Why I Didn’t Write A Post Today…

Because I was told to make my “About Me” page more authentic.  It’s one of those pages that I pay little attention to, yet everyone keeps telling me it’s what “SELLS ME.”

I’m NOT “SOLD,” but at least I posted it… for now.  You can find my old “About Me” page which is now my “More About Me” page here (if you really feel like delving further into my life).  Honestly, I wouldn’t.  I have no problem talking about myself but… I totally get not wanting to read about someone else.  I will NOT be offended.

Elevate | 2014 | Shivani

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When Your Child Is Bullied

“Trust me, everything will be different when you get older.”

But I wasn’t older yet, and I was doing everything the greatest thought leaders told me to do… “Live In The Present.”

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Maybe, just maybe, that’s why it took me so long to start “Living In The Present,” and understanding its power.

When I was younger, the terms “present, now, and this moment,” prevented me from believing in a better future. I was so consumed by my “then” reality that I couldn’t begin to imagine a positive future.

  • I was bullied constantly.
  • I was afraid to go to school every day.
  • Some days, I didn’t think things could get worse… and then they did.
  • I cried every night.
  • I contemplated suicide.

As parents, You need to be the people who make your children smile, check up on them often, make sure they know you want the very best for them. Your children need you to watch out for them… always. Yes, your kids may take you for granted. Eventually though, they will get it;

It will all make sense to them, because remember, when they are little, people like that are hard to find.

They need you more than they know.

Looking back, my parents didn’t always have the right answers, nor did they always know what to say to make me feel better… but they were always there. They let me cry, they wiped my tears, they made me smile and laugh, but most of all, they made me feel safe. Nobody could have done what they did for me; NOBODY knew me like they did.  My parents saved me.

No matter how much our kids push us away, or how little they share with us, they need to know how important they are to us and that we will always be there for them.

Have you experienced bullying?  What about your children?  Please leave me a message or comment below if you have any thoughts about this topic.  Every story impacts someone and I want to hear yours.

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Highlight The Crap Out Of This

ENFRENCHBooks I HIGHLIGHT The Crap Out Of

ENTRE NOUS
A Woman’s Guide To Finding Her Inner French Girl, by Debra Ollivier

A Woman’s Bible

“Consider your life your personal currency – and invest in it wisely.” <Ollivier, Entre Nous (New York, St. Martins Press, 2003), p.13>

A Bit Of Awesomeness From The Book:

• Practice Discretion
• Think Before You Speak (Oh how I need to do this more often!)
• Respect Secrets
• Exercise Deliberateness In All Decisions
• Say No To Excess
• Value Quality And Authenticity
• Live Completely In The Moment
• Sexy Is A State Of Mind

When I start reading a book, I almost immediately know whether we are going to be “Friends For Life,” or not. If it’s a keeper, I highlight the crap out of it! Pages get tabbed, and sentences I love get re-written within the pages!

Entre Nous is filled with words of wisdom that I follow each and every day try REALLY hard to follow. There is so much in this book I wish was ingrained in my head… Not to mention, Debra Ollivier has no problem being blunt which I absolutely .  Seriously, the lady says it like it is.

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This book is The Modern Woman’s Bible.  Get yourself a copy, read it, re-read it, and Highlight The Crap Out Of It!

XOXO, ♥ Shivani

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CURRENTLY : 02

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/Journal. Midori Travelers Notebook [photo credit: Baum-Kuchen Website]  /Planner. the DAY DESIGNER by Whitney English  [photo credit: Whitney English Etsy Shop]  /Inspirational Quote. Dalai Lama  /Color Palette. Inspired By Products


 Inspirational Quote
What can I say… I Quotes!  I read this quote earlier today, pinned it, and didn’t stop thinking about it… so of course, I had to share it!  It’s a great little reminder to keep with you every day.  Pocket it, put it in your wallet, or even a journal.  Just don’t forget it!  It’s short, sweet and oh so powerful!

 Journal
My new Midori Travelers Notebook (which I do not use for traveling purposes), is one of my favorite journals to date. I love the versatility of the notebook. I don’t think I will ever get bored with it!  I promise to share more pictures as I add bits and pieces to my be-YOU-tiful Midori!  In the meantime, check out Baum-Kuchen’s beautiful website where you can order your own Midori and personalize it with fantastic accessories and inserts that fit your needs!

