Creating Happiness, Freedom, Butterflies and Splashing Colors in 2011

“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you” Nathaniel Hawthorne

As the year comes to an end and a new year ushers itself on us tonight, we will all be thinking about the year ahead. In lieu of what we went through in this year, we think the next year will either be similar. Instantly flashes of what went wrong in this year will leave their residue in the year to come, if you Let them. The smart and positive thing to do is to leave this year to its original colors and SPLASH the coming year with colors of happiness, freedom and of course butterflies.

I’m often asked why I love butterflies so much. You mustve noticed, my blogs header and logo have this gorgeous pink butterfly. WHY? Well, I love what butterflies signify. To me they signify transformation, beauty, freedom, happiness and beautiful splashing colors. Thats what *Positive Provocations* is all about.

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.
~Joseph Campbell

When I was younger I often thought my ways were perfect. Then as I grew, as I learned, I slowly but steadily started my transformation, started matching my nature with Nature. My heart grew bigger and bigger, my soul soared higher and higher and my happiness knew no bounds. Today, I happily say, nothing phases me. I can be put into the worst, most difficult of situations and not panic or get hyper. I remember, while I was in Labor, waiting for my little one to arrive, the labor pains lasted for nearly 3 whole days…at literally 10 second intervals. While in that state, my mother and darling hubby were obviously worried seeing me and all I said in between those intervals was “Relax, I’m breathing. It’ll all be worth it soon”..and then would go back to deep breathing. My mum still says, “I gave birth to three children, but you took pains equivalent to giving birth to ten children in just one baby!” And yes, when I saw my little girls shimmering eyes, it was pure bliss.

“When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.” ~Joseph Campbell

As *Positive Provocations* is part of my consciousness, it is transforming with me constantly…

Looking back at the year *Positive Provocations* and I have had:

  • Published my first Ebook – The Best of Positive Provocations
  • Published 100+ articles on the blog.
  • Wrote 20+ guest articles for other self improvement and personal development blogs.
  • Was Mentioned on so many awesome blogs more than a few hundred times.
  • Successfully counseled 1456 beautiful souls online.(free)
  • The subscriber and reader base of Positive Provocations grew 10 folds. I’ve honestly stopped keeping track 🙂
  • Started writing my very first book “Spiritual Laws of Happiness”, which will be due for release on Amazon in 2011.

Splashing happy colors as I look forward to 2011 with:

  • A new design/header for my blog.(my character animator brother Sadek Merchant is being a sweetheart and helping me with this.)Its up NOW! yipee…
  • New series of articles specific to spiritual growth and ascension; soul cleansing; relationships….
  • New Positive Provocations Workbook with positive exercises, affirmations and techniques to become a happier more positive person.
  • Release of my first book. YAY!
  • Adding and Offering Free Intuitive Readings and distance healing to all those who need it.
  • Creating a lean, clean and happily healthy Me 🙂
  • And so so much more….the happy colors that I hope to share with you here are limitless if not infinite.

I feel like I have surpassed all my own expectations for what I could do or achieve in this year. I’m at peace with my decisions, with my experiences, with everything good or bad, positive or negative. I’m going with the Divine flow. This inner tranquility has helped me immensely in realizing, that my life is not mine. I’ve been placed on this planet to help and heal…that’s my purpose, my passion. And I thank each and every one of you for helping me to realize that.

My Special Gratitude and love goes out to all my blogging and writing friends, who have helped me grow so much more:

  • TimeThief for her big heart, unending support and knowledge in all things life and blog.
  • Sandra Lee for her beautiful thoughts and our common yet unique experiments in life and design.
  • Farnoosh for her priceless honesty and limitless love.
  • Robin for our soul-full love-full connection as soul sisters.
  • Evita for our love for all things alternative, metaphysical and divine.
  • Megan for being my joyful angel whose smile always melts my heart and whose words make me fly.
  • Lance for being the sweetest, most loving and most supportive friend I could ever ask for.
  • Jay for his big beautiful heart and for always getting me to think deeper and laugh harder with his mesmerizing words.
  • Joy for being superbly joyful and expansively loving in all she does and all she reflects in me.
  • Simon for being my angel in human form.
  • Steven for his shining heart, vast knowledge and loving modesty.
  • Dragos for being the awesome brain I sometimes wish I was blessed with 🙂
  • Jonathan for his beautiful spirit, positive wisdom and beautiful heart.
  • Amit for his awesome, fun and full of life hearty spirit which makes me smile everytime.
  • Lori for her beauty-filled spirit and gorgeous loving heart.
  • Arvind for his compassionate spirit, loving heart and beautifully touching words.
  • AbubakarJamil for his superbly innovative writing ideas, his wonderful spirit and amazingly warm personality.
  • Keith for being the one who makes me think deep deep thoughts with so much love.
  • Ching Ya for all she teaches me about my online adventures everyday and for her ever loving spirit.
  • Barbara for being the loving, beautiful and humane touch to all things blogging and design.
  • Tess for showing me the bold, loving yet superbly gorgeous way of life.
  • Kristi for her big big heart, loving mention and all the knowledge of blogging she shares.
  • Hilary for her knowledge, experience and loving love always.
  • Dia for always being such a sweet supportive friend.
  • Eric for his amazing ways of inducing my life with wisdom.
  • Gayze for her beautiful heart and loving support all through raoka and more.
  • JonathanFigaro for making me see the other side of things with his unique insights.
  • Suzie for that beaming positive and loving soul that shines so bright.
  • Sara for her love filled writing and compassionate spirit.
  • Annabelle for her loving and fearless ways I so so admire.

