Sparkle-Tudes!™ Quotation Book by Sheryl Roush

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Inspirations for Creating Sparkling Attitudes
Quotes By and For Women
By Sheryl L. Roush

“A spark is a little thing, yet it may rekindle the world.”
-Mary Farquar Tupper

“Let your light shine. Shine within you so that it can shine on someone else. Let your light shine.”
– Oprah

Inspiration and insights for a sparkling attitude, energy boost, calm reflection or new perspective. This collection has been carefully selected for the creating positive influences in our daily lives.

Browse though sections of cherished classic, personal favorites and recent original writings — quotations and quips, poems and proverbs by Maya Angelou, Eleanor Roosevelt, Oprah Winfrey, and hundreds more…..

Over 120 categories from A-Z, including: Achievement, Aging, Angels, Attitude, A Woman’s Wisdom, Balance, Beliefs, Careers, Cats & Dogs, Children, Chocolate, Daughters, Estrogen, Faith, Gratitude, Humor, Intuition, Joy, Kindness, Love, Miracles, Mothers, Nature, Overcoming Adversity, Parenting, Passion, Purpose, Prayer, Self-Esteem, Stay at Home Moms, Stress, Success, Talents, Unconditional Love, Vision, Worrying (how not to), Zen, and much more!

200+ Pages, 6×9” format, Retail $14.95

Sheryl Roush is a 13-time published author and an internationally recognized for high-content “how-to” keynotes and seminars on boosting attitude, communication skills, and creating positive work environments. Sheryl is available to speak at conferences, associations, meeting and special events. Visit for topics, titles and availability, or call Sparkle Presentations, Inc. Toll Free 1-800-932-0973 to schedule Sheryl Roush to speak!


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Heart of a Woman (printed)
Heart of a Military Woman (printed) ….. and on Kindle
Heart of a Mother (printed)
Heart of a Mother (printed with Bonus Music CD)
Heart of a Mother …  Music CD
Heart of the Holidays (printed) ….. and on Kindle
Heart of the Holidays … Music CD
Heart of a Woman in Business (printed)

Corazon de Mujer
(printed) (Heart of a Woman in Spanish)

“Heart of a Woman” Book Review by Kirsti A. Dyer

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“Heart of a Woman”
Book Review
by Kirsti A. Dyer, MD, MS, FT

Type-A Mom Gift Guide – Gifts for Moms
November 6, 2008
Posted here.

According to the book cover, "Heart of a Woman celebrates the strength, humor, love and intuition to be a woman in today’s society." Written by international speaker and author Sheryl L. Roush, Heart of a Woman is a collection of short stories, poems and quotations selected to "rekindle your spirit and touch your soul."

In Heart of a Woman Roush includes cherished classics, personal favorites, and more recent original writings from inspirational people such as Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil, Maya Angelou, Bill Cosby, Louise Hay, Barbara De Angelis and Marianne Williamson. I had been excited to discover that two of my quotes were featured in the "Death & Grieving" section (which are also posted on my site, Journey of Hearts).

Heart of a Woman is part of a series of inspirational books written by international speaker and author Sheryl L. Roush. In addition to Heart of a Woman as part of her Heart Book Series, Roush has also published, Heart of the Holidays, Heart of a Mother, Corazón de Mujer (Heart of a Woman in Spanish), and Heart of a Woman in Business.

Almost A to Z’s on Topics – Roush has divided the collection into nearly 90 topics from "Ageless Living" to "Worthiness." In the 288 pages she shares poems, stories and quotes on a variety of topics. You can sit down, sift through the pages or read it from cover to cover and find something that will inspire you, "rekindle your spirit and touch your soul." She offers poems, stories and quotes on topics such as "A Woman’s Intuition,""Chocolate," "Estrogen," "Fulfill Your Heart’s Desires," "Husbands," "Living with Joy," "Making a Difference," "Military Relationships," "Pets," "Raising Fearless Women," "Sisters," "Stay at Home Moms" and "Women in History."

Gift Size – At 6.8 x 6 x 0.9 inches Heart of a Woman is a good size as a ‘thinking of you,’ inspiration or house-warming gift.

Cost – You can purchase Heart of a Woman  for under $15.00.

