy women trying to find problems with everything. It’s like that tumblr text post: “Mango, why not womango?? Stop Sexism”. People are always taking the piss out of feminism, and by doing so they undermine what feminism is actually about. Young girls like me when I was 16 didn’t want to be feminists because every unquestioned feminist figure on TV seemed crazy and unrelateable. Even WORSE, men stop taking feminists seriously.  

I don’t believe we necessarily have to “fight” the radical feminists, because that seems to fundamentally negate feminism’s purpose to empower all women. But I do agree with you that we need to work to REDEFINE popular conception about what feminists look and behave like. Feminists DON’T HAVE TO be radical feminists. And feminists are allowed to be feminine. It’s really just about letting women be whatever female they choose to be, regardless of whether that’s a radical feminist or a stay-at-home mother. They are all women, and they all deserve to be respected and empowered. 

Phew, long rant, people really shouldn’t get me started on feminism. But thank you so much for engaging in this conversation with me!!

So there’s this really cool chick called Emma who I adore so much that love hearts spontaneously float around us whenever we’re together. It’s pretty cool. #hbdemma #6 #bff

So there’s this really cool chick called Emma who I adore so much that love hearts spontaneously float around us whenever we’re together. It’s pretty cool. #hbdemma #6 #bff

Me and my two future roommates eating rice paper rolls, imagining our bunny named bunny, and asking the waitresses at misschu to take cute Polaroids of us! One of my favourite nights this year!

Me and my two future roommates eating rice paper rolls, imagining our bunny named bunny, and asking the waitresses at misschu to take cute Polaroids of us! One of my favourite nights this year!

Look what pretty thing finally arrived in the mail!! #timetravel #watch #whattimeisit? 🌍🌎🌏

Look what pretty thing finally arrived in the mail!! #timetravel #watch #whattimeisit? 🌍🌎🌏

Birthday Brunch for the beautiful @alexlilley 🎁 #lilsturns19 #laschicas #isthishowyouinstagram

Birthday Brunch for the beautiful @alexlilley 🎁 #lilsturns19 #laschicas #isthishowyouinstagram

SUMMER RECAP

People always ask me "How were your holidays", to which I reply “good thanks!”, but unless I went travelling, nothing seems significant enough to talk about. But today I started thinking about all the good things I’ve done this summer, including those significant self-growing moments that no one ever talks about but SHOULD BECAUSE THEY ARE DIFFICULT TO GET AROUND TO!

So as I’m going back to Uni tomorrow, which I’m bloody excited about, & a friend reminded me today that it’s officially Autumn, & I can’t believe how both quick & slow this summer has passed, I believe it is important for me to reflect on the GREAT, WONDERFUL TIMES I’ve had & be so, so grateful!

  • Got a sub-editing position with Farrago!!!
  • Published a piece with Hijacked!
  • Went to Falls Freaking Festival
  • Did the Color Run
  • Began Bikram Yoga & ADORE IT
  • Got a beautiful iPhone (it’s so pretty guys I’m so excited)
  • Rearranged the furniture in my room, something I’ve been wanting to do FOR YEARS!
  • Befriended my work mates, which means I love work now!
  • GOT A RAISE HELL YEAH
  • SWAM IN THE BEAUTIFUL OCEAN!
  • Started a blog
  • Started an Instagram
  • Invited these lovely kids to run child-wisdom with me!
  • Had some really great times with family & friends

I’ve had a fab summer, & I’m so excited to start my second year of Uni (even though I have to start it at 9am)! Hope you all had a great one too, & feel free to tell me your list of proud & funky moments!