My happiness, my courage, my strength, my persistence is all my own…BUT the credit for nudging me in the right direction goes to all the beautiful people in my life- my darling and ever supportive husband, my little angel(but not so angelic 😉 ) daughter, my online and offline friends and YOU!

I wouldn’t be even a minute drop of Me if it wasn’t for all your love and support. Thank YOU!

May the New Year bring you Immense love, happiness, abundance and all that your beautiful heart desires.

With Immense Love & Gratitude,
Counseling Psychologist/Spiritual Counselor
Motivational Speaker/Naturopath

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43 thoughts on “Creating Happiness, Freedom, Butterflies and Splashing Colors in 2011

    1. Hi Laura,
      You are so sweet and loving with your words. Thank you for all the love I have received from you this past year. I feel blessed…
      Much Love~

  1. Zeenat,

    Butterflies, of course! I’m so amazed by you. To think you are not phased by anything… That is so awesome! You have been my lifeline to positivity so many times. You’ve touched my life in so many ways that you will never know. You are such a beautiful soul. I congratulate you on all your 2010 successes, which are all about helping others. I know 2011 will unfold your visions beautifully. I’m so honored and happy to know you. And, I’m sending your a radiant virtual bouquet of love and appreciation.

    1. Hi Sandra,
      The feeling between us is so mutual…that sometimes it borders on eerie 😉 But I love it! I love how we correspond and share. It has definitely been the highlight on my year too. May this connection we have grow deeper and stronger…along with out blogs 🙂
      I Love you and all you represent. Thank you!
      Plus I totally loved yout virtual bouquet…I’ll water it and take care of it every single day
      Much love~

  2. Big Big Love and Aloha to you and Mahalo for all the beauty and wonder you brought into my days this past year.
    Happy New Year!
    Aloha~ Gina

    1. Hi Gina,
      How wonderful to see your bright smile here. Thank you for all your love this past year..and I am so glad we connected. May we connect even more…I have many plans…which definitely include you! Expect an email form me soon.
      Happy New year!
      Much Love~

  3. Hi Zeenat .. gosh an amazing article .. and now I know why I didn’t have a child?!! But I miss the blessings of the little butterfly kisses – do you do those with the eyelashes against the cheeks?

    How fantastic – you’ve done loads .. and please could I borrow your brother for a few days?! Good for you .. and nearly 113,000 readers I see to my right!

    You honour me – by including me in your ‘growing list’ of enlightened bloggers who have joined with you on our quest for new inspiration, new thoughts, new ideas all leading to transforming ourselves …

    Here is 2011 – allowing us to expand and grow our knowledge and understanding even further in the coming days and months .. Have a very happy and joyful year .. with big hugs and love Hilary xoxoxo

    1. Hi Hilary,
      I’m so honored to know YOU! You have definitely been one of the positive forces I look forward to seeing in this space. I literally smile wide and my heart lights up everytime i see a comment form you. You have that positive effect 🙂 Thank you!
      May we all grow and flourish in this new year…hand in hand…hearts entwined.
      So much love~

  4. Dear Zeenat!

    Happy, happy New Year to you! Wishing you health, happiness, joy and a peace-filled heart at this time and always!

    And congratulations for an amazing year! You have accomplished some amazing things this year, with so many more to come! All the best to you along this journey – may it always be lined with all that your heart desires, as you help others grow and learn.

    And thank you dear one for your gift of friendship! You are a sparkle of light and happiness always and it is such a gift to have your joy-filled presence in my life.

    All the best to many more wonderful positive provocations 🙂

    1. Hi Evita,
      New year Wishes full of love and happiness right back at ya 🙂
      And thank you for being such an intensely soulful and enlightening influence in my life. You have taught me so much in this past year…for which I cant even begin to thank you. The highlights of 2010 was my writing for EB. Its been so satisfying…
      May EvolvingBeings and PositiveProvocations be so connected….just as we have been this past year and may continue to be….
      I loved every interaction, every word that you have showered on me this past year…thank you!
      So much Love~

  5. Hi Zeenat.

    I hadn’t seen your site in a while and this place is looking cool and colorful. There are a lot of great elements here, including that green section up there and the header image and the parts that extend over and around the sides.

