The Meaning of Christmas-Your Meaning of Christmas

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Merry Christmas!!! What an amazing, warm, love-filled day! With how perfect of a day I had, I wonder what kind of day each of you had. What made it special? Who were the people you got to spend it with? Did you get or give an amazing present? What was your reaction or the reaction of the ones you love?

Think about that. Each answer to those questions IS Christmas. Memories that were made this year are memories that you will think of year after year around this time, so think about the highlights and treasure them!

In my family, we use this time as truly the most wonderful time of the year. We usually break Christmas into 2 days and spend it traveling to our other families homes, or welcome them all to ours. This is what my Christmas is. Knowing that I’m going to get two full days with all of the people I love, giving them presents, making memories and enjoying their company.

Just because the actual day is over, this is the Christmas season. There is a lot of time to spend with people you care about both near and far, so I encourage you to make the effort, during the magical time of year to enjoy one another’s company- whether or Christmas or the days surrounding.

The last, but not least thing I think about this time of year, are my hopes, dreams and goals for the upcoming year. What do I want to get out there and do? What can I bring to the table next year? What goals do I have and how am I going to meet them? We all should start thinking about this , as the new year offers a fresh start. I will be posting in a few days about New Year Resolutions and will offer some great tips and advice as we head into 2015! So check back!!

Merry Christmas friends! Sparkle brighter than you have this time of year, you deserve it. 🌟

-Aurora Beani

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Ways To Create A Better Life- What to Stop and Start

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I love this quote. I think we often forget that we are, in fact, in charge of our own actions, obligations, path and happiness. As the New Year quickly approaches, you owe it to yourself to think about the things you’re happy with in your life and things you want to change.

STOP:
-Playing the victim card
-Making excuses
-Letting society tell you how to live
-Relying on others to make you happy
-Doubting Yourself

START:
-Enjoying alone time
-Turning off gadgets and go outside
-Positive thinking
-Believing in yourself
-Making your own happiness
-Expressing your creativity
-Acknowledging your desires/dreams/wishes
-Make everything you want happen
-Making your own happiness tips
-Helping others realize they can make their own happiness. Like this

What are the things you want to STOP and START in your life? My tips for identifying these things would be figuring out what parts of your life you’re not happiest with and determining how to eliminate what contributes to them. After doing this, what can help you replace that contribution with a positive? Here’s my own example, which I hope comes as relatable and easy to understand and apply:

In the upcoming year, I’d like to stop doubting myself. Often I find that this happens because I lose confidence in situations where I’m unsure or afraid of the outcome. Sometimes I don’t express things that I should to people I care about, in fear that their response won’t be what I’d like it to be or what I think is fair. I assume the worst. How I’m going to work on this {adding my positive}, is reminding myself that the reason I care about these people and the reason they’re in my life is because I know them to be good people, who add value to my life and the world around them. Why should I make the decision in my mind for someone, without giving them the opportunity to prove me wrong or help open my perspective?

I think a lot of the things we should stop doing in our lives all relate back to one thing: selfishness. When we only think about ourselves, typically the things that can come from here are negativity or unhappiness. When we’re selfish, the view from the inside outward always shows us being the victim, making excuses, putting fault on others and ultimately pointing the finger the other way. To become your BEST SELF you must look inward… And figure out what stops are keeping you from starting.

What will you STOP and START doing going into 2015? My advice is stop selfish activities and replace them with thoughts, feelings and actions that make you feel good and spread positivity.

Start 2015 with a New Years sparkle

Happy Holidays,
-Aurora Beani

Holiday Hope Chest and Holiday Giving Guide Followup!

Hi everyone!!

WOW what an amazing, feel good opportunity the Holiday Hope Chests provided for over 100 of us who put together, wrapped and GAVE an amazing box of presents to children in need here in the Lehigh Valley. To say I’m in awe is an understatement. Each and everyone one of you, near and far, who donated is making a difference in the life of a child. How incredible is that? In the end, 70 Hope Chests were donated in the name of TheWeeklySparkle.com and our initiative to adding a little sparkle into other peoples lives.

The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley was so excited to receive our boxes and sent their thanks to our amazing group of givers! Total, they received over 4,000 Hope Chests!!!! Can you believe it? It’s hard to understand how 4,000 children in our community would go without getting a present this holiday season, but I’m grateful and humbled to know that because of you, and what we’re doing, that they’ll have a piece of Holiday cheer, just as we all love this time of year.

Please contact me for more giving opportunities over the next 2 weeks before Christmas and be sure to check the Community Outreach Calendar at the top of the screen for regular giving opportunity updates monthly! Also check out my previous “Random Acts of Kindness” post for quick ways to make someone’s day this holiday season!!

Happy Holidays, and don’t forget to add sparkle to someone’s life this time of year 🌟✨

-Aurora Beani

Here are some great pics from the Holiday Hope Chest Collections!!!

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