Posts Tagged ‘Personal’

Happy Valentines Day!

Feb 14 , 2014

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Happy Valentines Day Eerbody!

I know I said in the last post that I’m not one for Valentines because I truly believe we need to be this loving and affectionate to one another year round. But, I still have to give a few shout outs to a few people.

First, my main squeeze…my husband…the guy who loves me all year round amid my craziness and often erratic behavior. Bassim Baby, you are my gem of all gems, the butter to my butter chicken, the absolute light of my life. Thank you for being my bff and homie 4 life.

I also have to wish my mom and brothers a happy love day. Us three, have been through some real “hell” the past couple of years and it only brought us closer together. I love you 3 fiercely and truly, madly deeply with all of my heart. We aren’t the perfect family but who the hell is? I think we are pretty effing awesome flaws and all. I can’t wait to spend my Valentines Day with the people I love most!

Last but definitely not least… I have to give the biggest shout out to you! YES, you! I cannot thank each and everyone you who visit this tiny little space of mine in the big ol internet world. You have no idea how much your emails, comments, instagram love mean to me. You are all honestly some of the sweetest people I have ever had the honor of knowing. I hope everyone has an awesome day but please, if I can just ask you all one thing, it’s this: love one another the way you do on Valentines Day every day. Send your pals and fam jam love letters year round. Shower your babe with chocolates and kisses all the time not just on February 14th. This world has a way of getting the best of us especially when were feeling down and defeated so embrace one another with unconditional love all day eerday! That’s all (: xoxo moni

Photography: Jodi Miller Photography

February 2014: Goals & Thangs

Feb 3 , 2014

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Time needs to seriously take a chill pill and slow the eff down! I mean, wasn’t it January like a minute ago? Gahhh. I can’t believe how fast the time has been flying the past couple of months you guys…but, I digress. Lets talk about the month of love shall we? I am a really big fan of February! Not because of Valentines day or anything. I actually don’t care too much for Valentines day dolls. There, I said it! (I am officially the weirdest wedding planner right?) I feel like we oughta love each other like its valentines all day, everyday. Not just once a year.

But back to my love of February! I love this month because I finally start to see the progress of some of the goals I made in December/January. I wanted to keep things really simple this year. I wanted to focus on more quality time on a few things and less so-so time on a million things. I have made it my priority that there is always time for my husband above everything. Date nights are always a must in my home. Date night is actually my favourite day of the week because it consists of some good food, usually a good movie and cuddling with my juju.

I also make it my mission to have my special time with my family and friends. I know its hard to get everyone together but with a little bit of organization and planning ahead it can happen people! I never realized how much fun it was to just listen to my mother reminisce about the good ol days and watch my brothers play video games. Its the simple things right?! We only get one family dolls and we should always let them know how much they mean to us. Their the ones who love you UNCONDITIONALLY. Your family be making it rain with love yo :P

Last but definitely not least, I really started to stick with maintaining a healthier lifestyle. I changed my diet for the better and slowly but surely I am seeing little changes. Most noticeable, my change of mood. Better food = better mood you guys. I still need to work on getting more physically active and getting to bed earlier and not staring at my phone in bed. Apparently they say (and by they I mean those fancy doctors on Dr. Oz) that you shouldn’t look at your phone, tablet, whatever device while in bed because it really messes up your brain. Even a little bit of that brightness can make your brain feel like your wired making it that much more difficult to get to bed. So going forward this month I am going to work on this nasty little habit of mine.

Those are my little goals that I want to continue to work on till they are no longer considered goals! How about you guys? Have you guys been sticking to your goals? Even if you haven’t stuck to your goals it isn’t too late to start. It’s a brand new month and you can choose to start clean. So come on will ya? xoxo moni

Photography: Tegan Martin-Drysdale
Blooms, Styling & Design: Birds & Honey Events

January 2014: Goals & Thangs

Jan 1 , 2014

MonaBassim_0084I honestly can’t get over the fact that another year has gone by. I mean, I feel like it was just yesterday that I was talking about my goals and dreams for 2013. This year changed my life in so many ways. It was an amazing year for Birds & Honey Events you guys! I got to help some amazing couples plan the wedding of their dreams. I was blessed to travel to some gorgeous places and meet some incredible people in this industry who have become some of my dearest homies. Business wise, this year was an absolute dream come true. However, on a personal side, it was a brutal year.