    You have done a lot in 2010 by what you have described here, and the trend looks to be upward.

    That is very nice of you to thank all those people and describe why, because most folks don’t, and providing some details tells us more about those people.

    You can’t steal Dragos’ brain okay? I am sure he wants to keep it.

    Looking forward to more.

    1. Hi Armen,
      How so so beautifully surprising and awesome to see you here!
      I’m jumping for joy that you love the design and work I have put into the site in the past year. As I said its transforming constantly with me…so so much more is coming up. I still have a lot to learn from you 🙂
      To me gratitude/thanking people and experiences that come my way is like food for my soul. I love what I feel when I say a genuine thank you….cause believe me..each person I encounter teaches me volumes. Even YOU 🙂 We have not communicated in a long time..but I still learn from you every time i read your words…anywhere. Isn’t that just magical?
      I know dragos’s brain is just too unique 😉 Maybe in another dimension it would be possible 😉 😉 !!
      I hope our connection grows deeper in this new glorious year.
      Thank you fro stopping by….I am seriously toooo happy to see you here.
      Happy New Year!
      Much Love~

  6. Dearest Zeenat,

    You are such a sweet and loving soul and I’m proud of your friendship and support.

    Thank you for your kind words about me and I wish you all the best for 2011 and beyond…

    1. HI AB!
      Thank you thank is blushing 🙂
      I’m so glad we connected this year..and the life lessons series + the face off series have been the highlights of my year. Thank you! You teach me so much with every interaction.
      Happy New year and beyond 🙂
      Much Love~

    1. Darling Bunny,
      I’m always ecstatic to see your wonderful smile and beautiful words. Thank you for being there for me….in more ways than you can ever imagine.
      I’m blessed to have you presence in my life…..believe all the splashing colors I talk of stem from you to me…
      Happy New Year Darling.
      Much love always…

  7. You beautiful soul, Zeenat, your tweet this morning made my heart sing and I have spent the last hour or so meeting some of the bloggers on your list who are new to me- there will be a slight delay in getting my New years post done :)lol

    I love that you have come into my life and this blog always inspires me- I love your new design, the color, the butterflies and more.

    1. Dearest Suzie,
      I am so so touched by your words here today! Thank you fro all you say and all you do.
      I have enjoyed getting to know you better this past year. I am praying this connection goes farther and deeper in the future.
      Its funnn to meet new people who we can instantly feel a connection with na.. 🙂 I’m happy to direct you in the direction of love and happiness in the form on these lovely bloggers I have the honor of knowing.
      May your heart sing everyday!
      Much Love~

      1. Thanks for you love and inspiration and your recognition of of what i do does make my heart sing. Making my heart sing is a goal I do have each day

        I was just thinking yesterday how I would like to further connect with you too- maybe we can skype. I have an idea I would like to share with you
        with love 🙂

  8. Zeenat, connecting with you and getting to know you better as a writer and a friend was one of the highlights of 2010.

    Thank you so much for including me in this list.

    May you fly far in this New Year just like a butterfly:-)

    With love and gratitude


    1. Hi Arvind,
      You make me feel like flying right now…with all the kind words youve showered on my here. Thank you!
      And my immense gratitude to you for being so loving and warm with me this past year. I have truly enjoyed becoming your friend…may this friendship transcend time and space.
      Happy New year…
      With Immense love and gratitude~

      1. Zeenat – you are most welcome.

        As for our friendship transcending time and space, next time I visit India, I will come and see you:-)

        And you are most welcome to visit in London anytime,

        Have you ever been to London?

  9. Zeenat,

    You have achieved a lot on 2010 and wishing you much more joy and success in 2011. I love all the bloggers you mentioned.

    I am looking forward to your book coming out!

    I am with you about labour pains, having given birth to 2 boys naturally, I remember the pain and joy mixed in to one. I am happy to go through it though now as I have 2 little boys who keeps me busy to worry about things otherwise I would be.

    1. HI Preeti aka Zengirl!
      I’m so happy we connected this past year. I always love meeting new beautiful people…who i can resonate with on a deeper level.
      As for labor pains…oh my….I would do it all it all again in a heart beat 🙂 pray for me.
      Happy New year…to you and to your little ones.
      Much Love~

  10. Hey Zeenat, another amazing year for you in 2010. You are doing an amazing job on changing the world, one mind at a time. It’s so amazing to be connected with you. I know 2011 will be another amazing year for you and your family.

