Author: Sparkle with Sara

Office Organizers created during Maker Monday with SparklewithSara Blog

Repurpose with Upcycle Arts & Crafts

Upcycle; Create and Repurpose!

Reduce waste AND have fun creating something functional and aesthetically pleasing to use in your daily life!

Below are some examples of past projects that re-purposed packaging and other waste to create something new and useful!

Office Organizers made with food packaging

BEFORE: Cereal Boxes, Cracker /Cookie Box, Popcorn Box, and re purposed scrapbook paper.

AFTER: Cute Organizer for your home or office.

Maker Monday SparklewithSara Upcycle Project Create Office Organizers

Cultivate Gratitude and Save the Planet

BEFORE: Mixed Paper & Aluminum Cans (Pringles, Nuts, Coffee, Breadcrumbs, comes in this packaging)

AFTER: Jar of Good Fortune (Jar of Gratitude)

BEFORE: Tea Boxes, Keurig Boxes and Re-purposed Card Stock.

AFTER: Box of Good Fortune (Box of Gratitude)  This one pictured below is on of the original designs made with love for my brother and his girlfriend. It’s still holding up from a few years ago!! (don’t mind the dust😘 )

Halloween Decorations made from re-purposed materials like food jars

BEFORE: Glass Jars and re purposed paper product

AFTER: Halloween Decoration with light

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What does Sparkle mean?

Sparkle with Sara | Sparkle Meaning

Sparkle means all of this in the dictionary (see below), but also MORE. It’s about balancing the light and dark in our lives. Life isn’t consistently positive or filled with light. The darkness allows us to appreciate the light. When light and dark is in perfect balance that’s when we perceive a sparkle, a glow, and fullness of life.

Let’s SPARKLE!!! Join the sparkle crew, here.

Sparkle Means

If you google “Sparkle Definition” this is what it shows you:

verb
1. shine brightly with flashes of light.
“her earrings sparkled as she turned her head”
synonyms include:
  • glitter, glint, glisten, twinkle, flicker, flash, blink, shimmer, dance, shine, gleam, glow
2. be vivacious and witty.
“after a glass of wine, she began to sparkle”
synonyms include: 
  • be lively, be vivacious, be animated, be ebullient, be exuberant, be bubbly, be effervescent, be sparkling, be witty, be brilliant, be enthusiastic, be full of life

 

Books & Podcasts

My “Reading” List

Books, Podcasts, & Videos

Here is another update on what I have been reading, watching, and listening to the past few months. As you can see in the lists below, my research on (and for) humanity has continued, with a few interruptions to research and listen to multiple outlets about Covid19. I didn’t include all the content in my lists because there is SO MUCH! Below, I outlined the “other content” and “daily habits” that have me looking up articles and videos on a regular basis so I don’t have to list them all every month. If you want to find a podcast, video, or book I have specifically listed look them up using the title provided, sorry I didn’t included many links on this one.

Other Content

I do my best to stay in the loop everyday by watching and reading news from multiple sources. To get a full picture I’ll tune in to hear what the main media news sources are saying like CNN, FOX, BBC, etc, as well as local news and independent news sources. I show up to events (in-person or online) like town halls, debates, hearings, on a local, national, and global level. I also utilize information from independent content creators on blogs, podcasts, youtube, and more. Another channel for information and expression is news satire comedians and stand up comics.

Staying in tune to what is happening in my local community all the way to the global community is really important to me. Yes, it is a lot of content, but it allows me to see the bigger picture. It’s a more holistic look at what is going on, what is being said, and who is doing what. To get through so much content I multitask so I can be productive while listening, and I also change the playback speed to 2x+ so that everything I’m listening to takes half as long! Amidst it all, there are lots of great people doing great work to discover and share truths about our reality, solve problems, and improve quality of life.

Daily habits:

  • Meditation
  • Stretching
  • Outdoor Exercise
  • Physical Therapy (building the right muscles)
  • Intermittent Fasting
  • Vegan-ish

These daily habits equal daily content that I consume. Whether it’s doing a new guided meditation or finding a new physical therapy exercise video to help with my specific issues, or watching a video about proper stretching, or watching a guided yoga video. And being vegan-ish means I’m always looking up good vegan recipes.

