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

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Looking deeper within.

Posted on November 14, 2017 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (0)



Bubba always reminds me that things don't always look like we think they will. Before getting him, I thought having a dog would be a breeze. I thought all dogs were going to be the same... feed them, walk them, let them sleep. Easy.

I quickly learned otherwise when I brought him home. He wasn't immediately affectionate. I needed to allow time to build a bond with him. He didn't immediately trust me. I needed to allow adventures together show him he could trust me to protect him.

He reminds me often that I cannot expect others to perceive life the way I do. Just because two people think, react, or feel differently about things does not mean they aren't right for one another or compatible. It simply means that it is up to us if we want to take the time to learn why they think differently.

Remember, your job is never to change people but to decide if what they offer, think, believe, want, and need is something you're ok with accepting into YOUR life. Ask yourself, is this difference between the way we think too great to keep us striving for greatness.

Pick your battles and remember there's more to life than meets the eyes. What do you feel inside?

Happy 4th Birthday, Bubba!

Posted on October 25, 2017 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)




Four years ago, I was in a very different place than I am today. I was freshly single after a four year relationship and felt completely lost. I no longer knew who I was and also played the victim card. I was very vulnerable and whenever something occurred, I would ask, “Why me?” Not too long after, I came across a dog at a pet shop that I wanted soooo badly. She seemed like the perfect fit for me. After applying to rescue her and learning that I didn’t get her, I was crushed. Already feeling rejected, it was the last thing my heart could handle. I was learning an important lesson that I wouldn’t realize until a few months later and that is that she wasn’t my dog. Nope, a cute, silly, and troubled dog named Bubba was. I would meet him exactly a few weeks later and adopting him was so easy, it was effortless! Since that day and everyday after, my dog, also my best friend, has gifted me with life lesson after life lesson. He helped me find my passions again and gave me a healthy outlook on life. That is to trust that the right things come to you at the right time and never a day early. I have a quote written and placed in a frame right next to his photo in my room that I look at whenever I need a little reminding that things will make sense one day, even if they do not now. It’s a quote @createthelove shared before and it really resonated with me. It reads, “I hope you have the courage to live the kind of life that gets you to the place we are to meet, and don’t spend it loving someone else with half your heart, because you were afraid I wouldn’t show up.” Indiana Jones uncovered the cult of the mummy’s crypt, and so did I...four years ago! Happy 4th birthday to the best treasure I have found. I love being your Mummy. �� #whorescuedwho #indiannajones #halloween #lifelessonsfrommydogbubba #trust

Currently.

Posted on October 25, 2017 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)


MY CURRENT SITUATION IS NOT MY FINAL DESTINATION.

Someone once told me, "If God keeps opening the doors for you, Shima, keep walking through them." It was so powerful and reminded me that oftentimes we forget that we've overcome everything we've been through up until this point and we will continue to. Find the inner warrior within you whenever times are tough and remember your purpose. It is what will fuel your fire. This Tuesday, keep in mind that, "If you are willing to do more than you are paid to do, eventually you will be paid to do more than you do."

Faith in humanity

Posted on October 24, 2017 at 2:35 AM Comments comments (0)



I always thought it was interesting how rarely we celebrate those who are willing to give love a chance again. Maybe it’s because often we see people jump from one relationship to another. Yet, there are so many who lock up the doors...swear they won’t go out anymore. Well, I’m here to recognize those who are willing to give love another shot. I am here to tell you that I admire your bravery. Having your heart broken, betrayed, and devalued isn’t easy to come back from. It isn’t to be open to love, to have faith, or to believe when you’ve been shown otherwise. This is why I want you to know that I see you, all the way over there, trying again. It’s beautiful. It’s empowering. It’s encouraging. The truth is, you either get bitter or you become better. Take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you better, stronger, wiser. A lot of what weighs you down isn’t yours to carry. Let go, live free, and find your faith in humanity again.

Want them to be.

Posted on October 24, 2017 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (0)
PEOPLE TELL US WHO THEY ARE,
BUT WE IGNORE IT BECAUSE WE WANT THEM TO BE 
WHO WE WANT THEM TO BE.
-Don Draper

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if people came with a sign in front of their heads, explaining why they do the things they do or don't do. How much easier it would be to accept people for who they are rather than who we wanted them to be. Sometimes, I think we are given warning signs and choose to ignore them. I think women in particular tend to look at others through rose-colored glasses. Meaning that despite bad behaviors someone may show them, they choose to only see the good. Rather than focusing on the negative, they remember only the good things someone has done. Whether this is a good trait or not, whether you do this or not, we’ve all been in a place where someone has shown us their true colors and we’ve looked pass them. Trying to read someone's mind is so annoying! Trying to understand their unspoken words and thoughts can be draining. Sweetheart, we’ve all wished that the good could outweigh the bad, but we all know that the only person who’d hurt is us. Don’t lie to your heart...it deserves more than that. Some battle scars are too deep that even when healed, they can never fade. Pick your battles wisely but make sure the person you’re with would also go to war for you and never with you.

Fall seven times, stand up eight.

Posted on October 20, 2017 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Don’t give up on a dream just because of the time it’ll take to get there or because another door slammed shut on your face. Be open to what you’ll discover and don’t be afraid of opening a new one, even if there’s a chance it may close on you, too. Just be wise enough to know when to go and when to stay. Some opportunities, for all intents and purposes, look like a brick wall. Impossible. But what you’ll soon discover is that when something is worth discovering, like what may be hidden on the other side, we find a way.





As they say, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Sometimes we build walls to see who is patient enough to find a way in. I just hope that you don’t give in to fear when the right one is standing there. You may fall trying to find your way in, but don’t let it stop you from reaching the top. Fall seven times, stand up eight.

Mental Health

Posted on October 19, 2017 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)


"Yeah, you're attractive,

but are you good for my mental health?"


You don’t realize how heavy toxicity is on your soul until you’re far and free from it. By free I mean that you’ve spent some time alone to find yourself again. The other day, I tried #Reiki. I went to @santamonicahealing and decided to give it a shot. I’ve only heard good things about it and being the open-minded person I am, I always believe in giving things a chance. I was instantly welcomed and felt a great sense of energy being there. I was simply reminded with a hug, session, and some time listening to what my soul needed that I’ve come a long way. Yes, a long way. I used to take so much stupid shit in relationships because I thought that’s what you’re supposed to do. You’re supposed to be there for people through the highs and lows. You’re supposed to be their shoulder when times are rough. Well, guess what? Who’s say you’re supposed to do shit? Especially when it’s not being reciprocated. That’s the thing about a push-pull relationship. Only one person is giving and the other is pushing you away. You know what that does to a person’s mental health? It fucks them up. It makes them think that something is wrong with them for wanting to help, care, and give. Not everyone is ready for the love you give, but you know who’s always waiting for a little more? You. Your mind, your body, your soul. It may fight you, but with a little loving, patience, and giving...your soul will thank you for loving it like you’ve been trying to love everyone around you. My dear, so many people try to escape seasons of loneliness and as fall and winter roll around, please don’t feel “lonely.” If you are feeling sad or alone, feel it. Be in it. Until you feel like a masterpiece alone, you’ll never connect with people for the right reasons. Be the person you’ve been to others and watch how quickly you’ll grow. You come first.

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

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..."