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GIVE BACK FRIDAY

We are gearing up for our 4th Annual Give Back Softball Tournament on July 29th and I wanna bring the positive vibes to life!!!!! Today, and every Friday for the next 6 weeks, in bringing the feel good, Give Back vibes to life! 

Today, I’m giving back to all of you! Have a coffee on me!… yes really!!!! Thanks for always being so supportive and spreading the love. Find me on FB and IG @TheWeeklySparkle


And remember… At the end of the day, it’s not about who YOU are, what your job is, what you’ve accomplished, what you’ve failed at… LIFE is about who you’ve lifted up, impacted and took along for the ride! LIFE is about what you’ve given back! 


Wanna get involved with Give Back Softball? Click the tab on top of the page!

❤️-Aurora 

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Adopting a Pet

“You can’t change a dogs past, but you can change its future.”


Today, my husband and I adopted a rescue puppy from Georgia via Logan’s Heros in Coopersburg, PA! As a newly married couple, you naturally start to consider what growing your family will look like, and we wanted a puppy to be in our near future. Over the last few months we’ve been looking at local rescue sites and hoped to find some puppies who needed a loving home. 3 weeks ago, Luna and her 7 brothers and sisters popped up on our radar and we immediately applied to adopt her or one of her siblings. After a week long waiting period, we found out our 3 references were called and asked questions about if we could be great pet parents. 

Originally, we wanted one of Luna’s brothers and hoped that he would love us in the way we fell in love with him after only seeing pictures. After all paperwork was signed to get her brother, I couldn’t help but be drawn to Luna and how sweet and loving she was each time I went over to the pen she was in. This is important. From the moment we decided we wanted to look at these puppies, it was extremely important to me that we felt some sort of connection off the bat before leaving with one of them. Unfortunately, the dog we came to see we did not have that spark with. Luna (originally named Aurora ((like me)) how weird is that?) would not stop licking my hands, and then once we held her, she immediately wagged her tail and wanted to cuddle.

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So here we are… we both felt the same way when meeting her and knew we couldn’t leave without her! Luna Brunovsky (obviously having our last name) joined our family today and I couldn’t be more excited! While we’re super over the moon, we are also nervous to be first time fur-parents together, but know it will be a lot of fun and worth it!

Adopting is WORTH IT! We paid a few hundred dollars (which was primarily a donation) to keep our rescue org going, and our dog arrived with all shots and was spayed. How can it get much better than that??

If you or someone you know has questions about pet adoption, please comment below!!

Time for us to hit the hay! Luna is already out!


Sending love from our new little family…

-Aurora Brunovsky 

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How to Relax and Have “Me” Time

Hello 👋! Over this last weekend I finally got to enjoy some “me” time. On most days off from work, I think I usually consider it “me” time when I’m catching up on Tv by myself or quickly running errands throughout the day. Attention all people everywhere- THIS. IS NOT. “ME” TIME. To me, “me” time is stopping. It’s slowing down, catching your bearings and taking in what’s going on around you. I wish I could tell you the time before last weekend that I had done this, but unfortunately it’s so long that I can’t recall. 

As I may have written in some of my previous posts, I live in the beautiful Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania where there is always a lot to do and take in. We’re full of great, new restaurants, tourists attractions, nationally know universities and who can’t forget Musikfest. I live in a town where it’s easy to get involved and even caught up in the daily hustle and bustle of a busy city. And while I absolutely love the hectic-ness of where I live, it’s a great thing to be able to take a second and enjoy all the beauty that’s around me. 

This Mother’s Day weekend, we closed down our Main Street and had a ton of vendors come in to sell artwork, soaps, sculptures, blown glass, you name it- it was incredible. After a busy morning, I chose to walk around Main St. by myself, grabbed a coffee {from the amazing Johny’s Bagels} and ended up having a great conversation with a women whom I had just met. It was wonderful. Not only was the half hour conversation nice, it was unexpected and light. “When I was your age I used to love coming here with my husband…” and “Yes… You need to watch for that construction on 33...” we exchanged back and forth. 

