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Be a Crown Fixer 👑

I. Love. This. Saying. I’ve said it for years, and when I heard it again recently, I knew it was time to talk about it a little more here, with all of you 👑

Last night I had the true honor of attending the Athena Awards, which are locally held by the Women’s Business Council here where I live in Pennsylvania. To tell you I left with my heart feeling so inspired and my cup completely full would be an understatement. All of the amazing women honored, their stories of strength and power, bravery and wisdom… each one, one after another, serving as a true testament to the strength we have as women, alone, and most importantly, together.

We talked about being a champion for other women, encouraging and echoing their ideas and strengths, and helping them in ways behind the scenes when they need it, without having to point out to others that you’ve done so. Being a sister to a another women in need, OR to simply lift her up, can have life changing impacts for her and for you. My eyes were open in a way I needed, and I’m so grateful to have been in the room.

I had the honor of writing on behalf of my friend and fellow community supporter, Meg, as she was crowned the Young Professional Athena, and I just couldn’t have been more proud. Because Meg won… I won… all her nominators won… every single female in the room won. That perspective reminder was exactly what my soul needed 🤎 We all win when one of us wins- every. single. time.

Another topic we discussed, which I plan to write more about soon, is imposter syndrome. Phewwwww hearing that a room full of women I admire have suffered and sometimes DO suffer from this self talk, reminded me I’m not alone and that we all doubt ourselves sometimes. The reminder was to think about all the negative things you’re saying to yourself, actually saying them aloud and specifically telling yourself why they’re not true. When you do this, you reframe your negative self talk, turning it into the real, positive reminders you need, especially in moments of full on imposter syndrome mode.

How do I have a seat here? I don’t belong in this room. Everyone here is so much more accomplished than me. What if they find out I’m not as great as they think I am?

Imposter Syndrome is a biotch, and she cannot sit with us. *snaps fingers*

Another take away for me from the Athena Awards, was doing things out of your comfort zone. This is another page from a book I haven’t taken off the shelf in awhile. But this morning when I woke up, and thought more about the evening, I grabbed the book from the shelf and began wiping some of the dust off it. This is something I’ve been struggling with a lot lately, and it felt right that it resonated with me during the fireside chat portion of the night.

If I’m being 100% honest with you, which I know I can be, we’re all friends here, ♥️ I almost left the event last night after the first 5 minutes. I know, I know, I know. I just got done telling you how incredible the night was, so thank God I stayed, but let me explain.

Somewhere around 5:05, my imposter syndrome kicked in…HARD. For a few moments, I felt like I didn’t belong there, or maybe even deserve to be there. In a room with these incredible, distinguished woman, all who had groups of people they were with, people they felt they belonged with, and for a moment, I felt out of my comfort zone. No colleagues, no BFF to cling to, it was just me and I felt out of my element. (This was also before the amazing imposture syndrome pep-talk Meg gave us all- go figure! haha). But in the midst of those feelings, I took a deep breathe, didn’t leave and decided to embrace this amazing night ahead. I started meeting new women and engaging in some really great conversations and guess what, the room where I didn’t belong, or didn’t know anyone… was filled with women I’ve looked up to for years, have called on as mentors and have done community work with for over a decade. * Waves goooooodbyyeeeeee to imposter syndrome*

Stepping out of our comfort zones as a WHOLE has an entirely new meaning coming out of Covid times, so I’m giving myself a little time and grace as I get back into the groove of things. If you’re struggling with this too, whether socially or professionally, you are not alone. So join me and give yourself some time and grace and say a big-ol sayonara 👋 to imposter syndrome! You are amazing, you are worthy and you belong right in the space you are in 👑💕

To straightening crowns, lifting each other up, telling imposter syndrome to take a hike and stepping one foot outside our comfort zones, we got this ladies.

From One Queen to Another, Cheers ✨

Xo Aurora

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Sundays With Me

Happy Sunday everyone! Lots of reflection this last week, and as I sit here sipping some coffee and hanging with my little girl, I wanted to share some of it! ☕️

So let me start by saying thank you for spending some of your Sunday With Me, I appreciate you being here, even if it’s not Sunday and you stumbled here another day of the week!

I’ve talked about Sundays With Me before, but let me share a little bit more about exactly what it is and what it means to me 🙂

10 years ago when I first started dating Joe, (my now husband), he knew I liked to write. Whether it was quotes, inspiration or unofficial blog posts (helllllo Xanga & MySpace 😆), I loved putting my thoughts out there and seeing who could relate. So, I told him I wanted to start a blog that was a little more professional, with hopes I could reach more people and have a welcoming space for them to visit regularly!

