I am sure that you are well aware that I was in the running to receive a grant from Refuel with Chocolate Milk. I only talked about it a few times in the last month. 😉
Well, the contest ended on Tuesday at 11:59am EST. When voting ended I was feeling a mixture of anticipation and nervousness about the results.I really wanted to win the sponsorship, not only for myself but also for the Wounded Warrior Project. The top 5 individuals and the top 5 groups with the most votes were expected to receive a congratulatory email by the end of the day on Tuesday. I spent a lot of time near my phone on Tuesday, constantly checking it to see if a new email had been received. I even logged into my email on the computer thinking that perhaps the email somehow didn’t make it to my phone. Unfortunately, Tuesday night came and went and the only emails I received were from friends or from spammers. On Wednesday, I got the “sorry you didn’t win” email instead. I have to admit that I was rather sad about the results. I really REALLY wanted to win. I had planned to donate half of the grant to the Wounded Warrior Project and I knew that money would be put to great use for some very deserving soldiers. And let’s not forget that I am a competitive person and I wanted to win to appease that part of me.
After a little bit of sulking on Wednesday I realized that even though I had lost the contest, I really was still a winner. No, I am not trying to get all sappy and philosophical with you but a lot of great things happened to me during the month long voting period. Family & friends rallied votes for me. People posted the contest to their Facebook walls and on their Twitter feeds for me. I connected with a lot of people who I otherwise would have never had the opportunity to connect with. People that I have never met and probably never will meet voted for me! I am in awe of the sheer number of people who voted for me and helped me rally for votes. The outpouring of support I received has been tremendous!
So if you voted for me . . .
It meant the world to me!
Speaking of world, I thought it would be fun to find out where in the world all my votes came from! So if you voted for me, please comment on this post with your city, state and country (if you are outside of the U.S.) You can also send me your location through my Facebook page or my Twitter account. Or if you prefer you can send me your location to my email at firstname.lastname@example.org I will collect all of the information and then next week I will post a map on my blog with “pins” to show where all of my votes came from!