I don’t know what it is about the color green, but it’s my favorite! I am also a huge fan of succulents. Their simplicity and beauty always create a peace within me. ⠀⠀
Life is something I envision as simple and beautiful. Making the little moments count and doing it on this beautiful place called earth is what makes me smile 😁 ⠀⠀
Jumping of joy because we are big fans of soccer and our favorite team won today (not real salt lake but Real Madrid🤣)
Exactly a year ago, in the month of April, I was in the middle of my submissions, a mental breakdown and a tiff with the then precious person. Nothing felt right- I was in a complete mess, unable to comprehend the language of a Universe that I couldn’t understand. I had everything to be thankful for but I wasn’t happy- I felt lonely and stranded every single day. I wanted to be somewhere nobody knew me, do something I’d never done before.......simply because I solemnly needed to change. Not change like a chameleon but change from the inside. I wanted to be happy and wanted to constantly stop waiting for something or someone to be next to me......
By the time April ended, my father decided we shall spend a month in Switzerland 🇨🇭 that summer just to get away from everyone. It was 13th of May 2017, when I took off to a walk without any plan or motive. I had no clue of what to expect. I felt more secure in the alley of nature than I feel in the embrace of a man. Everything was so beautiful. I observed the variation in landscape- it took my breadth away. I watched the greens turn into brown, whites turn into blues and I already started feeling better. The bumpy road did not deter my spirit and I was ready for an adventure. And, then what happened next was miraculous- as my days crawled into darkness, the sky would burst into a dance entwined with a thousand visible constellations from a billion stars, or I say underneath it, with a stranger or two, refurbishing my soul and smiling at infinity. Slowly and steadily within 15days, Switzerland healed me......like a mother nurtures her child. She invited me in its laps to lay out all my sorrows and exchange them with a wholesome soul. So, here I am missing Mother Nature and reminiscing how I captured this picture on the way.
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I adore this time of year. The time, when I wake up to howling wind, deep purple sky and cozy, calming sound of raindrops drumming against the roof ☔. Open up the window to be hit by a wave of intense, beautiful smell of freshness, that fills you up with joy and energy. Everything breethes with life. There's so much untamed, wild power around, blooming and growing and changing. But it is all so soothing.
And when the spring shower finishes I hurriedly snatch up my camera and go to see what other plant has opened up since I was last out. Spring is about change, discovery and life 🌱
Вот такой я впервые увидела Корсику , остров накрыло одеялом из туч и облаков, влажность ощущалась каждой клеточкой тела, и то ли от свежего воздуха, то ли от шатающегося корабля кружило голову так что четкий кадр так и не удалось сделать 😁
I love this picture so much now because it’s the pictorial symbol of how I fled my house when we found out our baby had a slightly elevated lead level. (Scary but he is totally fine btw 🙏🏼) I literally grabbed my babies & my music (& some books & my favorite kimonos) & I was out of there ✌🏻
Motherhood is an intense experience, not least of all because you’re no longer just you. I was gone for FIVE hours today, you guys, and the babies fell apart without me. Bedtime was an epic fail😫🤣. •
Our culture doesn’t teach parents how to embrace this change in consciousness. The hospital literally just hands you a baby, and you’re like, really? I can just take this human? No test?? Nothing?! I think the change is more painful than it has to be, because we don’t share enough about this common, difficult experience; it’s all such a mystery & you’re kind of stumbling around, trying to figure it all out while sleep-deprived. (Incidentally, The Letdown on Netflix does the most brilliant, funny job depicting that adjustment.)
For all those new moms: you do adjust 🙏🏼 I have no nanny, no maid, and currently no house (although we love our apartment and feel very grateful & lucky). I’m homesick & I’ve had to put my career on pause to care for my kids, but I do carry myself with a lot of joy and contentment despite the challenges, and today someone told me they thought I had it all 🤯. Instagram is a highlight reel. I’m sharing the stuff that makes me happy & excited here. I just wanted to say if you’re going through a hard time right now, one day you will be stronger for it. And maybe even happier. More than you could have imagined when you thought happiness was luck not a decision you make for yourself. I read an Albert Einstein quote that helped me a lot this past month, “I’m thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.” •
Long read 🤷🏻♀️But I wanted to share, because I think if we shared more, yes, life would still be difficult but we would know what to do with that difficulty maybe a little better?
عصر دیر وقت از هتل مان ( روستای آب گرم
در دامنه ی دماوند) بیرون آمدم . سربالایی پر شیبی را
باید تا نانوایی در خیابان اصلی روستا میرفتم.
در کنار نانوایی یک کبابی هست که بوی تکه های دنبه در آتش زغال ،
هر رهگذری را به آنجا می کشد و حتما یک سگ گرسنه با پستانهای پر شیر هم !
