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Why You Should Choose Wisely on Who Surrounds You

Be around the light bringers, the magic makers, the world shifters, the game shakers. They’ll challenge you, break you open, uplift and expand you. They don’t play small with your life. These heartbeats are your people. These people are your tribe

Ohhhhhhh the feels this saying gives me!! I’ve been sitting on this one for awhile, as I usually do when I come across some good quotes. If it jumps out at me for one reason or another, I save it, diguest it and decide if I want to pick it apart a little bit with you guys. 

So there’s two parts here that I want to address: the people you surround yourself with and the impact they have on you, and also whether or not you’re exuding your best qualities, wanting others to be surrounded by you. 

1. Who you surround yourself with. This is SO important for so many reasons. When we talk about “light bringers” and “magic makers” did you have someone pop in to your mind?? KEEP THAT PERSON AROUND! Now don’t get me wrong, we’re not booting all friends and acquaintances out of circle if we’re not describing them as magical, uplifting, game changers etc. What is most important in my point here is that you have those people or circles you’re involved with that feed your soul, purpose, direction you want to go, goals you want to reach etc. If you’re looking around your regular circles and not liking how you feel/what you see/ what’s being discussed/done etc etc etc by all means, change your scenery. Move. You’re not a tree. (I blogged about this idea once too…) 

For me, I have a ton of fun, adventurous and goofy friends that are great to hang out with. Then I also have some key inspirational people in my life that I trust for advice, look to for personal and professional growth, people I look up to, etc. It’s great to have multiple circles you’re in, but I can’t express enough that having these game shakers in your corner are amazing. These people can help you while you discover your own potential, make and reach goals and be a positive presence in your life. Have you ever heard the saying: you’re only as good as the company you keep. If you’re always surrounded by people who aren’t helping you grow and become a better person, I recommend changing some of your circles. It’s not easy, but the pay off will be worth it. And you’ll FEEL better! Negative people can suck the life out of you, rob you of happy moments and removing as much of this as possible is bound to bring nothing but positive effects into your life. 

2. Do people view you as their magic maker, game shaker, light bringer, motivator etc? I hope they do! Just how you will THRIVE with these people in your corner, how amazing would it be to be that for someone else? This life will always reward those who make it their mission to help others... I firmly believe that. Where in your life can you be the light and motivation someone needs?

I try and do this through the many organizations and groups I’ve become a part of in the Lehigh Valley where I live. I get to network with young professionals and invite them to become a part of an amazing philanthropic professional group that helps them to give Back locally, meet top local business owners and CEOs as well as build great relationships within their peer group. I personally reach out to individuals I meet that I think would be a great part of the group and help them determine if it’s a good fit! Other times, I’m inspiring others to become a part of  committees I’m involved in, volunteer opportunities I’m organizing or involved in and lastly I ALWAYS use my professional expertise to help my friends/ old co-workers / sometimes even acquaintances. As an HR, I’m often asked to write recommendations, Linked In testimonys, review resumes, practice interviewing skills etc. Its an honor people as me for my help, but it’s also so humbling to know that for these people, I’m the motivator, the light bringer, whatever you want to call it- I’m that for these people. 

If you have something you can do to bring your magic to  others, do it! 
Here’s my other favorite quote that I’ve used before but LOVE Bc it’s all about surrounding yourself with the right people! 
Watch who you surround yourself with, and be someone that others want to be surrounded by! 

Be someone’s light ✨


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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!


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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.

Excuse me while I melt for a second

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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Be Soft.

“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”


I love this saying! In a world where everyone takes everything so personal and has their negative input against this or that, how amazing of a reminder it is to see that it’s okay for us to still feel positive about where we are. I constantly find myself in this internal conflict of whether or not to be consumed by those who are negative, as opposed to staying where I want to be- the positive side. Help me out here, but how many of you can think of one or two people in your life who are always negative? Whether they complain about every day things, gossip about others or tear others down or give their viewpoint about something, but it always seems to have a rain cloud over it. Isn’t it draining?? I interact with people like this at random, and those moments with them (and usually moments following) I feel so overwhelmed and drained. How can someone feel like that all the time? I imagine it’s difficult, and viewing the world where it’s always raining has to steam from more pain than I’m aware of. I just hate the effect I down times allow it to have on me. 

