Life. Moves. On.

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life...it goes on."- Robert Frost

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Museum of Art.

Posted on September 9, 2017 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)

I talk to a lot of different kind of women everyday.



Over the years, I've learned the importance of being compassionate for people and where they are in their journey. I try not to get upset when I'm looking at a beautiful woman who's broken. I have to remember that maybe she hasn't gotten to the page in her book where she realizes what she has to offer someone and hasn't gotten to the plot of the story where her strength is regained. I sympathize with these girls...because I was once her. The women I'm talking about are not beautiful because of their beautiful skin, hair, eyes, or smile. No, they're beautiful because of their hearts. I think, if they're capable of loving someone so unworthy of their hearts....can you imagine what loving the right person will do to them? How differently they'll shine, how much value they'll bring to those around them, and how happy they feel. So happy that from the inside out, they glow. A lot of times, these women are simply a museum of art in a room full of losers who have their eyes shut...simply incapable of capturing their uniqueness and beauty. The truth is, I'm not worried about these kind of women. No, I never am. Because I know that a time will come where she'll remember who she is and the game will change. She's just got to keep looking until she finds what's within. ✨ #loveyourself �� @leeniephotography #optoutside

Stepping stones.

Posted on September 9, 2017 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

A piece from my book, This is what it feels like. ��


"The truth of the matter is breakups are a shock to our consciousness because for so long we were unified with another soul and souls recognize each other by vibes. Losing another soul is like losing a sensation in ourselves. It's like learning to walk again. It's new. It's strange. It's change. Don't be afraid of the unfamiliar, love. No matter how much it hurts- let it hurt. No matter how much it changes you- let it change you. Don't resist what needs to occur to take you where you've always needed to be. That's the beauty of the journey. No matter how much you want to think you're in control of it, your density has been predetermined. So, let go and just enjoy it for what it is- a stepping stone to who you'll become."

�� @leeniephotography

Feel the sun from the inside.

Posted on September 2, 2017 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)

It's crazy what happens when you realize happiness is a choice. You suddenly gain this sense of power you never had before. You feel...in control. I remember feeling like a victim before to things that happened in my life because of how I chose to perceive them. I viewed them as things happening to me, not for me. When we're in the mix of emotions and feelings, it's easy to feel conflicted with where we are in our lives. It took some time, tears, lots of reading, talking out loud, and reminiscing back on times that hurt to realize I can forgive people who never apologized. I can be the creator of my happiness and I can choose who I cut from my life. When I decided to do this, from that moment on, it's like I found a new light to carry me through all the darkness I had once faced. No one was holding me back from reaching my happy but me. I choose to be happy. My friend @leeniephotography is scheduling holiday shoots and if you mention "Shima" you will receive 10% off. 


Path taken.

Posted on September 2, 2017 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)


One of the most questions I'm asked daily on my blog is, "How long does it take to stop hurting?" Healing takes time. It takes longer for some than others, but it doesn't mean a person is weak because they feel. Think of pain, healing, growing, changing, overcoming, and enduring like a sunset. There's all kinds of rays of light that go into a sunset, but it happens so fast that we can't remember the last seconds. When I reminisce on healing, it's very black and white. I remember the dark then the light. You don't see the bad days in photographs, but they're the days that get you from one happy sunset to the other. I know it sucks right now, but your dark rays are preparing for something greater. A light you can't see and maybe came always believe in. These wounds will one day give you strength. You've just got to believe me. I'm not afraid of going to battle anymore. I'm more afraid of becoming numb.. not caring, not feeling. I feel that way to some and it's frightening. To not care at all, after caring for so long. Give me battle wounds...remind me that I can feel and that I always make it out alive.

Ignited Passion.

Posted on September 2, 2017 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I think one of the rockiest journeys we take in life is figuring out who we are - detached from other's opinions and perceptions of us.



In all honesty, I used to care a lot how I was perceived and it really effected me more when I was voted "Best all around" my senior year. It put a lot of pressure on me to uphold an image. Years later, I realized the opinions of others will never cut you a check or change the course of the path you are on- unless you let it. Learning to care less about the opinions of the wrong people will give you a sense of freedom you never had and it's called a peace of mind. With that, you're able to focus your attention on things that matter like being passionate about the ones you love and your career. Maybe the journey isn't so much about becoming anything. Maybe it's about unbecoming everything that isn't you so you can become who you were meant to be. If you're feeling stuck or unhappy with where you are or aren't in a relationship, your career or life....I suggest you keep looking till you find the path that brings out the passion in you.


�� @leeniephotography.


Have a safe Labor Day weekend, all. Xo

Get the picture.