یک گروه جوان داشتند کباب سفارشی شان را تماشا میکردند و بو می کشیدند.
نان را گرفتم و با خود گفتم ، حتما کسی کمی کباب به او میدهد و به راه افتادم.
یک ساعت بعد ، دیگر هوا داشت غروب میکرد ، از پنجره دیدم همان سگ در
زمین های خالی سرگردان است و بو ی غذا می کشد!
دویدم نان را باشیر و کمی غذا مخلوط کردم ، چند دقیقه ای طول کشید .
پایین رفتم ، از نگهبان جایش را پرسیدم ، گفت بچه هایش پشت دیوارند
دویدم ، با کاسه ی پر ، سر دیوار بود. صدایش کردم ، بوی غذا به مشامش خورد.
صدای بچه ها می آمد که بوی مادر را حس کرده بودند. دم اش را برایم تکان داد.
چند قدم سر دیوار برگشت ، بعد دوباره به من نگاه کرد و پرید پشت دیوار !
احساس کردم به من گفت ، کمی دیر رسیدی ، من وظیفه ای دارم که حتی با
سینه ی خالی باید انجام بدهم!
این طوری بود که خیلی احساس کردم چگونه او با عمل اش به من درس بزرگی
داد و مرا خجالت زده کرد.
هروقت لازم است کاری بکنی ، همان لحظه بکن. بپرس : اگر من نه پس چه کسی؟ اگر الان نه پس چه وقتی؟
#loveanimals #lovedogs #shahrzad #storiesofmylife
Yesterday I shared in my stories an unfortunate incident with a doctor that left me feeling confused and hurt. It felt kind of weird to share, and I wasn’t even sure why I was doing it, but it ended up being very cathartic for me. I received so many thoughtful and kind messages about it that I feel almost overwhelmed (in a good way) at what a beautiful space this can be. I felt all your support, I met moms who are dealing with similar issues, and the weight just kind of lifted. I just wanted to say thank you. So much. .
And for moms who are going through similar things with their children, once I respond to everyone I will put together a list of resources gathered from the pool of all the thoughtful people who took the time to share what has worked for them, with me, and share them with you too 💛
PS - I have saved, temporarily, the story to my highlights in case you are reading this and have no idea what I am talking about. .
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This is my actual dream bouquet 😍 Sunflowers and eucalyptus are everything 🙌🏻 Sometimes you just need pretty pictures, florals and lots of oils to boost your mood. I have Joy and Orange in the diffuser because today was a hard day, but I’m ready to take on the rest of the week! Happy Wednesday y’all ✨
Tonight's family night lesson because as a mom of two beautifully wild boys, my heart has constantly been challenged with 'how will I respond to this?' My children are little reflections of all that they mirror in me and some days that thought is just plain terrifying... Mostly because my natural reaction to chaos is not calm and collected and I know I cannot instill in them something I cannot example well.
I think the key to reacting positively to life's frustrations is to remember this: "Be a thermostat instead of a thermometer in our homes. While I’m prone to measuring the temperature, to reading the room, to quietly adjusting my own layers to better acclimate, a thermostat declares the room cold and makes it warm." We all hold in ourselves the power to transform – in ways small and large – a room, an attitude, a life. We can make it hot or cold. We can make our homes or communities into caves or havens.
Like the egg and carrot that went into the same boiling pot together--one came out softened and one hardened--
How we respond to our boiling points is always ours to decide.
Do you have any tips or reminders that help you keep calm when life feels anything but?
To the worn out mom who lost it with her children today. To the mom who took time to read a book to her littles.To the mom who chugged coffee like it was sacred. To the mom who cried over the 3d thing that was spilled on the carpet. To the mom who ate all the chocolate. To the mom who is so organized she should help others learn her ways. To the mom who cooked a meal that someone didn't like. To the mom who couldn't wait for naptime. To the mom who went for groceries, and worried over the bill. To the mom who washed the laundry again. Who folded the clothing again. Who unloaded the dishwasher. Who cooked that meal. Who put the kiddos to bed and felt like she could breathe.
You can do this.
is intense. It is hard. It is so worth it all!
Say a prayer, take a breath, do what you need to do. Because you've got this ❤
Tag a #momma
who inspires you, or who needs some encouragement.
