Announcing The First-Ever #GetGutsy Essay Contest

#GetGutsy essay contest- Jessica LawlorEditor’s Note: This contest ended on 1/5/14. Feel free to click over to this post to read the 29 inspiring and gutsy entries. Still want to share your story? You can do that at any time. Click here for details.

2014 is just around the corner! In preparation for a brand new year, I want to challenge you to reflect on how you reached your goals in 2013 and plot out how you can be more gutsy and do just that in 2014.

Was 2013 all you hoped it would be? Did you step outside your comfort zone to do things you once never thought possible?

Do you have big plans for 2014? Bright, shiny, big goals you want to crush in the New Year?

I want to hear all about it.

I’m beyond excited to announce the first-ever #GetGutsy Essay Contest!

How To Enter

1. Write your #GetGutsy story. No rules here. Your story can be short. It might be long. It might be written in essay form or you might choose to write a list. You can look back at one specific experience from 2013 or include a whole bunch of experiences. Perhaps you want to look forward and write about your plans for 2014. The only requirement here is that you explain what “getting gutsy” means to you and how you embodied those qualities in 2013 or plan to become more gutsy in the New Year.

2. Publish the story on your blog. If you don’t have your own blog, you can still participate! Borrow a friend’s blog for the day, create a quick and easy Tumblr account or publish on a free site like Medium that allows you to submit your own content.

3. Include the following blurb at the beginning or end of your post:

Getting gutsy is all about stepping outside your comfort zone to reach your goals. I’m participating in Jessica Lawlor’s #GetGutsy Essay Contest. To get involved and share your own gutsy story, check out this post for contest details.

4. Email me the link to your post at jessicallawlor AT gmail DOT COM by January 5, 2014. That’s it! Simple and easy.

What Will Happen After January 5?

I’m declaring the week of January 6, 2014, #GetGutsy Week! What better way to start off a brand new year than by setting an intention to get more gutsy in 2014?

That week, I will publish the three best essays from the contest on my blog. Your post will be heavily promoted on my blog, e-newsletter and social media accounts to further spread the word about your fantastic work and story.

After that, for those who are interested, I’ll later be compiling all of the stories into a FREE crowdsourced inspirational ebook filled with your incredible stories about what it means to get gutsy.

Stay tuned for more details about other fun prizes and happenings for the week of January 6!

Help Me Spread The Word

Interested in helping to spread the word about this contest?

Click here to tweet about it or copy and paste the below tweet:

Did you #GetGutsy in 2013? Plan to do just that in 2014? Enter @jesslaw’s #GetGutsy essay contest! Details: http://ow.ly/rtyH8 

Post the following blurb on your blog, e-newsletter, Facebook or Google+ account:

Was 2013 all you hoped it would be? Did you step outside your comfort zone to do things you once never thought possible? Have big plans for 2014? Bright, shiny, big goals you want to crush in the New Year?

If so, you need to enter Jessica Lawlor’s #GetGutsy essay contest! Check out her blog for details and get your entry in by January 5, 2014!

What are you waiting for? Start writing! Submit your story by January 5, 2014. I can’t wait to read them!

  • squeeee! I’m excited. And nervous. I want to write something. YAY! (<– From that mixed response, clearly my brain is on overdrive thinking about this!) Thank you!

    Will you be contributing to this somehow?

    • Jessica Lawlor

      Do it, do it, do it! 🙂

      Not sure if/how I’ll be contributing yet, since this is my blog and I like to think I share my gutsy stories/ideas all the time. Any ideas on how I could participate?

      • Well I guess the ebook you’re planning is your contribution, but I was thinking along the lines of… offering some resources, books, sources of inspiration, etc that have helped you Get Gutsy and stay there. Or maybe offering to follow-up with the “winners” once or twice through the year to see how they’re continually getting gutsy or how they’re making progress. (I suppose that might apply more to those that plan to get gutsy than those who already have… but there’s always room for more gutsy in the everyone’s future, right?!)

        • Jessica Lawlor

          These are some AWESOME ideas. I already had a few things in mind for the “winners” but this has given me something new to think about. Thanks Janelle! 🙂

  • This sounds like the most inspirational essay contest ever! I’m going to have to #getgutsy if I want to share my story…I can’t wait to read all the entries.

    • Jessica Lawlor

      Love it! Thanks for your awesome comment. I hope you will enter! 🙂 Can’t wait to see your story!

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  • Meg

    This was quite the year of gutsy change for me — and I will definitely be whipping something up to enter! Thanks for the inspiration, and I can’t wait to hear everyone else’s stories. Great idea, Jess!

    • Jessica Lawlor

      Um, YES, this WAS a huge year of gutsy change for you and I can’t WAIT to read your story. I’m so excited to hear that you’ll be participating. Thanks for your support! xox

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  • So excited to be a part of this, Jess! I’ve emailed you my info. Unfortunately my link will be going up tomorrow morning, as I’ve already got a blog post up today. I’ve just tweeted about the contest, though!

    • Jessica Lawlor

      Can’t wait until it goes live! Thank you SO much for participating, Jessica! 🙂

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  • I wish I had read about this earlier! I actually was gutsier than ever in 2013. Great idea.

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