This year, I had to really deal with things that I have always swept under my “persian” rug. I have always been afraid of dealing with confrontation and having people dislike me. In short, I have been living my life trying to please all those around me and put my needs on the back burner. I also had to deal with the sudden passing of my father which was single handedly the event that shook me to my core. It really forced me to put things into perspective. It made me realize how precious our time on this earth really is. We cannot waste it hating others, talking people down, bashing people because they are successful, in short: We need to stop with the haterade.

I really hope you guys take what I say with a grain of glitter. Don’t do like me and wait till something really shitty happens before you change your ways. Let the ones you love know how much you love them on a daily basis. You aint gotta wait till christmas or birthdays to holler at your friends and fam. I have made it a necessity to call my momma every day, even if its for 10 minutes. I never realized how much her sweet voice makes my day. Its the little things in life right dolls?

All in all, 2013 was a year that changed my life for the better. There were days, very dark and gloomy days that I felt like throwing in the towel and giving up on everything. But then I realized something very awesome! I am allowed to have days where I fall apart. I am allowed to have days where I shut everything and everyone off. Some days, I need a time out! I am okay with things not always being picture perfect guys. We should embrace the imperfections that life throws our way.

This is the first year I plan on “sticking” to the plan. For me, that plan doesn’t consist of a bunch of new years resolutions I don’t plan on actually doing. This year, I am changing my life for the better. I’m talking healthier food – all day – eerday! spending that quality time with my fam jam & continuing to appreciate my amazing husband who is honestly the one person who calms me down when I have those “dark & gloomy” days. Love you B. Thank you for being the best partner in our cray cray life.

I know a lot of people who had a rough time in 2013 so this for all of us! Lets raise our glasses and have a toast to the new year dolls. Here’s to keepin it real and doing what makes us happy! and lets do a better job of loving one another along the way this time. There is enough room for all of us up on this biznatch!

ps – that amazing photo is from the equally amazing Kat Gill of Katch Studios from me and juju’s vow renewal which will be on the blog soon! Peace out homies

Happy Holidays Homies!

Dec 25 , 2013

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Happiest Holidays to all of you amazing peeps! I am hoping everyone is getting a much needed break after all of the holiday season hustle and bustle of gift buying and party hoppin! I’m going to be signing off for a bit to enjoy some holiday cheer with my fam jam. With no phone distractions I plan on watching Bollywood movies till I drop, eating like there ain’t no tomorrow, starting one of many gallery walls in the crib, and just taking some time to unwind and let go of everything that’s been consuming my mind.

I can’t please everyone and I can’t be everyone’s favorite so I’m just going to do the best that I can and get back to the basics. Being nice. To everyone. Even people who you might think don’t deserve it. Were all fighting our own battles and have enough shit to deal with on our own. So why don’t we take that little bit of effort to help a brotha or sista out? Open a door, buy a random homie a cup of coffee, donate some time to just talk to a local senior, volunteer without posting a photo of it. These are all such simple concepts that speak volumes.

Be nice to everyone you guys! It takes so much more energy to be in a bad mood than to be happy #keepinitreal ps – my amazing print via the super awesome chelsea petaja

Oh hey December, Whats Poppin?!

Dec 1 , 2013

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December, you have arrived and I honestly don’t even know where all this time has gone? It feels like it was just yesterday when I was planning all of my new years resolutions. Speaking of new years resolutions, I am going to be very honest and admit I did very lousy job at trying to accomplish them. One of my biggest goals was to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle and I failed…and I mean major, epic fail doll’s. But I cannot sit here and make excuses. I can only take responsibility for how I let things play out.

I put way too much emphasis on pleasing the whole world and forgot to take care of myself along the way. I really hope all of you stuck by your goals but if you didn’t, don’t beat yourself up for it. I know trust me. Life can get in the way. Shit happens. You can’t control it. But there is still 31 days till this year is over and I for one am going to use this time to make some changes. In no specific order here are some of my goals for the magical month of December:

1) Wake up earlier so I can take my butt to the gym. I pay a good amount for a gym that is literally minutes away from my home so I am going to wake up when my birdie alarm starts chirping.

2) Cut back on eating out and preparing more home cooked meals.

3) Make sure to make my bed everyday. A happy bed makes for a happy girl :p

4) Prepare my outfits the night before so I don’t look like such a mess when I go out

5) Organize my iPod

6) Read 3 new books

7) Do something nice for a complete stranger once a week

Here’s hoping for some positive results this month! I will keep all of you posted throughout this time and I really hope you doll’s use up this month to get back in the swing of things. The year isn’t over and we can still accomplish so much you guys. #cantstopwontstop xoxo moni

Photography: Dong Kim
Styling & Design: Birds & Honey Events