3/11/2010 | Promotional

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How You Declare Your Independence

Did you know that a day in January, on John Hancock’s birthday, is known as National Handwriting Day? Of course, John Hancock is well known for his famous signature on the Declaration of Independence.

This year, we asked you to write (in handwriting!) “How Do You Declare Your Independence”? The prize was a day of independence for you, highlighting you on our website, Twitter page and Facebook fan page.

We had many responses and it was difficult to pick five winners whose declaration really touched us but we did. We posted the winning entries this week.

Jane Chan of Brooklyn, NY writes, “…I show my independence by loving who I am, by not enslaving myself to change my personality simply to please others…”

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National Handwriting Day Winner
Jane Chan, Brooklyn New York

Jane, I believe you have the recipe for success. Keep believing in yourself and you’ll accomplish much in this world.

Our winning entry from Hawaii came from Patricia Whicher, “…your power I hereby revoke inner critic, you are a joke.” Patricia, keep believing in yourself and don’t let that inner critic get the best of you.

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Patricia Whicher, Hawaii

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Stephanie Ramirez, Memphis, TN

Stephanie Ramirez from Memphis, TN declares, “…I am not bounded by what other people do or say. Instead, I will discover my life in a different way.” Stephanie’s decorations on her winning entry give the feeling and power of the freedom she announces.

Teresa Higginbotham from Ohio was chosen for, “…Independence is freedom from being controlled by others. It is making your own choices about yourself and your life.”

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Teresa Higginbotham, Ohio

You’re right, Teresa, you make your own choices, and the successes and failures you experience are how you learn about life.

We received a beautiful picture of Winnie (with her Slicci pen!)

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Winnie Dale-Wright, St. Louis, MO

and her declaration, “…I declare my independence not necessarily by making everything ‘about me’, but by making sure each moment in everything I participate in reflects my true nature as well as the best final product for any given project, cause, or team.” With Winnie’s caring attitude she’s bound to go far!

Thank you all for the five winning entries and for giving us a little window into your life and your personality. Your declarations were truly inspiring and seemed to have a common theme. You’ve realized that by listening to yourself and believing in yourself you’ll be able to achieve your true potential. No doubt that will lead you to a successful and happy life.

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