I thought today, October 3rd, would be the perfect day to share with you my "why". Why I created the SPARKLE community and why I care so much about each of you who are a part of it.
If you've ever heard me speak or if you've read my book, Sparkle in the Rain, you know that I survived a very difficult divorce. I haven't been shy about sharing my story because I know that others are helped and healed by my testimony.
How do I know?
I'm so sure of this because each time I speak, at the end of the session, women come up to me telling me of their own experiences and how my story encouraged them. And people who have read my book have told me how they saw themselves in those pages and how it helped to know that they weren't the only ones going through a difficult time.
Not everyone was dealing with divorce but, in each case, these were Christian women of "a certain age" who felt lost, abandoned, and betrayed by a certain scenario that they never imagined would be a part of their life's story. They could relate to me and I could relate to them. We were bound together like a sisterhood of women who were determined to bounce back and allow our lights to shine before men that they could see our good works and glorify our Father which is in heaven. This, as you probably know, is a paraphrase of our theme Scripture found in Matthew 5:16. And I suggest that because we've been through the fire and come out better than we were when we went in, our light ought to be so bright that we SPARKLE!
So why did I create the SPARKLE Community?
I created our SPARKLE Community because I know that women benefit from relationships with other women. When we share experiences, conversation, and laughter, we're made the better for it.
My "why" revolves around my desire to create a space, as well as products and services, that allow women to feel a sense of belonging and I want you to know that your voice and your experiences matter.
I hope you'll talk back
Please feel free to respond to the SparkleGrams when something hits you. Tell me what you think and I'll share it here or in our Facebook group. If you're not a part of our Facebook group yet, I invite you to join today. I just renamed the group, we are now Women Who Sparkle. (Let me know if you can't find us using this link.)
Nineteen years ago today
My father passed away on October 3, 2003, 19 years ago today. While my warm and wonderful memories of him are too numerous to count, I will never forget him always encouraging me to try. "Gail, just try", I can still hear him telling me that.
It is in his memory that I've chosen to share with you today my "why" and my rededication to trying my best to always make you happy that you're a part of our community. If I fall short, feel free to tell me.
But enough about me...
What's YOUR why? What motivates you to do the things that you do? How can we help you reach your next level of happiness and success?
As I see it, when my light touches your light, and your light touches my light, something powerful happens. And if the world ever needed the power of our light and our SPARKLE, it needs it now.