From crafting unique jewelry to exploring all that Miami has to offer, Shayda Nematollahi definitely keeps herself busy.
As a graduate student at Barry University, Shayda took some time out of her jam-packed schedule to fill us in on where she finds inspiration in her everyday life. Missed Shayda’s takeover on our Instagram feed? Check out all the snaps below and see our interview with her here.
"People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, 'Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.' I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds." – Carl R. Rogers // Watching the sunset is #1 on my top 10 favorite things to do! Captured this beautiful sunset tonight shortly after it rained. 🌅 – @loveshayda
Life of a grad #student: Snacking & prepping for two big presentations! 📚 Talking to my classmates later tonight about the research I've been doing on the #Buddhist faith and my experiences through multiple immersion activities I've done throughout the semester. I had the opportunity to interview a local monk and attend a #meditation class at the Wat Buddharangsi Buddhist Temple of #Miami! Who says grad school isn't fun? – @loveshayda
“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” – Mother Teresa // The professors in my Masters program are constantly stressing the importance of self-care. As future therapists, it's important to care for yourself, so you can provide the best to your clients. 🙌 Self care includes any intentional actions you take to care for your physical, mental and emotional #health. 🌊 For me there is nothing more calming than time spent near the #ocean. It feeds my mind, body & soul. – @loveshayda
#Miami is a city like no other. The energy is vibrant, the #culture is rich. 💛 The nightlife and the dining experiences are incomparable to anywhere else. Dining at restaurants overlooking the skyline is just one of Miami's perks. Here is the #view from dinner at the #RustyPelican in #KeyBiscayne – It's the perfect place to unwind, #relax and connect with the beautiful Miami vibes. – @loveshayda
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of the #sky. One of my favorite #Hafiz quotes says, "Still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth, 'You owe me.' Look what happens with love like that. It lights up the sky." // I think sunsets bring tranquil peace and sunrises give you hope, both beautiful moments of reflection. What you do between the sunrise and sunset is truly what matters. Here is my favorite photo of the sunrise taken on #SouthBeach – It is one of the best moments I've captured. – @loveshayda
"You don't get into something to test the waters, you get into them to make waves." 🌊 Had to stop by the #beach to get some sunshine for a bit! ☀️ The best part of going to grad school in #Miami is living so close to the beach! #southbeach #southflorida – Another favorite hobby I have is making videos, sometimes pictures just aren't enough! – @loveshayda
Walk a mile in my shoes and end up at a #bookstore! #BooksAndBooks in #CoralGables is my all time favorite bookstore + cafe! Stopped by for an afternoon coffee and to buy a new book! I left with "Shrinks, The Untold Story of Psychiatry" by Jeffery Lieberman – can't wait to start reading it! – @loveshayda