When Life Get’s Tough, Women Rise Above It! #RiseAboveIt

Life hasn’t always been easy for me, but I remind myself that there are people in this world who have it a lot rougher than I do and I am truly blessed. I’ve struggled with my fair share of disease and illness over the years. It’s not something I typically write about. Some things in life are easier than others to recover from, but it’s what we do when faced with life’s challenges that really matters. So much of my inspiration comes from my Mom and my sisters, all very strong women in their own right. When we were asked to participate in this sponsored program and share a story on About a Mom for the Pine-Sol “When Life Gets Tough, Women Rise Above It!” campaign, I asked my Mom, Laura, to let me write this one because I really want to share how proud I am of her and my sisters.

Mom and Sisters

{Last year with my Mom and Sisters}

Laura: So much of my inspiration in life comes from my Mom and my sisters. It wasn’t an easy decision for my Mom to make when she returned to school at the age of fifty to finish a degree. But she knew it was something that she had to do to improve her quality of my life. A new career path isn’t something one normally does at that age, but she had the courage to do it and found much success. I am so proud of her.

Cat: Inner strength is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of my younger sister, Cat. She was a premature baby who the doctors said would never survive, but she was a fighter and beat the odds. She is probably one of the most stubborn people I know, but I know it’s that quality that has kept her with us. Being born so premature meant that she lives with some chronic health problems, but you would never know it. When the economy took a downturn, like many other corporate executives my brother-in-law lost his job. My sister not only went from working part-time to full-time, but also started working over-time at her job each week, despite her health. She never complained, rather just did what needed to be done for her family.

Rachael: My older sister, Rachael, is the most inspiring person that I know. Years in a very abusive marriage had left her isolated from everyone, even her family. There was a time when I though she was lost to us forever. The stress and depression from her circumstances, caused her to gain a lot of weight and become seriously ill. I will never forget the night the phone rang, and I could hear it in her voice that she was ready to take her life back and she really meant it. She is now the girl I remember from our childhood – happy, and full of life. She has also lost more than half of her body weight and is dedicated to health, fitness, and living a healthy lifestyle. She is currently taking classes for a personal trainer certification, so that she can help other people get healthy.

Pine Sol When Life Gets Tough, Women Rise Above It Campaign

When Life Get’s Tough, Women Rise Above It!

The makers of Pine-Sol® Products has teamed up with actress and activist Rosie Perez to launch a special campaign called When Life Gets Tough, Women Rise Above It! My Mom and sisters are definitely women who have risen above it. They truly inspire and encourage me in all that I do.

Pine-Sol® is looking for stories about inspiring women who have proven that rise above adversity. They want to share these stories in hopes of inspiring other woman and show them that they can get through any challenge in their life.

Here are some interesting survey results: Wakefield Research conducted a survey among women across the U.S. on behalf of Pine-Sol® Brand Cleaners. According to the results, 86% of women ages 35 plus, say their biggest female role model is someone they know personally, not a celebrity or political figure. Additionally, women see the best female role models in their family (60%) and their communities (24%), according to a Pine-Sol® survey and 65% feel they are currently a role model to someone in their life.

I’ve learned that Pine-Sol® awarded a $25,000 donation to Women Empowered, a nonprofit based in Los Angeles that connects, educates and supports women of all ages and backgrounds, inspiring them to give back to their communities.

Pine-Sol® is honoring women’s strenght with the “Women Rise Above It!” Sweepstakes! Pine-Sol® will award one lucky weekly winner a token of appreciation of a flower bouquet and Pine-Sol coupons (valued at $150) for 12 weeks throughout the campaign which runs from November 1, 2013 through January 31, 2014. Additionally, there will be three first prize winners who will receive complimentary house cleaning services for a year (valued at $2,400). Also, one grand prize winner will be awarded an all-inclusive trip to enjoy a peaceful spa experience at a deluxe hotel (valued at $5,000).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States & D.C. 18 years and older. Ends 1/31/14 at 11:59 a.m. PT. To enter and for Official Rules, including odds, and prize descriptions, visit www.womenriseaboveit.com. Void where prohibited.

To learn more, share your personal story, or to enter please visit the official site.

Do you know a women who has risen above it or have a personal story of triumph to share?

disclosure: This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Pine-Sol® blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

Comments

  1. What a great cause. I love when companies give back!

  2. You have an inspiring family! So happy that they each pushed through.

  3. What a powerful group of women you are! Love to hear about women powering through and sticking together. This is a great cause for Pine Sol, too. Glad to hear they are giving back!!

