Behind every great Athlete, Employee, Friend and Individual stands an inspiring parent and/or parent figure. We want to hear your story about how one of your parents has inspired you to be the person you are today. For one week, we’re inviting you to give a special shout-out to the parental figure that has inspired YOU and enter to win $25 SWAK Bucks!
To start off the Inspiring Blog Entries, we have included 3 SWAK Staff members inspirational stories about their Mothers:
Jessica – a 28 year old SWAK Team Member working in Marketing and Sales: My mom is the most incredible woman I have ever known. She was Girl Scout leader, field trip chaperone and team mom – anything so we and all the other kids could do activities. All that on top of being rule maker/enforcer, tutor, counselor, tailor, and nurse at home.
She has three children, ranging in age from 25-29 (that’s me!) and she is always “there” for all of us. She is smart, understanding, kind and non-judgmental. All the “stuff” she did was to show us how to love more than you are loved so there will always be enough to go around, give more than you get so everyone always has enough to get by, and put your heart into anything that’s worth taking the time to do. She told me mothers are never perfect, but figuring out what to do is easier if you try to remember every foot prints you leave will very likely be followed. She inspires me to live a life of service and strength. She is all that is beauty and light and is the definition of what a mother is, can and should be.
Sarah – Director of Marketing and Creative Development: My mother, Laurie, is the unsung hero of my life. Supporting my crazy dreams hasn’t always been easy—I know she would love for me to live back on the East Coast closer to her—but she has always done a spectacular job at supporting my independent spirit. Her warmth and humor would be an inspiration to anybody. From ice skating lessons to singing lessons, she tirelessly supported any activity I wanted to peruse. And, at the age of 24, when I decided pretty quickly to move cross country, she helped me pack my bags.
Tears were shed when I left but she’s always allowed me to put my dreams first and given me the space I’ve needed to grow into the woman I am while remaining available for a phone pow wow any time needed, day or night. For that, I will always be thankful. She also looks super cute in SWAK clothes! LOL.
PS- Check out the hand poses in this photo… Clearly unintentional but yup, we’re obviously related LOL.
Laura – SWAK Customer Service and Marketing Assistant: I couldn’t possibly count the number of ways my mother inspires me. She’s my best friend, she’s caring, she’s driven, she’s strong willed, she’s insane, she is beautiful and most of all, she is loving.
My mother inspires me by being a friend to strangers, family to her friends and everything to her family. She has always encouraged me to follow my dreams and to simply find happiness. Because of her, I am not afraid to take risks, try new things, meet new people and to seek out what makes me happy.
How to Enter:
- Comment on this blog post with an inspiring story about one of your parents and how they influenced the person you are today.
- One winner will be chosen at random on August 10th to receive $25 SWAK Bucks
*Contest starts on Wednesday August 1st and ends on Wednesday August 8th at 11:59pm PST. Winner will be announced on Friday August 10th*