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Easy Bridal Shopping

1.Follow the latest bridal week shows on television
famous fashion shows to fashion weeks and more, designers are showcasing the latest chic bridal wear collections for would be brides. This is your cue to know of the latest trends; keeping in mind that your wedding is a few weeks away. Take a look at the styles and the designs,the dominant colors of trend.

2.Narrow down the list of bridal stores you want to visit
Take an evening off and sit by yourself to check out the best and the most popular bridal stores around the city. Also check nationwide if your budget allows for shipping costs and if there is time to do that. This would give you an idea about the prices, styles and designs, and the reputation of the designer too. Narrow down the list and stick to one or two to visit in person, if you plan to buy the bridal ensemble on your own.

3.Hire a wedding shopper if you need to
Most would-be brides these days have a career to manage and a wedding to plan at the same time, and sometimes it can take a toll on them balancing the act. If you know you are pressed for time and cannot manage what you want for the wedding, hire a wedding shopper to help you with the wedding shopping. Sit and discuss with them your needs on your week off, and plan your trousseau and the look accordingly

4.Would it be a lehenga, a saree or a wedding salwar?
When you have a choice to make from the three, do it wisely. Don’t run for the looks you see on the ramps, on television shows or on a glossy magazine cover. Sit and get your trials done, visit the boutiques in person to get a feel of the fabrics and the cut or styles they flaunt, and then make a decision on the same.

5.Be honest with your body measurements
When stitching your bridal wear, be very realistic with your measurements. An inch loose is okay to have than an inch tight; you would get all squishy and frumpy at your own wedding, and if you aren’t comfortable with what you wear, it would show on your face.

6.Don’t cross and overdo on your budget
Budgets are very important to maintain for the wedding, which is why we would ask you to stick by them. Don’t compromise for cheaper qualities, though, but search around early on and check for bridal wear that keeps the wallet and your soul happy. Follow your gut instinct and pick the bridal wear you plan to have for your wedding.

Life Lessons That You Need to Learn

I had a wonderful teacher who provided me with precious and wise lessons about faith and trust. Her name was Jasmine. She died when she was 15 years old. She was abused and neglected before we met. She couldn’t communicate through language — yet she spoke volumes to me. But Jasmine was not a person. Jasmine was my cat.

Jasmine didn’t worry about the future or wallow in regrets about her past. She lived life one day at a time –- even one hour or one minute at a time. She was born with the innate, God-given blessing of being able to completely live in the moment. With no preconceptions, expectations or remorse, she was open to receiving whatever life brought her and,ultimately, to what God and her soul’s deep inner connection to Him brought her.

External circumstances didn’t dictate Jasmine’s emotions. If it was raining, she didn’t sulk, and her day wasn’t ruined. She merely found a warm place to lie down, and slept to God’s sweet rhythm of raindrops. If it was a hot day, she wasn’t grouchy –- she actually sought out a sunny spot in which to bask.

Jasmine didn’t feel pressured to conform or to do things solely to please others. She didn’t wish she was 10 pounds instead of 15. She didn’t lament having long fur instead of short hair. She wasn’t bitter about viewing the world through golden eyes instead of green ones. She was God’s creation, and, as one of His many masterpieces, she was perfect exactly the way she was.

Fear didn’t hold Jasmine captive. Oh, sure, if there was an earthquake or a sudden loud noise, she may have jumped behind the sofa. But faith, in the form of curiosity, would soon draw her out from her hiding place to explore what caused the shaking, or what caused the noise. And soon the memory of the incident was released, and she returned to living in the moment.

Status was meaningless to Jasmine. She didn’t care that I didn’t have the biggest apartment, a high-status zip code, the most expensive car, the flashiest jewelry, or world-famous friends. She was quite satisfied when I provided her with attention, affection, food and playtime.

Sweet, simple things didn’t fall by the wayside of Jasmine’s attention. She didn’t need to watch movies or TV shows filled with huge guns, explosions, nudity or zombies. Instead, she was content watching God’s show. She’d perch in the window and gaze with wide-eyed wonderment at birds flying by, a leaf lazily drifting from a tree, or branches swaying to and fro on a windswept day. She was mostly concerned with viewing the standing ovation-worthy performance presented all day and night by God.

Even though there was abuse in Jasmine’s past, which took place before I adopted her, she did not cling to those memories of cruelty for sympathy or self-pity, and she loved unconditionally. She scampered over to visitors and savored their attention. And she unfailingly loved me, even when I hadn’t showered, hadn’t done my hair or makeup, and hadn’t exactly been the world’s best housekeeper.

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