#StateFarmGroove Giveaway: Win Tickets To 2015 Essence Music Festival OR Visa Gift Card!

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When I decided to go get my master’s degree in 2010, most people probably thought I was crazy. I had two small children (ages 4 and 2), a full-time job with a two-hour daily commute and a husband who, while supportive, had a very demanding job of his own.

But I went ahead and applied to my alma mater for its graduate program in Family Studies. In a nutshell, I would be studying how to help families grow stronger, together. (Seems like a fit for what I do here, right?)

What originally was a two-year program stretched into three. My life became a blur of working all day and then kissing my children goodbye as I raced to campus to study and learn all evening. I was grateful to be learning so much, but I was exhausted, mentally and physically. I wanted to quit so many days!

But I didn’t give up. I didn’t quit.

And on May 10, 2013, I got my master’s degree, and am now a two-time graduate of Kent State University. There is nothing like that feeling of accomplishment! My favorite photo from that day was this candid shot my sister took of my kids searching for my name in the commencement booklet:

kids at graduation

I’ve partnered with State Farm to help YOU celebrate your accomplishments. You can enter to win a VIP trip to the 2015 Essence Music Festival (THE music event of the year) and the entry could not be simpler: Instagram a photo or video of you dancing or celebrating a triumphant moment with the hashtag #StateFarmGroove and #ContestEntry, and then upload it here, using the “Connect to Enter” Instagram button!

One Lucky Winner Will Receive:

  • Round-trip coach airfare for winner and one (1) guest to New Orleans
  • Four (4) nights, five (5) days hotel accommodations in New Orleans
  • Two (2) tickets per night to the ESSENCE Festival® concerts in New Orleans
  • Two (2) VIP Experience tickets (tickets to various VIP events provided by the ESSENCE Festival®)
  • Transportation to and from the New Orleans, LA, airport
  • The winner will appear in an ESSENCE and State Farm® video on ESSENCE.com

I’m also giving away a $50 Visa gift card for you to spend any way you’d like. Follow the directions in the Rafflecopter below!

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As a member of The bLink Marketing Network, I received compensation for this sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of State Farm. The opinions and text are all mine.


  1. Nicole Dziedzic says:

    My most recent triumph moment was when I got to finally pay off school loans, it sure does feel good!

  2. Mary Happymommy says:

    My recent triumphant moment was finding out I was pregnant after trying for 15 months.

  3. Julie Wood says:

    My most triumphant moment is when I lost 5 pounds in one month. I am trying to lose weight and eat healthier and it is working!!

  4. My recent accomplishment include plugging away at my jewelry business. Some days I have blocks, but I am proud of myself for not giving up.

  5. My recent accomplishment is to save enough to pay off my car loan.

  6. My most recent triumphant moment was buying a new car for cash

  7. Birdiebee says:

    My most recent triumphant moment was in May 2015 when I made it to my 5 year mark of being a breast cancer survivor.

  8. Kevin E says:

    When I replaced the kitchen faucet by myself!

  9. Having my son last year!

  10. So excited for completing my first marathon a little while ago!

  11. Reaching my goal weight a week ago!

  12. My eldest graduating college!

  13. Annette says:

    My most recent triumphant moment was driving over a couple of bridges I hate, without getting sweaty palms and dreading them. Yep, my fear of bridges was gone.

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