|Posted on November 14, 2018 at 2:15 AM||comments (0)|
May all your vibes say: I got this.
Remember, self- care is how you take your power back from things trying to weigh you down- like negative thoughts, our fears, and anxiety.
I believe that self-love comes in many forms. Learning to love yourself has to be one of the most challenging, dynamic and eye opening experiences in my opinion.
We're not taught how to love ourselves and often grow our perceptions of ourselves by the opinions of others. Today, I have a greater appreciation of loving myself. I've learned the importance of knowing myself and not allowing the opinion of others to take away how I see myself. But that comes with me doing the work to make myself proud of the person I am- inside and out. When you not only love the person in the mirror but the person you were and the person you’re becoming.... you’re unstoppable.
“One day you will take your final breaths, and none of the external opinions or internal fears will matter. What will matter is how you loved, learned, laughed and lived.”
|Posted on September 30, 2018 at 9:15 PM||comments (0)|
13 years ago, before beginning my senior year of high school, I developed an under-active thyroid condition. This brought on its own challenges I had to deal with for years...it never goes away. 5 years ago, after ending a toxic relationship, I began therapy. I went every week for over just a year. You probably remember my deep journal entries on my website under “therapy-inspired.” I’ve always needed justification for why things happened or need to happen, and why we do the things we do. Over the years, I was fortunate to have a diverse group of friendships/relationships that began and also ended in my life. Some lasted only for a season, others for a few years. I’m grateful for each person and the chapter they brought me, because it molded me into the person I am today. One of the greatest lessons I have been fortunate to learn overtime is that happiness doesn’t start with a relationship, a job, or college degree. It starts with your thoughts and what you tell yourself everyday. How you talk to yourself is KEY to not only your fundamental development in life, but how others perceive you. There are going to be enough people who don’t believe you’ll reach your goals, enough people who want you to do the things they do, and enough people who are just as lost in life that think they know what’s best for you (family included). We’re all in the same boat... trying to find our way. Don’t be afraid of the confusion, it’s normal. Don’t be afraid of being lost, you’ll eventually find your path. In the meantime, be confident in who you are and know you are DIVINE, my dear. In all your glory....you are ENOUGH. Don’t change to accommodate those who are uncomfortable in your choices, because I promise you...the right people for you will love you for YOU and that is always enough. Here’s to another year. 29 on the 29th.
|Posted on September 26, 2018 at 6:20 PM||comments (0)|
I remember reading years back, “The truth will hurt, but let it. The truth requires change, and change can be painful. That’s why they call it growing pains.” This year has been such an eye opening experience for me. Just yesterday, I met with another person who’s “lost.” We’ve become so accustomed to living our lives focused on our dreams, goals, and ambitions that we’ve forgotten to stop and ask how others around us are doing. I’m sad to say many aren’t ok. There are many, too many, struggling to remember they ARE enough. Too many struggling to find their purpose in this great, big world. Why? Well, because maybe they’ve been sitting in the shadows of their past or maybe because they’ve forgotten to look past the horizon. There’s so much more in life than what meets the eye, yet we get so caught up in our everyday “battles,” that we forget how good we have it. Sure, we will always want more of this, more of that, but I firmly believe the people who achieve greatness are the ones who stop and appreciate the wonders of what has been given to them and that’s not always the fruits of your own labor. Sometimes it’s the big “little” things like the ocean air, sand, and sun on your shoulders. Stop and appreciate it every now and then because what I can promise you is that even if the tide is high right now and you’re drowning, even in the shallow ends, you’re going to come out. No matter how much the unfamiliar, uncomfortableness, and rockiness of this thing we call life can hurt, be confusing and scary... don’t resist what needs to occur to take you where you’ve always needed to be. Destiny is never late and that’s the beauty of the journey. No matter how much we want to believe we’re controlling our destination, it’s been predetermined. We just need to keep showing up and appreciate where we are in the moments that will one day be just a stepping stone to get us where we are supposed to be. Keep riding the waves, my dear. No matter how rough they can get, please promise me you won’t spend so much time treading water and trying to keep your head above that you forget how much you’ve always loved to swim.
|Posted on September 24, 2018 at 8:20 PM||comments (0)|
Growing up, we’re taught to work hard for the “good life.” That typically is masked as materialistic items such as nice cars, clothes, and luxurious items. As we grow older and wiser, we learn a simple truth: Not all that shines is gold, and that’s okay. With the years, I’ve become more confident, happy, and secure in knowing my idea of what’s “gold” doesn’t have to be same as you and yours. We live in a world where comparing is easy to do, judging is the new norm, and good is never good enough because he/she has this. I’ve always believed that this is due to our devices being in the palm of our hands- thanks to social media, it’s so easy to compare. This year alone, I’ve met with close to 10 people who are struggling to find their own path. Society has told them that they are “behind.” This isn’t true. Your journey is yours...own it. One thing I want you to always remember is that not all things are as good as they look. Beauty on the outside does not always equal good quality. Everything that is shiny or fancy does not mean it is valuable. The reality is nothing shines brighter than a heart of gold and my dear, that is priceless. Happy Thursday, beauties.
|Posted on August 23, 2018 at 3:55 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted on January 18, 2018 at 6:10 PM||comments (0)|
As many may know, I've been writing on my personal blog, www.shimarazipour.com, since I was 16. I often receive messages and emails from people I've never met seeking guidance. 8/10 times, it is often someone who has lost hope, faith, or feels like a failure for not being where they feel they "should be."
My blog has always humbled me because it reminds me that we're all fighting battles no one may know of.
If you feel lost today, keep this quote in mind: "Don't compare your life to others. There's no comparison between the sun and the moon. They shine when it's their time."
YOU ARE WORTHY OF ALL YOUR WILDEST DREAMS. Keep chasing the light & never give up. xoxo.
|Posted on January 2, 2018 at 1:25 PM||comments (0)|
2017 was all kinds of wonderful. One of the greatest lessons I learned was that everything in life is like a boomerang.
What you put out there, good or bad, the energy, the attitude, the vibes...eventually comes back to you. Focus on your own lane. Work on becoming better than you were yesterday and remain unbothered by people’s wrongdoings. Be your own competition. Don’t get distracted by what others have in their lives. We always want what someone else has. Be grateful. Be centered. Be you. Do that, and I promise...you’re the one that will always win. Happy NYE, everyone! Stay safe & don’t ever let someone dim your light, simply because it’s shining in their eye.
“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” ✨ #nye
|Posted on November 14, 2017 at 12:10 PM||comments (0)|
Since becoming a Realtor, I’ve been challenged in many aspects of my life. I am often expected to do things outside of my comfort zone, but they’ve only bettered me. If there’s anything I’ve learned through these years in the industry, it’s that opportunity doesn’t knock twice. Procrastinating is the #1 deal breaker and there’s no better time than the now. If something or someone or going somewhere is important to you, make it a priority today. Never settle for the mediocre, always go above what is expected, and be the change you wish to see. I promise you, things will begin to fall into place, but you have to show up first. #realestate : @leeniephotography
|Posted on November 14, 2017 at 12:05 PM||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?
|Posted on October 25, 2017 at 1:00 PM||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