It was a beautiful day, but what made it better was that it was my definition of “me” time and my ideal moment of taking time for myself. What does your “me” time look like?.. And when is the next time you’re going to take it? YOU. DESERVE. IT!

Here’s so pictures from my “me” time. Enjoy!! 💋

-Aurora

   
          

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One Year of Happiness- #100HappyDays x 4! 

  

Is it possible to be happy for 100 days in a row? I can confidently tell you, yes, because I’ve done it. Is it possible to be happy for 200 or 300 consecutive days? I can tell you yes to that too- because I’ve reached those mile markers as well. Somewhere during my 200s I decided that I wanted to complete ONE YEAR of happiness and that I was going to do it by not letting a day go by without finding something that made me happy and grateful for the life I have. I blogged about this experience as I began it because I wanted to see who would pledge along with me- a few of you did, and I know in comparing stories that someone of us finished, and most of us did not. IT’S NOT ALWAYS EASY to find something every single day that makes us happy, but that’s what the #100HappyDays campaign is all about!

  

 I am a currently on my 4th consecutive round of #100happydays as I have been tracking my own personal “#365HappyDays” to achieve a better, happier life! Can someone find happy moments every day for a year? They can! My thought is, people want to be happy I was one of them. This challenge helped me to see that there are small things every single day that contribute to our happiness- why not celebrate them? If we open our eyes to what is already there, the world can be a lot happier of a place, we just need to take a second each day and do it! Here are some of my favorite happy days this year:

   

             

The year was filled with my grandmothers 94 birthday, my grandparents celebrating 60 years of marriage, my cousin getting pregnant with the most beautiful baby boy Linkin, volunteer events, my engagement (!!!!), vacation with my closest friends and that amazing gift from my best friend. All moments that I want to treasure forever, and made average days happier.  During this challenge, on many days that could have been labeled as “bad days” I found that I was able to turn around the way I felt, by simply noticing the innocent way my pup was laying on my lap or a thoughtful letter a friend sent from far away just to say hello. These are the things that make happy days! Bad days have a habit of creeping up on us, and changing the possibility of a really great day to happen! Don’t be one of those people who let a bad moment make a bad day! It’s a decision, choose to be happy. To beginning year 2… ✨

Click Here to join the movement now!!

-Aurora Beani

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My Letter to Zoie.

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I’ve been sitting on this post for awhile, because I wanted to make sure I posted it in the most appropriate light. I do know, however, that some of the best, most viewed posts I’ve ever written, I tried not to over think it and just wrote. So, that’s what I’m going to do here, too.

A few weeks ago while I was at work, I had the unforeseen opportunity to meet a young girl who was (is) going through a difficult time. In my business, when you’re the only manager working on a weekend day, often times you find yourself running store end to store end, helping employees, customers, really whoever- wherever you’re needed. The day I met Zoie, the day slowed down more than it ever has , and if possible, for few moments, the day actually stopped.

Zoie had come into my store accompanied by some of her new foster family members in the middle of a snowy Saturday afternoon. After not being able to locate her for several minutes, one of her family members asked me to help them track her down, as she was 14 so it wasn’t “quite an emergency,” but they still couldn’t find her on their own. After a brief conversation with her foster mother following the request, she had shared with me that Zoie may have been trying to purposely not be found within the store and that she had told the foster mother she might take pills before running away from her as they entered. This was approximately a half hour after Zoie had not been located within the building.

At this time, I asked my team to take a look in their areas to see if they could see anyone matching Zoie’s description. Moments later, I was called to a section of the store by someone who believed they were next to Zoie. As I approached her, I could tell she was under some kind of influence and wasn’t mentally present as I spoke with her. She was trying to bite the lid off of a mouthwash bottle, and told me she wanted to drink it. While I think many of us know the purpose in which she wanted to do this, I felt my experience in crisis counseling and intervention started kicking in and made me determined to get not only the mouth wash away from her, but her mind onto something else. At this point I signaled for the other employee with me to call 911, while I convinced Zoie to hand me the mouth wash (since she was unable to figure out how to open it) so I could help her find a different one. (I said this to try and buy time and to speak with her about herself and other subjects).