About the Author – Sheryl L. Roush, Sparkle Presentations

Sheryl Roush is an internationally top-rated presenter, known for her high-energy, high-content, how-to presentations. Her audiences are involved, engaged and energized!

Sheryl has spoken on programs alongside celebrities including: Olivia Newton-John, Geena Davis, Deborah Norville, Jane Seymour, Good Morning America’s Joan Lunden, Erin Brockovich, Thurl Bailey, and Art Linkletter… and business giants including: Robert G. Allen, Jim Cathcart, Mark Victor Hansen, Southwest Airlines’ CEO Howard Putnam, Suze Orman, and the Gallup Organization’s Marcus Buckingham.

What Amazon Reviewers are Saying about Heart of a Woman

Amazon reviewers have given Heart of a Woman five stars out of five. This is what two reviewers had to say:

In the ongoing quest to understand myself and others, I often look for insight. Heart of a Woman is a treasure trove of inspirational insights into the hearts of women as they, and as men who love them, tell it. Sheryl Roush has compiled a wonderful resource that just makes you feel good for having picked it up and read an entry or two. — John Reddish

As women, we live very busy and complicated lives and this book has a way of making everything in our lives, and hearts, make sense. I have laughed and cried while reading it! I imagine when I’m done reading it, I will read it all over again. I love it so much that I am ordering another one for my mother-in-law, just because.

Thank you Sheryl Roush for putting together this wonderful collection of stories, quotes, etc.; it has touched my heart! — Brook H.

This collection of inspirations and insights on the strength and wisdom of women would be a welcome gift for someone who needs a bit of inspiration.

You can find Heart of a Woman on Amazon in book for under $15.00 and in Kindle format for under $6.00.

Kirsti A. Dyer, MD, MS, FT is a respected physician, an expert in life challenges, loss, grief and bereavement, professional health educator, professor, lecturer, writer and author.  Dr. Dyer is trained in Internal Medicine or an Adult Medicine specialty. She is the mother of two young energetic daughters. Dr. Dyer created and has maintained Journey of Hearts, a website for anyone who has ever experienced a loss. She is also the Parent of a very healthy NICU Survivor. She is the author of For Those Who Hold the Littlest Hands, an eBook written to provide information, encouragement and support for NICU parents.


Click on title to view each book.

Heart of a Woman (printed)
Heart of a Military Woman (printed) ….. and on Kindle
Heart of a Mother (printed)
Heart of a Mother (printed with Bonus Music CD)
Heart of a Mother …  Music CD
Heart of the Holidays (printed) ….. and on Kindle
Heart of the Holidays … Music CD
Heart of a Woman in Business (printed)

Corazon de Mujer
(printed) (Heart of a Woman in Spanish)

“Heart of a Mother” Book Review by Annie Mueller

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“Heart of a Mother”
Book Review
by Annie Mueller

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Type-A Mom Gift Guide – Gifts for Moms
Monday, 10 November 2008

When I agreed to review this book, I was thinking of my own experiences as a Mom (two young children and a third due in April). I didn’t stop and think about the fact that I lost my own Mom to cancer last year, and every single thought in this book would bring it all back.

Still, I’m glad I got to read it. I cried all the way through the “Loss and Grieving” section, and the “A Mother’s Love” section, and especially through “Mom’s Pink Robe.” They got me: those collections of stories, personal and real; the poems that somehow captured my exact feelings; the quotations that succinctly and beautifully summed it up in a line or two.

Heart of a Mother is written by Sheryl L. Roush, an international speaker and author. Her website is You can purchase the book here : $16.95 for paperback.

More Details

The book begins with a section called “10 Ways to Open Your Heart to Your Mother,” and it’s an excellent starting point for anyone who wants to deepen and improve the Grown-Up Child-Mom relationship. The rest of the book is divided into sections which are arranged alphabetically, from “Adopted with Love” to “Making a Difference” to “Raising Spiritually-Centered Kids” to “Worthiness.” At the very back of the book is a section of Journaling Worksheets; there is space to write directly on them in the book, or they could easily be copied.

This is a great collection for any Mom – for your mother-in-law, your daughter who just had her first baby, your grandmother, your Mom, or even for yourself. It’s the kind of book that you can flip through on a whim and find yourself crying and laughing within ten minutes of reading time. There is a spiritual element within the book, but most is not “religion-specific,” so to speak, so the book easily accommodates people of all faith.