There are apps that provide me with content too. I really enjoy the Waking Up App, Daily Guided Meditations by Sam Harris (and some by Annaka Harris too!) I’ve been doing this for a year now! I started by first doing the 50 days consecutively (more or less) to finish the beginner’s “curriculum”. This unlocks the daily meditations within the app. I really enjoy this basic, simple and almost scientific, guided meditation. There are so many flavors to accessing other states of consciousness. It’s been very intriguing researching them all and enjoying the proven health benefits.

Okay, on to the lists! I used numbered lists with no specific order just wanted to count them by month, working backwards from now as I write this on May 16th 2020. So below you will see May, April, March, February, January, and December 2019. Yeah, it’s been awhile seen this has been updated, haha. Thanks for reading! It’s been fun to document the different things that I get into! I probably missed a lot, but it’s fun to look back at the content I consume! I should have started taking note like this so much sooner, for my own benefit! And it helps answer questions like; “How do you know that??? Where did you hear that??” “How do you know so much about stuff?” I’m a life long learner with a passion for discovery and exploration into various topics! Thanks again for joining my journey!

May 2020

As of May 16th 2020 / half of month

Books (Audiobooks)

  1. Lost Connections -Johan Hari (finished it, 2nd time- so good!)
  2. Drawdown by Paul Hawken (in progress)

Podcasts & Videos

  1. Spaceship Earth – Documentary about Biosphere 2
  2. YangSpeaks – with Ian Bremmer
  3. Joe Rogan Experience – with Dr. Rhonda Patrick
  4. YangSpeaks – with Sam Harris
  5. Az Small Business BootCamp Sessions/Videos (Resource made available during Covid 19 thru Az Commerce Authority)
  6. YangSpeaks with Krystal Ball (I LOVED THIS ONE!!)
  7. Bret & Heather Dark Horse Podcast Live Stream – Herd Immunity
  8. Joe Rogan with Elon Musk
  9. Regional Report Pivoting your Business Model – Phx Economic Council
  10. Az Biz BootCamp – CashFlow – Cut Costs
  11. Alex Kack’s Sorry for Rambling with Nomiki Konst
  12. So many videos for physical therapy and meditation
  13. Making Sense with Sam Harris – with Yuval Noah Harari
  14. Mindscape (Sean Carroll) with Liam Kofi Bright on Knowledge, Truth, and Science
  15. 99% Invisible – The Natural Experiment (SO GOOD!)

News & Articles

April 2020

Books (Audiobooks)

  1. Lost Connections by Johan Hari (re-read, in progress)
  2. Lying by Sam Harris (finished)
  3. Epigenetics by Richard C. Francis (in progress)
  4. The Inflamed Mind by Edward Bullmore (in progress)

