Competing for Mrs. America was the most surreal and wonderful experiences of my life. I had a once in a lifetime week and it’s important to me to tell the stories. The week didn’t start or end the way I expected, but those stories are important, too. What I hope to convey is how at every pass, what I needed was provided to me. I learned some profound things about myself and about lift that week and I hope I can share what that was like.
I have to start with the day I left for Vegas. As usual, I tried to fit too much into too little time. I was running around and feeling nothing but stress, and then my phone shut down. Powered off and wouldn’t turn back on. I was cut off; from the world and from the ability to do more. The effect I chose to let it have was to center me on what I was doing and what was right in front of me. Thus began my week of surrendering to the moment.
The day was full of great moments, but the other event that shaped the week was that I didn’t have a room upon arriving to Vegas. There was a mistake with my reservation and so I had to be adopted by Mrs. Arkansas, Kristen, who invited me to bunk with her and Deidra, Mrs. Washington. It was the second time something went wrong that ended up being exactly what I needed. The two of them became my buddies for the week and their kindness welcomed me in ways nothing else could. My official roommate bunked with her mom and all was well.
These little events may not seem life changing, but they started me on a path that would shape not only my week, but me as well.
One of my fabulous fitness sponsors invited me to Fit Fest at the new McNichols Event Center. I was so happy to bring my little sister along as I represented Pure Barre. Colorado is so fitness friendly, it truly is the best place to train for a physical fitness. I am having so much fun and sharing my journey with my sis was a real highlight of my summer.
So my mama comes to town and I make her volunteer. Sounds about right. She wanted to see what my Michigan life is like, so I showed her! My life is based in service and so I took her with me to volunteer at the State theatre. The State is almost entirely volunteer run and I volunteer in crown and sash to call attention to the awesome organization and volunteer opportunities available.
That is the point of wearing the official garb, right? To bring attention and awareness? Some of the volunteering I do in crown and sash probably isn’t typical (cosplay anyone?), but I feel that the crown is a spotlight that I have the ability to shine on things that make my community and the world a better place. I do the things I do because they make me a better person, it contributes to my community and it creates a kinder world to live in. By doing these things in my full regalia, I am encouraging others to do the same and also calling attention to opportunities of which many people are not aware. Like volunteering at the historic State Theatre. Thanks for being a great sport, mom!
I love competing! Meeting women like me who are trying to make a difference and have similar interests is so empowering. When I compete, I represent my sponsors and all who believe in me. When I win, I take on representing my fellow contestants as well. These are amazing women and I am honored to serve as their title holder for the next year.
I got sick on the way to orientation, so the weekend was a bit of a blur thanks to the cold meds that kept me going. My fellow contestants were super supportive, and the judges were able to see beyond my froggy voice and hear the message I have to share. My next year will be an amazing adventure and I look forward to every bit!
One of the highlights was getting to be on stage with my husband. He got to escort me in evening gown and come up right after crowning. It was really special for us and fitting since everything I do with my title I do with him!
Happy birthday to my dad! I got to celebrate in his honor by being outdoors and enjoying Northern Michigan. My dad is a real nature lover, and being at the park ground in Eastport would have been a great birthday for him. Great people and a lovely day with the family.
Cherryland Humane Society is where I got my start in Traverse City. Volunteering there changed my life and set me on a mission of rescue and awareness for shelter animals. We now foster dogs, educate the public on rescues and help raise money for multiple animal rescue organizations. I took the family to the volunteer appreciation day and helped celebrate the people to make a difference for Michigan animals every day!