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Does anyone else get those days or weeks or months when you just lose sight of what you want, where you’re heading and why you’re doing all this living and moving and learning? 
I entered into this sort of ennui at the start of this month, allowing myself to fall into a rut of negative energy and directionlessness. The happiness default I’d written about and prided myself with at the start of year seemed to have escaped me – I felt sad and bored; I felt like I was moving along in some kind of half-existence. And it sucked!
So today, I cleared my diary and turned to my journal. I needed time to carefully and honestly evaluate what exactly had happened in the past month to make me feel so blue.
Today, I discovered that somewhere down the line, I’d forgotten to check in with myself. It turns out there are little things I need to do for myself – and on face value they may seem irrelevant to getting higher grades or strengthening friendships, but they are so so so important. Yoga makes me feel stronger in more ways than one; clearing my desk clears my mind; painting my nails makes me concentrate more on what I’m doing with my hands. And feeding my mind? Oh man – that makes me feel like me. I hadn’t realised how important these things were in my life until I stopped doing them, and I need to work on reminding myself to always keep doing them even when life gets a bit heavy.

Does anyone else get those days or weeks or months when you just lose sight of what you want, where you’re heading and why you’re doing all this living and moving and learning? 

I entered into this sort of ennui at the start of this month, allowing myself to fall into a rut of negative energy and directionlessness. The happiness default I’d written about and prided myself with at the start of year seemed to have escaped me – I felt sad and bored; I felt like I was moving along in some kind of half-existence. And it sucked!

So today, I cleared my diary and turned to my journal. I needed time to carefully and honestly evaluate what exactly had happened in the past month to make me feel so blue.

Today, I discovered that somewhere down the line, I’d forgotten to check in with myself. It turns out there are little things I need to do for myself – and on face value they may seem irrelevant to getting higher grades or strengthening friendships, but they are so so so important. Yoga makes me feel stronger in more ways than one; clearing my desk clears my mind; painting my nails makes me concentrate more on what I’m doing with my hands. And feeding my mind? Oh man – that makes me feel like me. I hadn’t realised how important these things were in my life until I stopped doing them, and I need to work on reminding myself to always keep doing them even when life gets a bit heavy.

I took my Grandpa to visit my Uni because he’d always heard me talk about how beautiful it is.
After spending several minutes intensely reading the sign outside the Old Geology Building, he turned to me with the biggest grin and said “I’m older than that building.” 
HE IS SO FREAKING CUTE!!
INSTA: @bayaouyang

I took my Grandpa to visit my Uni because he’d always heard me talk about how beautiful it is.

After spending several minutes intensely reading the sign outside the Old Geology Building, he turned to me with the biggest grin and said “I’m older than that building.” 

HE IS SO FREAKING CUTE!!

INSTA: @bayaouyang

I got to make (the very early stages of) a website in one of my classes this semester, and now I just really really want to start my own online magazine filed with intelligent, interesting and hilarious stories about art & culture & travel & style!! I MEAN LOOK HOW PRETTY IT WOULD BE!! 

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Today I found a very lost puppy while walking home from the train station!
He didn’t really get along with my own dog, but they were quite happy to lay next to each other through the safety of a glass sliding door. It just so happened to be that the lost dog I found is my own dog’s doppelgänger!
It was a pretty cute night!

Today I found a very lost puppy while walking home from the train station!

He didn’t really get along with my own dog, but they were quite happy to lay next to each other through the safety of a glass sliding door. It just so happened to be that the lost dog I found is my own dog’s doppelgänger!

It was a pretty cute night!

Today I took a trip to IKEA (and if you know me but at all, you’d know I spent most of my time looking through their 2014 catalogue - it was divine). The plan was to buy a new desk chair, but I got distracted and bought some pretty plants as well.

And then I went home and PUT THE WHOLE CHAIR TOGETHER LIKE A STRONG INDEPENDENT WOMAN! It’s so pretty, and it’s got removable material so I can wash it & keep it nice!

It was a proud day for me.

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I wrote a little reflection on my wordpress about my first time skiing at Mt. Buller this winter break. I really tackled a few fears of mine (falling, not being in control, trying new things, heights) going skiing, so I’m really proud of myself :) I also was reminded of how much I freaking love human beings.
Anyway, you can read about my trip here if you’d like! 

I wrote a little reflection on my wordpress about my first time skiing at Mt. Buller this winter break. I really tackled a few fears of mine (falling, not being in control, trying new things, heights) going skiing, so I’m really proud of myself :) I also was reminded of how much I freaking love human beings.

Anyway, you can read about my trip here if you’d like! 

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!!!