It started because I wanted a crown because I was turning 40. I found a pageant online whose ideals meshed well with mine. After competing in one more, I thought I was done. Then life happened and I was my friends whom I met at those two prior pageants have so much fun, even if they didn't win (but they were winning)!
I looked for a pageant to compete in and wanted to try one that was different than the one that I competed previously. I am so glad I did!! I believe in divine timing and I was meant to be in the All American system last year. One of my biggest regrets of pageant weekend is that I treated the pageant like another to-do. I had been coming off a very stressful period with my health (oh hey, liver disease, fibromyalgia, & sorjens syndrome) and a very stressful work period, and didn't have time to really settle in and show my best self...and that's my regret. As a result, I didn't win my division or overall.
Here's the interesting part. I felt so connected to the women, felt like I was a part of that sisterhood, and I wanted to do better. If it were truly a line on my to-do list, I wouldn't have cared about it. On the drive home, I remember thinking, "I'm done toe-dipping. I want to actually put effort into this."
Now I really feel like I'm beginning. I would love for you to follow along this journey with me. I'll be sharing about my pageant journey and my platforms; Take Ten with Em and Pretty Strong Smart.
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