Podcasts & Videos

  1. RadioLab – Atomic Artifacts
  2. RadioLab – The Cataclysm Sentence
  3. Sam Harris’s Making Sense #200 – Creatures of Habit a conversation with James Clear
  4. Lots of physical therapy and pain management videos
  5. Mindscape 94 Stuart Russell on Making Artifical Intelligence Compatible with Humans
  6. Joe Rogan with Duncan Trussell
  7. Mindscape 93 with Rae Wynn Grant on Bears, Humans, and Other Predators
  8. Breathwork and meditation videos
  9. Sorry for Rambling – Madeleine Roux
  10. Sorry for Rambling – Jason Call
  11. Bret & Heather Dark Horse Podcast – Live Q&A
  12. Sorry for Rambling – Tokyo Sand
  13. Sorry for Rambling – Morgan Freed
  14. Mindscape 92 Kevin Hand on Life Elsewhere in the Solar System
  15. H3 Podcast with Epidemiologist Dr Eric
  16. Mindscape 91 Scott Barry Kaufman on the Psychology of Transcendence
  17. Joe Rogan Experience with Eric Weinstein
  18. Making Sense with Sam Harris – #195 Social Cohesion is Everything
  19. Making Sense with Sam Harris #198 with Paul Bloom
  20. Making Sense with Sam Harris #196 The Science of Happiness with Laurie Santos
  21. Making Sense with Sam Harris #194 The Future of Work with Matt Mullenweg
  22. Joe Rogan Experience with Lex Fridman
  23. Sorry for Rambling Jen Perelman (passionate representative in florida)
  24. Sorry for Rambling Joe Ferguson (local sheriff)
  25. Sorry for Rambling with Majid Padellan / Brooklyn Dad Defiant
  26. Sorry for Rambling with Fred Wellman
  27. Videos from looking up how to use a neti pot correctly LOL SO SICK (march/April)
  28. Bret & Heather Dark Horse on Vaccines and seasonality
  29. Bret & Heather Dark Horse on Bio weapons, bats, and societal response (from an evolutionary biologist standpoint)
  30. Mindscape #37 Edward Watts on the End of the Roman Republic and Lessons…
  31. Mindscape #90 David Kaiser on Science, Money, and Power.
  32. Sorry for Rambling with Fred Karger
  33. Economic Complexity by Dr. Cesar Hidalgo | Centre for Complex Systems Studies
  34. Ted Talk by Cesar Hidalgo: A Bold Idea to Replace Politicians

March 2020

Books (Audiobooks)

  1. Scale by Geoffrey West (finished SO GOOD!)

Podcasts & Videos

  1. The Biggest Ideas in the Universe by Sean Carroll, Conservation
  2. The Biggest Ideas in the Universe by Sean Carroll, Change
  3. YangSpeaks – A Conversation with Andrew Yang
  4. Mindscape #89 with Lera Broditsky on Language, Thought, Space…
  5. Jurassic Art – 99% Invisible
  6. Why Blue Whales Don’t Get Cancer – Peto’s Paradox |Kurzgesagt
  7. City of Tucson Webinars & other resources
  8. Mindscape Bonus with Tara Smith on Coronavirus, Pandemics and What We….
  9. Bret & Heather Dark Horse Live stream 1- tests and masks
  10. Making Sense #192 with Paul Bloom
  11. Joe Rogan with Shannon O’Loughlin
  12. Ancient Structures with Graham Hancock (from joe rogan experience #142)
  13. Cahokia Mounds – multiple videos and lectures
  14. The Myth of the Mound Builders
  15. Mindscape AMA
  16. Mindscape #88 Neil Shubin on Evolution, Genes, and Dramatic Transitions
  17. Italians record messages for “themselves from 10 days ago” goes viral
  18. The Universal Laws of Growth and Pace with Geoffrey B. West
  19. Mindscape #5 Geffrey West on Netwoks, Scaling, and the Pace of Life.
  20. Stoicism How Epictetus Keeps Calm
  21. So many Physcial Therapy & Meditation Videos
  22. Joe Rogan Experience #1439 with Michael Osterholm worked with CIDRAP / CDC etc
  23. Joe Rogan Experience #1437 with Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics
  24. Mindscape #15 David Poeppel on Thought, Language, and How to Understand the Brain
  25. Mindscape #87 Karl Friston on Brains, Predictions, and Free Energy
  26. Joe Rogan Experience #1436- Adam Curry
  27. Mindscape #86 Martin Rees on Threats to Humanity, Prospects for Posthumanity…
  28. Mindscape #84 Suresh Naidu on Capitalism, Monopsony, and Inequality.

February 2020

Books (Audiobooks)

  1. How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan  (Finished)
  2. The Case Against Reality by Donald Hoffman (Finished)
  3. Scale by Geoffry West (in progress)

Podcasts & Videos

  1. Mindscape #80 Jenann Ismael on Connecting Physics to the….
  2. Mindscape #85 L.A. Paul on Transformative Experiences and Your Future Selves
  3. Joe Rogan Experience with Brian Greene
  4. Mindscape #82 with Robin Carhart-Harris on Psychedelics on the Brain
  5. Lots of meditation videos
  6. Mindscape #38 Alan Lightman on Transcendence , Science, and a Naturalists Sense of…..

