"Luck to me [means] hard work - and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't."
-Lucille Ball. In Eleanor Harris, The Real Story of Lucille Ball
I have a tendency to win stuff. The quote above gives me one more reason to love Lucy, because she perfectly sums up how I feel every time someone tells me that I am lucky. I have to say, when I win something, I feel grateful more than I feel lucky. It's not that I don't believe in luck, I just believe in opportunity and effort more.
A couple weeks back my girlfriend tagged me in a post on Instagram. It was a picture that she re-posted to enter a contest to win a really cool piece of mid-century inspired wall art from Joybird. She actually entered to try to win the art for me, which was so thoughtful and nice. As with any contest I think about entering, I considered the odds, the prize, and decided that it was definitely worth giving it a shot.
As soon as I re-posted Joybird's contest picture on my personal IG account, I spent quite a bit of time poring over their website and Instagram feed. I was very excited by what I found. Joybird makes furniture inspired by modern 50's and 60's designs. They make each piece to the customers specifications. Their products are truly made-to-order. This means you can get pretty much any combination of furniture, style, cloth, color, and wood stain that they offer. It's great to see someone producing "period correct" furniture at an affordable price. You can get a brand new couch from them for not much more than you would pay to have a vintage couch reupholstered.
I checked back on Instagram a couple times to see how many people entered the contest. To my surprise the odds were still looking good. Even though it wasn't a long shot, I still didn't get my hopes up. I woke up the day they were going to announce the winner and checked IG with excitement. It was still too early so I went about my day and kind of forgot about it. Later in the day, Joybird tagged me and said that I won! I was as happy and excited as any vintage furniture lover would be. Upon entering the contest, I already knew exactly where I would put it if I won; directly behind the bar in my living room. The "Thayer" art is SO NICE. It isn't just a print, it is actually a handcrafted piece made from wood, metal, cloth. It is stained and painted to perfection. I may be a bit biased, but I think it looks perfect hanging in my apartment.
We are living in a time when technology makes the world so accessible that finding cool giveaways and contests is pretty easy. There are plenty of ways to win cool stuff, you just have know where to look and understand that little contests like Joybird's give you way better odds than buying a lottery ticket.