Alex Bradberry is the founder and CEO of The Sparkle Bar in Scottsdale. “I feel incredibly blessed. I have the best job. Every day we get to share in special moments with people and share in their joy.”
Mom to: Braylin, 11; Elise, 8
Hometown: I was raised in Mission Viejo, CA, but would probably consider Tempe my hometown at this point.
Favorite ways to spend family time in AZ: Making memories, whether that’s discovering something new, riding bikes, going to the movies, painting, breakfasts on the patio. Big things, little things–from the major to the mundane, we love experiences.
Your most rewarding motherhood moment: My daughters are like my little dragons. Anytime I see them asserting themselves, challenging themselves, being creative, kind, loving…it’s incredible. Seeing my girls who chose me as their mom and seeing our lives unfold through the days we live is just magical. I feel so blessed. I think the goal as a parent is to raise decent humans who are good to people, kind, empathetic, loving, strong, loyal, driven, all the things. But I think the most rewarding part is watching them grow.
Biggest challenge as a mom: Every day presents it’s challenges. Spoiler alert: we’re all winging it.
A mother who inspires you and why: My mom (and all the moms in my life) because I understand the sacrifices and also the grace and compassion necessary because there’s no manual, no perfect way to parent, no checklist so you do your best, and I’m so grateful for both my parents and for what they taught me, how they parented me, the values they instilled and the sacrifices they made. I’m proud of the person I am, who I was raised to be, the experiences I’ve had and the resilience I witnessed. I’m so incredibly blessed to have my mom especially now that I’m a mom. It’s another level of understanding and for that I’m grateful.
Best piece of advice for a new mom: Grace…give it to yourself. You’re doing great. Being a mom is the adventure of all adventures and it’s constantly changing and that change is the only consistent thing when it comes to the journey. Also, take the help, especially in the beginning. If your best friend wants to come help do dishes or watch your little so you can enjoy that shower, say yes. Let your mom do your laundry, accept the offer for dinner. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it takes a village.
Your biggest hope for your children: I want my girls to know that the world is their oyster and there’s nothing they can’t do. To know the possibilities are endless. I want them to experience every thing good and beautiful thing this universe has to offer and to know that they are bright lights in this world and that they have the power to make change, which can be as simple as exchanging a smile with someone because that simple act and our collective actions are what the future is and will be.
How are you celebrating Mother’s Day? When is Mother’s Day? Just kidding – it’s been so nice out that I’m thinking a picnic, outside, fresh air. Something casual, but to be honest, currently no plans so I should probably get some inspo here on Fabulous Arizona and drop some hints.