 Planner
“the Day Designer” by Whitney English is the change I needed in my life.  By writing things down from to-do lists and goals, this is the “MUST HAVE” planner of the year!  If you are an entrepreneur with a creative mind and need your days and life organized all in one place, this day planner is for YOU!  If none of those reasons resonate with you, this planner is still for YOU.  It’s amazing!

 Palette
Inspired by my new website design… in the works (by me)… and coming soon (I hope)… Slowly but surely though, you will see little changes to my site… eventually leading to the “Final Product!”

ELEVATE | 2014 |  Shivani

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Summer Vacation And The Stay At Home Mom

Learning To Breathe: Summer vacation is supposed to be about relaxing and unwinding… unless you’re a stay-at-home mom, and blogger like me.

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Finding time to do all the things I want to do, need to do, and all the things my kids want, need and have to do is irrelevant now.  Summer is in full force and I have made zero headway with the exception of being the best chauffeur I can be.

And there it was, staring me in the face. Everything I was irritated about was giving me everything I needed.

I was disappointed in myself and thought…

    ➀ Don’t my kids know that I have goals?
    ➁ I know they learned more than “just how to say MOM” this year?

    ➂ They cannot have forgotten what time they are supposed to go to bed, right?
    ➃ Do they NOT know that even I need a little time for myself?

    ➄ Don’t they know that going to the gym with them while they practice for 3-hours strait is NOT the same as “me time?”

While upset, I started to laugh… not at myself, but at my girls being silly. Being upset about the list of things I wanted to do was so minor in comparison to what I wanted to feel which was joy…

And there it was, staring me in the face. Everything I was irritated about was giving me everything I needed.

I TOOK A BREATH, STARTED LAUGHING AGAIN, & EVERYTHING FELT BETTER.

I do have goals, and I do have things I need to get done… but…

I don’t want my kids to stop needing me, or wanting me to watch them do what makes them happy and proud to be who they are. I’m not ready to let go of our late nights when we cuddle in my bed, or watching them learn a new trick and work so hard to master it!

I know, like all of you moms out there, it’s hard to be a mother. It’s the hardest job I’ve ever had, and even harder to balance motherhood and “life happening,” but, I also know it’s going to be much harder to learn to let go when my girls grow up… so for now, I’m not letting go… I’m holding on to summer for dear life.

What has your summer been like so far?  Do you feel as helpless as I did, or do you have a good work-life balance?  I’d love to know how you balance your days (or not).  Don’t forget to comment below!

Feeling Blessed | XOXO Shivani

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Humans Leashed?

We Leash Our Dogs Because It’s The Law… But Why Do We Leash Ourselves?

Imagine living life unleashed?  Self-doubt is the same as a leash.  It’s what stops us every day from being who we “REALLY” want to be, and doing what we “REALLY” want to do!

SELFDOUBTHave you ever seen a dog (or any other animal) being unleashed or unshackled?  It is beautiful. Their emotions can be felt just by the way they react.  You know they feel FREE. Unfortunately, for the animals, being leashed, chained, shackled, or caged isn’t their choice, but we DO have that choice. We are so lucky, yet most of us choose to live a life leashed.

I made a commitment to myself that I would stop doubting myself. Instead, believe I can have what I want.  I choose to live my life unleashed.  I want you to make the same commitment to yourself. Starting today, will you open your mind, let yourself dream, and believe all things are possible?  Free yourself of any self-doubt and start living the beautiful life you were meant to!

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Pinterest Organization & A Free Printable

How many Pinterest Boards do you have?

How many of your boards are a lot like other boards you have?
How many times do find a Pin you like but aren’t sure which board to put it on? I know when I am looking for Pins about Blogging or Blogging Tutorials, I always question whether I want to place the pin on my Blogging Board, my Website Design And More Board, my Just A Blogger Board, or my Make Money Online Board. There are a couple more I toggle with as far as pinning about blogging.

I have struggled with this for some time.  Since Pinterest is one of my favorite social networking sites, I needed to do two things!

