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25,000 Views Celebration!-Holiday Hope Chest Campaign

***Update*** 12-1-14

Hi Everyone!!!! I will be at the Panera on Airport Rd tomorrow night {Tues 12/2/14} from 6pm-730 to accept boxes from those who have not been able to meet me or drop off at Target! I will also be there again on Thursday {12/4/14} from 6:30pm-7:15pm!!! Please let me know if you’re going to stop by and drop your boxes off!

If you are unable to make these times, Target on Airport Rd in Allentown is also accepting them on our behalf at their guest service counter! Please leave your boxes and name and let them know to give them to Janelle {she works there and is making sure I receive them}!!

Pleaseeeee message me with any questions! Each of you are truly making the difference in a life of a child, and it’s SO incredibly inspiring!! Love you all!

-Aurora
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Oct 28th Post:::

Hello Everyone!!

Can you believe we are already less than 2 months away from Christmas? Where does the time go? It feels like just yesterday I was asking who would be interested in donating Holiday Hope Chests for Lehigh Valley children… and here we are again for another year!

SO LET’S DO THIS!!!!

When I started The Weekly Sparkle, I set out to make a difference through social media by inspiring others to do good locally. Whether it was through thought provoking blogs, The 100 Happy Days Challenge (http://wp.me/P2TGRQ-nO) a one stop shop to locally volunteer in our “Community Support Calendar” or above all, promoting positive thinking, the goal of The Weekly Sparkle was always to spark change. Over the last year and half, I’ve been able to speak with people from all over the world (53 countries to be exact) who have gone to my site and expressed appreciation or wanted to share a similar experience they had to topics on the site. This has been nothing short of amazing. I can honestly tell you that I feel as though this website has done more and has gone further than I could have ever dreamed, and that I feel so thankful for the incredible support I’ve received.

From the bottom of my heart.. THANK YOU for all of the messages, kinds words, re-posts, Facebook likes, Twitter retweets and every other bit of support all of you have provided. I love you more than you know.

So, to celebrate The Weekly Sparkle reaching out to 25,000 individuals since it’s first post less than 2 years ago, we have decided to run a campaign to help others!!! (Surprise, surprise)! This years the goal of the Holiday Hope Chest campaign we are running, is to donate 250 gift boxes to children in need across the Lehigh Valley! Can you help us make this happen? Do you and your friends at work what to commit to boxes? How about some family members? We had a small goal last year, and ended up donating over 70 boxes for children! How incredible!

Here is how it works: You let me know how many boxes you’d like to donate (or your coworkers, friends, family, etc) and I give you the ages and sex of the child whose Hope Chest you can create! For example, if you receive a six year old girl, you could get them barbie items, coloring books, stickers, gloves, etc… basically ANYTHING that a child may want/need that fits in a shoe box. We ask that you wrap the base of the box and the lid of the box separate, so that each box can be examined before giving it to the child, but that it stills appears wrapped.

I will announce numerous drop off points throughout the Valley in the upcoming weeks, with a few nights that I will be at Panera off Airport Rd for drop offs. Until then, I would LOVE to see some committments for Holiday Hope Chests!!!! I would like to have them all in by Monday December 1st, to ensure proper delivery by Christmas!

Below are pictures of an example box and myself with some of our boxes from last year!!!! Check it out!

Let’s inspire the Lehigh Valley to sparkle more, shall we 🙂

Xo – 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