Let’s chat Spring Cleaning for a moment. ⠀⠀
I don’t know about you, but my mind has been blown the past two years after gaining knowledge about “dirty” products on our lives! The ingredients that are in our cleaning products and the harm they cause to our bodies is astounding. And to think that these things transfer to our kids by being apart of residues on dishes and countertops is even more scary!!* On top of that, some think they will make the switch to products that are “clean” and spend up to 3 or 4 times more on a product that is labeled as natural! 🚨🚨🚨WARNING... Labeling is deceiving. Soooo sad and so deceiving!* Did you know that the FDA only requires oils to be labels as PURE as long as they contain a minimum of 5% pure, in adulterated oil to be labeled as such! What?! ⠀⠀
So know, with Young Living, you’re getting 100% oil and a company you can whole heartedly trust!* I use purification daily as an order neutralizer! Mix up some witch hazel and purification for a trash can or diaper pale spray! Diffuse it after cooking seafood or on a teenage boys clothing 🤢. I love to use citrus oils to clean and to diffuse. They make me happy... literally😁.* Thieves... my all time fav oil! This oil is used in all the cleaning products for its powerful properties that keep our homes healthy and keep our immune systems smiling.* Make the switch and ditch the junk one room at a time! ⠀⠀
🌟Fun fact: when cutting an onion, simply open a bottle of thieves and let it sit open on the cutting board while cutting and you won’t have tears!!🌟 ⠀⠀
This pretty and powerful roller is back in stock! I’m telling you, do your research on this oil! This is a daily one for me, I’ve made my own roller of it because this one was out of stock but now you can go order it :) Valor is everything 🙌🏻✨
📸 via @goldendropsociety
La convinzione di chi si crede nella Reggia di Versailles, la desolazione di chi, al tempo stesso, è al “Next Vintage” del Castello di Belgioioso senza ‘na lira. @eugenio_lepera #poverimaricchi
Back to the days when we knew very little but imagined a lot more. I hope you keep going until you grow your own wings or shark fins! 🦈
Okay but seriously her knee rolls give me life.. If you saw my last post this is why I fly because I want to experience these moments, toes in the sand with this babe ❤️ ps. On that note give me all your swim suit recommendations because neither Ophelia and I have a swim suit (so kid and mama recommendations needed) and I’m pretty sure we aren’t headed to any nude beaches any time soon 😜😂❤️ #alifealive
“We begin by choosing to rejoice in the Lord. Then we pour out our hearts to Hod, casting our cares on Him.”
I struggle with anxiety, and it’s easy to let it sweep me away. It can happen so fast—one minute I’m going through my day, and the next a fear or worry has completely taken control.
In those moments I’m always tempted to grab control and try to fix things myself, but that never works. The only thing that does work is reorienting my perspective.
When my fears bubble up, the first thing I have to do is give thanks for all the ways God has been faithful and good. Then I have to lay down my desire for control and give my worries over to Him.
Don’t let your fears or worries get the beat of you today. Instead, take a moment to focus your heart on gratitude, and then let go of the pressure to be in control.
Ma and I would venture out into the waves. My tiny hand in hers. And we would make a game of jumping over each passing wave. “Ready?” Ma would say, “1! 2! 3! Wheeeee!” and we would leap into the air and collapse in giggles as the waves passed us by. I felt like I could jump up and touch the sky in that moment, let alone over the Atlantic’s waves. Every once in a while, a larger wave would crest. “Uh oh!” we would shout and then we’d brace ourselves, determined to rise above it. Those big waves would inevitably crash into us, unlinking us, and drag us undertow. I’d reach out in the murkiness of the ocean, off kilter and knocked about by the waves that followed, and eventually Ma’s hand would find me and pull me up above water. Defeated but not deterred, we’d laugh. “Ready?” she’d say, and we’d do it all over again. That right there is the best definition of my Ma - encouraging me to rise above, and when knocked down, lifting me up to get my head above water. Ready, Ma? 1! 2! 3! Wheeeeee! Happy birthday to one of the best wave jumpers in the game! Hope you have a great day!
• Farm gates •
Thing about living on a farm - you have to like opening gates 😋🌱
Forest treasures..... Have you ever thought how beautiful life is there? Magical place.... Full of surprises. Sometimes i am dreaming about cabin in there....
Dreaming of July, when I get to return to the City of Lights for another visit!
I took this photo a few years ago when my husband and I were in Paris visiting friends and family. I was trying to capture the architecture beauty, and didn’t realize until later I also caught a bride and groom in the middle of their wedding photo shoot.
In Paris it feels like there’s beauty tucked around every corner, just waiting to be discovered - I can’t wait to see what I’ll discover this time around!
Pametinukų išraiška žibutėmis
А нас лето летнее , нежимся на солнышке попивая мохито и щурясь то ли от лучей палящего солнца, то ли от пузырьков бьющих прямо в нос 😚 всем прекрасной недели 🙌🏻
My flower crown is not there but I'm happy.
It's my birthday!!!! Yay!
Okay so there's a pretty big cyclone coming on my beautiful lil island but, the celebration must go on. Lets begin with some good pampering 😊