I loaded up the kids and the pup and headed to the Boulder County Fair for the Mutt Strut 5k and Dog Yoga benefiting Max Fund Adoption Center. Rosie, our rescue pup, did her first 5k! The kids were awesome and my stepson even ran ahead and finished ten minutes before us. The dog yoga was a hoot. We we doing downward dog- with our dogs! Then they showed us how to do doggy massage. So our dog got to socialize with lots of other dogs, walk a 5k, got a Paw Bender custard and then got a massage. All to benefit a worthy cause. It was an awesome day.
I love when supporting animal rescues can involve my family. It’s so important to me to show them my service work so they learn to give back. Thanks for the invite, Camp Gladiator!
I was honored to be able to help Mrs. Georgia’s First Runner Up, Sabrina Z in her brother-in-law’s memorial golf tournament. The event raised money for hospice care in ways that often go over-looked. This event came on a really tough day for me personally, so I was really glad to have Sabrina there to help out. Some days we can’t be the queens we want to be, but we show up and we do our best. You can’t always be your best, but you can be there. You can straighten your crown and give what you’ve got.
Thank you for including me and thank you for turning your grief in to support for those who take care of the people we love in their final hours. What a great cause.
As a new German, I took my Froehlich Clan to the Colorado German Festival for some great food and music. I got to wear my Lederhosen from the Magic Mirror Costume Shop, and dance a little polka with my honey. It was a beautiful day and really nice to be outside in the sun with the kiddos. Not a long visit, but took photos and danced a German jig. Just a nice afternoon.
What a weekend! Five appearances in two days. Summer is a crazy time in Northern Michigan. We are so family friendly and festival based, it makes getting involved easy and fun. There is always something going on.
My roommate and I took her daughter on a road trip to Midland, Michigan, for the Midland River Days Festival. I was invited to come introduce the event’s headliner, and my personal friends, the Accidentals! These kids are so talented and so hard-working, it was an honor to be part of their show. I even got to tell the story of how they helped my husband propose to me. After the show, a woman came up to me and said her dad was at that show and saw us get engaged! It was the perfect proposal and I had so much fun telling the story before I brought the group on stage. The music was amazing, the festival was in an idyllic setting and I had an absolute blast! Thank you to the Midland Community Area Foundation for putting on this great event!
My second year in the Kingsley Heritage Parade, and of course I was on foot and in heels because “Girls can do anything, and we can do it in heels!”. I love these parades where I am able to stop and take photos and meet the people in my community. At the slower pace of walking, I am able to say my little phrase repeatedly and it is always well received. Women connect to it and respond with such enthusiasm and encouragement that it really affirms the message itself. Women are asked and expected to be on par with all aspects of being a man, work/family/finances/fitness/etc, but we also have ridiculous appearance demands we are expected to meet and make look effortless at the same time. We have to do it all and in heels.
Whether you are a beauty queen in 5″ platforms, or a working mom in a matching track suit, you had to put thought into your appearance today. We all do. Some of you may know the exact mom uniform to which I just referred. Even on the playground, moms are judged by how well we are put together. I call attention to this cultural norm in my catch phrase because I want to remind women that just because we are taking on the world and doing in while constantly working on ourselves, doesn’t mean we can’t do it. We can rock the boardroom and the classroom. We can be everything we want to be. It is a lot. It is overwhelming. And yes, it is exhausting. But we can do it. We can find balance and take care of ourselves so that we have the energy to be Wonder Women.
I talk all the time about conquering your fears and trying things that scare you. I finally faced mine and ran a solo race. I run all the time and did Girls on the Run with my stepdaughter, but something about signing up for and running a race by myself really intimidated me. I was afraid I would fail, I would embarrass myself or… get eaten by a wolf? I don’t actually know what scared me! I just knew I was scared and I avoided doing it, even through I really wanted to. I think we all avoid trying things that interest us because it’s intimidating or scary. Perhaps we don’t even know we are avoiding them because we invent reasons not to do them.
The first half mile my fears came true. I was dying. I couldn’t set my pace (I’m used to running inside with digital feedback of my speed), my lungs were collapsing, my muscles were on fire and the EMS was following closely behind me. As though even they didn’t believe I could do it. I thought about hiding in a bush until it was over. Then I realized that quitting was the only way that I could actually fail. The only thing I would truly find embarrassing. No one cared about my time but me. Finishing was the only thing that mattered. So I pushed on. EMS stopped at their destination; they weren’t following me after all. I sucked in some air and cranked up my music. I decided this was my moment to prove to myself I could do anything if I was willing to push through the hard part.
My goal was to beat the 43 minute time Elly and I got at Girls on the Run. I secretly hoped to be under 40 as this time I wouldn’t be discussing Shakespear as I ran. As I came around the corner and saw the finish line, I chose my finish song (Work B!t@* by Britney Spears) and sprinted the final stretch. I finished in under 34 minutes. Heck, I FINISHED.
I was so proud of myself I felt I could fly. I realized that all the obstacles in front of me were really inside me. That I was the only thing ever holding me back. My training is there. My fitness is there. My body will do what I ask of it (complaining like a teenager, but it will do it). The same is true for Mrs. America. I have been living in fear of not competing at my best. Afraid that after a decade of working towards my goal that I would fall short and let myself down by not performing to my fullest potential. I’m not afraid of losing. You can’t lose when you finish, just like my 5k. I was afraid of something I now know cannot happen. I am not going to hide in a bush or need a ride on the back of the emergency ATV. I am going to finish. I am going to rely on my training, promote my message and trust in myself to do what I know I can.
I posted a video on facebook after my race. I admitted how scared I was to run and make myself vulnerable through total honesty. I hope talking about conquering my own insecurities inspires you to look at what negative self-talk is holding you back. I hope you will try something new and discover strength within yourself.
Oh- and I’m signed up for another race this Sunday. You never know what passion is hiding behind fear until you push through.
One of my favorite events, the Gaylord Alpenfest is the highlight of the year in our little Alpen village of Gaylord. Last year my family attended and I befriended the queen, Kelly, and her court. I saw these girls at events throughout the year and they even watched me compete for Ms. America online. The did such a great job representing our community, it was a real honor to see them crown the next court. The pageant was beautifully executed, once again. The whole event is just so much fun, and I was honored to be recognized during the show.
Despite the fact that TWO people took phone calls during the competition (yes two- and older gentlemen at that! I thought that generation had better manners), it was a great event top to bottom. I got teary at the Queen’s farewell, only because she made me so proud over the last year. Good luck to you girls, out-going and in-coming. Life has so much more to bring you. Be ready for the next adventure!