Not too much content for this month. Working on lots of projects and I got really sick end of January – into February! And then I took vacation!

January 2020

Books (Audiobooks)

  1. How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan  (in progress)
  2. The Case Against Reality by Donald Hoffman (in progress)

Podcasts & Videos

  • Infinite I am Love Meditation | Steve Nobel
  • Guided Yoga Nidra Videos | Multiple sources
  • Abraham Hicks Fear is Telling You Something | Abraham Hicks Bliss
  • Super Quick Alignment Meditation | Steve Nobel
  • Abraham Hicks EVERYTHING is ALWAYS working out for me | dewdrop157
  • Hasan Puts #YangGang to the Test | Deep Cuts Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj
  • Sara Imari Walker on Information and the Origin of Life | Sean Carroll’s Mindscape Episode 79
  • #AmericaNeedsYang trends during debate without Yang on Stage | Multiple Videos
  • Why SpaceX is Making Starlink | Real Engineering
  • Abraham Hicks You Can’t Serve Two Masters | dewdrop157
  • Affirmations I am a Starseed Magician | Steve Nobel
  • Mindscape #81 with Ezra Klien on Polarization, Politics, and Identity

December 2019

Books (Audiobooks)

  1. The Beginning of Infinity by David Deutsch (finished)
  2. DMT: The Spirit Molecule by Rick Straussman (finished)
  3. How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan  (in progress)
  4. The Ego Tunnel by Thomas Metzinger  (finished)

Podcasts & Videos

  1. Mental Models with Shane Parrish | Making Sense with Sam Harris Podcast #155
  2. Psychedelic Science with Roland Griffiths | Making Sense with Sam Harris Podcast #177
  3. The Reality Illusion with Donald Hoffman | Making Sense with Sam Harris Podcast #178
  4. Highly Sensitive Entreprenuers | Growth Mindset Podcast Episode 76
  5. Alan Lightman on Transcendence, Sciencce and a Naturalists Sense of Meaning | Mindscape Episode 38 (only got halfway through)
  6. UBI FAQ – How do you pay for Universal Basic Income? | Andrew Yang for President 2020
  7. Andrew Yang Post Debate Full Interview & Other clips
  8. The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – Bernie and Rand Paul segments
  9. Abraham Hicks Law of Attraction Guided Vortex Meditation | dewdrop157
  10. Guided Yoga Nidra Videos
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The Best Advice I’ve Ever Received

I received the BEST ADVICE from a serendipitous interaction with a complete stranger. I didn’t think that their advice would have such a HUGE IMPACT on my life. It’s funny how things can work out like that. Now keep in mind, this advice did not change my life immediately, but rather sent me down a specific path that ultimate meant everything.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

For me, the best advice (so far) was the suggestion to learn how to dance the tango. Argentine Tango, to be precise. Advice given by Claudyne Wilder of Wilder Presentations and Torchmetrics (wow). She expressed to me that if I learned to dance the tango, I would learn how to properly stand and move about the room while public speaking, teaching, or presenting information. The walk of the tango creates body language that is confident and purposeful. She complimented me and said I have a lot of potential, and if I learn this, I will go far!

Seems like pretty basic advice, but again life is funny. I would have never met Claudyne Wilder if it weren’t for the fact that I was working for a friend of a friend of a friend (yeah, three times removed), to help them out last minute with their booth at the Gem and Mineral Show here in Tucson, AZ. This was in February 2019.

At that time in my life I had already been on a journey of weight loss and healthy habits (like going veganish). I was down 30/40 pounds and this new gig at the Gem Show proved to be an excellent workout. Since I had been used to sitting at my desk working on websites, digital marketing strategy, graphic design, etc…. this new gig had me standing for 8+ hours a day for 21 days straight (or almost, I didn’t make it the whole time lol). I also started doing intermittent fasting as a way to cleanse, reduce calories, and get to the autophagy phase (discovered by Nobel Prize winner in physiology and medicine in 2016) I had recently learned about. While standing at this gig I was trying to have good posture and did my best to stay hydrated throughout the day. So, when I got this advice it seemed very aligned with my current goals.