As we traveled aisle to aisle I asked customers to politely back away, as Zoie grabbed numerous items off the shelves trying to open them as she swayed side to side and appeared more disoriented as minutes went by. When she successfully pulled the cap off of a half gallon bottle of soap, she began drinking it quickly before I pulled it out of her hands, asking her to spit out the contents. Rather than do what I asked, she tilted her head back, trying to swallow what she could. At this point it was certain, Zoie was looking for a way to end her life. Seconds later, in a back corner of the store, Zoie was no longer able to stand and fell to her knees, before laying on the ground as I sat next to her and began asking her questions about why she was doing this. She tells me she had taken a bottle of allergy pills when entering the store and shows me where she dumped the empty bottle. Out of 70 pills in the container, she tells me she only took about 65, because a few fell on the floor in the bathroom.

My heart sank.

The situation that I had originally thought I was entering was completely different. Zoie told me she wanted to die. She asked me that I leave her where she was on the floor and to let her die slowly. As I sit on the floor aside of her, rubbing her back, I tell her I won’t walk away from her because I care about her and she means a lot to me. She doesn’t believe me, telling me I don’t know who she is and that I can’t care about her life if I don’t know her. I assure her that I care for her wellbeing and try to tell her no matter what her circumstance is, tomorrow is a fresh start, and that there are people who care about her, myself included.

The distress Zoie was feeling is real. The pain is real. The regular absence of her real mother, whom she so desperately wanted a relationship with- real. The kids whom she told me make fun of her at school, they’re real too. Life and circumstances have not always been pleasant for Zoie, and I could see the accumulation of all her angst in front of my eyes. As you can imagine, it was scary beyond belief, but more than that, it was surreal. When you see someone hurting, and know you need to do what you can to help them, a different reality kicks in. For Zoie, it was the sincerity that my team and I wanted to make sure she was okay and got the help she deserves.

Zoie was taken to the hospital that day, where I was told the next day that she was released hours prior to my phone call. I tried reaching Zoie at the hospital, because I wanted to confirm my words to her. I wanted Zoie to know that people, although she didn’t know them, cared for her and wanted to know she was okay.

I’ll most likely never see Zoie again, nor will I get to tell her the impact she made in my life or how much she truly does means to me. We all carry our crosses, some are heavier than others and some come at different times in our lives. I think of Zoie often and pray for her wellbeing, and through this make sure to spend time with and spread love to the people around me as often as possible. The moments we spend making someone’s day, or simply calling to say hello or telling someone you love them, could possibly be the ripple they need to change the course they’re on. If you ever find yourself feeling alone or wanting to hurt yourself, there are people that care for you and want to help you, even if it doesn’t feel like that right now. Call that one family member, friend, teacher, anyone… Because all of us have someone who cares for us, even if we don’t know them.

Take the time to say the things you need and want to say, because those people just might need to hear it. ღ

For Zoie ♡

-Aurora Beani

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2015 Manifesto ✨

WELCOME to 2015!!! ✨✨✨

My 2015 Manifesto!!!:::

1. Guard your time. (it’s YOURS!)
2. Let kindness rule.
3. Create good habits. (Break the bad!)
4. Choose to focus on the good.
5. Start each day with goals. (3 before you leave the house!)
6. Find the best in others. (You can!)
7. Be the best version of you. (#1)
8. BELIEVE anything is possible.

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Happy New Year everyone! How are you going to spend it? What changes are you going to make? I’m taking inspiration from each one of these quotes and applying it to my resolutions! Positive thinking, effective planning and a great attitude will you help you reach your goals this year!

To a sparkling 2015… ☆ ✰ ✫ ✬ ✭ ✩ ☆

-Aurora Beani

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10 Days Before Christmas- Mental Preparation

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We are in my favorite time of year. For as long as I can remember, Christmas has been the most anticipated time of year for me. Since I was little my parents always made sure to make this time of year very special and full of family time and memory making. One thing they always made sure I understood, was how important it was to be grateful for the things we had, even though this time was so heavily focused on present giving and receiving.

