Wednesday, November 19, 2014

COVERGIRL #GirlsCan Campaign + GIVEAWAY

COVERGIRL recently reached out and invited me to participate in their #GirlsCan campaign, which promotes the empowerment of women by encouraging them to break down barriers and turn "can't" into "can" - pretty awesome stuff, right?


We all know that girls and women can be whoever they want to be, and that we have the strength to follow our dreams and make bold choices even when it feels like the odds are against us. My own personal "turn can't into can" moment came when I decided to pack up and move to New York City.


When I was a little girl, I dreamed of living in NYC. Having grown up close to the city, I have always felt very comfortable and at home there, yet it still also seemed very glamorous and exciting. I was confident that I would eventually make my way there...one day.


I went to college in a northeastern suburb, and lived in my college town for several years after graduation. While I had never planned to stay there longterm, I developed relationships and ties to this new area and began to build a life and career there...but New York was always in the back of my mind. 


The years started to roll by and I realized that every time I visited New York, I became increasingly jealous of my friends who lived there, yet I did nothing to make the move myself. I filled myself with tons of excuses - I can't afford the high cost of living, I can't find a job there, I can't adjust to living in a tiny apartment, I can't keep my car there...I was the one who was keeping myself down by saying I "can't" move.


After a few more years of making up excuses, I finally decided to take matters into my own hands and plunge into the unknown. I didn't have the answers to the questions that scared me about New York, but I knew that I would always regret it if I didn't take that leap of faith. So, I found a job, rented a cute apartment in a great neighborhood, sold my car, and told myself, "Yes, I can move to New York." And so, I did. And I've never been happier.



Plus, it didn't hurt to know that my BFF/co-blogger, who had been a NYC resident for many years at that point, was waiting with open arms to welcome me into my new city!


COVERGIRL wants to support all women in making these kinds of positive changes, which is why they have donated $50,000 to Dress for Success, an international non-profit that helps disadvantaged women find jobs by providing professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools. You can help by supporting their #GirlsCan mascaras which come in two varieties and are sold at Walmart at everyday low prices: COVERGIRL Flamed Out Mascara and COVERGIRL Professional All-in-One Mascara. I received the Flamed Out tube to sample, and it was easy, breezy, beautiful (hey, I couldn't resist)...and also, it definitely pumped up the volume!


I definitely feel more beautiful and confident when I have the help of great products like this mascara, but sometimes being simple and natural feels great, too. For example, I love this picture of a makeup-free me with my Dad.


And I also love my glammed up look below at a friend's album release party - COVERGIRL Flamed Out mascara had me feeling like a rock star!


Visit GirlsCanGiveBack.com and watch this video to learn more about #GirlsCan at Walmart. COVERGIRL has generously provided me with a $25 Walmart gift card to give away to one lucky TSN reader, so make sure you enter below for your chance to win! 

Giveaway ends at 8:00 a.m. EST on November 25th - I will notify the winner via email, and a new winner will be selected if the first one does not respond within 24 hours. Open to US residents only.

When have you turned a "can't" into a "can"?

xoxo
B

The Walmart gift cards, product, and information have been provided by COVERGIRL. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Linking up with AnniMaria Isabel, and Jessica!

54 comments :

  1. Good for you for taking that chance and moving to NYC! It's so awesome to hear stories of people following their dreams!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  2. I love this!! I totally understand what you mean about going to the unknown and even though it's so scary - the outcome is always worth it!! So happy to hear that your dreams are coming true!! xo

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  3. That's awesome! I've heard of Dress for Success, but I didn't know Covergirl had mascara out that would benefit it. May have to be my next purchase :)

    Caitlin @ Coffee with Caitlin
    coffeewithcaitlin.blogspot.com

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  4. Love this post! That mascara will def be the next one I try :)

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  5. Love this!! I would so love to live in NYC even if it was only for a few weeks. So jealous, I love NYC.

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  6. Cover Girl is my go-to mascara! I've tried many, many brands and it is my favorite.

    I think it takes a brave person to pack up and move somewhere new, especially when it's somewhere you've always dreamed of. It's funny--I grew up on Long Island and never felt the draw to the city until recently (like the last 3 years or so). And now, I get jealous of people who live there!

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  7. What a great story! It's so cool that you overcame your fears and stepped out into your dreams!

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  8. So cool, loved reading this! And how cute are you and your dad?! Well, we tried to turn a can't into a can earlier this year by leaving Oklahoma for Florida but unfortunately our house wouldn't sell :( But who knows what the future holds. I'm a huge fan of taking leaps of faith, you get 1 life, GO FOR IT!

