And the Trophy for Outstanding Philanthropic Sprit Goes to…

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Congratulations to children’s book author Kristy Jo Volchko for winning the Random Acts of Trophy-ness award for “Outstanding Philanthropic Spirit: Inspiring Hope and Spreading Love Through Books and Reading.”

Sending out trophies and getting to experience the joy it brings others will absolutely never get old. Delivering smiles is not just our tagline; it’s genuinely the reason we do what we do.

Our Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” campaign to deliver smiles — and trophies — to people who make the world a better place by being themselves is pure merriment for all of us at Trophy Central.

We started our campaign because we were inspired by Sue Heck from ABC’s The Middle, the girl who never, EVER gives up, the perpetual underdog with so much passion, determination and zest for life she can make an entire gymnasium get up and cheer.

The March to Their Own Drummers

In fact, in last season’s finale, Sue and her friend Brad do an entire musical number across their college quad about celebrating the “march to their own drummers”. We at Trophy Central can’t get enough of the “march to their own drummers.” That’s why we just sent out our latest “Show Us Your Sue” trophy to Kristy Jo Volchko, winner for Outstanding Philanthropic Spirit: Inspiring Hope and Spreading Love Through Books and Reading.

Kristy was nominated for our Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” award by Jill Cofsky, first grade teacher, voice actor and former Show Us Your Sue trophy winner for Excellence in Teaching and Inspiring Students.

Jill said “Kristy is a sweetheart. She is the talented author of the children’s adventure series, Cackleberry Creek. Kristy is extremely kind and incredibly generous. She loves children and loves getting books into the hands of children. In fact, all of the proceeds from one of her books, Frogs Can Fly, goes to directly help children’s organizations! She is definitely an unsung hero and deserving of a Show Us Your Sue Award!!”

Awarding Kindness, Positivity and Hope

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Team Trophy Central is thrilled to welcome children’s book author Kristy Jo Volchko to the Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” family!

Upon hearing she had a trophy with her name on it on its way, Kristy beautifully said “I am seriously smiling from ear to ear! I absolutely love your organization’s positivity and everything you stand for. Spreading kindness and love is the greatest thing any of us can do.”

We couldn’t agree more!

And that’s why Kristy epitomizes the Show Us Your Sue spirit.

Kristy believes that books have the power to inspire children and give them hope. The magical world of stories, along with children’s imagination, is a very powerful combination. The right book can make us laugh, make us wonder, make us dream — and can even make us feel less alone. Kristy rightly believes that you can find a friend in a book, and we at Trophy Central couldn’t agree more. We’re beyond confident that her stories are making a difference in the lives of all the children who read them.

Making a Difference

 

And how wonderful is it that her books are making a difference beyond that, reaching out to other children as well?! Her book Frogs Can Fly, about a frog named Lulu who “wishes she were a bird, a squirrel, a cat…anything but a green ole frog!” and has to come to terms with loving herself for who she is, not only delivers a strong message that girls of all ages could learn from, but also benefits children’s organizations.

All proceeds from Frogs Can Fly are donated to various children’s organizations, such as St. Jude Children’s Research HospitalUnicef, allergy and anaphylaxis awareness, literacy programs and Mastocytosis/MCAD research.

Twitter post by Trophy Central award winner children's book author Kristy Jo Volchko

At Trophy Central we don’t just sell trophies, we deliver smiles. We’re honored to send a smile to the talented, kind-hearted Kristy Jo Volchko.

Kristy’s philanthropic spirit encompasses everything she does. She says “No matter how down on your luck you are or where you come from, you can STILL help others. you can STILL spread love, positivity, hope. Through my stories I hope to reach children in a way that helps them have compassion, hope, desire to learn, laughter, and to forget a little while about some of the harshness of this world.”

If that isn’t deserving of a trophy, what is?!

Our Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” campaign aims to reward everyday heroes like Kristy who are making the world a better place by being themselves. Do you know any everyday hero who inspires? Please nominate them in the comments section below or by using the hashtag #ShowUsYourSue on Twitter or Facebook. Don’t forget to tell us what your nominee is doing to make the world a better place!

Show Us Your Sue: The Only Trophy Awarded to Smilers, Dreamers and Day-Makers

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Carla Horn’s Instagram bio could easily be mistaken for Sue Heck’s. It reads “Big Smiler! Believer in Kindness, Goodness & Making Someone’s Day.”

It doesn’t get more Sue Heck than that!

