The Power Of Women Vs. Women Today

bffsWe are supposed to come together!  Thousands of years ago, we came together in circles to share our lives, teach what we knew, and listen to each other.  In these circles, we were free!  We held our arms out to those who faltered, we taught each other the wisdom we had learned.  We were (and still are), vital to our survival.

We Were A Community

What I want to know, is this: With the bond we once had, why the hell are we such a*#holes to each other???  Seriously!  It’s the mother being awful to another mother’s child… the best friend speaking ill of her best friend… the sister degrading her own sister in front of people… It’s Disgusting!

Women feel entitled, and believe it’s ok to share their opinions on how men treat women, but do they stop to think about how women treat women today?  The past few days have been eye-opening.  I’ve seen some of the most dishonorable, disrespectful, break your heart type of behavior from women.

Dear Women,

We have come so far, exceeded so many expectations, fought for our education, become leaders worldwide, given birth to, and mothered children, and so much more… yet, we still behave as if it is ok to disrespect, and degrade each other.  I am proud of who I am, respect myself, and am happy with myself.  I don’t feel the need to put someone else down (man or woman).  

What I don’t understand is this… If women before us fought so hard for equality (which is so important to us), why do we feel it’s ok to bring each other down so much that one must question equality among our own…

Sincerely,

Shivani

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Finding Your Vital Spark

Your vital spark is your life force. It’s the most dynamic piece of you.

It’s both your conscious and subconscious.  It’s your innate desire. It’s your gut in action, telling you what you really want.  It’s the magic that flows through your body and holds the key to your dreams.

Think Life-Force Energy.

What Lights You Up?

WHAT REALLY LIGHTS YOU UP?  You need to dig deep for the answer. If you need a little boost to get you going, here are 2 lists that will help get you started on Finding Your Vital Spark.

Your vital spark is a combination of your most sacred ambitions and your most genuine traits.  It’s the power within you, and if you are lucky enough to find it, you’ll be able to feed your soul everything it needs to flourish.  I can’t wait to hear what you come up with for your top 10’s! Were they what you expected or were you surprised at some of your answers?

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In Between Goals – A Thing Called Life

How much are you willing to sacrifice?

I was supposed to be there by 8:30am (I was chronically late because of school drop offs – typically the only time I had to spend with my girls).  When I left on the other hand… well, that’s another story.

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I understand the high expectations for people to get their job done, keep up with people in the cubicles next to them, meeting their numbers and more… I’ve been there, but it shouldn’t mean sacrificing other important things in life.

There are some people who do it because they have no choice.  They have to make a living to support their families.  Jobs aren’t easy to find, I get it.  Unfortunately, certain expectations are typically set by people in charge, many who would rather live the grind than live their life.  More consumed with dollar signs than the welfare of their employees, or even worse, their own, their lives consist of work, work, more work, and an occasional night out with people from… drum roll please… WORK!  I remember the grind.  I was so consumed with making more money that I forgot what I loved about life… the things that made my goals worth it… My Life.

Don’t let trying to reach your goals make you forget why you created them in the first place.  Good life goals are good for your heart.  Never sacrifice things good for your heart.

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“The Dash” Between Those Years

Life Is About “The Dash” Between Those Years.  My hope is that the next few minutes will inspire you like they inspired me.  This poem… this video… they are gifts.

The Dash Movie

“…but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.” <and here come my tears>

What will you do with your dash?

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6 Things Every Blog Post Needs

TICTAC – 6 Most Important Elements Every Blog Post Must Have
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I put together TICTAC to help remember what every blogger needs to write a “GREAT” Blog Post!

Here Are The 6 Things Every Blog Post Needs:

