The Winner from our IWD giveaway announced!

March 15, 2021 7 min read

The Winner from our IWD giveaway announced!

Last week was International Women’s Day. Here at Serpent and the Swan, we decided to host a giveaway to celebrate all the amazing and inspiring women in our lives. Our 100% female team wanted to give back to all the women that inspire and motivate us!

Our giveaway included naming women who inspire our audience, and some of these responses really blew us away! The overwhelming amount of comments were thought-provoking and showed the stories of compassionate, exhilarating women who elevate and empower women to be the best versions of themselves.

Thank you for all the fantastic responses and for taking the time to enter this giveaway! Some of these answers were really intriguing and also extremely funny.

The winning comment painted a picture of a beautiful mother-daughter relationship, which you can read below just here! It was challenging to pick a winner, but this comment really struck me as a mother and a daughter myself. Here is the winner:

“There are many, many, many women throughout history that I’ve felt inspired by but I suppose the most inspiring women to me is my mother.

She inspires and motivates me to grow without any barriers. It seems to me that this woman looks at life as a challenge and wholeheartedly intends to seize the day every day.

She taught me what it means to love, taught me what it means to make someone happy, taught me how to give unconditionally, taught me how to respect people, taught me how to work with even tough people, and modelled for me how to achieve the highest honor in a profession.

She wakes up every morning with a big smile on her face and goes to bed with the same. Not a single complaint and always smiling. I inspire to be like her someday.

Here I would like to thank to God for giving her in my life. No amount of money I can repay for all the kindness and love that she had given for me. I shall always cherish the sweetest memories of her for as long as I live. This memories shall always remain fresh in my mind. My mother is truly a source of encouragement and inspiration. I always love you mom. With that, I’m going to tag my best friend, my mother “

I thought this was beautiful and an amazing tribute to mothers and showed how vital and integral motherhood can be in life.

Again, thank you for participating and taking the time and effort to write these beautiful comments. We were blown away by some of the submissions, and it was very captivating to see who inspires you.

Thanks and much love,

x Hayley x Serpent & the Swan

We thought that the rest of the comments deserved a shoutout so, without further ado, here they are!

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The midwife Ibu Robin Lim is a massive inspiration to me as a student midwife feeling lost and out of place in the maternity care system we have here in Australia. I am inspired by Robin’s philosophy of midwifery care the idea that we can heal humanity & the earth and create a more harmonious world through gentle childbirth is so powerful, and has reignited my passion and purpose in studying midwifery. I dream of volunteering at Bumi Sehat once I finish my course at the end of the year.

 

Also tagging my beloved friend @wolffs.milk — who’s also a huge inspiration to me 🤗💞

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@menswearsoph for always making insta a brighter place with her beautiful soul, positivity and creativity. inspires me so much to keep creating 💗

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My mother! She raised me and my siblings through hardship after hardship. Because of her I can pursue my avenues of interest and have freedom in choosing education and career. She brings so much experience, skills and stories to the world which I hope one day to stare

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My mum inspires me on the daily, she’s taken some huge leaps over the years to demonstrate to my brother and I that self respect and love is worth standing out on a tree limb for, even when that limb is weak and you’re not sure you will survive

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@danagehrman inspires me because she never ever gives up on her dreams and works incredibly hard to achieve them! You are a powerhouse woman! ❤️🔥👊

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My Mama for always being by my side no matter what!

For her fierce love and kindness and just being down right epic woman!! 🙌🏼💪🏼🖤

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@bobbijodivitini inspires me to dress better and craft better! And to always hustle as she is a multi-hyphenate small business babe.

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I am inspired by @kimmysomesugar and how much she has accomplished and how far she’s come when she set her mind to accomplishing her goal of roller skating 🛼💖💞

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What inspires me is a woman’s inner strength that holds with a softness that opens you heart. My spirit shines brighter in that place. Thank you for all the women that have been that strength and softness @lexingtonla @janenguyen_fem.alchemist @embodiedbliss love you ladies. 💕

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@bethhende is a woman who inspires me! She’s thriving as a young woman in a heavily male dominated industry, and is one of the smartest people I know. She’s stubborn in the best way by standing firmly for what she believes in, and has played a huge role in shaping me into the woman I am today!

