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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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Posted on August 7, 2017 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)




Find light at the end of the tunnel. ✨ My hope for you is that you never feel alone and when your struggles feel heavy on your shoulders, you know someone out there believes in you. Don't let your current feelings, situation, circumstance, or worries break you. Let them be the driving force that gets you from point A to B. Crawl if you must, but please don't ever give up on your greater goals because they feel impossible now. Sometimes that means changing who we thought our greater goals were going to be with. Sometimes it means bravely moving forward without an idea of what's to come. I used to fear the unknown, what hadn't happened yet...the future. It took good things unexpectedly happening for me to realize that the universe wants good for us. The universe wants us to reach happiness, our goals, our destiny. However, to reach it, you must find gratitude amongst the present..and that means being grateful for things even when they feel terrible. If you're barely able to drag your feet today and the weight feels like it's on your shoulders, I am here. Message me. You're going to be ok.

Wasted time.

Posted on August 4, 2017 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

"Never let a confused man waste your time,

love or energy."


Not everyone will value your time, energy, space, and most of all...love. ���� Make sure whoever comes to you doesn't take the best parts of you when

they leave. You're worthy of something real, something true. It's ok to have standards to who's worthy of you.

Perspective.

Posted on July 31, 2017 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

"Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change." ��

BOLD in full effect today.


Give them a chance.

Posted on July 30, 2017 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)


My dog, Bubba, teaches me so many lessons on a daily basis. One of the most important lessons he's taught me thus far is to not judge a book by its cover. His breed is often misunderstood and judged. It's easy to do that with people -without even knowing them or their story based on what we've come to think a certain look, personality or attitude embodies. Perception is different for everyone and how we view people may not be the same as another person sees them. Sometimes we avoid dating new people because of this perception we have in our minds of how that person will be in a relationship. Maybe it's because we know what kind of partner they were to someone before or maybe we don't know anything about them...but want to believe we do. I've learned through Bubba that judging another person does not define them, but us. It does not help protect us in any way, rather eliminates what we may be able to get from someone's company. Whether it's good or bad, there's always something to gain from letting people be who they are. It doesn't mean you have to love and accept it into your life or even like it; but it gives you an opportunity to remember that we're all human and the beauty of it is that our stories are what make us who we are...not the perceptions others have painted for us. Give people a chance to show you who they are before you paint an image of them.


This fine goofball is living proof that his breed is all about love & loyalty. Ban stupid people, not dogs.


Endurance.

Posted on July 27, 2017 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

"Don't pray for an easy life.

Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one."


I'm probably the most careful person I know, next to my mom. I've always acted on and didn't act on decisions because of my carefulness. Most of the time, though I hate to admit it, my indecisiveness stems from fear. It's not so much the fear of losing that scares me, rather a desire to protect myself from feeling disappointed, sad or stuck. In result, I take my time thinking things through over and over before taking the plunge. I don't like to rely on people and for that, it takes a lot for me to stray away from my comfort zone. Unfortunately, a comfort zone doesn't really help us grow. It's a place where we feel safe, but it's in the moments that we are challenged that we grow the most. Whether it's going on a first date after ending a long relationship, trying a new food, or taking a road trip alone...I hope you try something new. I hope you believe in yourself enough to try. I hope you know you are worth going to bat for. #comfortzones

Skin deep, beautiful.

Posted on July 27, 2017 at 2:40 AM Comments comments (0)

"If you think I'm beautiful now,

wait until you get to know my heart."


The women I admire aren't beautiful because of the way their hair glistens in the sun or their smile lights up a room. They're beautiful because they have a caring heart, welcoming soul, and loving touch. They're beautiful because they do not judge others, worry what people think, or fear the future. They're beautiful...because they find the good in everything, laugh when happy, wave at strangers and above all, put themselves first. Tag the girls you know who embody this & so much more.


Big Picture

Posted on July 26, 2017 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)



Your current destination doesn't have to be your last. Don't like the life you're living? Change it. You're worthy of reaching all your goals, the hopes you have and the life you imagine. That may mean eliminating people from your life, distancing yourself from negativity, and leaving places that don't allow you to grow. Don't stay where you're not appreciated, respected, or loved. You're not to be tolerated...you're to be valued. If you can't get to that place today, close your eyes everyday, envision what that place looks like. Imagine what it feels like. See it. Feel it. Work for it. But no matter what, don't stop aiming to receive it. It'll come. I promise. #namaste #peaceofmind #daydreaming #bigpicture

 

Life is short....capture everything.

Posted on July 24, 2017 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I've always been fascinated by photography. When I was a kid, I'd carry around a disposable camera and sometimes my mom would print 15/30 blank photos. When I got into middle and high school, I carried around a camera and took photos with classmates almost everyday. I've created 65+ scrapbooks for myself and for others. Growing up, my mom used photos of us as a way to share with her family overseas how we've changed and have grown. Today, they thankfully "keep up" with me through my Instagram photos. A few years ago, when I was in a weird place in my life, I realized that I had few pictures of myself. I had so many photos of others and their memories, not realizing at the time that no one was taking photos of me. This made me extremely sad because one day when I look back like I do on photos I have now, I want to remember these moments that have shaped me from who I was then till now. I want to remember places, because though you can't see what someone feels inside all the time, a photo can trigger a memory- how I felt that day, where I was in my life, etc. I promised myself from then on, I'd capture everything- the good, the bad, the ugly. It doesn't matter what people think or if they know what's going on behind that photo...all that matters is that you know. Life is short and sometimes all we have to share our stories is photos. Capture everything. ��



The crazy thing about adventures is that you never know when parts of your heart will spontaneously burst out your heart and stay behind.

Who rescued who?

Posted on July 19, 2017 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)



What many people may find hard to believe is that I almost gave Bubba up after adopting him. Had I done so, I wouldn’t be as strong of a person I am today.

He's taught me more about life than any professor, book, or class ever could. From teaching me to trust the journey to scare a guy away when I was followed home one evening, it's safe to say he rescued me and I can only hope others are lucky enough to know the love of a rescue dog.

With a happy heart, I'm thrilled to announce the publication of my third book: Life lessons from my dog, Bubba. ��

I will be donating a portion of each book sale to dog rescues in the South Bay in hopes of helping more dogs like Bubba find a home. You may purchase a copy directly from my website➡️ www.shimarazipour.com

Thank you in advance for the support. #adoptdontshop #whorescuedwho


Soul 2 Soul

Posted on July 17, 2017 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I used to fear change so much that I tried to resist it from happening. Through that, I learned the anxiety trying to control things causes a person. In reality, we are never in control. We like to think we can control how things will play out, and that's where most of our unhappiness, stress and anxiety stems from. I believe the sooner you come to realize that you're never in control, you allow the universe to open doors, create paths and bring you solutions to things that seem or feel unattainable.



For me, the greatest challenge was accepting that I can grow and become a greater person, while remaining true to my beliefs and who I really am. We know that pain changes us. Sometimes we try to mask the pain by doing things we can control, like dyeing our hair, changing our music, or moving away. These are things we can control, but there are always going to be outside factors that no matter how much we try, are there. When people tell me I've changed, the answer is no longer of concern or fear of what they think or why they say that. The answer is pretty simple, actually. "I didn't work this hard to stay the same." You're allowed to grow, my dear. You're allowed to grow in all the places people thought you never would. So, smile and embrace all you've become because you've worked too damn hard to stay the same. #journey #soul2soul