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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Be with you.

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

"DON'T BE FLATTERED THAT HE MISSES YOU. HE SHOULD MISS YOU. YOU'RE DEEPLY MISSABLE. HOWEVER, HE'S STILL THE SAME PERSON WHO JUST BROKE UP WITH YOU. REMEMBER, THE ONLY REASON HE CAN MISS YOU IS BECAUSE HE'S CHOOSING, EVERY DAY, NOT TO BE WITH YOU."


Don’t ever doubt your uniqueness, your amazingness...your rarity. There’s a lot of people in this world, but there’s only one you. I’ve seen many women leave the value of their worth in the hands of people incapable of ever knowing what they’ve got. No one is going to come and rescue you...teach you your worth. Even if I tried, I couldn’t. It’s up to you to dig deep, find the traits that you love, and even the ones you don’t so much. It’s up to you the mend the pieces that are tangled and learn to love them for what they are...pieces of YOU. That’s what makes you beautiful after all. Know your worth, princess. Know what you bring to the table. Know that you’r

Entitled.

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

THERE ISN'T A SINGLE MAN ON THIS PLANET WHO IS ENTITLED TO TREAT YOU LIKE SHIT.

REMEMBER THAT.

Why do women stay where they are unappreciated? I think for multiple reasons, but most commonly because they feel embarrassed. Yes, embarrassed. Women are the sacrificing type- always have been. It’s also why women are born to be mothers...they give without expectation. This character they carry is so rare, so genuine...it’s a woman’s love. It sees no boundaries that even where no path lies, they create one. For this, they tend to attempt over and over to make dead relationships come back to life. They give their all, even if it’s not reciprocated. Every women learns on their own time, though, when enough is enough and they must walk away. This is when they find their power and sometimes, they do it without option. They are forced to give up because the other person has already given up on them. I hope you never forget the beauty of your trying heart, but know when to walk away.

Right for you.

Posted on October 20, 2017 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

DON'T LET THEM MAKE YOU FEEL BAD FOR FEELING A WAY ABOUT SOME FUCKED UP SHIT THEY DID.


I’ve learned that it’s important to forgive people who’ve wronged you. Forgiveness is something you do for you. It’s something that opens space in your heart to heal. It’s something that helps eliminate carrying baggage with you. Forgiving isn’t something you do for others. It’s for you. To get to it, though, it takes time. It needs to be done on your own time...in whatever way you feel good in. For me, forgiving didn’t come easy. It took a lot of reading, writing, hikes, therapy sessions, music, and time with nature to mend the parts of me that were broken. It took lots of reading to understand why people do things. I think this is when I began to forgive, truthfully. It was never because I got a “sorry.” It was never because I had an aha moment. It was never because of them. It was because I was tired of letting someone who no longer was in my life dictate my choices, feelings, and happiness. That’s forgiveness, love. It’s forgiving yourself, too. No one is perfect and your journey was especially designed to bring you from one page of your book to another. Just do me a favor and be ok with living life on your own terms. Go against what’s expected of you. Don’t give in to bullshit people and their bullshit stories of how you should feel, be or should have handled anything. You did what was right at the time and what was right for you. That’s all that matters anyway.

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.

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..."

Live authentically

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.