A friend of mine from high school wrote on his senior picture to me “Aurora, don’t let the world change who you are.” And this has always stuck with me as I navigate negative situations as they arise. It’s so important to remain who you are, even when faced with something you feel it’s easy to fall into. 

The world is a beautiful place… and my little itty bitty blog will always serve as the constant reminder of that. We all are entitled to our bad days (trust me… I’ve had a dozen or two), but I think it’s always important to remember life is good. Being alive is good… and the only person who impacts that viewpoint is you.



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2016- Your New Year

It’s here! The New Year is upon us and it’s time to make some changes!!! I love the beginning of each New Year because it’s that refreshing only-get-once-a-year type of feeling where you know you have a chance to make a change!  

 The new book of “opportunity” is blank. This is your chance to make that one great stride toward the change you want to happen! What is it… weight loss? Getting healthier? Finding a new job? Applying to (a new) school? Rebuilding that one relationship you’ve been meaning to? No matter what, the New Year presents an opportunity to spark the difference you want to make in your life.  

 So what’s your resolution? What do you want to change? Once you can identify that, you need to set your markers on how you’re going to reach your goal. You can’t make a change in your life unless you’re  challenged by it and work at it every day. 

So this is what I am focusing on. I am going to continue practicing what I preech and thinking positivity. I know that this is not as easy as it seems– but I also know the importance of trying as hard as you can to do so. Positivity is the approach I am taking going into 2016! In addition to this, I also want to live a healthier life. For myself and my future, this is extremely important to me. I’m getting married this coming May, and entering into my marriage in good health is something I want to achieve. And I’m going for it head on. I think better habits, positive thinking, eating well and loving yourself ultimately can lead to happiness. This is why I’ll be focusing on these things in the New Year. 


The above needs no explanation. I promise you if you commit to the changes you want, they will happen. What motivation do you need to spark the change you want? I’m sending you all the light and positivity you’ll need to get started! If you can, share yours with me! 

Happy New Year- thank you for the continued support! I have some great things in store for 2016!.. So please check back often! 

Sending you love and well wishes in the New Year,

Aurora ✨🌟

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Choose Joy at Christmas

When you choose joy tree

When you choose joy, you feel good. And when you feel good, you do good. And when you do good, it reminders others of what joy feels like and it just might inspire them to do the same.

Anything you find on this site is something that struck a cord with me and I knew would be relatable and helpful to others. This quote perfectly defines that idea. I have to be honest, the last few weeks have had me feeling a little down, and I even felt myself not as much in the Christmas spirit as I normally am. The cause of this has been worries in my life about things that haven’t even happened yet (and are not guaranteed to happen) that I have allowed to take control of my happiness and attention. I also have some goals in the New Year, that I’ve been worried I won’t reach, and I stopped and asked myself: WHY? Why would I allow something that hasn’t even happened yet, or that I’m not even sure will happen, control so much of my happiness… and the joy I should be feeling around this time of year?

A good friend of mine often reminds me to take a step back and remember that nothing like this is guaranteed. The things you are worried about (that keep you up at night, prevent you from doing things, etc.) have not even happened yet. You are worried about them happening, and you’re not even sure they will. I like to refer to these things as time robbers-OR- joy robbers. These are the things you allow to take up space in your heart and mind and they block out the things that matter- kind of like now- the joy of the season.

So I’m deciding to choose joy.

I have often referred to myself as a positivity promoter and allowing myself to feel down over silly things that are not present in my life simply is not worth it, nor does it make me feel good! So this is the leaf I am deciding to turn over, and there is no better time to start then at Christmas!

Joy, Happiness, Positivity, Excitedness, Cheer (etc etc etc) FEELS GOOD!!! The other feelings don’t… so why not take some time and remind yourself to feel happy today, the rest of the holiday season and into the New Year! I am so thankful for the blessings that have been put into my life and for the wonderful life I am lucky to live. I am going to make sure I let the people in my life know how I feel about them this holiday season, and plan to continue this into the 2016- and I encourage you to join me!