As soon as I was able to, I found a local tango dance class. They even offer the first group lesson FREE! “Yes! That’s awesome!” I thought! Unfortunately, the specified time for the free class never lined up with my availability AND it was a solid 30-minute drive away.

The next time I had free time (jump to end of April beginning of May), I pulled up some Beginner Basics for Tango Dancing on YouTube. The first video was specifically on how to do the basic walk and how to hold your spine, hips, and legs. I quickly found that I literally could not hold my body in that way. My back, my hips, and my injured leg just couldn’t do it. It just didn’t work. The more I tried, the more excruciating it got. Whoa! I did not expect that!

I have had chronic pain my entire life, but I’ve done my best to work through it and not let it hold me back. So I have plenty of experience utilizing the “grin and bear it” method. Things got much worse when I injured my leg and knee in 2015. But during that time, I felt like I had to put my job at a start-up tech company first, before my personal health. And then in 2016, I co-founded my own business so I really didn’t have time or energy to put toward my body. Big mistake, but full speed ahead!

Now here we are in 2019 and boy do I have some work to do! I started going to the chiropractor first. I thought the main issue was that I was just out of alignment, quick fix right? WRONG! My first session with my chiropractor released a lot of blocked and built up energy. Just taking the steps to address that pain and bring it to the forefront was an emotional mountain to climb. I cried so hard in that first session. My chiropractor was sweet and understanding. He said, “Let’s get you aligned and you’ll have much better control of your energy and emotions.” After several sessions he had a good understanding of me and my body. He was able to make meaningful suggestions and even discovered a few underlying issues.

I learned that I have joint hyper-mobility syndrome. It explains a lot! It turns out that a lot of people with anxiety have hyper mobile joints. It makes sense when you think about it because it’s a condition where the body and muscles can’t relax because the joints and the muscles around the joints will move too far and painfully over extend. It makes sense that people who can’t relax their body, and/or literally have to hold themselves together at all times, would also feel that way emotionally. It’s weird that this isn’t talked about more. Your physical state can inform and influence your mental and emotional state!!!

The solution for painful hyper-mobile joints is to build very specific muscle mass so that there is a foundation of muscle around these joints to help hold them and keep them in place, even when relaxed at rest. With my sedentary lifestyle (I work on a computer all day!), and with altering my posture to compensate for my injured leg, I created quite a problem and lots of atrophied muscles. So, my chiropractor suggested that I get a professional personal trainer to help with that.

I found a passionate personal trainer, Jade B at The Gym of Tucson, that could help me safely build muscle mass. Again, my first session I cried like a baby. Bringing that pain forward to talk about it and address it was opening the door to years and years of pain that had not been fully dealt with. Thankfully by the 2nd or 3rd meeting, I had worked through those blockages so the tears finally stopped. Just like the chiropractor, my trainer showed compassion and understanding, despite my emotional distress. It was, and is, extremely painful and slow going, but I was able to push through thanks to my positive and passionate trainer. When you are surround by support, you cannot fail!

This original advice to learn how to dance Argentine Tango pushed me to start my summer journey toward alignment and balance in all areas of my life. I became, and am still becoming, more aligned with my values, my goals, and my purpose. With this alignment I have been speaking my truth, sharing my knowledge, and anything that isn’t in alignment really doesn’t feel right. If you have hung out with me or worked with me this summer you may have experienced me “speaking my truth”. I just couldn’t help it. I can’t be silent anymore. I cannot be anything but me! I’m always working to be the best I can be, by learning and growing constantly. I have made leaps and bounds compared to where I started at the beginning of the summer. I went back to that tango video recently and was able to do more than before. Still difficult and I have balance issues, BUT it’s not impossible and excruciating like it was that first try.

Who knew that Argentine Tango could change my life so drastically, and I haven’t even started dancing yet… This is just the beginning!

