Friday, September 11, 2009

Who Inspires You to Live Beautifully Contest

Another sunny day in St. Peters, with an expected high of 84 degrees.

It's hard to believe it's already been eight years since the September 11 attacks on the United States. Although today is a day of reflection and rememberance, I think it also should be a time to think about the future.

Anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one knows that one way to overcome sorrow is through prayer and hope. I read a quote about overcoming grief and sorrow that stuck with me, "Look back, but don't stare." In my own way, I'm going to remain hopeful by doing my best to raise my grandchildren to become the best they can be, while taking time to remain faithful to my own writing dream.

One way I try to polish my writing skills is by entering contests. I came across this contest with a quick deadline and some uplifting (in more ways than one) prizes. It's the Live Beautifully Two Contest. The deadline is Monday, September 14, 2009. Write an essay, no more than 500 words in total length describing "a person that has inspired them to live beautifully." Read the complete details and submit an online the entry form. Limit one entry per person or e-mail address.

Seven winners will each receive a prize package with an approximate market value of $357 per Winner. Prizes include: Bali bra and panty set, Danya Decker candle, container of Lily Pulitzer perfume, a selection of Jo Malone bath oils, a selection of Aveda cremes, and Carpenter + Company handmade tote bag.

So, as I take time to remember those who perished on 9-11 and my own loved ones whose have passed away, I'm going to keep the candle of hope and creativity burning by using my talents to help create a brighter tomorrow.


  1. Donna,
    You said that beautifully. I have read a lot of messages about September 11 remembrances, and many of them are like yours--trying to build hope out of the loss. Thanks for your beautiful words.

  2. What Margo said :-) Your spirit makes me want to try harder.

  3. Hi Margo and Cathy,
    Thanks so much for your kind words of encouragement. For the most part I believe in the saying, "It's better to light a candle than curse the darkness."
    You two are great!

  4. Nicely put. And thank you for that quote about looking back. It's a gem as is your post.

  5. Thank you so much for your thoughtful and kind words. That quote about looking back but not staring has gotten me through many dark days and nights.


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