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What makes YOU sparkle?

 

This post is sponsored by Markerly and Dasani.
When I graduated college, I went through a quarter life crisis; I missed my friends. I missed drinking a few times a week (didn’t miss the hangovers though). I missed the campus. I missed belonging to something. I missed my routine. I just missed everything about the little life I had made in beautiful Oxford, Ohio.
I accepted a job after graduating and had high hopes of it turning into more than it ended up being. I changed jobs a few months after that and then changed jobs again a few months after that. I was at my job for 6 months or so when I met my husband and then stayed there for another 6 months before we were moved to Fort Drum, NY.
We were only together for a few weeks in NY before he was deployed. I was super sad and in a strange place; I was a newlywed, newly pregnant, and new military spouse. I had no idea what to expect and no idea where to turn.
I know what you’re thinking… get to the point lady! And I’m getting there, promise.
When Z deployed, I was super sad and felt a little lost. I was 24 years old, living with my parents, and had no sense of direction. I worked at one of my old jobs and tried to pick up some new hobbies to stay busy but I didn’t really feel like me. But when he returned home, I felt like I could focus on me again.
We welcomed our son into the world.
I explored my love for photography.
My blog had become more than I ever imagined.
I made a ton of friends on our new post.
I began working out again.
I felt like I was slowly but surely getting my sparkle back. And if we’re being honest, the word sparkle totally makes me giggle because of our good friend Tiara right here…
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But anyways, all of these things make feel like me. And as a mom, I sometimes forget that I need to have these little vices that make me happy.
What makes you sparkle? Because if you feel like sharing it, you could win a trip to the Westin Diplomat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Airfare, hotel, and spa treatments for four. Count me IN!

All of you have to do to enter is upload a picture using the hashtag #SparkleWithDASANI to Twitter or Instagram! Easy, right?

 

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