 

What’s the best advice you have ever gotten?

Share your experiences and comment below! Thank you so much for reading!!! 🙂

 

 

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Anxious Love

Anxious love, please be still
Open your heart and let it fill
Anxious love, Just be here
Don’t be clouded by your fear
Anxious love, be in this moment
Don’t you know, life is not your opponent
Anxious love, think of all you’ll gain
When you let go of all the past pain
With your soul weightless and free
It will feel so good to just… be

poem by sparklewithsara

Anxious Love

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Full Moon Ritual & Labyrinth Walk

My Full Moon Ritual & Self-Care

I love celebrating the new moons and full moons! There was a time when my roommates and I would howl at the full moon and do a round of applause. It was a wonderful group ritual, so fun and energizing… our neighbors got used to it (lol). Recently, I’ve started walking a labyrinth during the new moon and full moon. It’s been a great way to reflect and start anew regularly. It’s been great for personal growth, and peace of mind and body.

Turns out this idea of reflecting and starting fresh has been proven to be beneficial, and is sadly underutilized! I learned about this “fresh start” concept from the research of Katie Milkman. When you think about a “fresh start” most people think of New Year’s Resolutions or anniversaries or birthdays. These naturally start a fresh new year, a new perspective, new habits, new you. Starting fresh can be difficult, but aids in lasting behavior change. When we can start fresh as often as possible we have the most overall success at changing behavior, perspectives and habits. By having the new moon and full moon as a ritual to start fresh has positively affected my life.

September Full Moon Ritual

For September’s Full Moon I took myself out on a “Full Moon Goddess Date”. I went to a local labyrinth as the full moon was rising. The labyrinth exists inside a natural desert park. The path outline is created with stones and rocks in the desert dirt. Not too far away coyotes were howling, completing the authentic feel of this full moon labyrinth ritual. I did a relaxing breathing exercise. I felt centered and my mind quiet. I set my intentions and stepped into the labyrinth. I walked the path to the center of the labyrinth slowly and mindfully. Step by step, breath by breath. I soaked up the moonlight. As I reached the center, I symbolically left behind the old to reenter the world fresh and anew, ready for all the possibilities. I’m a Goddess, I got this. This ritual in the serene moonlit desert felt so energizing and calming at the same time. I felt grounded and empowered.

I continued my Full Moon Goddess Date with myself by going to the Metal Arts Village for their Full Moon Open Studio event.  The art there was captivating and the live music was soulful. Onstage was a drummer, and the singer was playing the guitar. I sat and listened for a bit and then walked back to my car. I finished the night with a margarita, I stopped by where my brother is the bartender. It was great to see him and the mango tajin margarita was delicious. The full moon ritual and the entire evening was exactly what my body, mind, and spirit needed.

New Moon Ritual & Self Care

New Moon, who dis? Do you feel that new moon energy?  I walked the labyrinth in the daylight starting fresh along with the new moon. It was nice to enjoy the breeze and the sunlight, the chatter of birds and the rustling of rabbits in the bushes. Mindfully and intentionally walking toward the center I was washed over with feelings of peace and true relaxation.  Following the path back out of the labyrinth it felt like taking the first steps of the rest of my life. A fresh start, a clean slate with infinite potential.

October Full Moon Ritual

For the full moon in October I wanted to share this labyrinth experience with two amazing people; My friend of almost 20 years, Sarah, and my partner in life, Josh. It was so perfect. Sarah and I dressed up as Moon Goddesses with white dresses and gold leaves in our hair. It felt good to get dressed up for the occasion. It’s good to feel beautiful sometimes. My partner was our very own personal photographer for our full moon experience.When we arrived at the desert labyrinth path, we did a candle lighting ceremony. Together we set our individual intentions and walked the labyrinth path. It felt so powerful yet gentle in the stillness of the desert under the full moon.

To complete the night, we got our wings so we can fly! Our “wings” were a beautiful mural of a large wingspan at Hotel McCoy. This experience was so exhilarating it really felt like flying! And I love that the photos turned out so well! Especially considering this was a night time photo shoot!