The Bottom Line

The best recommendation I can give is this: if my Mom were still with me, this book would definitely be one of my gifts to her this Christmas.




Click on title to view each book.

Heart of a Woman (printed)
Heart of a Military Woman (printed) ….. and on Kindle
Heart of a Mother (printed)
Heart of a Mother (printed with Bonus Music CD)
Heart of a Mother …  Music CD
Heart of the Holidays (printed) ….. and on Kindle
Heart of the Holidays … Music CD
Heart of a Woman in Business (printed)

Corazon de Mujer
(printed) (Heart of a Woman in Spanish)

POEM: Heart of a Woman in Business

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OPENING POEM from the book
Heart of a Woman in Business



Heart of a Woman in Business
by Sheryl L. Roush

A woman in business is like no other
Multi-brilliant at work, and a great mother.

Guided by vision to make a difference in this world,
Reporting for service, with her hair even curled.

Ready to go, whenever the need
She knows in her heart, there’s a calling to feed.

To do right, to speak up, determined to succeed
A role model that plants the possibility seed.

Knows who she is, right down to the core
Her essence, her passion—shine all the more!

She’s in charge with a handle on it all.
At the office, at home, or at the mall.

Even in the depth of all she may know
Realizes there’s still plenty room to grow.

So energetic, creative and fun…
Early rise, there’s much to be done!

She still finds time to laugh and to play
Sacred time too, to kneel and to pray

It comes from inside, driven by vision,
Get on board – she’s on a great mission!

Her daily prayer resides in God’s grace
Serving others from her heart sets the pace

Making use of her talent, wisdom and skill
From strengths and trust in Divine will.

Gentle, compassionate, loving and strong
In this sisterhood of success you want to belong

Anything she puts her heart to she can do
She’s not alone sis’ta – as you can too!

The road to get here has been quite a ride
“Call me ‘Woman’– it’s my source of pride!”

Come along, she’s blazin’ new trail
A woman in business—whom we all hail!

-Sheryl Roush
©2008 Sheryl L. Roush, All rights reserved.

If want to distribute or publish this poem, email for permission to
Poem credit (below) must be included.

Sheryl Roush is an 8-time business entrepreneur, starting her first business at the young age of 16 in the patio of her parent’s home. She is a top-rated international speaker, inspiring people to bring their heart to work. Her programs rekindle the spirit, raise the bar and create excitement.





Click on title to view each book.

Heart of a Woman (printed)
Heart of a Military Woman (printed) ….. and on Kindle
Heart of a Mother (printed)
Heart of a Mother (printed with Bonus Music CD)
Heart of a Mother …  Music CD
Heart of the Holidays (printed) ….. and on Kindle
Heart of the Holidays … Music CD
Heart of a Woman in Business (printed)

Corazon de Mujer
(printed) (Heart of a Woman in Spanish)

Story: The Woman in Me, by Miguel Angel

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The Woman in Me
by Miguel Angel

My mother’s pride
Was in her hands
The piano was her soul
I watched in wonder
As she played show tunes
Miles off from Rock & Roll
What she loved she taught me
Now music’s what I do
And often when I am writing
In my hands
She’s there too

If I sing, you are the music
If I thrive, you are why I’m good
If my hands can find some magic
You are the one who said they could
When the child who’s still inside me
Finds a song in empty air
When there is joy in making music
It is you who put it there.

I had heard this song several times before and I remember focusing on the bridge, which is the second set of stanzas. I assumed the song to have a romantic overtone and being directed towards a lover. It wasn’t until recently that I actually listened to the lyrics and realized it was directed to a mother; and while listening a tear peeked in my eyes.

No, my mother didn’t play piano or any instrument for that matter—neither do I—and she didn’t need to. There were so many other things she did…and did well.

I vividly remember seeing her for the last time, and I recall how much I cried at the certainty I was not going to see her alive again. I also remember clearly the words a friend offered to help me deal with such a heart-wrenching moment.

“When we pass, we don’t just disappear into nothing. We simply become more a part of those we leave behind. Your mother will always be a part of you,” he said that evening over dinner at a fancy restaurant overlooking beautiful Acapulco Bay.
When I was a child, I am embarrassed to admit, I don’t believe I appreciated my mother. How could I? I was a child and therefore the world had relevance only in reference to me. My mother was not a human being with feelings and needs then. She was there to provide me with care, love, and attention. No more and no less.