Team Trophy Central believes Sue Heck would LOVE Carla’s Instagram profile!

For those of you who don’t yet know, Sue Heck (the perpetually optimistic fictional character from ABC’s The Middle) inspired Trophy Central’s Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” campaign, dedicated to awarding everyday heroes who make the world a better place simply by being themselves.

This quote, posted on Carla's Instagram, embodies the spirit of Trophy Central's "Show Us Your Sue" campaign.

This quote, posted on Carla’s Instagram, embodies the spirit of Trophy Central’s “Show Us Your Sue” campaign.

Team Trophy Central is pleased to welcome Carla Horn to the Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” family!

Congratulations, Carla, on winning the “Show Us Your Sue” award for “Making a Difference with Positivity and Love.”

Jill Cofsky — who won Trophy Central’s Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” award for “Excellence in Teaching and Inspiring Students” — nominated Carla for her dedication to spreading love and positivity everywhere she goes.

Indeed, all you have to do is scroll through Carla’s Instagram or Twitter profile for a split second to be blasted by images that radiate happiness and a positive outlook on life. Carla’s social media accounts are filled with smiling faces, cheerful flowers, cuddly pups, and inspirational quotes.

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Team Trophy Central can’t help but smile when we look at Carla’s Instagram photos!

Team Trophy Central adores all of Carla’s photos, especially those that include her beautiful daughter. The photos of Carla and her daughter radiate joy and you can’t help but smile when you see them.

Carla embodies the “Show Us Your Sue” spirit. Trophy Central’s “Show Us Your Sue” campaign is about celebrating everyday heroes who, in deeds large and small, make life a little gentler, kinder or amusing for those lucky enough to encounter them.

Please help us spread more smiles! Nominate someone for the “Show Us Your Sue” award today. You can nominate your Random Acts of Trophy-ness pick in the comments section below or on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #ShowUsYourSue. Don’t forget to tell us why your nominee is trophy-worthy!

Shining a Light to Save Lives: Introducing the Random Acts of Trophy-ness Awareness Award

Frankie Heck (mom to Sue Heck, our Random Acts of Trophy-ness "Show Us Your Sue" campaign muse) enjoying some fun in the sun. | Image courtesy of ABC's The Middle

Frankie Heck (mom to Sue Heck, our Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” campaign muse) enjoying some fun in the sun. | Image courtesy of ABC’s The Middle

Now that it’s officially spring and the weather is warming up, most people are trading in sweaters for swimsuits and fireside reading for poolside recreation. Like most, team Trophy Central enjoys partaking in warm weather activities, from baseball games and picnics to surfing and hiking. Spending time in the sun is a whole lot of fun but it does come with some risks. And all of us here at Trophy Central want nothing more than for families to stay both happy AND healthy.

Enter Susan A. Hughes, a Certified Melanoma Educator who brings awareness to the growing skin cancer epidemic. Congratulations, Susan, on winning the “Shining a Light to Save Lives” award! We’re delighted to welcome you to the Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” family!

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Susan’s nomination comes courtesy of past “Show Us Your Sue” award winner, author C.L. Murphy.

Thank you C.L. Murphy for nominating Susan for this award — and for sharing how melanoma has affected you personally.

Delivering More Smiles

Calling all “Show us Your Sue” trophy winners. It’s Trophy Central’s pledge to deliver smiles and we need your help to deliver more.

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At Trophy Central, we don’t just sell trophies—we deliver smiles.

A trophy-worthy person doesn’t need to be someone with an active do-good campaign, a large following on social media or a household name. Sue Heck, the inspiration for our Random Acts of Trophy-ness campaign, was a high school misfit on The Middle (she’s now a slightly better fitting college student) whose high school yearbook was nonetheless signed by every person in her class for one reason: she made them feel better about themselves.

We want to grow our campaign supporting people who, in deeds large and small, make life a little gentler, kinder or amusing for those lucky enough to encounter them.

And we’re so busy making trophies for schools, athletic teams and businesses that we don’t get out much! So we really need you to be our eyes and ears to make our “Show Us Your Sue” campaign a long-running, smile-inducing success.

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Our Random Acts of Trophy-ness: “Show Us Your Sue” campaign honors underdogs, dreamers and everyday heroes who inspire.

With that in mind, here are some examples of the types of people we think are trophy-worthy. We hope they inspire you to nominate at least two people this month and every month for the next twelve. Yes, that’s 24 nominations per trophy winner, but no goal is too big for the Sue Hecks of the world. And, if you don’t make the goal? Well, like Sue Heck, just keep trying.