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@charlieccw inspires me to care less and drink more! 🥂

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@sewbeauy inspires me to be happy and creative and give anything a go!

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@verachuck is the most incredible woman I know. I’ve never met a harder working or more caring woman. I’m so thankful to have you in my life to inspire and encourage me. ❤️❤️❤️

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My mum inspires me because she always puts her family and other people before herself. Never met anyone so selfless 💗 @glorysoetopo we are lucky

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@claire_mounsher inspires so many people I have no doubt, constantly trying to keep up with this creative lady who just keeps coming up with the goods. So much talent in those little fingers 🙌

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Hillary and Charlie are some of the most talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique people I’ve ever met!

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@spicedmum u inspire me baby, you strong, amazing, intelligent queen xoxo

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@sophieleehornby is a woman who inspires me, she gives her whole self to everything she does, her career and now her new growing family ♥️ a women who doesn’t do things by halves.

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Jacinda Ardern, she is the ultimate queen, she embraces respect, kindness, honesty and is a true Queen 👑 🙌 @vovi82 love you girl❤️

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@mckenziekerr_ inspires me as she is a determined, passionate girl who strives for the best in all she does! She makes me comfortable while bringing out the best in me ❤️

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It's no surprise but my mum is a woman that truly inspires me. Having grown up in a fairly traditional Vietnamese family she put the needs of her family before herself. She raised two young women (my sister and I), took care of the household, worked hard to earn a living and put up with so so much crap in the workplace and from society and still maintained her poise and gentle heart despite what life has thrown at her. As a mother does, she teaches me daily but I'm a bad student and a little more stubborn than she'd like me to be (🙈). With two grown up daughters now my mum has a chance to finally do what she wants to and I'll hopefully be able to help her find herself after all these years of being a loving mother. @picobecollection ❤️

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@mandy.taylor02 inspires me by giving me the courage to quit my job when I was being treat poorly. She has the courage to jump and do things she wants no matter how scary!

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@brontehughess challenges her ED everyday all whilst promoting the health and happiness of all those around her (all round ripa of a twin sissy) 🥰🥰

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@taylorswift because she is my religion 💖

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Alex Morgan constantly inspires me as she constantly fights for equality in the sport of soccer. Along with fighting for equality in general.

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@amberpaton2 inspires me the most, she had a really rough year but put her children first and hasn’t stopped fighting. she’s so strong

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My mum is my inspiration, through the time I have had on earth, we went through difficult times towards the better ones. My mum was always strong, did everything she could for the family. She -s very talented, I’m so proud of her.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg because of her life long work advocating for gender equality and women’s rights.

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@luuucyelizabeth is a women who inspires me, her authenticity comes through in everything in her life. A passionate employee, a present partner, a giving and gentle mum ♥️ and a genuine friend.

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my dear friend @kattywuxd for being an epic efficient business LADY. I know very little about that world but it’s still so impressive to me that you’re able to navigate and assert yourself the way you do!!! also whilst still being such a fun and adventurous queen xxx

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Who inspires me? Myself. Bc I’m a bad biatch 😜

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A woman who inspires me the most. Would of course be my mom. She works her butt off for the family even after we lost our business last summer, and she does miraculous things that she doesn’t need to do, but she does them cause that’s what mom’s do.

I love her very much cause she truly cares for all five of us, she puts us first even if we don’t have the money for it. She always finds some sort of way to help us and entertain or make us happy. I can’t lie, it’s been a struggle for a whole year now, since we’re unable to get jobs, so we would be majorly grateful for this giveaway.

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My daughters Nala & Clem inspire me to be the best person I can be to lead them, teach them about the world & to keep going, through it all, as all women do - just because we won this gender lottery ❣️

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@sushimushimushi has the drive and determination that most of us aspire to. I am proud of so many things @sophie_shead. Your wholehearted pursuit for an ethical life and how deeply you feel for others. You listen and make me feel heard, and known.

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A very inspirational woman to me is my mom! She’s a strong woman who’s been battling many different things that she doesn’t talk a lot about! She fights for us and the family and puts us first! Even when we can’t afford or be able to do much, she always comes up with ways on how to.

Hayley Smith
Hayley Smith


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