It's hard to believe that it has already been FOUR weeks, but alas, this is the fourth and final February Sparkling Saturday blog post.
This week's Sparkling Saturday theme is about what I do to help make the world a sparklier place. Originally, I was going to post a video of me doing my job (I recorded a storytelling program), but I had some technological difficulties. Once they are sussed out, I will post the video, but for now, I hope you enjoy this written post.
Five ways I make the world sparkle:
1.) Sharing my inner magic.
As a storyteller and children's entertainer, I share my inner magic nearly every day. But opening up by sharing creativity and inner magic does make me vulnerable to others. And this can be scary! (Performing wasn't always easy and if I'm honest, I still get shy and insecure once in awhile.) For me, what helps is knowing that the world needs ALL OF OUR inner magic more than anything right now. It's our own unique selves that makes this world sparkle, so everyone needs to let their talents flow free and far! If you're not sharing your own inner magic, take a deep breath and just release some of your own sparkle into the world!
2.) Smiling and laughing.
Have you ever seen a person who doesn't sparkle while smiling or having a good hearty laugh? Just watch how a room lights up when a child giggles freely or smiles over simple and happy things! Spreading smiles and light-hearted humor is easy and fun. Everyone (even the happiest of persons) needs to let go and lighten up, so I like to spread smiles and laughs as much as possible. Try making at least five people smile today with heartfelt compliments and random acts of kindness! You will instantly feel the sparkle!
After a series of long and hard lessons, I had to reprogram my brain to take better care of myself. I cannot make the world a sparklier place if I am not sparkling inside and out. I now make sure I slow down to get plenty of rest, play time, creative time, self-care time, love, nutrition, exercise--everything-- before I work and fulfill other responsibilities. It's not always easy and I sometimes need reminders when I get busy, but self-care is essential to making this world a sparklier place! Try taking a nap without guilt or bypassing chores for couch cuddles this week. We all need to practice taking care of ourselves on a daily basis!
4.) Donating my time.
While I don't have money or time to donate to all of the causes that I want to support, I regularly donate my children's programs to various institutions and organizations. Spreading my own inner magic encourages others to embrace and express their own inner magic. The best way to make the world a sparklier place is not to overextend yourself (or your wallet), but to find fun ways to spread your own inner magic in ways that fit you. So if you are low on free time try finding an easy way to spread your inner magic, such as donating knitted hats to soldiers or baked goods to food banks.
5.) Being present.
Sometimes I don't need to say or do anything at all because simply being present adds sparkle! Have you ever noticed how your mood is lifted when a cat sits next to you or a dog naps at your feet? Your presence is just as magical as an animal's presence! Just being present and listening to those around you truly is the best way to spread sparkling feelings. You are magical, so let others feel your inner sparkle!
How do you make this magical world sparkle? Make a list on this Sparkling Saturday and spread your own magic!!
Lots of love,
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P.S.S. Follow the sparkling trail to more Sparkling Saturday blog posts written by my sparkletacular friends...
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