|Posted on August 14, 2017 at 1:10 PM||comments (0)|
I feel grateful to have a career that allows me to work with people of all ages. They've seen it all and help me learn without repeating the same mistakes. Above all, they challenge me to try new things, to date, to experience life, to continue expanding my knowledge, and to grow. I've learned that you cannot change all the people around you, but you can change the people you choose to be around. Life goes by too quickly to spend your time on people who don’t respect, appreciate, and value you. Be selective. Be picky. Be ok with saying no to those who don't make you laugh or feel special. I hope you never compromise your self worth for the sake of keeping others in your life. You'll lose a lot of by having standards, but that's ok. A smaller circle....a greater you.
|Posted on August 4, 2017 at 6:15 PM||comments (0)|
’ve always loved writing and knew it was something I’d want to do forever…so I majored in Journalism. ✏️ Upon graduating, I interned at a prestigious real estate magazine helping local top agents brand their business, write on behalf of them, and manage their social media sites. Soon after, I was offered a full-time position but kindly declined. I knew I wanted to help people, but didn’t see it possible sitting behind a desk all day. Ironically, my cousin’s friend was looking for someone to work as the Director of First Impressions at, Keller Williams Palos Verdes.
I decided to apply and got the job the same day. During this time, I worked closely as the office Team Leader’s assistant and would listen in when agents would negotiate deals. I realized that I could fulfill my desire to help people, write, and spend more time with Bubba in this career.
It's a lot of work and sometimes I feel like I am running in every direction at once, but I took a chance and I am proud of who I've become. I genuinely believe that we cannot compare our journey with others. What’s for you will always be yours and what isn’t, may never be. Eventually, things come full circle and you realize why smaller things had to happen for greater things to occur. So, work hard and don’t be afraid to take chances. If you don’t build your own dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs. This morning, I helped a stranger in London find a solution to her relationship problems and this is all because I am still able to write on my personal blog, Life Moves On.
I have so many more goals I want to accomplish and that’s what makes it so fun. So, set goals and make them big enough that you can't achieve it until you grow into the person who can. #FBF #trusttheprocess
: Jessica Lynn
|Posted on July 31, 2017 at 5:30 PM||comments (0)|
"Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change."
BOLD in full effect today.
|Posted on July 31, 2017 at 5:25 PM||comments (0)|
A few years ago, someone told me that the greatest revenge is to move on and to be happy. The thing is,I've never been the type of person that can fake my feelings and how I feel about people. If I like you, I like you. If I don't, I keep a distance. I tried very hard to dislike people who hurt me, but I couldn't. Below the anger, pain and sadness, was still love. I feared never losing that and that actually scared me the most. Fast forward to now...I'm so different. I stopped trying to change how I felt about things, people and situations that shaped me and learned to see them for exactly what they were/are. They're just pages in a book that can be easily turned. It's a choice. The choice to either let tough times shatter us, or let them be chapters that help bring you closer to the good parts. Life is not always perfect, but it's always what you make it. So make it count, make it memorable and never let anyone steal your happiness. ��#perspective
|Posted on July 30, 2017 at 4:15 PM||comments (0)|
One of my followers sent me a message this morning. She is looking to feel happy again after giving her ex a second chance to only find he disappointed her…again. In her words, “I don’t know why I wasn’t enough for him. I feel used.” Truth be told, it wasn’t her that wasn’t good enough.
It was always him. I told her that someone’s inability to stay exclusive with someone has no fault on you as a person, rather a weakness they carry. When a relationship ends, we quickly assume it has to do with us. Maybe it is because the person said we weren’t enough or maybe they cheated…leaving us feeling “not enough.” When you find yourself doubting your worth, remember a few things.
1️⃣ This had to occur for you to get where you’re going. You may not see it now, but have faith that something greater is ahead for you. The difficult part is not knowing when it’ll come, but believe it will and you’ll have something to keep working towards.
2️⃣ You don’t have to be who you were before you knew them. After a breakup, we tend to feel lost because we want to go back in time to who we were before we had them in our lives. I hate to break it to you, but you’ll never be that person again. You’ll have pieces of that person, but you’re different.
