Thursday, June 4, 2015

Get in the Groove

Disclosuere: The following giveaway promotion and content has been sponsored by State Farm®

Happy New Year! Yeah, I know that may sound a little crazy, but this month of June, I'm choosing to restart the year.  The first part of the year for me has been very challenging both good and bad. While I've had some really amazing experiences, I have also had a lot of personal struggles. After lots of prayer and a few good cries, I decided not to dwell on the past and move forward and get my groove back.

If you have been following me for a while, then you may remember last year I kicked off 2014 with the #MakeoverParker campaign. I fully threw myself into working out and taking life by the reigns. I lost a little over 40 pounds, I landed a major opportunity with one of my fave brands Henri Bendel, I sat front row during Full Figured Fashion week next to some of my blog idols, I was the featured blogger for the August 2014 edition of Plus Model Magazine & I even landed in a book called Reflections of Style! I was completely on top of the world & winning! 


Oh yeah, This totally happened! :)

Blog Royalty Chastity Garner, Marie Denee & I front row during #FFFWeek

I had a 4 page spread in Plus Model Magazine!

With author Courtney Hammonds at the launch of his book Reflections of style. 

Well, sometime near the end of the year, I lost site of everything I was working for. After an unexpected breakup,I just gave up. I felt totally defeated and that attitude spilled over into the first half of this year. 

As I mentioned earlier, I am moving forward. I am no longer letting others dictate my happiness & I am choosing to live for me. I am charting my own life's course & truly making the most of every day & every opportunity. I've only got one life and I am going to live it!

Snapped this shot on Monday, my first day back in the gym in almost 6 months!

In celebration of my new found groove, I am partnering with my friends at State Farm® to help you "Get in The Groove" for a chance to win a trip to the 2015 Essence Festival® presented by Coca Cola®.  The "Get in the Groove" contest is all about becoming uninhibited and embracing the life that you want to live. How awesome is that?!?!

Entering to win is so simple. Post a photo or video of yourself on Instagram dancing and getting in the groove and use the hashtags #StateFarmGroove and #ContestEntry. Then visit to complete their entry form for your chance to win big!!

One Lucky Winner Will Receive:
  • Round-trip coach airfare for winner and one (1) guest to New Orleans
  • Four (4) nights, five (5) days hotel accommodations in New Orleans
  • Two (2) tickets per night to the ESSENCE Festival® concerts in New Orleans
  • Two (2) VIP Experience tickets (tickets to various VIP events provided by the ESSENCE Festival®)
  • Transportation to and from the New Orleans, LA, airport
  • The winner will appear in an ESSENCE and State Farm video on

In addition to your chance of winning the grand prize, I'm going give you a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card to jump start your groove. Use it to purchase a new lipstick that makes you feel gorgeous, or a journal to document your new found groove. Simply enter below & a winner will be randomly chosen. 

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Follow me on my journey as I reclaim my groove and I can't wait to share in yours. Remember to always "Make the world your personal runway!"

See you on the front row!

<3 Parker S.

Disclosure: I received compensation for this sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of State Farm.