  4. Girl power…or in this case….a step up to women power! Great post! Thanks for sharing a bit of your family.

  5. Breanna Flook says:

    This is so heartwarming to read… both the stories of the women in your life who have pulled through the odds to do what was needed, and seeing such big companies giving back.

  6. What great stories! I know so many women in my life who have risen up above their challenges.

  7. So touching and kind – blessings to your family

  8. Sweet things about the ladies in your life!

  9. That is awesome. I love it when companies help others!

  10. Thanks to you and your sisters for sharing your stories! PLUS it sounds like a great cause!
    Kas

  11. I think it’s AWESOME your mom went back to school! My mom told me she was going to, so it motivated me to sign up. Then, she decided she was “too old” at 60 to go to school and quit. I don’t think you are EVER too old to learn!!

  12. How awesome that your mom went back to school. I sort of wish my mom would as I think it would help her with her confidence at leaving her job and finding a better one.

    Your sisters are amazing sounding, too!

  13. My mom is probably my biggest inspiration. She is currently going for her nursing degree at 48 years old. I love that Pine-Sol is giving back to these strong women!

  14. Great stories of inspiration. Good for Pine Sol for recognizing a woman’s inner strength.

  15. I love when people share their stories – to encourage others to become who they were created to be. Very inspiring. Thanks!

  16. thank you for sharing these stories, angela. you come from a family of amazing women

  17. How awesome this is, such a great cause, I have always wanted to go back to school..

  18. Thank you for sharing about the women that inspire you.

  19. What a great campaign. Women are definitely inspiring. I love these great stories.

  20. What a great cause and tribute!

  21. What great stories. So glad you shared them!

  22. What a beautiful post, your sisters and mom sound like strong and wonderful women. Thanks for sharing this with us ;)

    Love that Pine-Sol is sharing this campaign!

  23. I love the variety of perspectives you have given. Pine-Sol has found a great cause to be a part of and it’s great to see large companies (or any company) giving back!

  24. What a lovely post. You have a very special and inspiring family! :)

  25. What a beautiful way to honor your sister and mom. They are lucky to have you in their life. What a great family!

  26. You are surrounded by some very strong women! My mom is back in college earning her degree right now too & she amazes me every day for it.

  27. As a former preemie myself and a trauma survivor, I’m inspired by both Cat and Rachel. I bet you yourself can be an inspiration to someone too.

  28. Everything about this post made me smile: the stories, your intro, and the cause in general. I, too, am a woman who have faced a lot of adversity in my life, and while it’s been tough, I agree that it has made me stronger in the end. Thanks for sharing such a variety of stories of women rising above.

    I personally know an “older woman” who is considering going back to college, and I would like to share this post with her to give her the push she needs to finally do what’s right for her. So thanks! :)

  29. this is such a great cause, it is great that they give back, so inspiring.

  30. alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie) says:

    i just got out of an abusive relationship myself. Great timing for this post! Staying strong!

  31. Great Cause. I always try to support a company that gives back.

  32. All four of you have demonstrated amazing amounts of strength and I’m thrilled you have each other. :) You know, you really should write your story sometime.

  33. Love that your mom went back to school, but who is going to bake all the goodies I see you sharing on the blog? haha!

  34. What an amazing group of women! Thank you for sharing such personal stories with us.

  35. Your family sounds like a group of amazing women!

  36. It is wonderful to have heroes close at hand in your own family. It was very nice to read your storie here.

  37. I love when companies do this, especially for strong women!! What an awesome cause!!

  38. I love that she went back to school…. I don’t think anyone is ever too old to go back to school. :) Thank you for sharing your stories with us! My mom is my inspiration. She had it really tough for many years, but never let life keep her down. She rose above it. :)

  39. We lost my mom earlier this year, and it was tough because she was the strongest person I’ve ever known. She was a single mom who worked three jobs to make ends meet and make sure I could do things like music lessons that would have been easy to just cast aside.

  40. I agree with the statement that role models are usually someone you know. I know mine was my mother, and every day, I’m trying to live up to the woman that she used to be.

  41. Amazing stories from each of you women. This gives hope and empowerment to other women.

  42. You are an amazing group of women! I wanted tog o back to school but felt I was too old at 41, but this gives me inspiration!

  43. What an inspirational message, Angela! I always admire people who can rise above their personal problems and struggles, especially when they involve illness. Thank you for sharing your story with us, don’t ever change! You’re a fighter :)

  44. I love that picture of you and your mother! What an inspiring woman your mom is.

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