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Life after having a Stillborn

Today is still-born awareness day. Our daughter, Aria Dawson, changed my life on May 19, 2011.   Too many women suffer in silence, because this topic is so uncomfortable.  Others don’t know how to help with the grieving process, so often times the Mother feels alone. I am so glad we have a day like today to bring awareness and support. I would have been lost without the support we received from the Funeral Home, the cemetery, the group SHARE who offered counseling, helped dress Aria and did molds of her hands and feet, and for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep for the beautiful pictures they did of...

You have to start somewhere

start somewhere

I have sat down to write probably 183 times in the last few months.  And I have come up with about 183 reasons why I was never able to put something in words.  No motivation.  No inspiration.  I had no idea what direction, what destination or what journey I wanted to go on.  I was lost and I was stuck.  How do you do something when you have no idea what it is you are supposed to do?  You have to start somewhere. So I did. There are times in life when you need a little bit of motivation to keep you going. Just a little surge of energy to...

How to add a paper printable to a spiral notebook

Sweet-Me

I am so excited to share this tutorial with you.  I LOVE notebooks and now that I have figured out how to add inserts into a spiral notebook, oh it’s on!!! Paper products have always had my heart!  I remember going to a dollar store type place with my grandparents when I was little and buying fun paper notebooks..  Hoarding paper is my hobby!  You should see my scrapbook collection,…….and I don’t even paper scrapbook! I’ve always kept a journal and I find nothing funnier than reading through my old journals from when I was a kid.  It’s so fun to be able to look back at life and see...

How Self Doubt slowed me down

There is this voice in my head that questions every action I take, thought that I have and thing that I say.  I’m an over-thinker.  I think and think, and then think some more.  Before I buy something, before I commit to something, before I leap into a project, I think of all the ways it won’t work or go wrong.  Self-doubt is a powerful source, and it stops most of us from living to our best potential. I’m trying to retrain myself.  But old habits die hard. “Over-thinking ruins you.  Ruins the situation, twists things around, makes you worry and makes everything much worse than it actually is.” –...

10 Quotes to Inspire you to take little steps towards big goals

I need something to inspire me.  My little head has lots of ideas swirling around with BIG goals for Sparklers.   LOTS of projects, dreams, ventures,………literally pages and pages of ideas. GOOD ideas! But I have no idea where to start. I don’t want to jump in with one project, because I should probably do this first. And I don’t want to begin this idea, because I don’t really know all the ins and outs of it yet.  I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to start offering this product, but I don’t really have them means to get it off the ground yet. So I sit. I stare at my list....