Victorious Woman Contest Winners Announced

5 years ago

As the Founder of the Victorious Woman Project, I have the great pleasure of announcing the winners of the 5th Annual Victorious Woman Contest. They are Erin O’Connell and Paula Whittaker, both of Pennsylvania, and Anne Lawrence of South Carolina. Here's what they wrote about:

First Prize: Erin O’Connell described her battle with bulimia in "How I Reclaimed My Life & My Right to Happiness”.

Second Prize: Paula Whittaker's “Letting Go of ANGER, FEAR and HATE told her story of how a life-threatening family incident resulted in negative emotions that were stealing her joy of life, and what she did about them.

Third Prize: Anne Lawrence shared her thoughts about caregiving for a paraplegic spouse in “I Am Victorious”.

Read their stories at

The annual contest, which started in late March, included promotion and public voting through Facebook. The number of FB votes determined who the ten finalists were and then a panel of five judges, two of whom were previous Victorious Woman Honorees. Entries came in from around the world. Prizes included a Kindle Touch or Visa Gift Card and a copy of Victorious Woman! Shaping Life’s Challenges into Personal Victories autographed by Annmarie Kelly, author, motivational speaker and founder of the Victorious Woman Project and sponsor of the Victorious Woman Contest. In addition each winner's story will being featured, one each month, at during July, August and September, respectively.

Personal Note: I started the Victorious Woman Contest in 2008 so that women had a venue to showcase their personal victories. I think too often women don’t take time to give themselves credit for the good things they do. They are forever looking at the next thing on their “to-do” list and move from one thing to the next without taking a moment to savor their accomplishments. The Victorious Woman Contest gives women the opportunity to stop what they are doing, acknowledge what they've done and put their victories into words. This year I heard from several women who weren’t very concerned about winning but were happy for the opportunity to tell their story. I’m really glad they did!

If you have a story to tell that you believe can inspire other women, starting thinking about it now. The 2013 Victorious Woman Contest will open up next March. You can be one of the first to know the dates and details by “liking” VWP at

BTW: The Victorious Woman Project has been helping women inspire, educate and empower themselves since 2007. It was founded in response to the hundred's of conversations I had with women after they read my first book, Victorious Woman! Shaping Life’s Challenges into Personal Victories. I realized women wanted the same things I wanted – inspirational shots in the arm, productive skill building and role models to prove dreams can come true. The combination makes women feel motivated and empowered to create the feminine victories that give their life more meaning and greater satisfaction and happiness.

You can learn more about the Victorious Woman Project at

Victoriously yours,
Annmarie Kelly
Author, Speaker, Victory Strategist
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