I remember however, in my earlier years, thinking of both my parents as these giant, all-powerful, all-capable people. I admired the fact that both of them had no formal education—my mother barely finished second grade and my father third. They, nonetheless, had a great sense of what was proper and right, and their common sense and set of values was admirable.

My mother was quite the disciplinarian. Being the one who stayed with us all day, she was the one who laid the law and enforced it in the house. But that is not to say that she was harsh; quite the opposite, she was able to remain loving in spite of having to deal with 5 children all day long. I do not know how she did it. All I know is that mothers like mine should automatically qualify for sainthood.
I remember some hot nights in Acapulco, when I was about 4 years old, in which I would wake up unable to sleep because of the heat. My mother would take me outside and give me a bath under a sky laden with stars telling me stories prompted by the endless questions I had about everything around me. I remember her telling me once that when people were no longer with us (she was smart enough to know not to use the word ‘die,’ God only knows what line of questioning would have ensued) they became the stars we saw above.

We also had cooler nights, and I remember waking up because my blanket had slipped off and I was cold. As if I had summoned powers beyond me, two hands like butterflies would grab the edge of the blanket and cover me gently, at the same time that rose-petaled lips would kiss my forehead and tell me everything was OK.

When I had a project in school, something for which we needed our parents help, I would be all worried when, before going to bed, I would realize I had not done it. My mother would tell me not to worry and, the next day, things would be miraculously materialized before my eyes.
I remember how she told each one of her children separately we were the one she loved the most. She also told us not to share that with our siblings. Her voice could be thunderous when she had to, but for the most part she was soft and tender. I loved the way she call me ‘papa’ or ‘mi rey,’ which means my king. I have many memories of her willingness to help others, her inability to refrain from giving, and her capacity for being caring.

I remember how beautiful I found her even on a ‘bad hair day.’ I remember how simple she was, how unsophisticated, and how humble. Although the latter is something I didn’t get from her, I was fascinated about how much I looked like her in my teens when I tied a scarf over my head and around my chin. That was until I started growing facial hair though.
I imagine how challenging it must have been for someone from our culture and with her level of education to deal with having a gay child and yet I can’t find a single instance in which she made me feel I was less of a child of hers because of that. As it is common for our culture, my sexuality was not something we spoke about openly, but there was always the uttermost respect for who I was and I always knew myself to be loved as much as my brothers and sisters.
In my later teens I suddenly grew to appreciate the woman who game me the gift of life, and I remember how we would joke and tease each other. “You should have stopped having children after you had me,” I would say to her.
“I should have stopped having children right before you,” she would be quick to reply.
See all this gray hair on my head?” She would say, “You gave it all to me!”
My mom grew old
Her hands grew numb
Now she cannot play
I came to visit
She sat and asked me
How it could be this way
I couldn’t find an answer
I played this tune for her instead
My mother sat there, smiling
For she knew what it said

When she grew sick with cancer, she kept most details about her illness from her children, especially those of us who were away, in order not to worry us. I was fortunate enough to be able to see her 3 months before she died ten years ago, as I was fortunate to spend a few weeks caring for her and pampering her exactly the way she deserved. She would not take that easily though. She still wanted to be the mother and she wanted to get up and cook and make me feel like everything was normal, like she was still the mother and I was her child. I would hide from her and cry because I found it so unfair for her life to end that way and because there was only so much I could do about it.
If I sing, you are the music
If I love, you taught me how
Every day your heart is beating
In the woman I am now
If my ears are tuned to wonder
If when I reach the cords are there
If there is joy in making music
It’s a joy that you put there

It is true; I am blessed to have known for a few years now, that when we pass we don’t just disappear. We simply become a part of those we leave behind.

There is a wonderful woman in me and it has nothing to do with my sexuality or my flair for feather boas and high heels.
I get to experience that woman all the time, when I feel successful and accomplished, when I feel capable and proud of what I have done, when I experience myself as a caring, giving member of the human race, when I am able to extend a hand to someone who is in need, and most especially, when I get to be nurturing and loving.
I have 3 children in my life now—Jesse, Aiden, and Liam—who remind me of my own childhood and my mother almost every day. When I read to them before they go to bed, it is my mother’s voice I hear; and when I go into their rooms to cover them, it is those butterflies of my mother’s hands which grab the blanket; and when I kiss them in their sweet foreheads, it is my mother’s rose-petaled lips which kiss them.

