Saw this contest on FB and I thought, “Hmm…interesting…let’s give this a try? Wouldn’t hurt.”

Over the following weeks, with the “free” time I was able to get, here’s what I did.

Wrote a poem.

Seeking Truth. Remaining True. Following my Heart, listening to my soul, using my mind FOR GOOD. Creating & Sharing. And just being the reason someone smiles today! ๐Ÿ™‚

Wrote a story.

Once upon a time in a faraway Winter Wonderland called Manitoba, there lived a girl who loved to learn. She read books. She watched movies. Her most favorite, she listened to people.
She excelled in school. Often being the top of her class. Often the little girl sitting in the front. The one they called โ€œMiss Goody Two-shoes,โ€ the one they called โ€œMiss SmartyPants,โ€ and โ€œLittle Miss Perfect.โ€

But they didnโ€™t know she was far from perfection. Behind Miss Goody two-shoes, was someone whose parents barely afforded two shoes for Miss Two-Shoes and her siblings. Behind Miss SmartyPants were hand-me-downs from relatives. Little Miss Perfect was broken inside.

She endured a constant battle between what she felt was right and what her World said was right. She often questioned herself, doubted herself, told herself to be quiet. And quiet she remained.
Until she discovered the internet and social media (ie. 18 yrs later). It is there that she was able to show more of her inside and be able to be comfortable with her outside. The internet and social media allowed her to show her inner beauty. One that started from the ashes and is starting to grow into a Phoenix.

The bird she is becoming started from poverty, experienced welfare, has seen the detrimental effects of excessive alcohol and drugs, suffered and witnessed abuse, suffered the effects of bullying, broke under the pressures of society and family, and is now flying high and sprinkling the World with magic, with Love, with positivity, with hope, with smiles, with inspiration.

She now is married to her Prince Charming, guiding her little ones through this amazing thing we call Life, and has found Happiness. She has found SmileyFaceLife. ๐Ÿ™‚

Wrote out some captions.

Sprinkling my world, this world, our world with Love, Light, and SmileyFaces. ๐Ÿ™‚

Being the reason someone smiles today by sprinkling some magic on those who’s hearts and minds are open. ๐Ÿ™‚

Created a video.

Unfortunately, this video didn’t work out, so…I am not going to share that with you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Still I didn’t know what to put…

Then it dawned on me. You just did it. This is your submission for the Schick’s Strides and Stories Contest.

How are you making this World a better place?

By just being myself and being happy doing it. ๐Ÿ™‚


Love Always,


Jen ๐Ÿ™‚


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