Here are 10 ideas to kick off the new expanded version of our “Show Us Your Sue” campaign. People we believe would make Sue Heck proud include:

  1. The homeless person who ALWAYS smiles at you even though you never offer him any spare change.
  2. The homeless person who sits outside a pet supply store and never asks for money, only food to feed the dog he holds in his arms.
  3. The barista who always remembers, not just your order but your name and asks you about the book you’re carrying under your arm.
  4. The neighbor who gets up before dawn to snow plow your driveway because he knows you stay up late caring for a special needs child.
  5. The man with a cane who gives up his seat on the subway so you can sit down and nurse your infant.
  6. The woman who buys two lottery tickets every day and always hands out one of them to the person standing behind her, saying nothing more than “good luck” when she does.
  7. The high school coach who always brings an extra lunch with him to feed a student who would otherwise go without.
  8. The teacher who encouraged a quiet student to take an improv class to boost his confidence.
  9. The creator of a TV show that made you laugh when you were sick, lonely or afraid.
  10. ANYONE who made you smile when you really needed one, someone you know would smile broadly if they received a trophy in the mail (or you delivered one to them personally.)

You get the idea. Please help us spread smiles. Nominate someone today with their contact information (or yours if you will hand-deliver a trophy.) Don’t have anyone in mind? Ask your friends, coworkers and family members for the names of potential nominees.

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Nothing makes people smile like a trophy (and cupcakes!)

Can’t think of anyone? We don’t believe you! Anyone who has won a trophy attracts kind and altruistic people. Start sending your nominations today – and keep them coming! The world needs more smiles.

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Team Trophy Central cherishes this thank-you note from our youngest Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” award winner, Ily.

Let’s Get Nominating!

We are calling upon the following Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” winners to nominate, nominate, nominate!

1. Krithika Rangarajan (Excellence in Pet Adoption Advocacy)

2. Chloe Pink (Best Girl Power Advocate)

3. Jill Cofsky (Excellence in Teaching and Inspiring Students)

4. Kristen Lamb (Excellence in Inspiring Kids to Read and Write)

5. Gomee Girl (Excellence in Girl Empowerment

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More trophies, more smiles.

6. Jennifer Broderick (Excellence in Inspiring the World Through Art)

7. Johnnie Tuitel (Excellence in Inspiring the World to Live Without Boundaries)

8. Kathleen Egan (Excellence in Helping High School Students Reach Their Highest Potential)

9. Meghedi Khashaki (Excellence in Compassion, Honesty and Spirit)

10. The KOTAW Girl Gang (Excellence in Bravery, Determination, Creativity, Kindness & Pit Bull Advocacy)

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At Trophy Central, we believe it’s the smile that counts. Thank you, Sherry Lee White, for sharing your bright smile that lights up a room.

11. Angel’s mom, Rebecca Corry (The One and Only ANGEL Award)

12. Krystian Leonard (Excellence in Inspiring Girls of All Ages To Love Their Bodies and Let Their Inner Beauty Shine)

13. Bagel Mom (Outstanding Achievement in Altruism)

14. Sherry Lee White (Excellence In Inspiring Others to Say ‘Yes’ to the Life of Their Dreams)

15. Ily “Sweetsie Sue” Scott (Best Positive Spirit: Changing the World with Kindness and Love)

16. Mariann Asbury (The “Heart as Big as the Ocean” Award)

17. C.L. Murphy (Excellence in Teaching Kindness Toward Animals)

18. Susan A. Hughes (Shining a Light to Save Lives Awareness Award)

ANGEL award dedicated to Rebecca Corry's rescued Pit Bull, Angel, the inspiration behind Stand Up For Pits Foundation | Trophy Central

Team Trophy Central loves animals and the people who fight for their rights.

Alright friends, let’s get nominating! You can nominate your Random Acts of Trophy-ness pick in the comments section below or on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #ShowUsYourSue. Don’t forget to tell us why your nominee is trophy-worthy!

Rewarding Kindness Toward Animals: Our Latest Trophy Winner Announced!

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It’s hard to believe we just awarded the 17th Random Acts of Trophy-ness trophy! We started our Random Acts of Trophy-ness campaign with two goals in mind:

  1. To find people (and animals!) who are changing the world by being themselves. Inspired by Sue Heck’s character from The Middle, who is perpetually optimistic and who never, EVER gives up, we created the “Show Us Your Sue” campaign to seek out underdogs, dreamers and everyday heroes who inspire.
  2. To award these people (and animals!) who are making the world a better place by sending them a trophy to make them smile.