…& just like that, my dream came true! ✨

For our one year anniversary he gifted me my current blog site with all of the framework and behind-the-scenes information I needed to look and feel like a “real blog.” I have to put “real blog” in quotes, because Xanga wasn’t exactly the cream of the crop or anything. IYKYK

Originally, because he wasn’t sure what I would want to title it, he named it “Sundays With Me,” and said this was because it was his favorite day to spend time with me and to relax, because we always had the best time together on Sundays.

What a sweet sentiment, right? I thought that at the time and all these years later it’s one of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever received 🙂

As I began to play with the blog and what I was trying to share with people who came across it, I came up with the name of The Weekly Sparkle. Sparkle to me is the happiness, positivity and kindness you put into your own life and the world around you. I love it ✨… but Sundays With Me has always stuck with me.

I think Sundays in general have always been meant to be days of rest, time spent with people you love, and a day that’s meant to recharge your batteries and fuel your soul from a hard week that’s passed and get ready for a week ahead.

Sundays With Me’ have looked different through the years: As a kid growing up, Sundays usually included a large Italian family dinner, some time at church, playing with the neighborhood kids, then eventually, Sundays With Me were filled with presentations and college work, then spent getting ready for my big girl job and the new work week ahead, and transitioned to times where I can spend time with girlfriends, go to a winery, and enjoy Sunday Funday!

Currently, Sundays typically look a little different (although I love a good Sunday Funday)!! Sundays With Me now usually include watching some Sesame Street with my daughter, enjoying a cup of coffee while watching her play, spending time with family and loved ones and focusing on gratitude. I think at this point in my life I’m realizing that Sundays With Me are really more about the Sundays I get to spend with the people who fill my heart, and how lucky I am to have a full life and to receive love in all the ways that I do. Maybe that’s what Joe meant at the time too!… I’ll have to ask him ♥️

After some downtime being sick this past week, I felt the reflections of a typical Sunday spill into the week. So much of our life and our mood depends on how we perceive it and what we choose to focus on.

On this Sunday With Me, I want to remind you to take a second and just breathe today. You always deserve to do this, but why not make Sunday your day to do it? Note 5 people or things in your life that you’re grateful for, take a long, deep breath and do something big or small that fills your soul.

Thanks for spending some of your Sundays With Me 🙂 I plan to share shorter, quick inspo in future posts, but wanted to give a little backstory to my Sundays and why I just love them so much. I hope you come back soon & see what’s twirling around in this head of mine! 💋

Happy Sunday Friends! Let’s have a great day & week ahead. Grateful for you all!

✨ Aurora

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Your Journey is Yours, Darling

Woooosh… that’s how I feel reading this. Like my hair has been blown back with words the universe needed me to hear.

You’re on No One’s Journey but Your Own 💡

Talk about the reminder you didn’t know you needed.

I’ve read many times the saying: “Comparison is the thief of Joy,” and heck, I may have even written about it here before, but let me tell you how much lately I’ve been in my head and in comparison mode. And I’d say, comparison isn’t only the thief of joy, it’s also a thief of time, motivation, self appreciation, inspiration and self LOVE.

What if we took the energy we’re spending looking at someone else’s grass, grabbed our own hose and watered our own a little more? OR, better yet, stopped to see if it even needed watering. And while we’re at it, (because why stop now haha), what if something that works for someone else isn’t meant for us? Just as we have our own journey, others have theirs too. We can applaud someone else’s successes, life, happiness, whatever and still stay on our own path.

So let’s embrace our journey, and love it- every ounce of the good, bad, exciting, frustrating, enjoyable, difficult- ALL OF IT.

Our journey is OURS, and how unique and cool is that? No need to explain pieces of your journey to anyone, or gain approval from others- because it’s not theirs, it’s yours.

Cheers to wherever you are in your journey, and I pray that you are trying to love it. Time goes by too quickly, and before we know it, we’re looking back at a life that passed us by all too quickly, wondering where it all went.

So why not enjoy the blessing of life, compare ourselves a little less to the ones around us, and appreciate where we are, where we’re headed, and the people surrounding us on the way.

To calming our minds, and focusing on our own journey ❤️

xo Aurora

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No Validation Needed

Checky, check, CHECK ☑️

Your success depends on what you think of yourself and the belief that your sky has no limit! ☁️💭

Let me ask you, how much more could you accomplish if the validation of others meant Z-E-R-O to you?!