This idea has had me thinking a lot lately. While I’ve been so worried about what presents to buy family, friends and coworkers, I really haven’t taken much time to be present myself and focus on what I’m grateful for. I think that’s common though, a lot of us spend so much time trying to find that perfect gift that I think it’s easy to get caught up and forget what exactly the point of the season is- being thankful.

It’s interesting when you think about it, we begin the season with the holiday Thanksgiving which stresses how important it is to appreciate your life and what you have and your loved ones around you. I think it’s perfect that this season begins with such a holiday because it kicks off that emotional feeling and awareness of what you have around you. This has got me thinking most specifically about the next 10 days and how Christmas is right around the corner. You begin going through the checklist in your mind of what you need: did I buy all the presents I need? Is there someone I missing on my list? How many more work days until I’m finally off? What time was that party I’m going to again? Did I send that all my Christmas cards on time? While all of these questions are sure to help you have a wonderful Christmas season, lately I’ve been feeling as though the real question should be am I prepared for Christmas?

Take the next 10 days to think about these questions:

1.Am I remembering the reasons why I’m blessed?

2. Is there love in my heart, thoughts and messages?

3. How have I made a difference in the life of someone less fortunate than me?

4. Am I appreciative of my circumstances: job, housing, relationships etc?

This will help you be present in this season of giving! Write in the comments what you’re doing to prepare your heart and mind for the Christmas holiday. I will be selecting one person this Friday 12-19 to win a $20 gift card to Target to help with last minute shopping! Can be shipped anywhere in the US or Canada!

Your 10 Day Timer starts…. Now.

✨- Aurora Beani

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Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

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Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it… Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that — that is what life is. You might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that’s really special and if you’re not good, who cares? You tried something. Now you know something about yourself.” -Amy Poehler

I recently had an amazing opportunity to attend an all women’s night out for the Summer Solstice. For those of you who aren’t too familiar with the solstice, it happens each year around June 21st, (which is the beginning of summer) and has the longest period of daylight. While many worldwide interpretations are different, many recognize this event in festivals, rituals, reflection and it sometimes has a theme of religion or faith.

A very well know women in my Lehigh Valley community, Jane Wells Schooley, invited me to attend her women’s night out with about 30-40 other women. I didn’t really know anyone else attending, nor did I know much about the Summer Solstice, but I knew I wanted to continue to get more involved locally, especially with someone as inspirational and influential as Jane is. I was honored to have been invited, so although I felt a little out of my comfort zone and unsure about what to expect, I decided to go anyway.

This brought me to think about how many other opportunities we miss out on simply because we aren’t sure what to expect or what the outcome will be. Our comfort zone is the area we’re used to, stand by and most likely don’t even think about everyday. But, is staying there going to help us grow? It might seem like a small deal… “Come on Aurora, how hard is it to go out with a bunch of women for the evening?” I get, it does sound silly when you pose it like that, but think about it. The small voice in the back of my head telling me, “you don’t know anyone, you might feel uncomfortable,” could be enough to make any of us turn down an invite.

Without going into tons of detail about the event, I can tell you that it was amazing, and I’m so glad I went. I’ve never been in a group of women like that before, where everyone was encouraging, supportive and getting to know one another openly. While I was nervous in the beginning and unsure of how I would feel, I took the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and to meet new people. I’m beyond thankful for the invite and know it was a great decision to attend regardless of what my little voices told me.

This is the reflective part… Think about one time you wished you had later done something that you chose not to, because of stepping out of your comfort zone. Did you miss out on something new, different or exciting? Are you afraid to say or do something you normally wouldn’t because it’s not normal to you?

Try it out. Life is still going on when you’re not ready or sure of the path you want to travel down, so why not just go? Be uncomfortable, take chances, be open to vulnerability and allow yourself to grow. It’s okay to be scared, nervous or unsure, but why limit yourself and stay there? They say life truly begins at the end of our comfort zone, and while I’m not 100% sure of that’s true or not, I’m gonna give it a shot.

To our personal comforts… And leaving home without them. ✨

-Aurora Beani

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Summer is Here! How Should You Spend It?