We could not be more thrilled to have just awarded a very special children’s author, C.L. Murphy, and a very special wolf pup, Lovable Lobo, with our Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” award for Excellence in Teaching Kindness Toward Animals.

C.L. Murphy and Lovable Lobo Random Acts of Trophy-ness Show Us Your Sue award

Lovable Lobo is the title character in C.L. Murphy’s Lovable Lobo picture book series. Based on a real wolf C.L. Murphy raised for over 14 years, Lovable Lobo teaches kids how to treat animals with kindness as he navigates fun and wacky adventures in each story.

C.L. Murphy says her love for animals began at a very early age: “I was that little girl that brought home the strays asking, ‘Can we please keep it?’” As a child, she even trained a wild blue jay to appear on command — and rewarded the bird with food from her hand.

We love animals here at Trophy Central (in case you couldn’t already tell, given that this is the 4th animal-related Random Acts of Trophy-ness award we’ve given out) and we think that treating animals with kindness is one of the best things we can teach our kids.

Animals teach people so many things: how to love unconditionally, how to live in the moment, how to find the joy in every day. The list could go on an on and encompass this entire blog.

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Teaching kids to be kind to animals is one of the best ways to ensure they grow up to be kind individuals who will grow up and make the world a better place.

So we here at Trophy Central applaud C.L. Murphy and Lovable Lobo for ensuring the next generation grows up loving animals and treating both animals and people with kindness, respect and understanding.

And we thank fellow Show Us Your Sue winner Chloe Pink for nominating C.L. Murphy and Lovable Lobo!

We also invite her to pay it forward by nominating another inspirational person (or animal!) for the next Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” award.

In the meantime, we invite all our readers to check out the previous Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” winners here:

  1. Excellence in Pet Adoption Advocacy: Krithika Rangarajan
  2. Best Girl Power Advocate: Chloe Pink
  3. Excellence in Teaching and Inspiring Students: Jill Cofsky
  4. Excellence in Inspiring Kids to Read and Write: Kristen Lamb
  5. Excellence in Girl Empowerment: Gomee Girl
  6. Excellence in Inspiring the World Through Art: Jennifer Broderick
  7. Excellence in Inspiring the World to Live Without Boundaries: Johnnie Tuitel
  8. Excellence in Helping High School Students Reach Their Highest Potential: Kathleen Egan
  9. Excellence in Compassion, Honesty and Spirit: Meghedi Khashaki
  10. Excellence in Bravery, Determination, Creativity, Kindness & Pit Bull Advocacy: The KOTAW Girl Gang
  11. The One and Only ANGEL Award: Angel
  12. Excellence in Inspiring Girls of All Ages To Love Their Bodies and Let Their Inner Beauty Shine: Krystian Leonard
  13. Outstanding Achievement in Altruism: Bagel Mom
  14. Excellence In Inspiring Others to Say ‘Yes’ to the Life of Their Dreams: Sherry Lee White
  15. Best Positive Spirit: Changing the World with Kindness and Love: Ily “Sweetsie Sue” Scott
  16. The “Heart as Big as the Ocean” Award: Mariann Asbury

A big congratulations again to C.L. Murphy and Lovable Lobo for being the latest Random Acts of Trophy-ness award winner. We just love your PAW-sitive spirit!

Who’s next? We have only three more trophies to send out until we get to our 20th “Show Us Your Sue” award winner! We look forward to celebrating that milestone with you, as well as each trophy (and moment) in between.

Please nominate someone who might not partake in the traditional trophy winning sphere. Someone who’s not a football star or lead in all the school plays, but whose tenacity, positivity, resilience and altruism is making the world a better place. You can nominate your Random Acts of Trophy-ness pick in the comments section below or on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #ShowUsYourSue. Don’t forget to tell us why your nominee is trophy-worthy!

Winning Hearts and Winning Trophies: Introducing the “Heart as Big as the Ocean” Award

Meet Mariann Asbury, Trophy Central's winner of "A Heart as Big as the Ocean Award."

Meet Mariann Asbury, Trophy Central’s winner of “A Heart as Big as the Ocean Award.”

Mariann Asbury, our January Random Acts of Trophy-ness winner, deserves a trophy for almost every reason we could imagine. It was hard to find a suitable name for her trophy, but we think we found it in this: A Heart as Big as the Ocean Award.