I often talk to them and called them ‘papa’ or ‘mi rey,’ and when they make me laugh I hear my mother’s joyful peal of laughter ringing in my ears.
And even though I never told you
It took time until I could see
That if I sing, you are the music
And you always sing with me
Yes, you are always there in me.

To the woman in me, the music in my life, my mother, Sylvia.
When I look to the night sky you are the brightest star in the firmament. May you always live in me!
With Love,
Miguel Angel, (Your favorite child)

May 5, 2008 Book Signing at Borders Mesa, Arizona

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May 5, 2008 Book Signing at Borders Mesa, Arizona

Superstition Springs Center

Sheryl Roush professional speaker and author of the series including Heart of a Woman, Heart of a Mother, Heart of the Holidays and brand new  Corazón de Mujer books will be autographing copies on Monday, May 5 from 2:00-4:00pm at BORDERS in Superstition Springs.

Joining Sheryl is book contributor and speaking colleague Lynn Pierce, co-author of 5 books including the #1 Best Selling, Wake-up…Live the Life You Love. Lynn’s new book is Breakthrough to Success: 19 Keys to Mastering Every Area of Your Life. Known as the Success Architect, just tell Lynn what the life of your dreams looks like and she’ll create the blueprint to get you there. She shows you how you can be wildly successful living life your way and fitting your
business into your life rather than the other way around. 

COME MEET THESE AUTHORS and have your books personally autographed!

Perfect for Mother’s Day gifts!

Superstition Springs Center

6555 E. Southern Ave.
Mesa, AZ 85206
Phone: 480.854.1952


May 4, 2008 Book Signing at Borders Glendale, Arizona

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May 4, 2008 Book Signing at Borders Glendale, Arizona


Sheryl Roush , professional speaker, will be autographing copies of her series books including Heart of a Woman, Heart of a Mother, Heart of the Holidays and brand new  Corazón de Mujer  on Friday, May 4 from 4:00-6:00pm at BORDERS bookstore  at 73rd and West Bell.


Joining Sheryl is National Speakers Association colleague and Phoenix resident Marcia Reynolds, PsyD, contributing author to Corazón de Mujer, Heart of a Woman, and Heart of the Holidays

Author of Outsmart Your Brain, excerpts from her interviews and her book have appeared in Fortune Magazine, Investors Business Daily, Harvard Communications Newsletter, Cosmopolitan, Christian Science Monitor, Family Circle, American Way Magazine, The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times and she has appeared on ABC World News, National Public Radio, and Japan Nightly News.

COME MEET THESE AUTHORS and have your books personally autographed!

Perfect for Mother’s Day gifts!

7320 West Bell
Glendale, AZ 85308
Phone: 623.487.9110

Located at the northeast corner of Bell Road and 75th Avenue in Glendale, next to Toys R Us and Sports Authority.

Heart of Mother Music CD releases for Mother’s Day!

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Heart of Mother Music CD releases for Mother’s Day!

The new Heart of a Mother Musical Selections CD releases this week! A touching and uplifting compilation crafted by Janet Cucinotti of WorldSound Productions, Inc., of Santa Cruz, California, the masterpiece features nine well-known international talents, bringing ten inspirational tracks for listening delight.

The CD was inspired to accompany Heart of a Mother, the printed collection of beautiful short stories, loving tributes to mothers and grandmothers, original poems, cherished quotations and classic scriptures by author Sheryl Roush.

"Music touches us in ways that mere words cannot. This musical treasury is truly amazing – and unique! Each talent sharing their heart-filled passion with the listener. Each track lovingly guides you through a journey into your own heart, from instrumentals to vocals, each carefully selected for their composition and message. Uplifting, goose-bump chilling, passionate to its core. You can’t help but be touched and feel INSPIRED by this music!" affirms Sheryl Roush.

Heart of Mother — the Book AND the CD are available TOGETHER for only $19.95 at
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Statistics: Mothers and Daughters

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Statistics: Mothers and Daughters

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there is an estimated 82.5 million mothers of all ages. The Bureau also estimates 106.7 million number of women (all daughters) over age 18.

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