    1. Hi Steven,
      awww….your confidence in my abilities gives me a huge boost. Thank you for all you do..and for all you have taught me this past year. I do hope to secretly keep learning more from you 😉
      Believe me…you are one of those bloggers i truly look upto…cause you have managed to keep you integrity, style and modesty in tact even though you are indeed Pro-awesome!
      So Much Love and Happy New Year~

  11. Zeenat,
    Your loving presence shines through always, and today I feel that so deeply as I let your words soak into my soul.

    I love this space you have created, and the beauty and love that flows so effortlessly here.

    May this new year be one that continues to be love and care in action.

    Much love to you, dear friend…

  12. Dearest Lance,
    Love and care in action is my ultimate aspiration! How did you know?? 😉
    Thank you for all your love and warmth this past year..I’m truly blessed to be surrounded by a friend like you. You have impacted the most soulfully this past year…Thank you for all you do and all you share.
    Happy new year…
    Much love always~

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  14. Hi Zeenat:

    Beautiful post! I love how this post really summarizes what you’re about…and I think you are the embodiment of everything positive and colorful in the world. I love how you don’t let anything phase you…I try to be that way, too. But every so often challenges can become even bigger than I imagine.

    It sounds like you’ve got a really amazing 2011 in front of you and I wish that your year is filled with health and happiness for your family!

    1. Hi Tim,
      You know…challenges in life are like a certain inevitability….ones you cannot avoid. But that doesn’t mean they have to phase your core happiness one bit. Yes, you will be sad and maybe upset in some situations life has to offer…and thats normal. The important thing is to not let it ‘get’ to you. I personally believe that if our core belief system is truly strong, our hearts truly rooted and if we really surrender to the Divine Plan….nothing can phase us….This might be a topic for another post 🙂
      I hope you have an amazing 2011 full of love, life and happiness. May all your challenges make you stronger and then vanish into thin air 🙂
      Thank you for being part of my circle of love this past year. I have truly loved every interaction I have had with you.
      Lots of love~

  15. So THAT’s why I’m seeing so much butterflies here on positive provocations! 🙂 That’s a nice way to describe your blog & couldn’t agree more. Your new header is smashing, props to your designer. Can’t believe 2011 is finally here! I’m excited about the future too and no doubt I’ll be reading more of your inspiring posts here. Thanks so much for the link love and I appreciate your friendship as much. Hugs!

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  16. Dearest Z, I am so so grateful and honored to be included here. And I am even more grateful to be part of your life. Just being in your presence is healing and life altering. You are one of the most open hearted, openly loving, non-judgmental people I’ve ever met. That ALONE heals all the lives you touch. It just does. Thank you from my heart for letting me part of your singularly beautiful soul. Much love dear Z to you and those you hold dear. Robin

  17. Dear Beautiful Zeenat,

    I can’t imagine a more gentle soul than you. You’ve expressed your sense of love and gratitude so eloquently with this post. Just knowing you has healing effects upon my life.

    I am honored and humbled to have been included in your list. When I see the others you listed I think, “Yes! Yes! I feel that way about them too!” When I came upon my name, I was a bit stunned at first, wondering if I belong on such a stellar list! I cannot thank you enough for all you do to heal this world through your extraordinarily bright heart of love.

    Bless you, a million times over, Bless YOU my sweet friend.

  18. Love the resonance with butterflies too. The one on my logo is a design I created. It has a pair of heart-shaped wings, the butterfly fluttering in whimsical loops to denote playfulness, creativity and yet changing the world.

    2010 appears to have been an amazing year for you! You’ve built beautiful connections. I am blessed with your friendship too.

    I wish you much success in the new year. May you enjoy great health, abundance, love and joy! I look forward to knowing more about your new projects!

    With best wishes,

  19. As I searched my RSS this morning for another post to match what I need as an extension of “happiness and contentment” on my post, who wins the grandest of all posts awards but you, darling Zeenat? And how I feel so remiss for not showing up earlier to thank you for your mention of me – you have all my love and support, always! – and how proud of you I am for what you have accomplished and done so in the unique way that is only you! And no other person. Love you darling Zeenat and hope to send more of my readers here with the new post because to me, you truly represent and know how to articulate happiness and contentment in the blogosphere! A million thanks for what you do, beautiful butterfly! 🙂

    1. oh darling Farnoosh…i’m blushing and gushing all at the same time 🙂 I’m so glad we connected and bonded this past year…you have definitely become an integral part of my online life..and many of my offline adventures too 😉 (more on that in email)
      You love and support mean the world to me..and you do know how much I love you. Thank you for being YOU!
      To know you hold my happiness opinions to such high regard..makes me very happy *bow*
      Warm hugs and immense love for all you are and all you do~

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