And it was a recent episode of ABC’s “The Middle” that inspired Katherine Kotaw, a previous Random Acts of Trophy-ness winner, to nominate Mariann.

Sue Heck, the inspiration for our #ShowUsYourSue award, is enjoying success at college. It seems that her indefatigable spirit, which never failed her despite humiliating defeats as a child, is finally being rewarded. She’s chosen a career that fits her personality, resides in a posh apartment paid for by her roommate’s father and feels so independent that she made through an entire episode without visiting or calling her parents.

Honoring a Sometimes Painful Past

But Sue hasn’t forgotten what it was like to be an outsider for most of her life. When, during the episode, her friend Brad suggested that their no-cut acapella group become more discerning to better their chances at winning a contest, Sue reminds him about the importance of inclusion, something they both sought but rarely achieved during high school.

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Sue and Brad practicing for the no-cut acapella competition. (Photo courtesy of ABC’s “The Middle.”)

When most members of the group bail at the last minute – fearing embarrassment – Sue and Brad brave the competition alone. Their performance is terrible but, in true #ShowUsYourSue fashion, the pair encourages the audience to mock them. Brad holds up the mike and tells the audience to jeer them on with “Boo” and Sue holds out the mike and asks them to chant “You suck!” The audience shouts “You suck. You suck. You suck. Boo!” as Brad and Sue gamely finish their song and dance. The audience applauds them at the end. They didn’t win the competition, but they won everyone’s hearts.

Heart that Stretches Across the Sea

And Mariann won ours. Mariann moved from Scandinavia to Oregon as a young woman. She married the “best husband in the universe,” and, after having a son of their own, they adopted four siblings whose mother could not care for them. Between rearing the children largely on her own (her husband is a long-distance truck driver) and launching a photography business, Bambino Zoom & Shootz Photography, she could have easily said “I’m too busy” when a childhood friend reached out to her about a woman in their community who needed help.

Like the fictional Sue, the real-life Mariann did not ignore her roots. As Katherine, whose life story became a Lifetime movie, “Run for Your Life,” tells it:

“Mariann reached out to me about a year ago seeking my advice about an abused woman who was battling the court system in Scandinavia to protect herself and her children from a man she had fled. She thought, giving my background, that I could help. And I did. For a while, I acted like Cyrano de Bergerac, providing behind-the-scenes advice that Mariann translated for the woman in Scandinavia.

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A Song for an Unsung Hero

“Mariann gives me a lot of credit for the successful outcome (the woman won both a criminal and civil case and the father’s rights to his children were permanently severed). But she’s the unsung hero here.

“She not only helped this young woman and her young children fight a daunting legal battle, she also sent them care packages of food, bedding and clothing. More important, she stood up to community leaders on the woman’s behalf, which was a major challenge for Mariann.  Because of trauma in her own childhood, Mariann was unaccustomed to standing up to male authority. But her concern and compassion for a mother and her children overrode her fears. She was literally tireless – counseling the woman and her family on Scandinavia time and taking care of her own on Oregon time, 9 hours behind.

“And she is so humble about her role. She put much of her life on the backburner in order to help a woman she barely knew. She listened to gruesome, heartbreaking details about domestic abuse without flinching or turning away. She acted in true #ShowUsYourSue spirit, and I’d love for Trophy Central to recognize her as someone whose heart is a big as the ocean and who put social media to social good. Actually to social greatness – the lives of an entire family changed for the better because of her selfless deeds.”

Nominate Your Candidate for a Random Act of Trophy-ness

We agree and are thrilled to add Mariann to our growing list of #ShowUsYourSue trophy winners. But we don’t want this important campaign to end here. Please send us your nominations for a Random Act of Trophy-ness in the comments section below, or on Facebook or Twitter using #ShowUsYourSue. Don’t forget to tell us why you think your nominee deserves a trophy!

Rainbow Bright ‘Sweetsie Sue’ Becomes Youngest Winner of Our Random Acts of Trophy-Ness Award

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Meet Ily Scott, Trophy Central’s Random Acts of Trophy-ness: Show Us Your Sue award for “Best Positive Spirit: Changing the World with Kindness and Love.”

This holiday season, Trophy Central wants you to bring your some year-end joy. Ten-year-old Ily Scott, this month’s winner of our Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” award, will help everyone ring in 2017 with a big smile.

