We’re celebrating summer by awarding a new special someone with a brand new Random Acts of Trophy-ness trophy. This month’s trophy winner is Anna Clarke, recipient of The Take the Mic Award: Teaching Girls How to Command the Attention They Deserve. Congratulations, Anna!Anna was nominated by previous Random Acts of Trophy-ness winner Erin Rhinehart, who nominated Anna with these heartfelt words:
“Anna does so much for girls through the Girls on the Run Board here in Dayton (including working with the national founder). As well as offers her help to anyone who may need it. She is literally the person who will drop everything to help someone. Most of the time she works behind the scenes, so she is often overlooked for awards and recognition (though, she never cares about that). But, I think that a little recognition can go a long way to keep people motivated and know they are appreciated. She works full time and has three children. She serves on boards, commits time to her church and kids’ school, and is ALWAYS looking for ways to impact the community in a positive way.”
First off, thank you SO MUCH, Erin, for helping to spread the joy and positivity forward by nominating Anna!
Second, your words epitomize the very reason we started our Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” campaign. We were inspired by the perpetually optimistic (though almost always overlooked) Sue Heck character on ABC’s The Middle.
We think Sue Heck is amazing, inspiring and trophy-worthy because she never, EVER gives up. No matter how many times she tries out for something and doesn’t get it, no matter how many times she’s rejected, she doesn’t lose her confidence or stop believing in herself.
Sue Heck’s positivity in the face of defeat, as well as her persistence to make things happen for herself (if she isn’t accepted into a club, she’ll make her own darn club!) are qualities to be celebrated. We realize the Sue Hecks of the world aren’t always recognized in traditional trophy-giving spheres, but here at Trophy Central, we like to reward underdogs, dreamers and everyday heroes who inspire. Because they are the ones who truly make the world a better place.
Team Trophy Central admires the work Anna is doing to empower girls through Girls on the Run, a self-described “non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.”
Anna says “I am honored to be a part of GOTR because I am passionate about building confidence in future women leaders. What an amazing opportunity to champion the vision of ‘making the seemingly impossible, possible and teaching girls that they CAN.”
Team Trophy Central is further inspired by the work Anna is doing to inspire women to speak up and own their power. In an article she wrote about lessons she learned from Michelle Obama, Anna writes: “When you find yourself in a situation where you are being challenged, ask yourself the question, ‘Why wouldn’t I defend myself or speak up?’ As females, we find ourselves holding back and formulating the perfect thing to say vs. speaking what’s on our minds like many of our male counterparts. I have to admit this hit home hard. I am guilty of sitting in meetings with clients and holding back until I have formed what I want to say perfectly in my mind. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s too late. By the time I actually get my ‘perfect’ comment together, the opportunity to contribute to the conversation has passed.”
Thank you so much, Anna, for being such a phenomenal mentor and role model for girls of all ages, for inspiring them to take the mic and command the attention they deserve.
If that isn’t trophy-worthy, we don’t know what is!
Congratulations again on your trophy win, Anna, and thank you again, Erin, for the terrific nomination!Team Trophy Central hopes everyone continues to have a fun and happy summer! Is anyone doing anything particularly exciting? We’d love to hear about it! Also, in between s’more making and other summertime activities, please think of who deserves a trophy for being him or herself! Once you’ve picked your nominee, please nominate them in the comment section below or on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #ShowUsYourSue! Don’t forget to tell us what makes them trophy-worthy! Thank you to everyone who is helping us deliver so many smiles through our Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” campaign!