Love Yourself

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Some of those quotes might seem really negative when you first read them, but read them again and let them empower you. It ties in with the last quote I posted. Realise that nobody will love you the way you should love yourself, that most of our issues with other people stem from the inability to be adequate for ourselves, if you really knew your own worth, you wouldn’t hang around long enough to allow somebody to make you feel like that. I’m not just talking about relationships with a partner, I’m talking about friends, family, colleagues…all kinds of relationships.

Sometimes when I feel upset or let down, I think somebody else has made me feel like that, but really I allowed them to. I think many of us have had countless people who we really love, that we would do anything for, make us feel that we just do not matter to them and it really hurts but ask yourself why? Its probably because you gave too much…there was probably a point months or years ago where you should have stopped but because you are family or have been friends forever you didn’t want to. Expectations hurt and its best to only have them for people that have a track record of never letting you down, of course this changes as we “grow up” but I think you should always be aware of having people in your life with the purpose to water your soul. Surround yourself with people who help you grow, who make you laugh louder, who make you see the world in a different light but most importantly, remember nobody will feed your soul like you can so learn to love yourself ❤

I will leave you with this video from the amazing Mastin Kipp 

Live A Life That Makes You Happy

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Often we put so much pressure on ourselves to achieve goals that we forget to live in the moment and enjoy the journey rather then just trying to reach a destination. There’s no point having a happy ending unless the story is worth reading. I meet too many people just blindly trying to reach a goal, the same routine day in day out, we aren’t robots, we are people. We were made to feel love, passion and energy and you should try to feel that for everything you do.

Sometimes situations in life prevent us from doing what we love  but its important to always infuse your life with things that make you happy. If you hate your job and you can’t change it for the moment, make sure you make time to do the things you love when you aren’t working. Often your mundane job becomes the focus of your life because you don’t have anything else, create a balance.

I’ll admit…my job is OK, I don’t hate it but there are very few occasions when I REALLY love it… but I am in Peru, I am travelling and meeting people, exploring a new culture and lifestyle so far from mine AND learning Spanish – I love my life! That is how I chose to infuse a balance and their are thousands of other ways.

Many people live their lives for someone else, to please their family or satisfy others expectations. Remember you only have one book, write it for YOU! I can count on my fingers (on one hand haha) how many people were happy when I made the decision to come to Peru and I can tell you none of them were my family. I know everyone was worried and nobody understood why but sometimes… you gotta do what you gotta do! I knew if I didn’t take this opportunity I would forever regret it and this chapter is significantly important in MY story. I’m not saying be selfish and rebellious, ultimately the people I love let me come here because they understood. People who love you understand you, they don’t dictate your life they guide you. I left a situation where I could be saving money and building some kind of foundation but if I died tomorrow I won’t be taking that with me, I will take my lessons and my experiences and they are of more value to me then anything else. You should be able to look back on your life and feel proud that you fulfilled your purpose with passion and love. Its important to me that the people I love are proud of me too, and for that reason I would never do anything that they couldn’t be proud of …never compromise yourself or your morals for anything or anyone.

You have one book, make every page AMAZING!

Zohra x

Touched By Cancer

Last week I was on top of the world when I heard my cousin was in Remission!! When we discovered he had Cancer at such a young age I think we were all shocked by it and a few weeks later we discovered my grandmother also has cancer. Its been a really tough time for us all but I think its taught us to appreciate each other and live in the moment.

Over a year ago my housemate Pete lost his battle to Cancer, he was diagnosed in December 2009 and within a year it claimed his life at the tender age of just 20. He had an amazing positive attitude and when I visited him he showed me his scrapbook of how he was making an art project documenting his journey through cancer. He was studying illustration and he was damn good at it, he would always make little comic strips at home or sketch us while we were sitting watching TV. I was so amazed by how even in Cancer he found the silver lining, he somehow found a way to turn what was happening to him into a work of art. He was so full of life and I was lucky to know him, there is never a day that goes by where I don’t think of him.

Today I stumbled on the touching story of a man named Angelo Merendino. He married a lady named Jennifer and 5 months after they married she was diagnosed with cancer. Shortly after their one year anniversary they were given the amazing news that she was cleared of cancer. Unfortunately the cancer came back in her brain and after just 4 years of their life together, she died at the age of 40.

Angelo decided to make a photo documentary, “The Battle We Didn’t Choose” following her fight against cancer. Angelo began the project as a way for family and friends in Ohio to understand what Jennifer was experiencing after phone calls and e-mails didn’t seem to portray the intensity of the situation — or produce a response.

Although she found it difficult being the subject of his project she said ‘I don’t want to hide anything, I want to help others — not just women, but anyone with cancer.’”
Angelo wants the world to know Jennifer’s story, he said, things about Jennifer that he loved. For instance, in the midst of her turmoil, she started a dragon boat racing team for cancer survivors.
“I want people to know about real heroes, someone who had something thrown at her and responded. That kind of hero.” He also wants people to appreciate every moment. He wants women to get mammograms and men to do self-checks. He wants people to be more aware of others’ suffering — to know that sometimes you don’t have to know what to say. Sometimes you just say, “I love you.”

He will exhibit his work in New York on January 26. And he’ll continue working as a documentary photographer. I have attached some of Angelo’s photos, you can see the rest on his site (theres a link above)

We can all help by donating to cancer charities, in the last few years cancer treatment has really advanced to be able to save lives like my cousins and that is all through donations that enable scientists to research new treatments.

This is the hospital that helped support Pete and they have there own charity: http://www.uclhcharity.org.uk/dons.html

Here is a link to Cancer Research: http://supportus.cancerresearchuk.org/

Every little helps, remember by donating you could be saving lives and stopping people in the future going through what Angelo had to.

Zohra x