Ily lives in a crowded, sometimes chaotic household. But she never lets any of the natural turmoil get her down. Ily is so much like Sue Heck, whose indefatigable spirit keeps ABC’s The Middle from becoming just another typical family sitcom, that her mom calls her Sweetsie Sue.

“Ily brightens up the day of everyone around her because of her positive energy, silliness and encouraging attitude,” Lisa Scott wrote in a note to Trophy Central. She says that, like Sue, Ily is an ENFP – the free spirited and passionate personality type identified on the Myers-Briggs personality indicator.

Mom’s Cheerleader

“Nothing gets her down,” says her mom. “She has four brothers and sisters, including 5-year-old twins and whenever I have a hard day, which is often, I can ALWAYS count on her to cheer me up. It is her natural tendency to just come up to me and take my hand and say, ‘Mom, we love you no matter what and we know you are doing the best you can.'”

Still harbor doubts that Ily deserves December’s Random Acts of Trophy-ness award?

Here’s what else her mom had to say:

“I love her kindness, and her spirit and the fact that she cries when she hears Bruno Mars sing Just The Way You Are because she thinks it’s so beautiful.”

Mom’s Opposite

And Lisa Scott did not nominate her mini-me. She says she doesn’t recognize her personality in her daughter’s.

“I am the opposite of Ily – a pessimist and a negative thinker and I thank God every day that he gave me Ily to bring some color and sunshine into my world.”

With these words in mind, Trophy Central is beyond pleased to award Ily “Sweetsie Sue” Scott our Random Acts of Trophy-ness award for Best Positive Spirit: Changing the World with Kindness and Love.

When we told Lisa her daughter had won, she thanked us and added, “She has wanted a trophy so badly that she started keeping one of my old trophies on her night stand so she will be beaming from ear to ear when she finally gets one of her very own.”

Ily’s Gratitude

And she was right! Lisa sent us this tweet of Ily with her Trophy Central trophy.

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Team Trophy Central is delighted to hear that Ily’s trophy is her new “favorite thing!”

And Ily further proved her trophy worthiness by sending us a thank you note, “Dear Trophy Central. Thank you so much for the shiny trophy. I love how pretty it is.”

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This beautiful handmade thank-you note put the biggest smile on the faces of team Trophy Central!

You’re very welcome, Ily. But it’s really we who should be thanking YOU. Your bright spirit is shinier than any trophy and deserves a mantel of its very own. You light up the world – making every day seem like a holiday.

Thank you also to everyone who supports Trophy Central’s Random Acts of Trophy-ness #ShowUsYourSue campaign, our feel-good project that recognizes and awards everyday heroes who inspire.

Do YOU know someone who makes the world a better place simply by being him/herself? Then please nominate this award-worthy person for our Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” award in the comments section below, or on Facebook or Twitter using #ShowUsYourSue. Don’t forget to tell us why you think your nominee deserves a trophy!

Oh-So-Sue and a Trophy Too! Meet Our Latest Random Acts of Trophy-ness Winner

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Sherry Lee White: Mom, Founder and Chief Bliss Officer at Trulee, Joy Junkie & Wellness Activist, and now — Trophy Central’s Random Acts of Trophy-ness award winner!

Trophy Central is delighted to announce the latest winner of our Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” award.

Congratulations, Sherry Lee White, on winning Trophy Central’s award for “Excellence In Inspiring Others to Say ‘Yes’ to the Life of Their Dreams.”

A mother of four, Sherry Lee White is a self-proclaimed “Joy Junkie and Wellness Activist” who is on a mission to inspire people to live a happier, healthier life by encouraging them to breakup with relationships, habits and thoughts that don’t serve them.

Her own moment of clarity came after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.

“After years of suffering with a debilitating autoimmune disease and clinical depression, I found a natural path back to health and happiness through lifestyle changes in the areas of eating, moving, thinking and showing up in everyday life.

“It took stakes this high for me to dig in and say “no” to things that didn’t serve me or my children (pharmaceuticals with scary side effects, unhappy relationships, sitting on the sidelines of my own life), and the courage to say “yes” to chasing bigger dreams that seemed out of reach (writing a book, starting a superfood company, stand-up comedy).”

Sherry Lee White shares her wisdom for creating a blissful life on her blog, which focuses on four main components: meals, mind, movement and mom stuff.

