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I’m not a winner… but it was fun

The winners for the Big Blog Exchange were announced on Tuesday and unfortunately I didn’t make the list this year. Thanks for all your support and encouragement over the past few months. It’s been a fun experience, I learned a lot, and I plan on entering again next year!

If you want to see the winners list and the exchanges, they are listed here on the competition’s blog.

I’d love to keep seeing you around here on The Goal List, which will continue with 2-3 posts/week with stories, inspiration, and resources for achieving your goals and reaching your dreams.

Until next week,

Thanks for voting! I’m in the Top 100

Thanks for voting for me in the Big Blog Exchange. I made it to the finalist round!

Next, the the panel of international judges will pick 14 winners from the top 100 (the 100 are made of the top 25 bloggers from each of the 4 regions). There will also be 2 additional wildcard winners chosen from any of the 633 participants. Winners (all 16 of them) and their exchanges will be announced Sept 16.

Click here to see the top 100 finalists.

5 days left – Have you voted?

Shelly Najjar's Big Blog Exchange Profile - Vote for me! #bigblogx - BBE website copyrighted by Hostelling International 2014

My Big Blog Exchange Profile
BBE website copyrighted by Hostelling International, 2014

Thank you to everyone who has shown their support for me in the Big Blog Exchange by voting. I want to thank you all individually, but it doesn’t show me who voted, only how many voted. So, if you’ve already voted and didn’t get a thank you, please let me know in the comments below, so I can say thanks.

If you haven’t, there’s still time! Voting closes on September 3, at 12 PM Greenwich Mean Time. That is… 5 AM Pacific Daylight Time (West Coast USA); 1 PM in London, UK; 5:30 PM in India; 10 PM in Sydney, Australia.

When voting ends, the top 100 bloggers (25 from each region) will become finalists. The judges will pick 14 winners from these finalists, plus 2 more wildcard winners from any of the 500+ bloggers who entered. The winners will get paired up and will be switching countries for 10 days, winning airfare to and from the country, along with accommodation with the Hostelling International chain (the organization behind the competition), and a travel stipend. They will also be blogging about their experience on the other person’s blog. Winners and exchange pairings will be announced September 16.

I really want to win this prize because this would be my first solo trip, as well as my first trip overseas (my only other international trip would be Vancouver, BC, Canada with my family when I was young). I would get to stretch beyond my comfort zone, experience new things, increase my desire to travel, and learn about different cultures and people. Maybe I’ll even get to do some bucket list activities. My hope is that I would be able to meet many people living out their dreams and inspiring others to do the same, and then to share those stories with you.

If this sounds like something you could support, please take 4 minutes and vote. If you’re really supportive, please take 1 more minute and share my profile with your friends, family, and social media followers.

Here’s how to vote:

  1. Go to my profile on the Big Blog Exchange website.
  2. Click “Vote for Me,” enter your email, click “OK”
  3. Confirm your vote in the email, or it doesn’t count.

The only email they send is the one with the confirmation link, so don’t worry about getting spammed.

Be sure to let me know that you voted, so I can thank you individually!

If you won a prize like this, where would you hope to go? Let me know in the comments.