5 Ways to Sparkle Everyday

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You know those days that you just feel, oomph?
Well here is a guide to making your life sparkle everyday.

It took me a while to figure out why somedays I felt on fire, brilliant, and accomplished, and yet other days I felt cold, dull,  and unproductive. Once I figured it out, each of my "on" days came down to these five simple things:
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1. SERVICE As relaxing as it is to sit in bed all day, playing footsies with your significant other, watching Netflix, or shopping, it just isn't IT. While working, I look forward to these days where I can wake up at noon (yes I just admitted that), and stay in my PJ's all day long. But, once I have one of these long relaxing days, I simply don't feel good about myself. Here's why: I had not done anything for anyone else. PLAIN AND SIMPLE. While I work, I am constantly serving children (my students), aiding colleagues, talking to parents. Yeah, teachers get paid, but it is still serving others. Make a point each day to do at least one thing for someone who you may or may not know. Instant sparkle.
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2. PAMPER YO'SELF But really, take a shower. Put on makeup. Dress as if you like yourself. By doing these things-- and I mean personal hygiene and health-- you show you care for yourself. When you respect yourself, people will respect you. #SPARKLEGIRLBOSS
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3. HAVE AN OPINION Want to know the number one pet peeve of guys? (this was taken from a highly inaccurate, and definitely informal poll from past dates, ex-boyfriends, and my current husband). A girl without any idea of what she wants is a huge turn off! However, men love a women who knows where she is going in life, what she wants to do with her assets and talents, has knowledge enough to have a take on what is going on in the world, and most definitely knows what she wants for dinner and what movie to watch.
Have you ever hung out with someone that always says "I don't know?" when you ask the weighted question of, "What should we do?" HOW badly do you just want to shove that person out of your moving car? (okay, drastic). Don't be that person that is being shoved out of a moving car. Having ideas, thoughts, and an opinion that you are willing to talk about doesn't just make you sparkle, it makes you shine. (And also makes the boys buy you diamonds. Shine bright like a diamond).
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4. FAKE IT UNTIL YOU MAKE IT  That is the true key to confidence. Cockiness is when you have an unreasonable amount of belief in yourself and like to share about it. Confidence, however, is silent. (Thank you Sami for such a great term! ) Confidence is something that doesn't just exist. Confidence must be built. It is the cousin to bravery; brave people aren't without fear, they just don't balk in the face of fear. Same with confidence. Whenever you are faced with something, or someone, "out of your league" you just simply fake the belief in yourself until everyone else believes it too. Build your confidence until it is real.

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5. BE THE COMPETITION, BUT DON'T COMPETE Say what?! Let me explain... always be on your game. Always be the first to respond, always be the first to volunteer, always try your best. Not only does this determination set you apart from others, but it will fuel your fire for whatever passion you have. Don't compete with others though. I love the quote, "A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it, it just blooms." Basically, you do you. THE BEST YOU. Compete with yourself, and you will have a mega sparkle.

SWEATER: care of Pink Blush | MAXI: Venus  (on sale!)| SHOES: Brecklles | JEAN JACKET: Levi's (old, from when I was 6!)

I last talked about Venus here with all their modest dress choices. If you are having a hard time finding a dress that fits your modesty standards- check there! They have great styles and are always hosting sales. Speaking of great style (and prices) Pink Blush is so fantastic! They have so many pieces to work with and some amazing shoes! This sweatshirt fits like a dream- perfect for lounging OR dressing up with a sequin skirt!
Happy holidays and New Year! I hope this brought a little shine to your day!

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35 comments:

  1. Hey girl! New to your blog, just joined a few days ago - but really loving this post. 1) That skirt is fantastic 2) So many awesome pointers in this post. It kind of felt like you wrote it just for me ;) Pepped me right up, so thanks for that!

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    1. You are the absolute sweetest!! Sorry it took me a while to respond-- the holidays are crazy! Thank you, it is one of my favorite skirts-- makes me feel like a mermaid! Use the pointers all you want! Thanks for the great compliments

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  2. I love your blog and love the tips and, your skirt is awesome ! Thank you for sharing! I'm looking forward to following you! Kim @ This Ole Mom

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  3. Excellent tips, especially number one! Considering others above yourself is a fabulous way to live life!

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    1. Couldn't agree with you more! Life is about serving others:)

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  4. I love your statement "Cockiness is when you have an unreasonable amount of belief in yourself and like to share about it. Confidence, however, is silent" It says it all

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  5. I love your advices. Some days I have unproductive... I need to step up and make some changes:)

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    1. Aren't we all!? It's easy to get caught in that trap!

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  6. Great post! I love your outfit and you gave some really great advice!

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  7. great tips and I agree pamper yourself, I know that this helps me stay motivated throughout the day

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    1. Yes, looking great makes me feel great! (in a non-narcissistic way)

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  8. Great post - and this skirt is just fantastic!

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  9. Great article...I didn't put on makeup today and I wasn't as productive as normal...cute skirt!

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    1. That's okay, there is always tomorrow! Thank you, btw!

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  10. Love the outfit! Great top and shoes.

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  11. Great tips - I often feel this sense of blah too after a day of doing nothing, I love doing atlas one thing mildly productive every day. PS I love this skirt. Gorgeous!

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    1. YES! Even mildly productive helps! Thanks, girl!

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  12. Love the skirt! Im also loving your hair. Thank you for the great tips.

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  13. These are wonderful and so true! With being a stay at home mom, just getting ready and putting on my make up really makes me feel confident and sparkle!

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    1. I am so glad to hear that being a stay at home mom you still get ready! I know it can be hard with the house and the kids, but it really makes all the difference to the day!

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  14. I love your leopard print Breckelles, I have the same pair! You can't go wrong with d'Orsay flats. XOXO

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    1. They are the BEST! Actually quite flattering as well, I am not usually a flats kind of girl. Glad we share the same style!

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  15. Such beautiful suggestions! Doing something for others is one of the keys for me, and being the moment. It is so easy to get lost in day to day activities that we forget to enjoy the little things that can make us feel alive. An example, probably silly but it really resonated with me, is taking my lab for a walk one spring day. I do this every day, but one day he happened to notice the ducks swooping down close to us as they landed on the creek we were walking by. Now, I was surprised by his reaction because he was obviously really seeing them for the first time, he stopped and just wanted to watch. Normally, I would have encouraged him to keep walking because I had things to do and never took in what he was seeing. That day it stopped me in my tracks, and so we stopped and sat down by the creek, and I enjoyed watching him observe the ducks with new eyes. We were only there for about 10 minutes, but it felt so good to see my pup happy and it made me happy in turn. Peace! :)

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    1. You had me at pup! Love other dog lovers! They really help us see things through different eyes. Not a silly example at all! (Try taking him on a hike-- now that is something! The exploration is so fun to watch)

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  16. You look AMAZING in your pictures and in general I just really love your attitude you sparkle girl !

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    1. Oh STOP! Such a flattering compliment. Give me any more like that and my head will float away. Thank you for being so kind.

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  17. One's value should never be determined by another's opinion...Great post! I need to go scope out that Maxi. Beautiful!

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    1. Please do, it will instantly make you feel like a mermaid. And, who didn't play mermaids when they were younger?!

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  18. Service is huge! I need to do more of it. I totally agree with feeling better when I take care of myself. The days I do seem to be much better. Love your pictures, and blog!

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