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  9. Continuing on with my master's degree!!!

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  10. I love you made NYC your reality. Dress for Success is such an amazing cause! I think for me my "can't into can" moment was living on my own for a few years after always having roommates. It's still one of my favorite memories/times of my life (hello, do-what-I-want-any-time-I-want hah).

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  11. that's so awesome! such a huge move, and so brave of you! glad it worked out :)

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  12. I love this story, your bravery and actually this campaign. I have been seeing the commericals on TV and I think it is a great thing to show young girls!

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  13. My #girlscan moment was when I got my degree

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  14. My #GirlsCan moment was to run the first marathon.

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  15. Love those brown boots girlie!

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  16. My #GirlsCan moment was overcoming my fears and asking my crush to the prom!

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  17. #GirlsCanmoment is wearing amazing makeup and it lasting all day long :D

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  18. #GirlsCan go to college and become great leaders! and i plan on doing just that!!

    kmcgrew213@aolDOTcom

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  19. I'm feeling inspired! I haven't had a #girlscan moment in a long time, but I think one might be coming on soon :)

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  20. My #girlscan moment was when I graduated college and landed my first teaching job!

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  21. My #GirlsCan moment was climbing a tree to get my sons kite out of it for him!~

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  22. My #GirlsCan moment was seeing my niece, age 10, play all the sports her brothers play: baseball, soccer, etc. In my childhood (70s, early 80s) it just didn't happen, but my niece would never dream that she can't play any sport she wants!

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  23. My #girlscan moment is coming up in 1 month. I'm going back to school to get my nursing degree and they are giving me a scholarship, so I am very excited!

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  24. i love makeup and so for me the moment is gettting being fashionable.

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  25. My #girls can moment was when I got my first PT job.

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  26. my #girlscan moment was when I graduated with my masters degree.

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  27. Awesome story! Thanks for sharing. My #GirlsCan moment was when I passed the bar exam!!! Thank God. It was a long, hard road to get there, but I made it!

    Tif
    www.brightonabudget.com

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  28. My 2014 #GirlsCan moment is that I quit smoking after 30+ years.

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  29. My #GirlsCan moment was when I completed my MBA while working full time.

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  30. CONNIE SOWARDS commenting: My #GirlsCan moment was when I moved out to a very rural area and took care of myself.

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  31. My #GirlsCan moment was when I completed my recovery from my stroke over the last year.

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  32. I studied overseas in Egypt during college. I was terrified to fly out alone, but it was a fantastic experience.

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  33. My #GirlsCan moment was when I purchased our home as a single mom! Was so proud!

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  34. My #Girlscan moment would be when i travel around the world with my own money

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  35. My #GirlsCan moment was when I declared cancer free after intensive chemo and radiation treatments

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  36. My #girlscan moment was taking over and remaining strong when my husband was diagnosed with cancer

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  37. My #girlscan moment was when I learned to weld.

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  38. My #GirlsCan moment was going back to college while being a full-time mom to a pre-schooler.

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  39. Thank you for this fantastic giveaway!
    My #girlscan moment wa when I had my liscence of languages when i studied.
    Fingers crossed!R.username:Jens Ken Lundstrom
    Email:melodie10@gmx.fr

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  40. I feel as though my life is filled with can't-to-can types of moments of late. We're expecting our first little one in February and are looking to buy and move to a larger place before then but are still in the process of renovating our current home in order to sell it. Add to that preparing for the baby and for Christmas, a busy full-time job, as well as working around my pregnancy in terms of what I can or can't help out with and you can imagine the stress and fatigue. My #girlscan moment will be when we finally move in to our new place because I will have gotten through the renos, buying, selling and moving all while pregnant and working fulltime. We're just mid-process right now but we'll get there. :)

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  41. I haven't had a #GirlsCan moment in a while but this is very inspirational! Thank you!

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  42. My #girlscan moment was when I sold my house, quit my job, sold most of belonging and moved from Virginia to South Dakota 8 years ago. Against my families wishes by the way. I had never lived anywhere but Virginia and I was 42. I want to empower myself and I did. I couldn't be happier.

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  43. mine is being a teen mom, and raising 2 girls that are both in college!

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  44. #girlscan is when I landed a job as a college professor at the age of 24!

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  45. My #GirlsCan moment was going back to college while working full time

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  46. My #GirlsCan moment is running daily. I never thought I could do that before.

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  47. My #girlscan moment was when I went back to school.

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  48. starting and running my own business at age 17.

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