It’s Our Anniversary

January 15th, 2014 in life

It’s hard to believe that we launched in 2010 on this very day and it’s been 4 years!  What a magnificent 4 years it has been.  Around this time of the year, I typically reflect on the previous year and everything that I accomplished and didn’t accomplish.  I tend to focus on all the things I wanted to do but didn’t.  This year I feel a little bit differently.  Last year, I took a break to have my beautiful baby boy, Maxwell.  See that little banner. It was the very first Baby Bassinet Banner that The Purple Pug ever made. Unbelievably special!   Our family is complete and so blessed.  I’ve enjoy my time with my son more than I could have ever imagined.  His “Maaaaa Maaaaa” makes my heart stop.  I’m so glad that I took time to be present for all of the wonderful first with Max.

Maxwell 4 Mnths

When I think about the past 4 years, I think about all of the many things that we have done and it has been an awesome road.  It hasn’t been easy and it hasn’t all been peachy, but it has been wonderful!  Right now, I’m in the process of finishing up my PowerSheets from Lara Casey and they have truly given me such a sense of purpose and direction…and I peace that I haven’t had in long time when it comes to my business.  I’m so ready to Making Things Happen in 2014!  Check out my Making Things Happen in 2014 Pinterest Board.  If I could tell myself a few things to consider as I began this journey there are five things that come to mind:

  1. It’s going to be alright.
  2. Don’t stress about always be FIRST because you won’t be.
  3. Do what you love and don’t feel pressure to do what everyone else is doing.
  4. Take your time….baby steps are OK. Stop comparing yourself to others.
  5. Enjoy the ride!

In September, I had the most amazing opportunity, an opportunity of a lifetime really…. I was invited to meet Preston Bailey in his studio in September and it truly changed my life! I actually still can not believe that I had that opportunity, but God’s favour in my life is real and I’m so thankful for it.  There is so much I can write about that experience but I will simply say that Preston Bailey IS an even more amazing person than I imagined he would be.   The most important item that I took from my time with Preston is that I need to “trust my inner mentor”.  We all have this “spirit” in us.  You might call it God, you might call it your “gut” but we all have something within us that guides us.  It leads us.  If you are anything like me, you might not always trust that feeling and look for “outside” validation or opinions.   In reality the outside validation is only telling you want you ALREADY know!

Ebony Sparkes with Preston Bailey

That’s me with Preston!!!!  I love him!

So I’m excited about what this year has in store for me, my family and SED!  I hope you will stick around for the ride!

Love & Focus are what will drive my year in 2014 , what words are guiding your year this year?

My motto for this year!

sparkle darling

Pug says:

2014 is the year of the Sparkle. You are amazing, talented and extraordinary. And you make cute kids. Love you. Keep spreading your sparkle.xo

Nia says:

Very nice! Maxwell is such a little super star. I’m excited about what you bring to the table in 2014.

Kendra says:

Love, love, love…So happy to have seen this business (and your babies) born.

Talia says:

Congratulations on 4 years! You are extremely talented and I know you will achieve and exceed everything your heart desires! I remember that convo we had in Orlando nearly 2 years ago, and how you shared with me so openly…Thank you. THANKS for being an inspiration to me. And most of all God bless your family! They are beautiful. Happy 2014, I know it is going to be EPIC and AMAZING! Oh and I don’t know how you contained yourself meeting your idol…lol. so happy for you. That is a big deal!!! 🙂


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Welcome to the blog! I’m Ebony Sparkes and I am southern belle wedding and event planner serving the DMV. I love LOVE and celebrating all of life’s special occasions and this is why I became an event planner. I have been fortunate to plan amazing celebrations in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., New York, Georgia, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic!

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