Hello hello!! I am SO EXCITED to share with you my first post on Sparkle and Shine Bright!!
My name is Jen and I LOVE everything that Sparkles and Shines Bright 🙂
It has been about four years now since I quit my full time job as a manager at a major women’s fashion company to become to the primary caregiver of my grandparents. I was happy to do it! They are like another set of parents to me and have always been there for me when I needed them. I am finally able to return the favor.
As I settled into my new role, I found myself with some extra time on my hands, although not as much as you’d think but some. I started checking out apps that I never had time to look at and started reading all my favorite blogs on a regular basis. And just like you see in the movies- I had my “ahh-ha!” moment! I should start a blog of my own! Why not?!
Once I decided to start my blog I started to think heavily about how I wanted it to be. I want this blog to be different from the thousands of amazing blogs you can find out there! I LOVE a great deal and the perfect nude lippie and I’m sure I’ll share fashion and beauty on here, but I also want to help people on a little more personal and sufficient level.
There are thousands of fashion and beauty blogs out there and even those bloggers will tell you that the market is highly over saturated. Knowing that as I went into starting Sparkle and Shine Bright, I really want to go a different path and add something to the blogging world. What that exactly is, well we are going to find that out together because I have no idea what it is.
I put off launching SSB for almost 5 years, for a number of different reasons; no one cares what I do every day, there are so many more interesting people on social media, I’m not pretty enough, it’s not perfect enough, I’m scared people will reject me. You get the idea. Fear was at the root of all my excuses and I’m proud to tell you today, that I’ve had enough and am finally saying no more. I will not let fear run my life.
I want SSB to inspire, encourage, and be a safe place that anyone can come to when they need a little pick me up, or when they are feeling great and can get some encouragement to keep the mojo going! But instead of solely inspiring with fashion outfits and beauty products, I want to inspire with kind words, tips and tricks to feeling better, and of course anything and everything that Sparkles and Shines Bright.
Of course, a great deal on that pair of jeans that fit just right or the perfect pink/nude lippie is a great way to treat yourself after a hard day and you will definitely see that here! It just won’t be the main focus of the blog.
I thought a lot about how to execute my idea and I figured that the best way to do that was share my journey [to a degree] so that maybe you could identify with it. What you will see is raw, messy, real. Some of my photos will be Pinterest quality we’ll call them, but others will be taken to quickly catch a fleeting moment in time that might be blurry or perfectly centered, color coordinated etc.
Maybe you had a bad day too or something didn’t go your way, and you read about my struggles and frustrations of the day it might help you feel not so alone and help you get back to the best you!
Since quitting my job, I get asked the same question over and over,
“What do you want to do when you are no longer
needed to be the caregiver of your grandparents?”
The first thing that comes to mind and out of my mouth is,
“I want to help people, I’m just not sure the best
platform or outlet.”
I hope Sparkle and Shine Bright is that platform.
Sparkle and Shine Bright is an extension of my self and a glimpse into my life. This is a new adventure for me and I’m so excited to share it with you!
I hope you stay with me and follow my messy yet real journey! And of course, don’t forget to Sparkle and Shine Bright!!