My Comeback Moment with Elle Swan

About a month ago I entered this giveaway contest. I had to add a comment, telling how Elle Swan‘s Facebook page has helped me in my life.

Seemed easy enough, so I enter:

ellewin …and really didn’t think too much about it. A few days pass, and I get this phone call from a blocked number. Anyone that knows me, and those of you who don’t should know that I don’t answer blocked numbers. The way I see it, you don’t want me to know it’s you, so I’ll honor that and not bother to find out.

Anyway –

The message was in a nutshell: You won. More specifically, “your comment showed not only that you read the blog posts, but that you actually put the steps to action” As soon as I can figure out how to take the message off of my voice mail and add it to this post somehow, I’ll do that. I digress…

I send an email with my address, and my shoe size, and await my prize. I have to take a photo with said prize, and tag Elle on the Facebook. Great.

Thursday afternoon: There’s the box. The shoes. Yes.

I settle into my yay position, and open my box…

Congratulations! Complements of Elle Swan
I don’t know what’s going through your mind, but I’m feeling a certain kind of way about this. I mean, I get it, this is a giveaway. I didn’t expect new shoes, hell, I find staples to my wardrobe in many a resale establishment. My issue, is the fact that the shoes are dirty.

I mean, Elle, your posts *do* inspire your readers to take more positive steps in their lives following your system, present company included.  I don’t think that any of us mean to literally walk in your shoes. Most certainly not, in the slough of skin and oil left in these shoes. C’mon Elle, ‘s just not a good look.  It’s quite frankly, a “#MediocreMoment”.

I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me. I feel and you can #QuoteMe:

Presentation is key.   The shoes, are nice. Good leather, hardly worn. Really though; how much effort would it have taken to wipe out the inside of the shoe with a Clorox wipe? Maybe cover the soles with grippers…better yet, how much effort would it have taken to tell someone on your staff (who called me to confirm that I received the shoes) to do it?

Here’s what I calculate:

A pair of grip pads for the soles of the sandals: $3.00

Wet rag, Clorox wipe, Baby wipe… pennies per sheet.

So then there’s that… If it’s such an easy thing to do, Scheherazade, why are you making such a big deal about it?


and no part of dirt, says “Congratulations!”

… unless you’re a gardener, and even then, it’s soil, or earth.


Am I being ungrateful? Maybe I’m making too much of the whole thing. Would you be excited to get these shoes in the name of congratulations? Would they make you feel like a winner?  I don’t know. What do you think?

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