  1. “T is for TITLE”  A post without a great title could mean the kiss of death for all your hard work.  A title should have at least one keyword, should be kept simple and attention grabbing.
  2. “I is for IMAGE”  Every post needs at least one image/visual/picture.  Visual content may even be more important that what you write in your posts.  You can check out the post “19 Reasons You Should Include Visual Content in Your Marketing [Data]” for more information!  The statistics in the post will blow your mind (especially the ones about Pinterest)!
  3. “C is for CONTENT”  Do NOT… I repeat… Do NOT ramble.  I can be long-winded.  It’s not something I am proud of.  If you are like me, and feel the urge to go on and on about one thing, STOP.  My most popular posts have always been short, succinct, and to the point.  You also do NOT want to mislead your readers.  Make sure that your title and content work well with each other.  There is nothing worse than being blindsided as a reader.
  4. “T is for TRUSTWORTHY”  Imagine reading a post about a topic you expect the writer to be well versed in, only to find out that the writer is questioning their own views throughout the article?  I’d stop reading immediately.  Writing with your authentic voice is another MUST!  People read blogs because they like connecting with writers, not because they are looking for facts alone.  There are plenty of other sources to get those from.
  5. “A is for ACCESSORIZE”  Blogs are not like newspapers and don’t only come in black and white.  Take your posts to the next level by adding value to your posts.  Relevant links are always a great way to add value.  The links may come from relevant articles your find around the web or even past posts written by you.  If your post has a quote or hashtag in it, add a “Tweet Me” button for people to click.  Even a “Pin It” button that hovers over your pictures is a nice addition.
  6. “C is for CALL TO ACTION”  The end of every post should have a “Call To Action.”  It can be something simple, like asking readers to subscribe to your newsletter.  You could also engage your readers by asking a question relevant to the subject in your post.  Whatever you choose, make sure you have a “Call To Action.”

Feel free to pin or print TICTAC!  You can download the PDF here!

Is there anything you would like to add to my list?  I would love to know what your “most important” features of a blog post are!  Leave me a comment below!

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Currently 03 : bella GRACE

It’s the beautiful adventures that make me smile…

… and bella GRACE magazine is filled with them!  It’s the most.perfect.magazine.EVER<enter BOLD period here>

…which is why I decided to give bella GRACE the spotlight on my 3rd Currently post.

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// Magazine. bella GRACE Magazine.

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It’s the most beautiful and uplifting magazine.  The moment I saw it, I knew I had to have it.  Call it intuition, or call it an impulse buy.  Either way, I’m happy it fell into got swept up by my hands. Now, it’s your turn!

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Dear Summer…

It’s so hard to say goodbye…

Big Life Changes Are Ahead.  I’m scared, anxious, and excited for the future.  From new schools to new endeavors, a business decision made with a leap of faith… September is quickly approaching, and our family is about to jump into an unknown world… no longer safe for any of us, but big.  Very Big.SummerLoveTJ

My girls are going to a new school.  Even though I feel like I am throwing them to the wolves, I know their new adventure will be amazing!  My world is changing too!  Everything I have worked towards since leaving my 9 to 5 job is happening!!!  With months of hard work ahead of me, my dreams are coming true and I owe them all to one thing:

Not letting my fear get in the way of my dream.

It may have taken me almost 39 (yes, “ALMOST 39″) years to get here, but I did it!  So here we are, my family and I, school shopping, finishing up on summer reading, and enjoying what’s left of the most beautiful summer ever!

Summer 2014 marks the end of one era and the beginning of another…

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HERE’S TO SUMMER… MAY WE ALWAYS HAVE SALT IN THE AIR AND SAND IN OUR HAIR!

With Love, Shivani

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Do You Trust Your Intuition

Even when it hurts?

Intuition is peculiar. A lot like faith, it’s about believing something that you cannot always see, but it is your soul guide speaking to you, which is different from faith, and you need to trust it.

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Trust me, I know trusting your intuition can be terrifying.

Having faith is believing in something you want to be true. Intuition is about trusting your inner soul (something we may not always want to believe in). Often our ego has this uncanny knack of getting in the way by helping us ignore our intuition when the answers don’t suit us.

When you ignore your intuition, you ignore a gift; A beautiful gift we have all been given. Trust me, I know trusting intuition can be terrifying!

Here’s a story that makes me cry every time I think about it… I’ll never forget my puppy Lola and the first time I met her. After picking her up at the airport, I remember watching her while sitting in our car (it was freezing outside). My husband was trying to make her go to the bathroom before our long drive home. She was the most beautiful little being, and I had this awful gut feeling… I knew she wouldn’t be with us for long. Of course I ignored it. I wish I was wrong, but Lola was sent to us for a very special reason and when her job here was done, she unexpectedly left us… heartbroken.  Truly though, there isn’t a day I don’t still shed a tear over her.  It’s been 3-years now.

Somehow, whether I try ignoring my intuition or not, the outcome rarely changes.

Our intuition is the most incredible Soul guide, and best friend, that softly speaks to us. Listening to that voice within helps us to understand the truth by the way it feels. If you really listen to that voice… your beautiful soul guide, you can almost be sure that what you hear is the truth, even when it hurts.

Do you believe in your intuition as much as I believe in mine?  Have you had any experiences that made you wish you had trusted your intuition?

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