Trophy Central is in awe of Sherry Lee White’s determination to create a life she loves. We also appreciate her desire to help others find their own unique path to happiness as well. These honorable pursuits are oh-so-Sue! (For those of you who don’t already know, Sue Heck from the hit sitcom “The Middle” is our campaign muse. We love her can-do spirit and the fact that she never, EVER gives up! Sue Heck may not be a “winner” in the traditional trophy-giving sphere (athleticism or artistic talent for example) but she makes the world a better place just by being the terrific person she is. And that is what makes a true winner in our eyes.)

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Team Trophy Central would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Sherry Lee White on her win and thank Krystian Leonard, founder of the non-profit organization Shining S.C.A.R.S., for nominating Sherry for this award.

We would also like to close this blog with an uplifting message from Sherry Lee White, one we believe would make Sue Heck proud:

“Sometimes life is hard, and we can feel overwhelmed or alone. I’m here for you. I hope stopping by my little corner of the internet makes you feel like you’re in your best friend’s kitchen. Come as you are, let’s share stories, laughs and encouragement. The life of your dreams is right around the corner and I would love to have any small part in helping you make it happen!”

Thank you also to everyone who supports Trophy Central’s Random Acts of Trophy-ness #ShowUsYourSue campaign, our feel-good project that recognizes and awards everyday heroes who inspire.

Do YOU know someone who makes the world a better place simply by being him/herself? Then please nominate this award-worthy person for our Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” award in the comments section below, or on Facebook or Twitter using #ShowUsYourSue. Don’t forget to tell us why you think your nominee deserves a trophy!

 

A Trophy-Worthy Dedication to Combating Hunger: Meet Bagel Mom, our Latest Show Us Your Sue Winner!

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When Sue Heck, Trophy Central’s muse, first entered college, she became overwhelmed with all of life’s social injustices — from racism to gender biases to environmental hazards to fair wages to Barbie’s proportions being such that no real woman could ever have those measurements without falling over.

This is typical college behavior. Suddenly you’re out in the world on your own, being inundated with message after message, cause after cause, and you realize for the first time that you have your own voice. So you sign that petition, join that rally and write the most vehement essay for your writing class about how each person has the power to change the world.

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Sure you’re in this bubble, an idealized version of real-life where anything and everything seems possible, where you can feel like you have perpetual good karma for signing your name on five different liberal causes in one day, but idyllic bubbles aren’t a bad place to live.

Unless, like Sue, you go from feeling like you’re helping everyone with your college-empowered indignation and end up feeling powerless over how many inequities and injustices there are in the world.

Awarding Altruism

Some people decide to give up at this point. Like Frankie Heck (Sue’s mom on ABC’s The Middle) says: “Look, I used to be your age. I understand righteous indignation, but eventually you get to be my age, and you realize you can’t fix everything. And sometimes you just got to kick back, relax, and enjoy a movie with too many white people in it.”

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Trophy Central has no doubt that Sue Heck will never give up her pursuit to make the world a better place. And we believe that one day she will stop being overwhelmed with too many causes and too much unfairness in the world. Sue will find her own cause to stand up for without letting all the world’s stresses get to her.

How could we not believe in Sue, the optimistic go-getter who inspired Trophy Central’s Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” award?

Sue Heck makes the world a better place simply by being in it, just like our latest “Show Us Your Sue” trophy winner, a woman who feeds hungry middle school and college students with bagels and other wholesome goodies. She is known as Bagel Mom, and won our Random Acts of Trophy-ness award for “Outstanding Achievement in Altruism.”

Feeding the Hungry and Saving Lives

Bagel Mom has turned into somewhat of a legend, particularly at UCLA and Paul Revere Middle School.

A mom to four kids of her own, Bagel Mom has become a surrogate mom to so many, delivering a plethora of bagels, bread and other healthy goodies from places like Bristol Farms, New York Bagels, Whole Foods and Sprouts to hungry students. And if she has any bagels or other food items to spare, she donates them to homeless shelters.

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Bagel Mom says, “You don’t have to be Oprah to save lives,” and we at Trophy Central could not agree more.

Bagel Mom’s commitment to feeding students (with food that is still fresh but would otherwise get thrown away) is the epitome of trophy-worthy.

Trophy Central would like to thank former “Show Us Your Sue” winners Jill Cofsky and Gomee Girl for nominating Bagel Mom for our Random Acts of Trophy-ness award.

Now it’s YOUR turn to Show Us Your Sue! Please nominate a trophy-worthy person in your life who makes the world a better place simply by being a part of it. Someone like Sue Heck, whose “I can and I will” philosophy outshines the jocks and the cheerleaders who win awards for their athleticism and popularity. We are looking to award the underdogs, the dreamers and the everyday heroes who inspire.

