Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Toms: start something that matters- giveaway (over)

I love Toms. My gray shoes are probably my most comfortable pair of shoes and my favorite. I plan outfits around those shoes and have been coveting a pair of tiny toms for Everett.  I also love knowing that when I buy a pair of shoes from their company, that a child in need will get a pair of shoes too.



So, a few months ago I saw a post from Toms about a book written by the founder Blake Mycoskie. He was asking bloggers to submit an entry for their Books for Bloggers program. Basically, he'd send 2 of his books "Start something that matters" with one for me to read and one for me to giveaway.

I was super excited when a few weeks later my inbox showed an email from Toms letting me know I'd been chosen to be a part of their Books for Bloggers program. Soon after I got a sweet little package in the mail and started reading the book. The holidays quickly ensued and my book reading got put on the backburner. So, finally, two months later I was able to finish the book. Something that they asked me to do was give honest feedback of the book. So, here goes:

'Start something that Matters' is not really a novel, but it did have the feel of a story. The book was written in a way that was easy to read, even though parts of it were focusing more on building a business.

'Start something' gave the background and the details of the start of the Toms company. I loved that first chapter where I got to learn about the roots of the Toms company. I kind of felt like I was on the inside and knew all the intimate details of the start of Toms. It's a really cool story that begins with barefoot kids in Argentina and ends with a shoe company that gives away a pair of shoes to needy children when a pair of their shoes are purchased.

If you're anything like me, you love a good story and this book is full of them. One of the major focuses is finding your own story. Finding something to be passionate and fully pursuing it. He gives different stories throughout the book of businesses that you know and how they found their own passion and their own story --- Method, Chipotle, and Southwest to name a few.

The book is inspirational, interesting, and a good read even if you aren't starting a business anytime soon. When it comes right down to it, it's evident that Mycoskie wants to change the world of business for the better. It was clear after reading the book that he really believes, gives you ideas, and is pretty convincing on how you really can:


LOVE YOUR WORK,
WORK FOR WHAT YOU LOVE, 
AND CHANGE THE WORLD ---
ALL AT THE SAME TIME.


So, here's the cool part. I read the book. And now, I've got a book to giveaway to you! There are only a few requirements:

1- You have to follow my blog (if you don't already, join me!)
2- You have to live in the continental US
3- You have to leave me a comment letting me know you want in on the giveaway. 

So, that's it. Now go, start something that matters.
Giveaway ends Wednesday, January 18 at 11:59 pm (est). Winner will be chosen via random.org




*** WINNER IS SUSAN WITMER @ the life of susan
Congrats Sue!

6 comments:

Andrea said...

Oh pretty, pretty please!!!! <3

Renae said...

Follower! And I love giveaways! :-)

Hi, I'm Susan! said...

oooohh fun! i'm a follower of course. :)

Katie said...

Love the idea and LOVE the shoes!! I too plan my outfits around them:):)

The Williams Family said...

I follow!

Jan said...

I also follow it!