Not A Princess? It Doesn’t Matter! You Are Awesome GIVEAWAY

wren and rook

When I heard about Wren and Rook’s number one bestselling book You Are Awesome from author Matthew Syed I couldn’t have been happier. I’m a big believer in the power of hard work and embracing failure. Hey, do you think I’d sew if I couldn’t embrace failure? I just ripped out a collar TWICE this morning!

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I LOVE this book! It could have been written for people just like me, as well as its target audience of 9-13 year olds. Just look at the brilliant advice and nuggets of wisdom.

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The base premise is that with enough application, you can achieve your dreams. Success has nothing to do with natural talent, who you marry or the privilege of birth. It has everything to do with passion, preparation and perseverance. These are the three Ps that will make you Prince or Princess Awesome.

Awesome enough to deserve a little treat…

wren and rook giveaway

To enter, simple leave a comment below telling me ONE thing that makes you awesome. I wanna hear how brilliant you are!

Included in this giveaway:

A copy of You Are Awesome

A Stoff & Stil pattern for a toilet bag

A 20-cm gold and leopard print zipper

An adhesive bug badge

A piece of sewable and washable gold paper (yes, you read right)

This giveaway is open in the UK only and closes on Monday 21 May at midnight GMT. 

Right, I’m off to sew that collar for a third time…

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74 Responses to Not A Princess? It Doesn’t Matter! You Are Awesome GIVEAWAY

  1. Michelle Robertson says:

    Yesterday I finished my 2nd year of Uni at the grand old age of 37, and my tutor has nominated me in the “best of the best” category at an upcoming award ceremony. That a massive achievement compared to some people but my goodness am I proud of myself 😊

  2. Loving those words of wisdom! I can never get enough of finding ways to stay positive and confident through anything. The one thing that I feel makes me awesome is my need to be fearless (even when I’m scared shitless). 🤷🏽‍♀️ Great post!

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  3. Vicky Hall says:

    I have a niece about to turn 10 and I would love to gift her this book and keep the sewing goodies for myself!

  4. Claire says:

    I’m awesome because I run a Guide unit and give the girls opportunities, independence and adventure (while raising an army of baby feminists!) and because today I went to the doctor and admitted for the first time that I’m having mental health problems

  5. Michelle Robertson says:

    Good for you, I took the same trip to my GP 4 months ago. I’m on anti depressants, not ashamed to admit it. I feel better then I have in years. I hope your feeling well soon 😊

  6. Beth says:

    I’m awesome because I run a knitting group that helps to keep me and my friends sane, as well as making awesome stuff for others. And I’ve started sewing for me too, ‘cause I’m worth it! 😉

  7. So intrigued about the washable paper, what do you use it for?
    By the way I’m awesome because I never give up trying to get a young person through GCSE Maths – even if they stretch my patience to its limits! Eighteen year olds are tricky creatures…

  8. Beth Duffus says:

    Ah, failure – my old friend. I’m not sure about awesome but I’m certainly persistent. A couple of years ago I decided to create my own fitted-shirt block as the book I used (Pattern Cutting by Dennic-Chunman Lo) made it seem quite easy. When I eventually finished, months later, I told my friends, none of whom are sewers, that it “took a few goes” to get it right. In fact it took 27 goes. Twenty. Seven! And quite a few of those got ripped up and thrown around the room. It’s great to have but if I had to do this again I would choose a really well-fitting shop-bought shirt and simply lift the pattern from it. Ha ha.

  9. Claire says:

    It looks like a cool book! I am awesome because I am me and happy to be me. To be happy in your own skin is awesome enough in my book.

  10. Jane Millar says:

    Hmm, its not very British to toot our own horns is it, but I think I’m raising a pretty awesome human so perhaps I’m awesome by association! My little wannabe medical research scientist/footballer/street dancer/news reader/country music singer of a gal rocks my world and may one day change everyone’s, who knows? Awesome right???

    • didyoumakethat says:

      Yes, I thought my Brit readers would enjoy this particular challenge. Your daughter sounds AWESOME!

  11. Jo says:

    It looks a fabulous book for.mu 12 year old daughter who has struggled a lot in her first year of high school and I am awesome because I get up every morning and tell her she is beautiful, bright and kind and I believe in her

  12. Bridget says:

    As everyone else says it’s hard to big yourself up. I’m awesome because I cleared something off my to do list and now I get to spend tonight and tomorrow with people I love without that hanging over me.