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Summer is right around the corner! WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR FUN? What’s on your list of things you want to get to before fall? I’ve compiled a list of things I’m making sure I do this summer, from pictures I took last year!

ENJOY this beautiful time of year, doing things you care about, with the ones you love! Let us begin!

1. PLAN A VACATION.

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If you’re like me, you work your butt off throughout the year. Your job is your main focus and you are less likely to take a tropical vacation in mid November or December than most. It doesn’t need to be anything exotic, it can even be 2 days or a week… and it can be close by or far away. You deserve the time to turn off from responsibility, work or other everyday routines and to recharge.

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2. VOLUNTEER.

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What cause is near and dear to you? Is there something you and your family or friends have gotten close to personally? Is there an organization out there that you want to get more involved in and learn more about? Last year my boyfriend and I planned a softball tournament to benefit The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and it gained so much popularity that we’re doing it again this year!! {Check my Give Back Tournament link at the top of the page} When people see how passionate you are about giving back, it spreads! So who can you bring along for the ride? Live in the Lehigh Valley? Check out my Community Outreach calendar above to find an event that interests you!!!

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3. SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY and LOVED ONES.

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Summer is that perfect time to take a trip to see someone you have missed and care about. Have a family member who lives a few hours away? Maybe it’s time to take that road trip to see them! Someone who lives hours away? Try and organize a meet up, or plane trip to see that person. Time keeps flying by, take a break from priorities and see the ones who mean the most to you. I mixed this idea with volunteering last summer. I threw a summer luau to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis and invited all of my family and friends with Pa, New York and beyond. It was an amazing time!! {Yes that’s my grandma in her little Hawaiian get-up!}

4. DO A FUN COMMUNITY EVENT! {Like a Color-Me-Rad-Run!}

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THIS was awesome!!! Google your local community and see the fun events going on, and GO! Any outdoor concerts or local kid friendly activities for the family? In the Lehigh Valley we have Discover Lehigh Valley which is your one stop shop for everything and anything going on locally! I bet your community has something similar, so look around! Many times if local event are selling tickets and it gets down to the wire, you can find discounted tickets on Groupon or the venues box office!

My advice would be to sit down and make a list. What is something your deserve to do this summer and what are some things you’d like to do with family, friends, etc.

On my list I have :
1. Beach Vacation (scheduled in OCMD!) with some of my best friends!
2. 2nd Annual Give Back Softball Tournament (to benefit Cancer).
3. Trying new a new brunch at Apollo in Bethlehem
4. Visiting my best friend in NYC🗽
5. Spa Day for myself 💆
6. To be continued!!….

Why not make your list today and check it off/ edit as you go!!

Happy Summer Sparkle fam! Let me know some fun things you have planned! I’d love to hear it!

✨🌟 Aurora

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10,000 Sparkles.

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So amazing. When I started TheWeeklySparkle.com I never thought it would reach as many people as it has! With a little over a year of posting inspiration and trying to add sparkle in others lives, today, the site has reached over 10,000 views worldwide!!!!!! CRAZY!!!!!

My dream of this site was to inspire others to look inward as well as to spread positivity and to pay kind acts forward… And we’re doing it!!!
Every week I’m receiving messages about how some of my posts have inspired individuals, helped them make a change or feel connected when they needed it most. This is the exact idea of what I wanted from the site, and I couldn’t be any happier to see the outcome!

To celebrate 10,000 I’ve committed
to completing the #100HappyDays Challenge! This world wide project challenges individuals to recognize 100 consecutive things that make them happy! We all have something that makes us feel good everyday, why not take a second to identify and appreciate it!? Sign up and get more info in my last post! You won’t regret it! I’ve begun the challenge 5 days ago and already have been feeling even happier than before!

It amazing what happiness you find in your life when you’re actually identifying it!

While I have no end result or goal with this site, I can tell you that it will continue to build, grow and change as it needs to over time. Please continue to check back and share the site with anyone you think could use a burst of positivity!

THANK YOU for the incredible support! I look forward to the next 10,000 views and hope to continue delivering a positive experience each time you’re here!

✨ Aurora Beani