I am so grateful that I was able to do this with my best friend while she was in town. I love that I have these memories and photos to cherish after she goes back home (across the country). I feel so blessed to have this friendship and be able to have this experience. I love that I can enjoy this local labyrinth any day of the month, but especially on full moons and on new moons. It is a result of doing these rituals I am so filled with gratitude! I am gushing with gratitude, love, and joy. I’m so excited for my new projects in collaboration with Locals Only Tucson, offering a version of this Guided Labyrinth Experience to locals and visitors in Tucson, Az. Check dates for upcoming full moon and new moon tours. If this is something you might be interested in you can purchase tickets through their Eventbrite, here.

It feels so good to create, connect, reflect, and grow. And yes, sometimes there are growing pains, but we don’t need to suffer. We can let go and grow! My mantra to help me is: I am a Sparkling Goddess; I got this. 😊 We are all sparkling and have more power than we know. YOU are a sparkling goddess or god and YOU got this! ✨💕✨

 

And shout out to the MVP Goddess, our last minute photographer @fadpanta ❤

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Days & Nights

Great days are filled with many faces
and exciting new places
Outside the birds are singing
In the breeze, the trees are swinging
Silence is filled with talk and laughter
Smiling so much it hurts after
Good friends, good food
Will keep you in a good mood
All the way into the night
Go way up, take flight
Get wild, get weird
Nothing to be feared
It’s just friends here
and there’s beer near

Poem by sparklewithsara

Days and Nights

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What is a Labyrinth?

Walking a labyrinth is quickly becoming popular….again. Labyrinths have been created and used globally for centuries. Labyrinths are found in many cultures and religions; used for meditation and prayer. Today, you can find labyrinths at parks, schools, spas, hospitals, and communities. Even Princeton Center for Yoga and Health unveiled their very own labyrinth walking path.

What is a Labyrinth?

First, let me tell you what a labyrinth isn’t; a labyrinth is not a puzzle or a maze. There is no guessing or choosing, there is only one clear path to follow. The path takes you to the center of the labyrinth. To exit, it is the same path. This labyrinth path can be created as simply as with an outline in the ground, or built up with rocks, or it can truly be a labyrinth with large hedges of plants or mounds/walls, etc.

What do you do at a Labyrinth?

All you must do is follow the clear path to walk to the center and then go back out the way you came in. For the full benefit, enter the labyrinth with a set intention or with a meditative / present mindset, you may sit or stand in meditation once in the center, if you wish. As you exit the labyrinth and reenter the world you can feel the difference in your body, mind, and spirit. Building a labyrinth in a park is a great way to create a sacred space for all people to use for their own purposes. Your labyrinth walk can be made special for you by filling it with your own meaning and intentions. Walking the labyrinth can be done at any time, but can hold additional meaning when done on significant days. For example, I enjoy walking the labyrinth during the full moon and new moon. Using a labyrinth and special dates to “start fresh” has been shown to inspire positive behavior change by Katie Milkman.

Growth Upward Toward the Light Sparkle with Sara Values Poetry

Prevail

I’m paralyzed
Inwardly criticized
Desperate for change
This place is strange
It will be missed
but I need a catalyst
Will you be the one
to help me come undone
Drop the disguise
open my eyes
Inhale, exhale
I will prevail

Poetry

Office Grind

Crack, hiss
Morning soda, who does this?
Pill bottle rattles
As if to tattle
Chairs squeak
As if to speak
Coffee pot spits
Caffeine to keep our wits
Computers on, screens glow
Why is everything so slow
Another cup of coffee
To shake sleep off me
You can hear the roar
Of everyone’s keyboard
Clack, clack, clack
Our fingers attack
Get into the grind
It’s a state of mind

Poem by sparklewithsara

Office Grind. I wrote this poem back when I worked in the program management department with several other people. The company had an open floor plan for everyone to see and communicate with each other easily. This also meant that you could hear everything.  We all accomplished a lot in this department so we were all grinding. Office grind, it’s a state of mind. 😉