  13. CurlsnSkirls says:

    (I’m other side the pond, so not competing, just thanking you for being such an awesome & inspiring person! del xx)

  14. Lisa says:

    I have a 13 year old daughter and we have a great relationship although it’s not always plain sailing. I’m trying to instill in her that she needs to love herself for who she is and not compare herself with others. I am awesome because I haven’t torn all my hair out from the frustration of trying to deal with a teen in the age of social media.

  15. Susan Bowdler says:

    Even though I fail every day to be as kind and patient as I should be(and swear a lot) maybe I could be awesome as I am sole carer for my husband who’s had Parkinson’s for 15 years and needs a lot of help. This will spur me on to be more patient and kind!

  16. Tania says:

    I’m awesome because I was voted Most Valuable Player by my lovely work colleagues. It came at a time when I was feeling unsure of myself both personally and professionally, so gave me a real boost!

    • didyoumakethat says:

      You know, I really need to start awarding myself something as I don’t have colleagues to do it for me. Most Valuable Player sounds AWESOME!

  17. Lee Ann says:

    Wow this is hard – every time I think of something a little voice says ‘how big-headed does that sound?’ So i’m awesome because I’m good at maths & make great cakes!

  18. Shelley says:

    Love that zip! I am awesome because everyday I get more like my mum ( she was proper awesome). I am also raising 2 awesome girls; they know what is important in life.

  19. Niamh says:

    I am awesome because despite all my internal neuroses and insecurities I am managing to raise 3 kids who are turning out to be really nice people!

  20. Marloes says:

    I am awesome because I still try to face my fears on a daily basis by trying to believe in myself that I can do it😊 and working hard at myself in the process!

  21. Jenny says:

    I wish I could think of something awesome to say about myself but I am very ordinary. However, I have had some great jobs during my working life, in spite of my terror at interviews so I suppose I am brave too.

    • didyoumakethat says:

      No such thing as ordinary and you didn’t get those jobs by mistake or because someone felt sorry for you – clearly interviewers can see your INNER AWESOMENESS shining through. 😉

  22. Megan says:

    Oh unpicking the same thing twice! I made an elephant soft toy and sewed the tusks in upside down, really easy to do. I unpicked them got them right side up… and managed to sew them upside down a second time! Good luck to you.

  23. Ros says:

    Wish I’d had that book at 13! Still, at 49 I’m awesome because I’m getting better at not caring about failure and helping my friends to do the same, asnd instead focusing on the pleasure of learning….which currently is how to weave.

  24. I am awesome because after staying home for 12 years and poor to be a single parent, I started a degree at 49 and finished with a distinction, and concurrently took my property settlement to trial on my own…and won. It was a business not law degree, LOL and I didn’t know anything, but what I learned is “I will not be beaten” I learned what tenacity really was.

  25. Gillian Omar says:

    I feel awesome when I leave chocolate on the shelf in the supermarket. I love your blog and the great encouragement it gives us average sew it’s.

  26. Lucy says:

    I am awesome because after five and a half years, and with another two years to go, I sm still plugging away at my professional accounting qualification self-study. During that time I’ve been fighting with bad depression and there have been many months when just holding down a job has been a big enough achievement in itself, but I have come too far to let this thing beat me.

    (Not entering the giveaway because I have No Time! but needing to give myself a little pep talk as my next exam is now in two and a half weeks and I am massively stressed about the whole thing. All calming thoughts welcome.)

  27. Louise says:

    I’m awesome because I’m on a journey to better myself, actively losing the weight I need to lose, starting to embrace yoga, and in the middle of a qualification in childrens mental health so I can support my own children and the ones at the school where I work.

    • From a mother with a daughter with mental illness and substance abuse and a mother with dementia, a father and brother with severe depression, I thank you for working in mental health, pediatric MI particularly. It’s difficult, but very rewarding. Bless you.

  28. catdoesit says:

    I can sew stuff!

  29. Harriet says:

    I’m awesome because for the first time in weeks (who am I kidding? It’s months!) I have an empty laundry basket!! Three children under the age of five makes a lot of laundry, so I like to celebrate the little victories in daily life haha!

  30. Naomi Sews says:

    I am awesome because I have survived the emotional roller coaster of pregnancy without my anti anxiety medication (because it’s better for the baby) and with just a week to go I’m still feeling fairly relaxed ( most of the time)!

