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It’s Official…We’re Moving on Up

I just might be giving away my age here, but does anyone remember that song, ‘We’re Moving on Up’ from the hit TV series The Jeffersons? It went something like this…

“Well we’re movin on up,
To the east side.
To a deluxe apartment in the sky.
Movin on up,
To the east side.
We finally got a piece of the pie.”

Lyrics courtesy of metrolyrics.com

Well, it feels good to be singing that over here at sunSPARKLEshine. After some tweaking, we’ve now completed our move to the big leagues. We have taken our little blog and migrated to our own domain name at www.sunsparkleshine.com. No hard feelings. In fact we’re still good friends with the folks here at WordPress and have hosted our new site with them.

Check out Sparkle's new home

Check out Sparkle’s new home

But what does that mean for you? Well it means that you can find the same great content with a whole lot more sparkle! So what are you waiting for? Head on over to sunSPARKLEshine and check out our new look. Once you’re there, we’d love to hear what you think.

Our social media channels remain the same (just more sparkle there too…we just couldn’t keep it to ourselves). So please keep in touch via:

Continue spreading the shine and share a little sparkle wherever you go!

Blogging woes? Problem solved!

I just spent the better part of my day working on a graphic for my blog. I had the post written and waiting but I ended up putting it on hold – again! – until I could find just the right image. I figured there must be a better way to do this!  While I enjoy blogging, this was taking way too much time. Have you been there?

Ok, so maybe it’s no surprise — if you’ve visited my blog before you could probably tell that I have a thing or two to learn about blogging. Well say no more, I’ve found the answer to my woes – at least as far as blogging is concerned. I just signed up for Arabah Joy’s Christian Bloggers Bootcamp where I will learn how to generate great content AND create compelling images!

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Arabah Joy is a Christian blogger and author who I’ve been following for a while. Early last year I signed up for her ‘Abiding with Christ’ e-course and I absolutely loved it. I walked away feeling inspired and transformed. And I’ve enjoyed her writings ever since. So when I saw that she was willing to share practical, hands-on instruction about Christian blogging, I immediately got interested.

I have to confess that I was a little concerned about the course price. I know, I know, it’s only $69. You see somehow I thought that maybe I could find some free resources and try those out first. I thought I could simply grow my blog without having to shell out any money. I quickly realised that this was easier said than done – and sometimes you simply get what you pay for.

It helps that Arabah Joy has sweetened the deal by offering some cool bonuses. Three to be exact. (I’m personally looking forward to the free blog planner!) And who can resist a money back guarantee?

Having read the testimonials from others who’ve taken this course before, I realise that having a tried and true blogging system is worth every penny. Others have reported as much as a whopping 93% increase in page views after taking the course. I know that’s not the primary focus and admit that I am not hooked on numbers and statistics. But frankly, part of why I started my blog in the first place was to encourage and inspire others for Christ. So at the end of the day, the more people I can reach, the more people I can inspire. Arabah Joy says it best:

CBB is focused on developing your content and using your voice for God’s Kingdom, not your own.

Arabah Joy

And while you don’t have to be a Christian blogger to access the course, I appreciate Arabah’s extra effort to present the material through a Christian lens. But maybe you’re not a novice like me. Even seasoned bloggers will learn tips and tricks to take their blog to the next level.

After checking it out for myself and being convinced about the benefits of Arabah Joy’s blogging course, I decided to become an affiliate. This just means that I spread the word, get a small commission and you get a discount. It’s win-win!

Here’s the deal: when you sign up by July 31 using my code MTS10 you get …drumroll please… 10% off the course price. So instead of $69, you pay just $62.10! (Hey, every little bit counts!)

So yes, as you can tell I am very excited to jump right in and get started on improving my blog. But the best part is that I don’t have to give up my entire summer to do this course. I love that I can go through the Christian Bloggers Bootcamp at my own pace. After all, I have two busy kids to entertain!

Speaking of two busy kids, I think I just got an idea for a future blog post! And I bet I can even find an image to go with that!😉

Be the Sunshine

Beautiful post and a reminder of how we can share happiness with others.

ME and the Boss

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“Those who

bring sunshine

to the lives

of others

cannot keep it

from themselves.”

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— James M. Barrie

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Happiness is very contagious,

if you have it you can infect everyone around you,

and it always comes back to re-infect you.

Happiness begins with a smile,

spreads to a few kind words and

eventually becomes a warm bear hug.

Today, be the sunshine, be the smile and

seek to spread happiness wherever you can

knowing that it will keep your heart warm

when it is reflected back to you.

Happiness is being the sunshine.

Happiness is helping someone help themselves.

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