I found out yesterday that my wonderful grandmother was selected as one of Good Magazine’s People to Admire. If you’re not familiar with Good Magazine, it’s quite possibly the best magazine ever created. It’s a magazine about people and businesses who do good things in the world. Simple as that. The magazine is inspiring, encouraging, and innovative. They print on recycled paper and 100% of the subscription fee goes to a charity of your choice. You can get a feel for the magazine here. The website has an amazing interactive community which is where I discovered their “People to Admire” contest. I submitted my grandmother and she was one of sixteen chosen over hundreds. The contest is user-driven and if she wins, she will be featured in the magazine. I can’t imagine a more wonderful honor my grandmother could receive in her later years. To be featured in a magazine! Wow! Though every person nominated is inspiring, I wish more than anything that she could have something this exciting happen for her.
For the contest I submitted a picture of my 84 year-old grandmother working out at the gym. Even through all her aches and pains- broken back, painful Sciatic, Shingles, boyfriend with Alzheimer’s- she still manages to go to the gym. Underneath I wrote, “My grandmother is a woman to be admired. At 84 years of age with various aches and pains, she can still outdo me at the gym. She can teach me a thing or two about determination.”
Please help me vote for her by going HERE. Her entry is under my name “Lauren Modery”. Voting ends June 3rd. I really appreciate you taking the time to help me with this. I love my grandmother more than anything and would love for her to have this opportunity. Please let me know if you voted so I can thank you.
For those of you not familiar with my grandmother, I’ve written about her a few times. Here is a story about when she called my blog a “blah”. Andhere is a story about the business she owned and operated for 35 years. The business she gave her all to and watched disintegrate in the shadow of Walmart. And here is a brief story about her goals and dreams and how I fear she never fulfilled them. My favorite is this video I created below with her and her boyfriend, Lionel. The original can be found here. She’s a little crabby in the video because she broken her back in two different places but didn’t know yet! She just kept milling around dealing with the pain. Those silly Depressioners!
Voted! I love the stories you post about your grandmother, and that video is wonderful. I'm going to do a post to vote for her for my 6.5 followers to read. Happy June 1st!
Voted! I can DEFINITELY learn a thing or two from her about going to the gym and not complaining!
Voted! Your grandmother sounds amazing! Definitely hope she receives this honor!
Congrats and best of luck to you and your grandma! If I could vote twice, I would!
I had to vote. I love everything that you write about your family. It's great to have strong female role models and you're seem to be the best (well i'm a bit bias to my own my mother but after her yours are great!) I hope she wins!
Just voted. Good luck! I found your site recently and have been enjoying your posts! =)
@Nicole- Thank you for voting! And thank you for reposting. That means so so much!
@Not Who I Will Be- Ugh. I haven't been to the gym consistently since college. Now that I'm turning 28, I'm starting to notice some differences… :/
@Tabitha- Thank you soooo much!
@One Blonde Girl- You rock! Thanks, my dear!
@Emily Ann- Thank you! Yeah, I was lucky to have two strong female role models in my life. Moms rock, don't they?
@Annette- Thanks for coming by and thanks for voting. Hi!
Consider it done. Good luck Grandma!
Voted – thrilled for you both, I'm such a lazy bastard myself, I've got to learn from someone as determined and reliable as your grandmother(:
Your grandma is my new fitness inspiration. Holy cow!
She's such a badass. Voted and reposting! <3
I think it's great that you value your family, even though they aren't perfect.Your grandma is a badass! Back broken in two places?! She's got gumption, sounds like it's genetic. Yay for you:)
I really admire her! 😉 Awesome granny!