You can nominate someone for our Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” award in the comments section below or on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #ShowUsYourSue.
Don’t forget to tell us why you think your nominee deserves a trophy!

Let Your Inner Beauty Shine: Rewarding Body Positivity with our Latest “Show Us Your Sue” Trophy!

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Trophy Central is thrilled to announce our latest winner of our “Show Us Your Sue” Random Acts of Trophy-ness award.

Show Us Your Sue peeps: please give a warm welcome to Krystian Leonard, who won a trophy for “Excellence in Inspiring Girls of All Ages To Love Their Bodies and Let Their Inner Beauty Shine.”

Krystian, nominated for the “Show Us Your Sue” award by former “Show Us Your Sue award winner Gomee Girl (who won our Random Acts of Trophy-ness award for “Excellence in Girl Empowerment”) is more than a beauty queen. So much more.

The 19 year old student is an award-winning author and advocate, TEDx Talk speaker, and founder of the non-profit organization Shining S.C.A.R.S. — the acronym standing for Strength, Character, Acceptance, Rise and Stigma — and is dedicated to promoting self-acceptance and helping children rise above the stigma of their scars.

Embracing Confidence with Award-Worthy Self-Esteem

Due to stitches just above her lip, Krystian got her first scar at only four years old. She remembers being embarrassed to smile because of it. At six years old, she got her second scar that ran nine inches down her thigh after having to get a lipoma surgically removed. The surgery didn’t end there. At eleven years old, Krystian developed her third scar — a 5 inch reminder of a potentially dangerous birth mark.

Krystian was bullied because of her scars and suffered from a low self-esteem. Until she decided to embrace who she is and let her inner beauty shine — and inspire others to do the same.

Krystian says, “Shining S.C.A.R.S. shows children how to embrace and love themselves, by sharing positive examples… like Dakota Swiger, a teen who continues to pursue her dreams of being a beauty queen, despite her continued battle with scoliosis and surgeries.”

Krystian hopes to expand the impact of Shining S.C.A.R.S. to all living creatures, battling both physical and emotional scars.

“I see a community that is global, and reaches not only people who are impacted by scars, but also those who are victims of abuse and war. My vision is to expand my idea to incorporate all who are in need of healing, not just people, but animals and resources, all parts of our world and landscape that are scarred due to misuse or natural disaster,” Krystian says in Huffington Post.

Redefining Beauty

Upon winning her “Show Us Your Sue” Random Acts of Trophy-ness award, Krystian took to her Instagram page to say:

So pumped to receive my Random Acts of Trophy-ness Award by Trophy Central, for the #ShowUsYour Sue Award!! Thank you Gomee Girl for the nomination! So humbled to be recognized for: ‘Excellence in Inspiring Girls of all ages to Love their bodies & let their Inner Beauty Shine’!! I truly love my foundation, and sharing my message of self acceptance, especially for those like me with physical scars. We are breaking stereotypes and proving that beauty is more than skin deep! 
Keep Shining Bright!

You’re so welcome, Krystian! Thank YOU for all you do to help promote self love and positive body image!

Thank you also to everyone who supports Trophy Central’s Random Acts of Trophy-ness #ShowUsYourSue campaign, our feel-good project that recognizes and awards everyday heroes who inspire.

Wondering about our campaign name? It’s inspired by the fictional Sue Heck from The Middle. Sue Heck is our muse. We love her can-do spirit and the fact that she never, EVER gives up! Sue Heck may not be a “winner” in the traditional trophy-giving sphere (athleticism or artistic talent for example) but she makes the world a better place just by being the terrific person she is. And that is what makes a true winner in our eyes.

Do YOU know someone who makes the world a better place simply by being him/herself? Then please nominate this award-worthy person for our Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” award in the comments section below, or on Facebook or Twitter using #ShowUsYourSue. Don’t forget to tell us why you think your nominee deserves a trophy!

Surprisingly Simple Ways You Can Trick Your Brain Into Focusing

This research-based approach has shown improvements in brain function in as little as 12 hours.

Read the full article at: www.fastcompany.com

Have you ever wondered why some people appear to be better thinkers and are known to be visionaries? Clearly we are all born with certain strengths (and weaknesses), but research has shown that our brains can actually be trained to focus more and have deeper thoughts.

 

Not surprisingly, one of the recommendations is to stop multitasking.  Please read on to learn what else you can do to improve your thought leadership!