ORGANIZE and SIMPLIFY!  I came up with this little Printable to help organize my boards and make navigating them easier!  Feel free to download and share by clicking on the link below!

Pinterest Organization Printable
Pinterest Organization Printable

Download The PINTEREST BOARD ORGANIZATION PRINTABLE!  You can also find me on Pinterest Here!

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Simplicity Takes Courage

THERE IS COURAGE IN SIMPLICITY

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An Uncluttered Mind.  Just think of the possibilities…

I wish I started out leading a simple life.  I was always so caught up in wanting or having everything other people had that I never took the time to appreciate what was in front of me. Things that were already mine like the unconditional love my parents gave me, having a place not just to call home, but a place I felt safe in, warm breakfasts in the winter and my favorite cool cucumber sandwiches in summer.  All this was already mine!

Living simply is hard for me.  There are always things I want (I have even been known to convince myself that I “need” things when I don’t).  My mind has always been cluttered.  I realize that in order for me to move forward, and make what I want out of my life, I need to declutter all aspects of my life so I can focus on the important things.

An article written by Daniel Hayes called “7 Habits For Highly Effective Simplicity” on the Simple Life Together Website, breaks down the key habits we should follow to lead a simpler life (which I added below).  It’s really not complex and makes complete sense.

Another article I read today called “The Beauty Of Simplicity” written by Linda Tischler found on Fast Company’s Website has a range of how corporations like Google have embraced simplicity in their models, in turn generating huge revenue streams.

The power of simplicity is HUGE!

It may be difficult; It will take courage; but I am willing to go through the pain that comes with change to better myself and my life.  Are you?

Elevate 2014 | Simplicity | Purity

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Celebrating The 4th In Style!

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Is this bracelet not FANTASTIC???  For the past 3 years, I have sported it for the month of July.  During the other months, I wear similar bracelets (just different colors).

6 Years ago, when my 2nd daughter was born, I ordered 3 bracelets like the one above.  2 Pink (for my girls), and a black (obviously) for me!  I loved wearing mine so much that I had to seek out the company that made them.  Originally, I bought them from Kitsel (who didn’t have any on their website).  <insert sad face here>

My search led me to Good Work(s) Make A Difference ®. <insert VERY happy face here>
I had just started my blog and since I love spreading the word about great causes, I contacted Good Work(s) Make A Difference ® and was directed to their CEO Helena Cho!  I was scared to death!

I never thought that they would put me through to the top dog in the company if I called.  CRAP! CRAP, CRAP, CRAP!!!  I could barely think!  What the heck was I going to say???  She picked up and I started (with a shaky and UBER excited voice) “Hi, I just wanted to tell you how much I love your bracelets and I am SOOOO excited to finally find you since I bought them a few years ago for my daughters and I from…………………………………….”  OH MY did I make a fool of myself!

Eventually, I told her about my blog, said I wanted to feature their fabulous organization; THEY DONATE 25% OF NET PROFITS TO GOOD CAUSES!

She in turn, did the unthinkable!  She had a slew of bracelets shipped to me at no cost just because I loved them… (or maybe she realized it was my first time reaching out to a company as a blogger).  Since then, I have been spotted wearing their bracelets around town (unlike the celebrities though, I don’t really get photographed with them on).  You seriously need to check out their causes, and of course their merchandise)!  You won’t be disappointed!

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*This is not a sponsored post.  I do not and will not receive any compensation for purchases made through Good Work(s) Make A Difference ®.
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I Got Lucky This Morning! (WOM | Purity)

I Got Lucky This Morning!

It hit me on so many levels that I was filled with emotions I rarely feel…

When I come across a “GEM” like this, I want to share it with the world!  Whether you are a photographer or not, this TEDx video, Gratitude by Louie Schwartzberg at TEDxSF is all-encompassing!

IT WILL LEAVE YOU FULL OF GRATITUDE TODAY AND EVERY DAY

Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director and producer who captures breathtaking images that celebrate life — revealing connections, universal rhythms, patterns and beauty.

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DID YOU LOVE THIS VIDEO AS MUCH AS I DID?  LEAVE ME A COMMENT BELOW!

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