  31. AmyLou says:

    I’m awesome because there is only one me! I sometimes let life stresses; grandparents being unwell, searching for new jobs, money worries etc get to me but then I remember I have so many things to be grateful for. I’m a teacher and get to teach awesome kids exciting things that they will use for the rest of their lives, I get to spend quality time with my family and have amazing friends. I’m awesome because I’m a family orientated, sewoholic, fitness freak and adventure loving geek 🙂

  32. Cherry says:

    I am awesome because I’m a doctor, doing an M.D., who tries to be the best role model to her little daughter, whilst trying to sew as much as possible in little pockets of spare time. My husband and parents are also pretty awesome in helping out!

  33. I’m awesome because I went to college and uni after 14 years away, got my degree, and have survived in teaching fro over 20 years now [and a few of my students have told me I’m awesome, no mean feat]. I’m awesome because my awesome wife loves me and tells me so, giving me the nerve to apply for a better job at 57. I’m awesome because I can make clothes that make me feel awesome, and sometimes make them for others too. Now I’m cringing because ‘awesome’ is such a wince-makingly american word lol

  34. Linda Hinds says:

    I’m awesome because I make my maths lessons inspirational and exciting for my students!

  35. Kathryn Gutteridge says:

    I am awesome because despite my only beautiful daughter dying three years ago I have carried on living. I look after her 2 wonderful sons age 10 & 12 years who are left without a mummy. I sew in her old bedroom in my home and there I am close to her and i can feel at peace. Not only do I carry on but I am a midwife of more than 30 years and this time last year I was elected as the President of the Royal College of Midwives by my fellow midwives. I feel blessed to have this honour but I want my lo lovely daughter’s boys to believe in themselves too. My daughter overcame so much to live that I want the world to know how awesome she was through me but also her boys. Awesome is a choice we make and she did it despite her life being shortened.Rebecca my darling girl I am now your awesome mum and I am helping Sami and Luca be awesome too. Shine like the stars you are. Mum .

  36. lauriesannie says:

    I am awesome because, in spite of being abandoned by my birth family, I have created the family of my dreams – a real prince of a husband and 5 great children. I love them deeply and I think I’m loved by them too.

  37. Jess says:

    I am awesome because I’d like to read this book to my 12 year old niece who is visually impaired due to a (currently stable) tumour on her optic nerve. She inherited the awesome gene from her aunty… when, at the age of 5, she was bullied for having no hair due to chemo, she insisted on standing up in school assembly and explaining why to everybody ❤️

  38. Ros says:

    THAT ZIP IS AWESOME. Where did you get it?

  39. Terry Baker says:

    On my 64th birthday I have just played the part, in a play, of someone who is described as smart, sophisticated , effortlessly chic and carrying off her alcoholism with a certain aplomb, non of which I am, and I remembered my lines! That’s awsome!

  40. MamaSue says:

    Love your blog!!! I live in the US so I can’t enter to win, but heck, I’m awesome because I’m a single mom who just successfully got my fourth, and youngest, child through high school. All are great kids!! It was so difficult at times, but I persevered. Even went back to college to get my BSN 15 years ago…super scary to not have any income for a year! Congrats to everyone who is awesome and has replied here!

  41. I don’t qualify, because I live in the U.S., but for once, I’m going to pat myself on my own back. I’m awesome. At the age of 52 and my husband 75 we adopted our four special needs four year old grandson who was in a HORRID situation (my only child is a drug addict). He’s now 8 and is thriving, against all odds. He has therapy, Gymnastics to help with focus, and other appointments. My husband is now developing memory problems and I care for him. I also provide care for my two elderly parents who live five miles away. I rise at 5:00 a.m. and drive one mile to wake my grandson who ro make sure he is dressed, fed and put on his school bus, then return here to do the sam for our grandson. I take all of these family members to their medical appointments. Sometimes three different ones in a day! I’m blessed to be a retired registered nurse. I pray daily for strength, that I can continue to be what my family needs. When I can grab a bit of time, sewing is my escape, as well as reading blogs!

  42. I have a happy life, with family I love and like and a job that satisfies – and sewing, obviously. I’m not entering this giveaway because I’ve just read through all the comments above and am sat here with tears running down my face in awe at the strength and awesomeness of those readers. Feeling might impressed.

  43. sewsew2015 says:

    I am not at all awesome. Just wanted to say that I am so lucky to be happy, healthy, loved and privileged to share in looking after identical twin grandsons, now 10 months, each week and my 3-year old grandson whenever I can.

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