The Meaning Behind My Blog Name

One late afternoon in November of 2009, I purchased some web hosting space, installed the default template in WordPress, opened up the domain name registrar page….and waited for inspiration to strike.

What Would I Call Myself?

It had been less than a month since my 20 year old brother, Erik, had passed away from suicide after fighting the long fight with Bipolar Depression, and my entire life had been turned upside down. Everything had a gray cast over it. I was grieving. My family members were grieving. Friends Erik didn’t even know he had were grieving. I needed something to uplift my spirits, to spirit me away in to the light.

Well, I’ve Always Been A Magpie…

…I thought to myself. I’ve always gravitated toward anything sparkly, and I had an eye for aesthetics. “Pretty Sparkly,” I thought to myself, “sounds good, but isn’t quite enough.

At that moment, the glint of rose gold on my new Michael Kors watch caught my eye in the last few rays of sunlight.

Pretty Shiny Sparkly.

I typed in the domain name quickly, internally crossing my proverbial fingers, praying that it wouldn’t be taken.

Success! I had a domain name, I had a website, now what would I do with it?


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  1. Sherry Lea Cobb
    05.28.2015 / 1:46 pm

    Shine on, your an absolute inspiration!

  2. glitter glamgirl
    05.28.2015 / 3:42 pm

    Want to hear more and can’t wait for next post! I have always loved glitter and sparkles, too and I love your blog name

  3. Lynn Zimmerman
    05.28.2015 / 6:50 pm

    I’ve been a fan + reader for years now! And your YouTube videos are the!

  4. Alisa Blackburn
    05.29.2015 / 3:13 am

    The first part of this post resonated so much with me. Back in 2002, I also lost my 20 year old brother to suicide. I remember my life being turned upside down and the grief that followed.

    I’m so glad you found something pretty, shiny and sparkly to lift your spirits, I am looking forward to reading the next installment!

    Much love,
    Ali xx

  5. Jenny Burgess
    05.29.2015 / 3:36 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your brother. I’ve known too many people to die to suicide. It is so heartbreaking and something you can never quite get past. I’m truly sorry to hear about that.

    But, I’m glad you found something to help you move forward, and found blogging to be it. Much love to you.

    Jenny // <a href="">Mish Mosh Makeup</a>

    • 05.31.2015 / 3:27 am

      Thank you Jenny, that’s so very kind of you. Much love to you too.