That declaration may have been a tad bit premature.
Perhaps a more accurate title for this post would be ‘I’m trying as hard as humanly possible to win a trip to Australia’.
But, as my father Mark has taught me, believing you are going to win is the first step in actually winning.
Trust me — Mark would know. He’s been a longtime sweepstakes fanatic, whose winnings have included a two-week trip to Germany culminating with a Rolling Stones concert in Berlin (sponsored by Budweiser, of course), a hot air balloon/bicycling trip through the Napa Valley wine country, a ski trip to Whitefish, Montana, and yes, even a trip to Australia.
And that’s just his travel prizes.
The most classic example of Mark’s “believe and you will win” attitude takes us back to December of 1997. The Nintendo 64 gaming system had recently debuted in North America, and my younger brothers just had to have one for Christmas. The problem? The elusive “64″ was priced at $150.
One hundred fifty dollars for a Christmas gift?
Pastor Mark don’t play that.
“Don’t worry boys,” he assured the twins, “I’ll win you one for Christmas.”
Janss and Leif immediately launched into the quintessential 8-year-old pre-Christmas tantrum. “But, Dad!!!” Janss whimpered, “There’s no way you’re actually going to win one of them in time for Christmas!!”
Technically, Janss was correct. Mark didn’t win one in time for Christmas.
He won two.
So yes. I am going to Australia.*
How exactly am I going about winning this fabulous vacation in the first place, you ask? By participating in the third annual Tone It Up Bikini Series, of course! For the next eight weeks, along with my partner in
crime lunges Kayla, I’ll be competing for the grand prize trip while significantly reducing my muffin tops. Our Bikini Series days will be packed with Tone It Up workouts and plenty of “Lean, Clean and Green” snacks and meals. Part of the challenge involves checking in via various social media channels, so if you see a barrage of workout/nutrition photos on my Instagram feed, I’m not trying to bombard you with ‘look how many burpees I did!’ status updates, or make you feel bad if you happen to be sitting on the couch eating Double Stuff Oreos. (Trust me. My thighs are filled with more Double Stuff Oreos than I’d like to admit.) I’m simply trying to fulfill my dream of eating nothing but Vegemite for a week without actually having to pay for it.
(And yes…I’m one of those weird American’s who actually enjoys Vegemite.)
Kayla has entrusted me to manage our video recap for the end of the contest–I’ve been brainstorming all week, and am currently leaning towards a choreographed Rollerblade routine set to the musical stylings of Macklemore.
Want to come to Australia with us? Today is the first day of the contest, and anyone can sign up for free here.
Four teams of two will win a free trip to a beach destination of their choice through Contiki Vacations. How awesome would it be if ‘Sota readers swept the entire thing, and celebrated together while riding across the Outback on kangaroos?
Almost as awesome as winning two Nintendo 64 game systems in the same Christmas, right?
*Last year I won a trip to South America…the year before I took home an iPad. Clearly, I’m on some sort of streak, here.
**Pastor Mark has already agreed to bless our Bikini Series contest entry
***Cam, Jeff, Kristina, Richenda and Kyle…I’m totally making you meet me for a Tim Tam Slam while I’m Down Under.
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