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Who am I?

I’m just a silly girl trying to figure out what I’m all “About”. In this big, big world, the only constant that exists is change; that includes ME!  I can’t tell you exactly who I am because I’m uncertain myself. I’m still learning and growing and I hope I never cease down this journey. What I can say however is this:

I’m a perfectionist (this is one of my worst qualities, no doubt), an introvert, I love reading about personal transformation and growth, I have a BA in Psychology and just finished an MS in Mental Health Counseling (YAY!!), I’m a total nerd and totally fascinated with psychology and neuroscience, I love fashion and online shopping (I spend hours buying crap on eBay), traveling is truly one of my passions (but I detest flying), I love bracelets, vintage items and unique accessories, my girlfriends in Chicago, CHICAGO, dessert, Thai food, Persian food, photography, good conversation, T.V. (No, I’m not ashamed, T.V. is the best!), abbreviating words and laughing loudly and often. The more I work on self-awareness and increasing my consciousness of my thoughts, emotions, and perspectives, the more beauty I see in this world, and myself, and the more I want out of this life.

A good friend of mine wrote in my birthday card, “Thank you for being as odd and quirky as myself, -there is no one I’d rather share that kind of inappropriate and erratic behavior with”….I think this sums it up quite well.

What’s this blog about?

A huge reason I’ve started this blog is to challenge myself throughout this journey of life to be authentic and true. For me, that means following my head less, and following my heart more. I plan to write authentically, and “with an open heart”. This is going to be a challenge FOR SURE, but I believe the reward will be greater. My posts will vary, but I plan to write about self-awareness, mindfulness, living a life with purpose, personal growth and transformation, personal challenges, being authentic, acceptance, psychology, positivity, seeing the beauty in life each day, things that make me happy, and simply being true (whatever that may mean). I will also share inspirational photos, words, and poetry.


25 Comments Post a comment
  1. I love your about me…I’m going for my Masters in mental health later this year…you are fun.


    February 24, 2012
    • Thanks you Ginger-Vee!! Just trying to be me: ) I wish you the best of luck with your Masters! It is a very rewarding field!

      ~Nina Shadi

      February 25, 2012
      • aww…thank you many times over….i see myself in my office with my patient, handing them my bath & body products lol

        February 25, 2012
  2. This sounds absolutely amazing and I can tell that this comes from the heart. You sound like such a pure person who just wants the best out of life. You remind me a lot of myself as I love to travel and I too, am a perfectionist and I am also positive and live by what’s called ‘The Secret’ to fulfil my life and live it to the fullest. Thank you for liking my most recent blog otherwise I may never have found you! Looking forward to keeping up with your blogs miss, you are truly amazing

    March 21, 2012
    • Thank you so much for your kind words. They are much appreciated. You are too sweet: )

      March 22, 2012
  3. sharing the Inspiring Blog award with you…thanks….

    April 18, 2012
  4. Hi Nina,

    I’ve nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award – please have a look:

    Have a great day,

    April 25, 2012
  5. QuietMonolith #

    I love finding others who have committed to speaking own personal truth with their blogs. I look forward to reading your blog and learning how you see the world.
    -Nathan (

    July 20, 2012
  6. tfaswift #

    Being authentic is what I’m all about in a world that has become way too superficial. Your About page is great, funny and real. I love the way you speak of having “an open heart”. Very few people have that these days. I have one too; it’s a bit bruised and battered, but that only makes it tougher. One thing for sure – it is full of compassion. If you lock up your heart, you may not get hurt so much, but you lose the capacity to feel compassion as well. That’s not a sacrifice I’m willing to make. I love your blog. You deserve the awards 🙂

    October 9, 2012
  7. tfaswift #

    Hi Nina, I’m trying to encourage people to click like on Facebook for Jessica and Justin. I hope it’s ok that I put Jessica’s photo on my blog. Is that ok? If you don’t like it, I’ll remove it. I’m just trying to prompt people to click the link and she has such a sweet face. Let me know how you feel about it. ~ Tilda

    October 18, 2012
    • It’s absolutely okay!! Thank you for supportive us and Jessica: ) We appreciate it.

      October 18, 2012
  8. Hi Nina,
    You are way ahead of your years! Very thoughtful, introspective, sensitive, caring and intelligent. It goes without saying you are as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside. Keep up the great blog, I look forward to it! And thanks for commenting on mine, I am glad to have found “With an Open Heart”. 😉

    December 7, 2012
    • Thank you sooo much! Your words are too kind and very touching! I’m just glad to have a forum where so many people can feel connected to one another. Blogging is such a great community. Thanks for visiting: )


      December 8, 2012
      • I totally agree! It really seems to be a place where like-minded, appreciative and caring people come together!!! And again, you are too cool. Wish I was that cool way back in my 20s. 😉

        December 8, 2012
  9. Tudor F. D. #

    Good blog!:) I looked through a few posts, commented on one! Looks like a well thought out blog! I think that some people will be really helped by it, so good job!

    December 13, 2012
  10. I feel a real sense of kindred-ness with you. Thank you for creating such a beautiful blog, and please let me know if you are ever in Honolulu.

    December 14, 2012
  11. Hi Nina, I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Go here for more information:

    March 17, 2013
  12. I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award!

    I enjoy reading your blog. Keep up the awesome work.

    March 20, 2013
  13. HI Nina! I really enjoyed viewing your page and reading your “About Me” section. You seem to be a ball of energy and I love the way your friend described you! I certainly can see that viewing your posts will be entertaining but also will get me thinking!! I am on my own personal journey right now. I have been a therapist for quite a while and it seems as though the importance of taking care of me and making sure I am my best self has gone to the way side! I hope you follow along the journey and encourage and advise where you see fit! I’d love to have someone like you rooting me along! Best of luck to you!

    August 5, 2013
  14. Nina- Love your blog, it’s the bee’s knees! Keep up the great work.


    August 20, 2013
  15. Just happened to run into your blog. You have got a beautiful space running here. Loved some of your write-ups. Its very subtle . I guess I will be hanging around here a lot. 🙂 Your vision and thoughts are indeed a revelation. Great work. Keep blogging.

    October 6, 2013
  16. Enjoyed the beautiful space…gracias…

    May 18, 2014
  17. Great blog Nina! I just discovered it today and look forward to your posts. I enjoyed reading your “About Me” section. Keep up the amazing blog!


    July 6, 2014

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