You have new experiences, memories and stories that have shaped you. Stop fighting yourself and learn to embrace the broken road that will lead you to where you are destined to be. Lastly, remember the inner warrior within you. She wouldn’t take this shit and you shouldn’t either. Don’t let someone take advantage of your heart. ✋️
|Posted on July 24, 2017 at 12:50 PM||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.
|Posted on July 24, 2017 at 12:50 PM||comments (0)|
When life seems challenging, it's difficult to find the light at the end of the tunnel. However, it's in these moments that we have to try the hardest to find the good in a not so good moment. I was told a while back to say thank you when life is sweet& to celebrate. On the other hand, when life is tough...we must remain thankful and grow.
I've gotten where I am today all thanks to always seeking peace of mind. A positive headspace, hard work, perseverance, belief, and the courage to keep going. This isn't something I've reached and have thrown my hands up in the air in celebration for. This is something I practice daily, because if I didn't, I'd probably be very bitter, sad, angry, confused and lost. We all end up where we are meant to be and part of that journey is learning to love the parts that have made you who you are. That means the bad times, too. They all shape us, make us...but I promise, it won't break you unless you let it. My hope for you is that you keep your eyes in the direction of your future without fearing he past that's been left in the dust.
|Posted on July 19, 2017 at 3:10 PM||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
|Posted on July 11, 2017 at 10:45 PM||comments (0)|
I received an email this morning from a follower struggling with "fitting in to society." She told me that she felt like she didn't belong and that she was the odd one in her group of friends. By odd, she meant that she didn't like the same things they did. I asked her why she felt that she had to perceive her uniqueness as a bad thing. Growing up and even sometimes now, I am almost always the only one of my friends sober. Drinking never was for me. Every now and then, I'm asked to drink or asked why I don't. It doesn't bother me to explain why, because I'm ok with my answer. I think accepting who we are is one of the bravest things we do in a world that teaches us to be like everyone else. We're taught to be ourselves from a young age, yet sadly, those same people are often bullied. If you feel at a crossroads to trying to fit in or be yourself, I beg you to choose your happiness first. There is no greater freedom, happiness and peace that comes with finally being at a place in your life where you're ok with who you are. We all have a past, a present and a future. You are not tied to your past and your present moment doesn't have to be you in the future. My advice? Pay attention to your senses and follow your gut. Listen to the fire that burns inside of you when you're in the midst of doing something you love. Listen to that innocence within you that wasn't afraid of being judged. Be you, do you and stay true to YOU...oh, and let your toes touch the sky. ❤️ #beyourself #loveyourself #journey #therapy #writing
|Posted on July 11, 2017 at 10:45 PM||comments (0)|
I, like many, am guilty of forgetting to be proud of myself. In a day and age where it is so easy to compare our lives to others, especially on social media, it’s easy to sometimes feel like we still have so much to do. People around us are getting engaged, married, have kids, homes, are President of their companies, etc. We can always be better in our careers, relationships and work harder at our goals…that’s a given. However, I’m remembering the beauty of trusting the wait, even when it doesn’t make sense.. Success is perceived differently for each person. When I was a teen, I remember how notorious the word “conceited” was. All the girls used that word to define women who were confident. As an adult, with far more experience and knowledge, I’ve found “that girl” to be inspiring. There is a fine line with being arrogant and cocky vs. humble and proud. You’re beautiful- own your smile. You have a beautiful shape- wear clothes that make you feel good in them. I am here to tell you that it is ok to decide that you’re not going to settle for bullshit goals, bullshit people or a bullshit story. Every day of your life is unwritten and you get to choose how you’ll fill the pages. I’m also here to tell you that you’re not only going to get over whatever is holding you down, but at times, all you accomplish will scare the life out of you. Don’t let it. You deserve everything good that is coming your way. Remember, darling, the best revenge is to move on and utilize that strength that you have been given. Use it. Be your own definition of success.