Monday, April 23, 2007

The Last Contestant Responded After the Every Woman Contest closed

Shana P., from Milford, NH responded to the contest after it was closed. Entry sent April 6, 2007. She earned a consulation prize for entering. Shana would be one of the top contestant if she submitted her contest before it was closed. See her response below.

1. How does it feel to be a woman in the 21st Century?

In a word; Empowering. Today there are so many freedoms and so many choices that were never available in the Centuries prior. The technologies are getting smaller and yet somehow simpler. (in some cases, surely not all) I believe the world today is really trying to put a conscious effort toward "thinking green" and putting together community organizations to fuel our intense desire to make our world, our childrens world, our childrens childrens world, and so on. I think certain tragedies have brought us closer as a nation, even if just a little. Everything just has so much more meaning now than ever. Relationships, family and values are taking great strides to step in the right direction as people are realizing friends and family are the crux of a happy, healthful lifestyle. I think woman are also focusing more on taking care of themselves just as much as they do their spouse and children. We realize now that in order to make others happy around us, we need to make ourselves happy and find peace and joy within ourselves. Things like working out and eating healthier are no longer taking a backburner to making sure the house is spic and span perfect or putting everyone elses needs before hers. I beleive todays woman are focusing on balance. Not letting one thing oiutweigh another which is equally important because of feeling guilty that they are taking time out for themselves. Woman today are strong, sensible, educated, and no there are no boundaries stopping them from doing anything and everything they want to do personally and professionly. And all the while keeping our feminine side in check. Just a matter of balance, a juggling act of sorts but we woman do it so well. We are Women, Hear us Roar!!!! (then please excuse us, we've got a roast to take out of the oven!

2. What distinguishes you from other women?

I think what distinguishes me most from other women is that I have qualities about me is that I can be very dominant and strong willed, and very aggressive when I set out to do something and have difficulties with authority. Every personality test I've ever taken tells me I am "creative" and have incredible talent. They usually say I'd be a great manager. My ex used to tell me, "your not like all the other wimpy girls out there, you'd be good being in charge and giving order for the army." I don't know if I should have taken it for a compliment (which I did at the time, since my self esteem isn't exactly on any kind of pedestal so anything even percieved to be a compliment, I ate it right up for all it was worth. I have a very "strong willed" mother, (nd that's putting it in very mild terms,) and an extremely dominant father where everything was his way or the highway. And if you crossed him, watch out. So I truly believe that I didn't have much of a chance of being a meek little ultra femine girlie girl. But I accept it and have grown quite accustomed to it. I am able to speak my mind where a lot of people might hold it in.

3. How do you celebrate your success and the success of others?

The way I celebrate my success and the sucess of others. Well, for starters, I am a mother of 3 beautiful children ages 11, 7 and 3 and a wife to the most wonderful man God could have sent into my life. We are not wealthy by any means and often struggle to maintain the "American Dream" yet still I feel I have won the emotional lottery if you will. Many people have different views as to how they measure their success as well as the success of others (which is also much like comparison) As hard as it is not to compare what you have against your neighbors brand new boat they just carefully glided oh so gently next to the shiny benz they purchased only a few months ago. I believe although it is human nature to compare; either materialistically or vanity wise; it is also where the green eyed monster called envy rears its ugly head and can damage relationships. To sum it all up, sucess is achieving your goals in life, big or little, doing what you want in life and having positive and healthy relationships that add meaning and substance to your life. Its about loving those you care about intently and unconditionally. And last but not least, it's going through life with a positive outlook and attitude and do everything with deep intent and purpose! Be grateful for who you are, what you have, and always strive to do your very best. A little friendly competition never hurt anyone but when jealousy and negativity start to find its way into the scenario, its time to reevaluate all you have and how fortunate we are to be alive in this land of freedom and opportunity. Whenever I start to feel down on myself, I try to think about the less fortunate in the many countries and the fact that we take what we have far too much for granted. It is then that I stop feeling negative and thank God for all that I am and all that I have for being given the most wonderful family a woman could ever ask for!!!


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39 comments:

歡唱 said...

一沙一世界,一花一天堂,掌中握無限,剎那即永恆 ..................................................

睡衣 said...

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仲亨仲亨 said...

thank u........................................

劉承合 said...

我對自己的信心已超越別人對我的評價........................................

于雅慧毓 said...

一個人的際遇在第一次總是最深刻的,有時候甚至會讓人的心變成永遠的絕緣。......................................................

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may the blessing be always with you!! ........................................

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韋于倫成 said...

Gods mill grinds slow but sure...................................................

育德 said...

與人相處不妨多用眼睛說話,多用嘴巴思考,...............................................................

慶天 said...

Variety is the very spice of life. ............................................................

陳卓人 said...

仇恨是一把雙刃劍,傷了別人,也傷了自己............................................................

vickiekurt said...

從人生中拿走友誼,猶如從生活中移走陽光 ............................................................

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一個人的價值,應該看他貢獻了什麼,而不是他取得了什麼............................................................

佳皓佳皓 said...

安一估~你也安一估哦~............................................................

賢林 said...

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要用心經營哦~~祝福你~~
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I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat..................................................................

佳皓佳皓 said...

人生的價值以及他的快樂,都在於他有能力看重自己的生存................................................

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唯有用熱情、用智慧去觀察事物,這事物才會把他的秘密,洩漏給我們............................................................

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很用心的blog~很喜歡~願您一切順心............................................................

凱v胡倫 said...

It is easier to get than to keep it.......................................................................

建邱勳 said...

教育的目的,不在應該思考什麼,而是教吾人怎樣思考............................................................

偉曹琬 said...

人並不是生來要吃敗仗的。人可被毀滅,但不可被擊倒。..................................................................

承王蓁 said...

「仁慈」二個字,就能讓冬天三個月都溫暖。..................................................

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及時行樂-快樂不需要理由............................................................

香雅威君 said...

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良言一句三冬暖,惡語傷人六月寒。............................................................

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