It is my pleasure to welcome everyone here to my blog! I am more than excited to be able to share my journey as Miss Teenage Thompson Okanagan with you! I would like to thank everyone for the incredible support I have received since being crowned in April. I really couldn’t be more excited to have my community on my side in the way that I do!
I went into this pageant with no experience with this sort of thing, what so ever. It wasn’t something that I ever saw myself doing, considering that growing up I had awful stage fright and kept to myself most of the time. Being thrown into the pageant head first the way that I was taught me so much about myself and what I’m capable of. This experience has stretched me, built up my confidence and allowed me to get over my stage fright.
When all the girls were on the stage waiting for them to call the first name, I was more than nervous. I kept repeating in my head, “please, whatever happens don’t call me first, DON’T call me first!” Sure enough my name was the very first name to be called!!!! I was completely shocked! So much was going through my head! I mean, a year ago I couldn’t have even fathomed myself in a position like this and now here I was getting a crown placed on my head. I knew that this was a start of an incredible journey in my life, and in my gut that this is exactly where I am supposed to be.
I have learned that you need to be who YOU are and that you shouldn’t have to intentionally change yourself for a pageant! That is KEY! Each girl has their own personality, talents, stories and abilities and we should all recognize how that’s what makes us our own kind of beautiful. The variety of us all is what makes it extra special. To be able to freely express who you are without judgment is so important. Something I tell myself daily is “you are worthy, valuable and loved, no matter what!” This reminds me that I am great the way that I am.
Until next time <3