Posted on September 2, 2017 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)
"Many have an image, few get the picture." ❤️


The other day, a follower messaged me concerned with her inability to make friends easily. It got me thinking. We've come to live in a society where we believe the number of followers we hold determines the number of "friends" we have. It's far from the truth. If you were to scroll through your FB, Insta, Twitter, Snap, etc. list of friends- how many know your darkest secrets? How many know what makes you laugh, what makes you cringe or what makes YOU, you? Not many. I've always said I'd rather have one good friend than 100 fake ones. You can't put a price tag on someone who genuinely cares for you. I have a lot of good friends and then I have a handful of great friends and just a few best friends. Those people don't rate differently in my heart. I love them all. When you're young, you seek to find ways to fit in with the crowd but it's only as you age that you realize the odd ducklings were always the most beautiful. Shine from the inside out and the right people will come...and stay. Just do me a favor and never let anyone dull your sparkle, make you feel less than you are, or take advantage of your kindness. Be good to people...but better to yourself. #nonewfriends �� @leeniephotography

Into the light.

Posted on August 30, 2017 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)




Tonight my friend @leeniephotography asked to shoot some portrait shots of me. (this is just a sneak peek shot with her iPhone) What I like most about her style of photography is that she captures her subject in their most natural state. She talks, laughs, and makes you feel completely comfortable & slightly vulnerable. I can't wait to get more of the photos back so I can share with you the story we captured. I've been receiving a lot of messages lately asking to share more pictures of the "girl behind the writing." I've been sharing my writing publicly on my website since I was 16 and many of you have also inspired my writing. Each year I've faced obstacles, trials, and growth. Despite the tough times, I'm grateful that you allow me to share my story...my journey. No one deserves to feel alone and like my good friend Michelle has taught me, sometimes we just need to look out at the ocean and remember how small our problems are in comparison to the world out there. I hope you always keep your eyes on the light.

Wedding Bells

Posted on August 29, 2017 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)


My best friend since the sixth grade, @glamifer is getting married soon. I've always learned the best life lessons from those around me and she is one of those people I have learned a lot from. When I was in a difficult chapter of my life, she kept me going by encouraging me to try new things- outside of my comfort zone. We all need a best friend like that- who not only wants the best for you, but challenges you to grow. In honor of her officially become a Mrs soon, I wanted to share something I've learned from her experience in the field of love. One thing I have always admired about her is her ability to carry her worth, dignity and value with pride that others feel it, too. She's always had guys admire her and it's not just because she's gorgeous- but she's humbly confident. She knows what she brings to the table and isn't afraid to remind others too. There's absolutely nothing wrong with knowing your worth, holding your head high, and being confident in yourself. There are a lot of people who will be there to bash you, so make sure you love yourself, first. She found love where she least likely expected it, but took the bull by the horns when she did. "Sometimes love comes around and it knocks you down..."

Pop of Color

Posted on August 29, 2017 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)



A few years back, I never wore color. Mostly because I didn't want to stand out from others in a room. I felt like I could blend in more with solid colors, such as black. In more recent years, I've noticed that I tend to pick clothing now that has designs, color, and print. We don't always notice change in ourselves until others notice it, but pictures are a fun way for me to realize how much I've changed. To me, life is all about growth and becoming new versions of ourselves. If we're not evolving, we're not growing. It can be something as small as you adding color to your attire or taking the time to appreciate your features, like your hair, skin, and nails. We aren't taught how to love ourselves and we're often shamed for doing so. It's considered to cocky, conceited, or arrogant. Why can't we just be people who are comfortable in their skin? Why does it have to be labeled? In a day and age where so many are judging our lives behind a screen, why don't we be the decision maker of what we want to be perceived as? People will always judge you, perceive you, and believe they know you for what you show on social media...but trust me, I know there's more to you, too. Go on and love yourself, darling. You're gold. 

Demons.

Posted on August 22, 2017 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)


One thing that allows my dog and I to connect is exploring together. We both deal with anxiety time to time and I've found that being surrounded by nature allows us to escape the chaos for a bit. Earlier today, a friend expressed the space she's in currently after an unexpected breakup. I told her that what has been helping me is remembering that feelings are like clouds. They never stay in the same place and if they do, it's not for a long. Eventually, they'll pass. If we accept our feelings, current situation and worries for what they are rather than what we wish them to be...our minds may feel more at ease. The truth of the matter is that if we sat in front of a busy street and pretended that cars driving by were the thoughts that play in our head and we had to watch each one as it passed by....can you imagine how crazy we'd feel? That's what anxiety can do to a person- feeling the need to control and understand every thought in our brain. Whatever you're going through today, I want you to know you'll be ok. Nothing lasts forever and what makes you beautiful is that you wake up every morning to fight the same demons that left you so tired the night before. If that's not bravery, I don't know what is. Head up, princess. You're going to be okay.

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