|Posted on July 30, 2017 at 4:10 PM||comments (0)|
"DON'T BE INTIMIDATED BY A
WHO REALLY DOESN'T NEED YOU.
AS A MATTER A FACT, SHOOT FOR HER...
SHE MAY KNOW HER AND YOUR WORTH."
There's something to say about women who aren't afraid to know their worth. These women aren't concerned with how their confidence is perceived in the eyes of others. Why should they? What's wrong with loving yourself? I think that's one of the important battles we have to overcome in this life. I truly do believe that. No one teaches us that simple knowledge that could take us so far... "Love yourself."
I grew up in a house where my father wasn't very loving to me and that really affected how I was in relationships, how I viewed myself, and how I would react when feeling abandoned. I didn't know that subconsciously I was allowing all those things affect me Day in and day out until I spoke to a therapist who helped me learn that it's never too late to learn how to love yourself. I'll tell you, learning to do that at 23 wasn't easy.
I didn't even know who I was, which made it even more difficult to do. It took a lot of tears, writing, nature, forgiveness, music and healing to find myself. It took being on my own to find myself and I now not only love myself because of it, I know what I have to offer. Don't forget to fall in love with yourself, first. Everything falls into place after that... ✖️⚫️✖️⚫️
|Posted on July 30, 2017 at 4:05 PM||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.
|Posted on July 27, 2017 at 1:45 PM||comments (0)|
"Perhaps when you thought you weren't good enough...
the truth was that you were overqualified."
I've been there. We've all been there. In the position of someone telling us we deserve better, are going to find someone who deserves us, etc. I remember at the time feeling so damn confused too these words. It wasn't until years later that I realized deserving better isn't always because of your appearance or career or even the value in your bank. Deserving better is sometimes because your heart is magnificent. Because not everyone can understand, respect, or love like you do. Your heart is what makes your character beautiful and it's not for everyone...fortunately for you. Yes, fortunately. You deserve the very best with a heart like that and God bless the person who realized it enough to let you go so the universe can open doors, build paths and space for you to meet. I hope you never give in to the fear of not finding that person that you accept just any kind of love.
|Posted on July 27, 2017 at 1:40 PM||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
|Posted on July 27, 2017 at 2:40 AM||comments (0)|
"Don't date anyone who doesn't ask you about your childhood and ask why you are the way you are and won't work to understand/accept those things."
I think it's a beautiful thing when someone cares to find out what makes you beautiful on the inside. When they take the time to find out why your eyes grow when you see a puppy, why the smell of coffee is your favorite, and why that song brings your tears. There's more on the inside than out.... #skindeep
|Posted on July 27, 2017 at 2:40 AM||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.
|Posted on July 26, 2017 at 4:35 PM||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
|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