Go ahead and tell the one you love how much they mean to you, or reach out to that friend who is far away but means more to you than you let me know!- it’s the holiday season— Spread the Joy!!!!!!

Merry Christmas my dear friends. I am taking this moment to tell you how much I appreciate you reading this today, and the times you stumbled across my words over the last 3 years.

Sending joy and light to you and yours this holiday season.

Xo- Aurora

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Why The Hell Not. 

Have you ever wanted to start something but were afraid to take the leap? “Something” can be anything… It could be a diet, work out routine, joining a dating site, going for that promotion, moving somewhere you’ve always wanted to live, standing up to someone, running a marathon, telling someone you love them, leaving a hurtful relationship, taking that vacation – anything that you’d have to hit the gas pedal on and not lift your foot until you’ve reached your destination.    
   Honestly. Why the hell not? I’ve written a ton of blogs that address my starting this website and what it means to me to connect to people world wide about a range of topics. I’ve always wanted a connector like this, or an outlet, and never took the time to research and discover it. 

Until one day, I did

I think a lot of us think of things we want or what to do, and put them on the back burner because we’re afraid, don’t know where to start, fear the unknown, we’re comfortable right now or we come up with another excuse that pushes what we want away. We think that we will have time. I’m telling you because I know, and I’ve been there {and will be there again I’m sure}, that we don’t. You don’t. When you have something you want to do in your life, now is the time. Not tomorrow or next year, because tomorrow and next year become the next day and the following year. Why risk that the one thing you really want won’t happen? It’s silly isn’t it?  We do a million different things each day, but how many of these things bring us closer to what we want? You don’t like your job– are you taking the time to look into ones that might better suit you? You want to lose weight- are you still eating things that you know aren’t healthy? You are unhappy in your relationship- but do you help correct what’s making you unhappy or leave this relationship? I think a key thing many of us forget is that you’re not alone. In the driver seat of your life, no one else can push the gas pedal but you- however, there’s always someone to help pump the gas.

My website is the example. I knew I wanted to reach people in a positive way and to get my insights/thoughts out there with the hope of inspiring others, both to think deeply and let them know they aren’t alone in their thoughts. I wanted to do this for some time, and with the help and encouragement of my boyfriend (now fiancé) I was able to get this idea off the ground, and find out more information on starting a website. He helped put the gas in my tank, because he knew the correct way to do it and what resources to offer me. Who in your life could help you get to where you want to be? Who inspires you? Motivates you? Who is someone you look up to or admire? Essentially, who knows things about the stuff that you don’t? We can’t be afraid to tap into the assistance of others. That’s what networking, friendships and relationships are all about. 

In a former job that I held, I would often encourage my class of clients to imagine themselves in the position they wanted- then– had them fill in the blanks of how they got there. Who did they need to contact? What did they need on their resume? Did they have a connection to help get their foot in the door? I find myself doing this all the time in my own life. It doesn’t have to be a big task, it would be as easy as learning how to cook healthier meals or how to write a business proposal. Come up with A, imagine yourself at Z, and fill in the rest. 

Three years ago I imagined a website that would inspire others and spread positivity world wide  where needed. I wasn’t sure where to start, but found the right person to help make that dream a reality. Currently, I am writing to you from my website, The Weekly Sparkle, which I’ve run for almost three years. As of today, with this post, I’ve connected to individuals in 182 countries (!!!whoa!!!) world wide and have reached 100,000 views. In this time I’ve also expanded to Facebook and receive emails weekly from people around the world who want to connect on a topics I’ve written about or who are seeking advice. It’s absolutely, amazing. 

So I’m asking you, what is the one thing you really want right now in your life? How can you start taking the steps to get there? Sure, it may be scary, or not the right time, but will it ever be? Taking risks can be nerve wracking, and perhaps you might not succeed at first, or come to the success that you envision. But if you don’t hit the gas now, when will you? 

Go for it. Why the hell not. 

💕- Aurora 

Thank you to everyone who has helped make my dream a reality. 100,000 positive vibes go out to each and every one of you! Cheers ✨

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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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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.







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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Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone


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