Welcome to my brain, have a seat 🙃🤭

What others think about you is none of your business! Man, the amount of sadness I would have surpassed in life if I grasped this concept years ago! Anyone else? The sooner you can get to a place where you realize the only one who needs to accept you, is YOU, the sooner you’ll reach inner peace my friends ♥️

So cheers to us- enjoying life, moving mountains and making all the bold moves that make US happy and feel fulfilled. Let’s be confident in our decisions and actions, and work to seek internal validation only.

Xo Aurora

PS- shoutout DarylAnn Denner for the awesome quote inspo! ✨

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Happy Valentine’s Day ♥️

I have always believed that Valentine’s Day should be celebrated to appreciate all the love in your life- not just the romantic kind ♥️

I’ve thought this because each of our lives are built by the love that surrounds us- whether it be from family members, friends, a pet, a lover- this is a day I think we should celebrate whatever love looks like to us, right where we are, right now. Maybe you’re married, maybe your single, maybe you’re dating, maybe you’re not; it doesn’t matter what category you find yourself in, you are loved!

Daily life just feels better when you focus on the love around you and the love within you! So cheers to the love you have and the love you give away, because it’s all worth celebrating 🙌

This year does feel a little different for me personally, because we have our little angel here earthside 🥰 Who knew I’d have a Valentine this year that I would have never expected!

Thank you God for our angel Valentine this year 💞 You broke the mold with this one! 🙏 Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! 💘 May you feel and remember how loved you are today!

Xoxo Aurora

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2.22.22 (On a Twosday)!

How amazing is it that today is 2.2.22!? 🤯

From the moment I woke up this morning, I felt like today was special. It’s different, it’s unique, it’s once in a lifetime! But then I thought, as cool as the repetition in the number was, isn’t every day different, unique & once in a lifetime? 🤔

My point being, when we have these awesome examples of unique and special days, let’s remind ourselves that any day can be the kickstart to a fresh & exciting feeling- we just have to shift our perspective to see it!

Let’s use today’s reminder to be patient with ourselves and our journey, and know that any day, no matter the date, can hold the spark for just what we’ve been waiting for!

Happy 2.2.22 everyone! Cheers 💖

Aurora ✨

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Happy New Year!

Hello Sparkle Fam! HAPPY 2022!!!

Ahhhhhh I’ve missed you guys! It feels absolutely WEIRD to be excitedly typing in the way I am right now (legit have a smile on my face)! It’s been too long and I am so excited to be EXCITED to write here again. It’s a new year, and I’ve gotten some new fire in me to write and share my heart with everyone again.

If you recall, 10 months ago, I became a first time mama! EEEK! What an amazing, exciting, overwhelming, scary and fantastic journey it’s been so far. Ms. Oakley Gray is the light of my life and truly such an incredible blessing. Ok Ok, here is a pic, because AHHHH she’s the best:

Becoming a mom, to no ones surprise, created such a perspective shift for me. Once you get your head back on straight (can takes weeks or even months), it’s eye-opening to see how much your mind changes- what’s important, what takes your time, what you worry about, what you’re excited for, it all shifts. Feeling a little more in tune with who I am as a mama, I got to thinking a lot about the things and people in my life that make me happy and deserve the limited time I have, outside of being Oak’s mama. One thing I’ve always loved is connecting with all of you, around the world, and seeing the commonalities we all have, even if across the country or in an entirely different one.

I started reading “Take Back Your Time” by Christy Wright, recently (LOVE HER) and it’s really put into perspective where I spend my time, and focusing on the important things in my life. All that said, YOU guys, and The Weekly Sparkle, absolutely make that list for me. I hope you’ll visit here weekly or my Weekly Sparkle Facebook Page for some pops of inspo and a little escape to either get inspired or realize you’re not alone in the crazy, happy, sad, insane times! SO HAPPY 👏you 👏are 👏here!

So Let’s KICK OFF 2022 in the right way shall we?

P O S I T I V E – V I B E S – ONLYYYY!!

Next Topic to come: Imposter Syndrome

Happy to be back,

Xo Aurora

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The Weekly Sparkle Had a Baby!

Introducing Ms. Oakley Gray 💖

Hi everyone! I interrupt our normal schedule of daily inspo to share some exciting news! On Thursday March 18th, we had a baby! 💞🍼

Meet the newest member of The Weekly Sparkle, our daughter, Oakley Gray! Thanks for all of the love and for following along! 💖 Cheers to our new little sparkle✨ Xo Aurora