Hello hello my bright and happy friends!
Today is a very exciting day, for it is the FIRST Saturday in a Sparkly Saturday blog series! Each day in February my sparkling friends and I will be posting a new blog about a Sparkly topic! We may all live in different areas of the country and we may all have different professions, but the one thing we have in common is WE SPARKLE!! So when you are finished reading this post, please read their sparkling posts by clicking on the links below.
I am a bright and happy person, but feeling sparkly is the magical frosting on my bright and happy life.
Today's post is a list of ten things that I do to sparkle each and every day! Please make time today to create your own lists!
1.) To be happy, I wear bright and colorful clothing that makes me shine! To sparkle, I simply add some sparkle to my ensemble. This can be done easily and inexpensively with a pair of sparkly shoes, a sparkly headband or a sparkly scarf. Sometimes material items can enhance our imaginations and help ground us in who we are. When I look at my feet, I remember that I am a sparkly person who loves to sparkle...and sometimes I even do a little dance to celebrate sparkly me!
2.) To be happy, I drink plenty of delicious filtered water. To sparkle, I take the time to enjoy the visual beauty of how crystal clear water sparkles in a clean glass! This takes seconds and I feel like drinking the water is a luxurious treat for my body!
3.) To be happy, I exercise at least 20 minutes a day (even if it's just easy yoga stretches or a walk where I can breathe in fresh air). To sparkle, I turn on music and dance dance dance in my own sparkling world free of self judgement.
4.) To be happy, I incorporate creative play into my daily life. To sparkle, I explore new creative activities and express myself creatively with my friends, family and community.
5.) To be happy, I get plenty of sunshine. (But I live in Oregon, so this is rarely possible in the winter months.) So to sparkle, I close my eyes and imagine myself immersed in sunlight. I imagine the sun entering my body and traveling into every single cell until I feel like I am shining as brightly and as sparkly as sunbeams. This gives me infinite energy to sparkle.
6.) To be happy, I fill myself up with a rainbow of fresh fruits and vegetables. To sparkle, I take the time to absorb the beautiful colors and smells of the fruits and vegetables that sustain me. I thank the farmers, the fruit trees, the gardens, the sunshine, the rain...everything that has contributed to my food. To make my meals even more special, I will set a nice table with colorful linens and special dishes. Eating clean and respectfully makes my body and mind feel sparkly!
7.) To be happy, I love myself and spread love to those around me. To sparkle, I nourish myself by spending time with my love, Andrew. We adore one another! Feeling loved is the sparkliest feeling of all.
8.) To be happy, I make the time to care for myself because I am no good to others and my life suffers when I do not set enough time for self-care. To sparkle, I spoil myself by doing an activity that I love without any feelings of guilt, regardless of what I "should be" doing. (e.g. Choosing kitty snuggles over morning exercise, hehe.)
9.) To be happy, I am spontaneous and follow my heart instead of routines because routines make life stale and boring. To sparkle, I allow myself to let go and play, laugh and be free. Our lives are ours to live, after all.
10.) And when in doubt or stuck in a less than sparkly situation, I stick to the basics: Positive Affirmations. Our lives reflect exactly what we think! If we think we are sparkly, then we are sparkly! I look at myself in the mirror and say "I AM SPARKLY!" or "I LOVE MYSELF BECAUSE I SPARKLE!"
As you can see, there is nothing revolutionary or mind blowing listed here. Don't ever underestimate simplicity.
Happy Sparkly Saturday everyone! Xx
P.S. Follow the sparkling trail to more "I Sparkle" Sparkling Saturday blog posts written by my sparkletacular friends...
In alphabetical order...
Yota Schneider: Seasons of Change Master Coach, writer, speaker, retreats facilitator , mindfulness meditation practitioner, mom, wife, friend, ever striving gardener and finder of beauty and peace in the little things. Blog Facebook Website
Kat Wynne-Brown: Creator of KatWB, an Online Holistic Arts Center! Enjoy her virtual classes, holistic coaching, a holistic blog, KatWB TV and resources for nutrition, sustainability & self-help. Blog Facebook Website