When I first walked in to the Step Up Women’s Network Inspiration Awards, I saw that The Container Store had set up a beautiful and perfectly organized room, for all of the guests to view. I walked through it right away and thought to myself, “Whoa, I want to take this home!”
I quickly transitioned out of my dream world and back to the reality of the day. There I was, giving a speech at the Beverly Hilton, with hundreds of independent and powerful women (and even some men) cheering me on. I was accepting a scholarship that is allowing me to focus on what to do in college instead of worrying about how I was going to get to college. Wow, I am going to college! I never thought I would have been the one up there giving a speech and getting the opportunity to inspire others. Before I knew it, I was actually on stage; so excited and filled with joy. I got my certificate and started to walk off when actress, Molly Sims, our host, says, “Wait, there’s more…The Container Store is giving you each a complete dorm room set up, like the one on display today!”
Are you serious! I was so shocked, I literally yelled. Not only are the products amazing, but this gift means so much more than that, the fact that The Container Store believed enough in my future and my success that they were willing to donate a whole room to me made me feel like I can achieve anything. The Inspiration Awards were all about being inspired by and for each other and I can truly say that I was inspired by everyone’s generosity. Thank you to The Container Store!
— Lulu Favela, California State University, Northridge