INFLUENCE

“Have you thought about all the events that led up to this moment in your life?
Like why are you here? Or what is your purpose in life?”

In the process of understanding my purpose, there were MANY times I was frustrated and confused not understanding why my life took such a tragic turn. I often reflect back to 22 years ago, when Transverse Myelitis took my independence and nearly destroyed my life. I thought my dreams of making a difference in the world had been destroyed with it! 

I’ll never forget this quote I opened with today, because I found it as I was experiencing some of my biggest doubts about my purpose, and it is titled – Influence – Uniquely You.

It also said…”

“I believe God knew exactly where you would be right now, and exactly what you would be like. He knew about your passions, your gifts, and the platform you would have. He made you to be uniquely significant, and to have an impact on the world around you.”

This was confirmation I DID have a purpose and that God would enable me to influence others. From that time on, I knew I had to walk through every door to help others see their purpose and empower them to change.  

In 2017, when I was crowned the first ever Miss Wheelchair Canada, and won Miss Kindness world in Poland at the Miss Wheelchair World pageant, I realized I had another opportunity to make a difference. To inspire not only people with physical disabilities, but anyone who has ever felt fearful, unworthy, or unloved.

What I thought was the end of my dreams was actually JUST THE BEGINGING of my journey towards a purpose bigger than I could have ever hoped or dreamed of.  

ANOTHER DOOR OF OPPORTUNITY

I WAS TRULY HONORED TO BE INCLUDED WITH SO MANY AMAZING WOMAN OF INSPIRATION, NOT ONLY AS A NOMINEE & FINALIST, BUT TO WIN WAS A REMARKABLE BLESSING, AND I WANTED TO THANK MONICA FROM THE UNIVERSAL WOMEN’S NETWORK, FOR CREATING A PLACE FOR WOMEN TO CELEBRATE EACH OTHER.

FINALIST CERTIFICATE

INFLUENCER AWARD!

First of all, the this award goes to a woman who has a global vision coupled with a contagious message to share with the world. She radiates passion and purpose to make an impact in her community and this passion extends as far as her voice can reach. She is of service as a mentor paving the road less traveled for other women to follow. Influencers may be movement creators, speakers, authors, filmmakers, and recording artists.

God has indeed opened MANY  doors for me to have influence in the world around me. And the newest title that I have been blessed to receive, is the 2021 Women of Inspiration “INFLUENCER” Award.

WHAT WINNING THIS AWARD MEANS!

When I was asked what winning this prestigious award means to me I said…
“As woman who’s also a person with a disability, I’m honored to receive this Women of Inspiration award. It is my passion to challenge men and women of ALL abilities to see past their self perceived limits and go farther than they ever thought possible. 
So this “Influencer Award” acknowledges that my passion is more than just a dream I hope to accomplish, but it’s my lived reality!” 

WHERE I GET "MY" INSPIRATION!

My courage and inspiration would not be possible without the women of inspiration in my life, challenging ME to be better by example.
My mom and sister who have believed in me and modeled what strong women of inspiration looks like.

Tracy Gray from global who nominated me. To all who wrote letters of support.
For all my friends, family, mentors and coaches and the going farther team who have all supported and believed in me long before I even believed in myself.

THANK YOU!

To my husband Vaughan who has been my rock, because without him I wouldn’t have this story of inspiration to share, and last but not least, my heavenly father, for giving me the courage to step out and the strength to keep GOING FARTHER!

AWARD ANNOUNCED!

A little glimpse into the Woman of Inspiration Awards Gala, and how I experienced it as it was all going down. 

MY ACCAPTANCE SPEECH (Full Version)

DID YOU KNOW YOU HAVE A SPECIAL PUROSE TO?

“Have you thought about all the events that led up to this moment in your life?
Like why are you here? Or what is your purpose in life?”

“I believe God knew exactly where you would be right now, and exactly what you would be like. He knew about your passions, your gifts, and the platform you would have. He made you to be uniquely significant, and to have an impact on the world around you.”

As you look at how God used my crushed dreams and doubting to work out a beautiful purpose in my life, I trust it gives you hope to see that YOU HAVE A SPECIAL PURPOSE TOO! 

SPECIAL THANKS & RECOGNITION

Thank you Matt Day with Gray Day Events for rock’en it as emcee and helping Tracie and I look like winners.
Confident Trends  for helping me look and feel great!
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Thank you Twisty Girl Balloons for making the room look amazing and for Buffet Royal Sherwood Park 
for sponsoring the space for us to celebrate on this NIGHT OF INSPIRATION.

MY WOMAN OF INSPIRATION THEAME SONG

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

For more up close and personal inspiration from Vahen register Vahen’s FREE “GET READY TO SOAR!” virtual event. With special guest Author, singer and recording artist Cheryl Edwards  

And if that wasn’t already enough I have a few resources listed down below to help you start living more courageously! Starting with my book Contagious Courage – Living in Freedom, that you can find on Amazon and visit Going Farther to see all the available FREE Contagious Courage courses!

FOR your 50% DISCOUNT use the promo code ContagiousCourage (Case sensitive with no spaces) in the audio book link above.

NO PROMO CODE REQUIRED! 50% DISCOUNT is set at a reduced price for a limited time.

This audio/video book, is read by the author, and if you’re ready, please download the workbook, (Workbook only available with the video book option) grab your favorite beverage, journal and get comfortable, because Vahen will walk with you and help prepare you for your giant slaying life of courage.

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To arrange delivery and payment email info@GoingFarther.org ($15 plus shipping outside of Edmonton.)

JOIN THE COURAGEOUS GIVING COMMUNITY TODAY!

  • Pray – for me and the Going Farther team as we continue to grow, and spread the message of hope and courage.
  • GIVE – If you wish to help Going Farther continue spreading the message of hope and courage, please consider a one-time donation or by becoming a monthly supporter.
  • SHARE – Invite or refer me to speak at an upcoming conference/retreat or community event. Via zoom. 

  • If my videos have encouraged you, I’ll also invite you to share with your friends, and help me with spreading the message of hope and courage.

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TOGETHER – We can GO FARTHER!

Thank you for supporting me and the Going Farther mission. Now to Him who is able to do WAY MORE than we could ever HOPE or imagine, take care and God bless!

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