Over the past few weeks, you have sent me more emails than I am accustomed to receive. Emails about depression, hope, motherhood and plain old tiredness. You are all working so hard. You are happy, you are sad, you are almost there, you don't know if you will ever make it.
I have been there, too. I will be there again.
I wish I could give you all a hug. Or, even better, take you shopping.
High school was often traumatic for me. One day, after an especially difficult episode of teenagedom, I came home and cried myself to sleep on the couch. When I woke up two hours later, my mom was standing in the doorway with two bags full of outfits from Nordstrom. She said she had felt so helpless watching me sleep in the fetal position, the tears still on my face. She couldn't fix my problems. But she could dress them in brighter colors. I felt so special as I tried on dress after dress. I felt like she could see me, even though I didn't know how to see myself.
Listen, I am old enough to know now, that shopping doesn't truly fix almost anything. I am not advocating the wholesale abuse of credit cards because of a bad day. But I will damned if it doesn't make you feel better, even if only for a moment. I'd like to give one of you that moment. (Well, I'd like to give ALL of you that moment, but for now, my wallet can sustain just one.)
So a giveaway. Over the next week, I am running one of those ever, lovin' Instagram contests. The prize is $100 to Anthropologie. The rules are simple, because I don't want you to have to work too hard for something that you already deserve.
1. Follow me on instagram at @meg_in_progress
2. Share a photo of something that makes you happy or simply repost the Meg's Anthro Giveaway image from my feed. Make sure to tag each entry with #megsanthr0giveaway. Also tag my feed @meg_in_progress.
3. You can enter once a day for the duration of the giveaway.
Contest begins October 2nd and ends at midnight October 8th.
Winner will be chosen via Random.org and will be notified on the meg_in_progress Instagram feed.
Open to contestants in any country. However! Lovely Anthropologie does not allow gift cards purchased in the US to be used outside of the the states. So! If an international entry wins, the winner will be given a $100 visa gift card to use at Anthro instead.
Now go forth! And Win!