MY STORY

“The point of simple living, for me has got to be:
A soft place to land
A wide margin of error
Room to breathe
Lots of places to find baseline happiness in each and every day”
Leo Babauta

Hi, my name is Laidel and welcome to Sparkle in the Simple, a little online space born from a change of heart and perspective.

I’m a mom, a wife, a creative, and a Christ-follower

I was born and raised in the Philippines, the only girl in a family of six. Accounting is my field of work. 

I fell in love eventually and moved to the laid-back and charming city of Dublin, Ireland in 2012, just a few months after getting married. This country is overwhelmingly filled with beauty and wonders that have left me in awe in various reasons and seasons. My old blog has all the footprints and handprints of our love story.

I’m a Christian and I believe I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Since I accepted the fact that Someone died for me and loved me first, my life has found its purpose and meaning.

Why do I blog? 

I have always loved to write for as long as I can remember.  I wrote anecdotes of my life in a “Dear Diary” mode for years and years. And then I grew up, discovered internet and started blogging in two (now defunct) platforms.

I finally settled blogging my heart out here for years but when I became a mommy in 2016, my life was changed forever.

The Pursuit of a Simple and Purposeful Life

In 2017, a year into motherhood, we bought a house and upon preparing for the big move from one-bedroom apartment to a three-bedroom house, the abundance of material things we owned struck me to the core. It dawned on me that we just ridiculously owned too much stuff.

Feet buried deep in clutter and chaos of moving house and lives, the fog had lifted from eyes. I longed desperately for a change. I wanted clarity, purpose, simplicity. Something had to change.

I, together with my husband, started purging and down-sizing our stuff down to the essentials and the useful, with only few beautiful things here and there to craft the home that we live in.

And we still purge to this day because it is a journey. We accummulate. We let go. We give grace to ourselves. We make room for the few things which spark joy.

In celebration of a life that was changed forever, a completely different person with different perspectives but still loves to write about her journey,  I created this blog.

It is my hope that somewhere in the pages of my blog, you’ll find little things to encourage you to take the simple, meaningful and purposeful road.

Laidel