I am so excited to share the results of my Mother's Day contest that ran last week on my Facebook and Instagram pages! The entries I received were so thoughtful, and full of compassion or admiration for the Moms that others wrote in about.
I could't help but be moved to tears at some of the stories of the hardship, heartbreak and struggle that these Moms have faced (most times unexpectedly). And then my tears would end in smiles for the women, as the writers would explain how they had somehow found their strength and resiliency to carry on. Many of the stories were relatable, and I feel like we all go through similar seasons in our motherhood journey and too often we don't share our struggles or reach out to others for support or guidance. Let's work hard to put an end to that, and start lifting each other up during these challenging seasons.
Together, as a tribe or sisterhood of women, let's help each other to rise and feel confident in our mothering and nurturing abilities.
Let's encourage each other to share our stories because this life isn't about what we are (roles or titles) and what we do (roles or titles). This life is about who we are (individuals) and who we want to be as we continue to grow and learn. This life is about WHY we were put here on this earth, and our challenges or hardships are certainly part of the story. We do not have to be defined by these "ugly", "sad" or "disappointing" parts of our lives (as some would call them). We get to use them as our motivation to keep growing and becoming the best versions of ourselves that we've ever known. We get to embrace our messy lives and our imperfections, and allow them to shape the who and why in each of our stories. Let's embrace them together, because we are unstoppable -- and our stories are not yet finished!
So, without further ado, the winners of the #MomsAreUnstoppable Mother's Day Giveaway are...
- Alison O'Connor - You have won the "Movie Tickets for two to see Bad Moms" (Fandango Gift Card worth $25, opens in theaters on July 29, 2016), and you were nominated by Molly Smith.
Dawn Petersen - You have won a "Spafinder Wellness 365 Gift Card for Pampering" (can be used for your choice of a massage, facial, yoga or other services worth $25), and you were nominated by Krista Petersen.
Aurora Goncalves - You have won a "Spafinder Wellness 365 Gift Card for Pampering" (can be used for your choice of a massage, facial, yoga or other services worth $25), and you were nominated by Michelle Teixeira.
Stephanie Maquat - You have won the "Brunch for two at Terrain in Westport, CT" (Gift Certificate of $50 towards meal), and you were nominated by Carole Lisi.
And the Grand Prize Winner is...
Meaghan Lane! You have won a Lifestyle Family Portrait Session with me (Sarah) that includes ten (10) high resolution images for you to use with personal printing rights (Gift Certificate for session and images worth $945), and you were nominated by Heather Pepper Lane.
I will be reaching out to all of you via email, and your gifts will be in the mail soon! I hope that you get to celebrate and honor yourselves with these gifts, and that you will know how much you are admired, appreciated and loved for being the unstoppable Moms that you are. Not only within your family but also within the sisterhood of Moms that surround you.