Secret 13 Essay Contest: Final Voting


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Secret 13 Final Voting


For the past few months, we’ve read Secret 13 stories from 12 inspiring finalists, as they’ve shared how the lessons found in Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life personally affected or changed them.  Now it’s almost time for one of them to win one ridiculously AMAZING prize.

How amazing?

Win a One Week Cruise for Four Onboard the Carnvial Sunshine!!

Yep, that’s right–ONE of these of these lucky finalists will win an all-expenses paid cruise for four on the Carnival Sunshineand we need YOUR help to pick a winner!

From today until Sunday, April 26th you can vote once per 24 hour period per IP address for your favorite essay.  You can click on each of the photos below to re-read each essay, then select ONE as your favorite.  After you vote, you will be able to see which essay has received the most votes so far!  We will announce the final winner a week from today right here on LWSL.  That’s it!  Pretty easy right?  So what are you waiting for–go vote!

PLEASE NOTE:  We do have a log that records the date, time and IP address of every vote that is made, and all votes will be independently verified and confirmed before our winner is announced.  Any finalists caught attempting to cheat will be disqualified.

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  1. Katie Westenberg
    April 14 at 12:44PM

    A huge thanks to Ruth for this fun opportunity. You have inspired me in all kinds ways!

  2. Courtney
    April 14 at 06:30PM

    Thank you to all those who are taking the time to read and vote! So honored to be a part of this group of beautiful women and their stories. Thanks also to Ruth and the Living Well Spending Less team, you rock.

  3. April 14 at 06:58PM

    This is really tough. They were all amazing stories. Best of luck to you all.

  4. April 21 at 10:16AM

    Thank you for this chance to be part of something amazing. So grateful to you, Ruth, and the LWSL team, and to each of the readers.

  5. Anonymous
    April 21 at 10:25AM

    a wonderful story of God’s love

  6. Anonymous
    April 21 at 07:05PM

    Go Maggie!

    • Anonymous
      April 23 at 02:39PM

      You get ’em!

  7. Darla Westenberg
    April 22 at 01:09AM

    great job Katie

  8. Darla Westenberg
    April 23 at 11:21AM

    very insriational

  9. Ivan Westenberg
    April 23 at 01:58PM

    Way to go Katie!

  10. Captain
    April 23 at 02:42PM

    Maggie, thanks for sharing!

  11. Jayne Burgdorf
    April 23 at 10:36PM

    good story

  12. Jayne
    April 23 at 10:53PM


  13. Darla Westenberg
    April 24 at 09:39AM

    Go Katie

  14. Ivan Westenberg
    April 24 at 12:18PM

    Go getem Katie!

  15. David Fultner
    April 24 at 06:11PM

    I am pulling for you

  16. Linda Kruse
    April 25 at 10:35PM

    I am so impressed with all the stories on the “Secret 13” Essay Writing contest. While trying to vote for my favorite, “It’s okay to be a little broken”, I got the message that the poll was closed and it’s not yet April 26th. Please cast my vote for this beautiful and inspiring story that gives all of us inspiration. Thank you.

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