Welcome to Sparkles of Sunshine! I’m Christie, and I’m so happy you’ve stopped by today. I believe you should always make time in your life to do the things that make you happiest. For me, that includes completing various DIY projects, decorating my home, thrift store shopping, reading, gardening, crocheting, spending time with my family and cooking. I created Sparkles of Sunshine so I’d have a place to share my projects with others, and hopefully spread some sunshine into your life. If you are looking for inspiration for crafts, recipes, and DIY projects, or maybe need some uplifting encouragement, you’ve definitely come to the right place!
WHY START A BLOG?
A former English major, it seemed natural for me to start a blog since I love writing. I used to dream of writing a book after I graduated from college. I worked as a high school English teacher, and spent my free time writing and brainstorming for my novel. After four years of teaching, I decided to quit so I could enroll in a Masters of Librarian Science program nearby. I knew I would make a perfect librarian someday, but life doesn’t always happen the way we plan it. That summer my grandmother lost her short battle with pancreatic cancer, and my life was forever changed. Between mourning her death and my home getting flooded by a hurricane (yes, when it rains, it POURS!) I knew I wasn’t ready for school, so I decided to put that on hold. Unfortunately, I put my love and dream of writing on hold, too.
I needed income and had already quit my teaching job, so I contacted a staffing company to get temporary work. I never imagined that decision would eventually lead me to a career in the staffing industry. I spent 8 years working as an Account Manager, and loved every minute of it! Well, I loved meeting and working with clients and interviewing and hiring employees, but I despised firing and laying off employees. That is definitely NOT a fun part of the job! Despite my love for the job, something was missing. I started doing some soul-searching and spent a lot of time in prayer. I felt God leading me somewhere, but I wasn’t sure exactly where. It took me a while to follow His leading, but eventually I took a leap of faith and quit my job.
It was that leap of faith that sparked me to start this blog. My friends and family encouraged me to start a blog to share my organizational ideas, DIY and craft projects. What started out as a fun way to show off my crafty projects around the house, has quickly become so much more! I’ve rekindled my love of writing, discovered new talents, learned A LOT (yes, even I can do a little HTML coding!) and formed some really great friendships. I think it was a great decision, don’t you?
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I look forward to sharing with you on this blog and I hope it provides you with some inspiration. Now, let’s create some sunshine for your life!