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Thanks for visiting as always! Lately I’ve been going through a whole slew of emotions most probably all pregnancy hormone related –  I could probably start a whole blog called ‘Reasons Why I Cried’ which would include some gems like – ‘waving goodbye to my son on the school bus’, and ‘listening to the Golden Girls theme song’. The other day I felt so cranky and irritable that I even found myself wondering why I was so intent on getting pregnant in the first place. This is especially crazy for me, because I was desperately trying to get pregnant for two years. Once that horrible thought crossed my mind, then more negativity just started pouring in. I started to dwell on the new fine lines I noticed on my face, my weight gain (which I know is crazy because I’m PREGNANT, but I never said this was rational thought), and I even found myself comparing the success of my blog to some other bloggers. After a pretty miserable afternoon, I realized I was being so ungrateful for all the blessings I did have, and I had to do something to get myself out of this funk.

Also, after my own ordeal, a friend of mine shared with me that she was going through a period of sadness and she thought she might be depressed. I realized this is such a common experience for people, I want to share what helped me to get my mind back in a positive place.

  1. Have Gratitude – think about all of the things you are grateful for. I like to think about the fact that if I had nothing else in this world, the fact that my family is healthy is worth more than anything money could possibly buy. So I’m already rich!
  2. Get out of your head- Sometimes work and life gets so hectic, you don’t get time to yourself to  simply be quiet and meditate, or work out and get a great sweat. The mental and physical body are connected more than we realize.
  3. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Every time your brain thinks something negative, say something positive to yourself. This works so well for me because the negative mind is so irrational, if you say something positive that makes sense, you are more likely to believe it and feel it.
  4. Create a positive environment. For example for me, cleaning and organizing my house makes me feel more at peace. Lighting a scented candle or playing my favorite music can instantly change my mindset.
  5. Do not, under any circumstances, compare yourself to others or base your self-worth on others validating you. You are only going to compare your worst with your perception of someone’s best, which is a completely unfair comparison. It is also important to remember everyone has their own struggles, whether you see them or not. Lastly, trust your own journey – if you aren’t where you want to be in your personal life or career, focus on what you can control, and continue working towards your goals. I like to remember all of the now famous artists who lived their entire lives undiscovered – they must have had an incredible amount of inner strength to continue doing what they loved, despite not getting recognition from the rest of the world.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend ahead! With love and light xx

-Z

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Sweatshirt – Thanks to Nordstrom | Hat – Nordstrom | Jeans: Levi’s | Slides: GucciSimilar Style 

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  • Slightly terrified because I just hit publish on a new YouTube video where I am completely makeup free (and possibly too close up - nose hair close 😬) reviewing the new clean skincare line @oneoceanbeauty that I have been testing for the past 8 weeks. I thought about not posting the video because watching it brought out a lot of my insecurities - about aging and wrinkles, my asymmetrical face, my unfortunate eyebrows - but I decided to do it because I love seeing other women who are confident and comfortable in their own makeup free skin and I want to be that too! 🙌🏾 #cleanskincare #cleanbeauty #skincareroutine 
Link to watch:
https://youtu.be/YMlSG9VDlAk
  • When at least one of us is looking at the camera, it’s a win 🙌🏾 Also, I’m holding the rocks she collected for her - lol - We are staying cozy  inside today, carving pumpkins and watching movies ~ a Sunday well spent 💕 what are you all up to? #mommyandme #pumpkinpatch #fallthings
  • #flashbackfriday Scrolling through my iCloud and came across this family picture shot by @jorellegates. Two thoughts: 1) I can’t believe how teeny my babies are And 2) we need to take more family pictures! Do you guys get professional family pics done? If yes, how often? With Adam we did it every season but now we can’t seem to get our act together ~ even for someone who takes pictures constantly I can’t seem to do it 😔 #fambam #momswithcameras
  • Thinking about what my next YouTube video should be? I’m thinking of organizing my kitchen/pantry/junk drawer (for some good old organization porn) - or a Fall outfit look book featuring only stuff I already own (restyled) and the only new stuff would be thrifted? Which would you want to see first?? Let me know! #tgif #styleinspo
  • Sophie’s face whenever I try to take her picture - either that or she’s running away 😑 Today we took a spontaneous trip to the pumpkin farm ~ I got my fill of apple cider donuts - which is the real reason why I love to go tbh - but the real question is which are your fave, glazed or cinnamon/sugar??? #momswithcameras #pumpkinpatch
  • Last nights look for a little soirée with the @urbandecaycosmetics team! What could be better than a night of makeup and pizza??? I’ll wait... #udallnighter #chicagoblogger #makeupparty
  • Smiling because a new YouTube video is now live on my channel! Sharing how I meal prepped this week’s lunch - it is a really easy beef stew recipe - (it’s also a really good veggie stew if you don’t eat meat!) Hope you guys enjoy! Also hooray for wool hat weather! 🙌🏾 #newvideo #youtube #mealprep
  • #flashbackfriday to a preppy Zahra in college (when I worked at Hollister 🙃) and polo shirts were life - also my parents had that plaid couch for a decade and that treadmill was NEVER used. Lastly, thick eyebrows weren’t cool yet FYI. #TGIF #goodtimes
  • A peek inside my ‘creative mess’ aka my office where I finally finished editing a new YouTube video  it’s a quick (under 5 minute) makeup tutorial using a lot of new @ctilburymakeup I recently picked up (and btw absolutely LOVE)- for a really fresh ‘enhanced natural’ face. Hope you enjoy!

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