Inspirational People....(and a giveaway)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sorry that I've been MIA from the blog but all in good around Japolinaville. I'm out of hibernation to tell you about a great TV series and a contest!!!!

BORN THIS WAY chronicles the lives of a group of young adults born with Down syndrome as they pursue their passions while defying society's expectations. The series also follows their parents who share their own journey of joy, sacrifice, and unconditional love. BORN THIS WAY premieres Season 2 next Tuesday, July 26 on A&E Network. I love the show and can't wait to watch the new season. Click here for a sneak peak

A&E has given me a $25 Target Gift card to giveaway. Just nominate an inspirational person in a comment below and the most inspiring person will get the gift card mailed to him. Easy Peasy. Just post before July 25th at midnight E.S.T. I will post on the 26th, the name of the winner.

The most recent person to inspire me is Jen Bricker. If you've never heard of her, google her. She was born in Romania with no legs and when her birth parents saw her, they abandoned her. An American family, Gerald and Sharon Bricker, adopted Jennifer and raised her in a small town in Illinois. Gerald and Sharon did not allow Jen to learn the word can't. When she wanted to become a gymnast, they said "Go for it" and she became a tumbling champ. She was obsessed with the Olympic gymnast,Dominique Moceanu and it turns out that Moceanu was her biological sister. Crazy story. Regardless, the fact that Jen never lets her lack of legs stops her really is a message that many of us need to pay attention to. If she can become a gymnast with no legs, most of us have no excuses.

Inspire me with someone who inspires you. Don't forget, giveaway ends on July 25th! Tell your friends. A $25 gift card to Target is a great prize. Thanks A & E


Susie said...

Japolina, It is always amazing to me, how very strong and driven some people are, while others the small things knocks them down. My daughter Karen was born without full length fingers on her left hand...she didn't know she was a bit different till school. Can't tell how many moms I had to call to tell them their child was bullying mine. Karen cried many times...but never let this stop her from trying anything. I know that is not as rough as no legs...but for a young kid it seemed very tough. Blessings, glad all is well there. xoxo, Susie

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

My son is my inspirational choice. He once lived under a bridge and has climbed to the top of a wonderful facility that helps others. Bee

angryparsnip said...

Happy to see your name pop-up.
What a very interesting post today. I used to follow a blog of Photographer and Dad of a Down Syndrome daughter. He would post sometimes about her and her life.
As for Jen Bricker what a life and a positive person.

I think I have to name my three children for my inspiration. They each in different ways have had to deal with their fathers mental problems that he has passed on to them and his abandonment of them. Hard road to walk.

cheers, parsnip

Laura Mueller said...

Who inspires me is my co-worker. She is the strongest, sweetest, and most generous person I know. Even as she was losing her daughter to cancer, she put a smile on her face.
I'm excited to watch this show! People with Down syndrome have always inspired me and they always have so much love to give.

Anonymous said...

The most inspirational person I have ever met is my husband, Jeff. He has never let any obstacle get in his way of achieving what he sets out to do and does it with grace. He is a role model for composure under pressure and has the biggest heart of any guy I know. He is also a wonderful role model to our amazing chid who has a skeletal dysplasia. So glad our child will have such a great role model for not letting anything get in your way of what you want to do!

Mami2jcn said...

My mom inspires me because she came to this country without an education and without speaking English but managed to learn the language, work full time, and earn her Bachelor's Degree while raising my brother and I.

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Rosa said...

My daughter inspires me. She is raising 4 beautiful children and homeschooling them The also manages to make extra money at home using her computer skills, and also keep a home. I admire her discipline and strength.

HS said...

My mother is my inspiration. She inspires me to be kind, generous and responsible. She spends most of her time volunteering in hospital and community center after she retires from teaching job. kraftmaking at gmail dot com

Japolina said...

Thanks to everyone who entered and inspired me with their inspiratons. I put all of the names in a hat and pulled one out to pick the winner who is StealthFrog! Stealthfrog, email me your address and I will ship the card right out.

Everyone be sure to check out Born this way. It is great!

Summer said...

Thanks for sharing these inspiring people♥

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