Naming a blog is hard. For me, it was one of the hardest things about starting this blog. I wanted a name that was original, but also one that set the tone for who I am as a writer and a person. After a lot of thought and feedback, Believe in the Sparks was born! I love my blog name because it not only represents who I am, but there is also a significance behind the words.
Sparks, as you probably know, is my last name. When I started this blog, however, that wasn't the case. I started this blog after Steven and I got engaged to document the first chapter in our life together. One of my very first post was a recap of our engagement party in April of 2013. I went on to document the purchase of our first home, wedding showers, relationship milestones, our wedding, and life as newlyweds. Because I knew from the beginning stages that my blog would focus on this huge life transition that was happening, I wanted to incorporate that change into my blog name. Deciding to use the word Sparks in my blog name was the first step in officially taking my husband's last name and becoming a Sparks.
Believe also has a deeper significance to me than just the word itself. When I was 19 years old, after a lot of thought and consideration, I got the word believe tattooed on my back. Surrounding the word, I have three stars that are strategically placed, each star representing something different. The first star stands for believing in my faith, the second, believing in myself, and the third star represents believing in others. I live each day with the constant reminder of believing in those three things.
And there you have it, Believe in the Sparks the blog. I've briefly thought about re-branding under a different name, but I don't think I could ever come up with another name that fits me quite like this one does.
I am so excited to welcome Macy to the blog today! Macy is nose deep in planning the wedding of her dreams. I love reading her weekly planning updates, and I can't wait to see pictures of her flawless day. I mean look at those two. Could they be any more adorable?!
When and why did you start blogging?
I started blogging in November 2013. I had been following other blogs for about 6 months, and thought I would give it a try myself. Within the first few months I had made new friends, improved my writing abilities and started learning a few coding tricks.
How did you come up with the name of your blog?
My fiancé and I were Buzz Lightyear and Woody for our first Halloween together, which was also the first time we said I love you. Since that night we have said “I love you to infinity and beyond” (super original-right?). I also enjoy traveling, and sharing about my experiences. Therefore, To Travel & Beyond was born.
What can people expect when they visit your blog?
A mix of lifestyle, travel tips and tricks, lots of wedding, and DIYing.
Are you a sports fan? What’s your favorite sports team?
YES, YES, YES! I am a huge Baltimore Ravens fan. My closet is 75% purple and black, along with most rooms in my house and my front door.
What was the best vacation you have ever taken and why?
Euro Trip 2013. We went to Paris to visit my best friend and traveled to Amsterdam and Brussels while we were there. We had such an amazing time and were able to see so much, I can’t wait to go back for our honeymoon in a few months!
If you could have three wishes, what would they be?
1 - That my wedding will go off without a hitch, including rain.
2 - That my family and friends will remain in good health and not have to fight off any of the terrible diseases.
3 - Is it too typical to say world peace? At this point I am afraid for my future children because of the violence and bullying. I would love for things to get better in time.
What is your favorite quote?
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away”
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