I won my title a little over two months ago and in that short time period there have already been many amazing experiences. However, I’m not gonna lie. It isn’t always sunshine and roses. As silly as it may sound, being a “beauty queen” isn’t always easy. I am human with human flaws and there are times when I feel like I royally mess things up. A time or two I have felt like Eliza Doolittle having to watch my grammar (although I’ve never blurted out “move your bloomin’…) and be as poised as possible (did I mention I have flaws?) at all times.
Don’t get me wrong. I was thrilled and still am thrilled to be the reigning Mrs. Kentucky Int’l, but I want so much to be the kind of representative that makes my state, community, family, and friends proud. I want you all to see the many facets of this job. Not just the “elbow, elbow, wrist, wrist, touch your pearls and blow a kiss” side of this job. There is so much more to being a good representative than just riding in parades and signing autographs (that is stuff is SO fun). So forgive me if I make mistakes, but please know I have a sincere desire to serve you all well. Some of you may wonder why I even began this journey. A few of you have asked,”why did you do get into this? You never entered pageants as a kid did you?” and the answer is no I had never competed in a pageant until last year. So what happened? Did I go off the deep end and think momma needs a crown?! Lol–NO!
The main reason I entered my first pageant is simple. I had a couple of friends who talked me into entering one just for the grins and giggles of it. I thought why not? It will be good to show my kids that no matter how old you are it’s good to keep setting goals and trying new things. So I did. And guess what…I didn’t win. Again, I thought well this will be a good life lesson for my kids and I will show them how to be a gracious loser. Then about a month later I had several ladies in our community ask me if I would help them get fit. They knew me and my background as a fitness instructor. They also knew of my hypoglycemia and how I, for the most part, have managed it with diet and exercise. These ladies believed in my ability to help them.
I felt so honored by their faith in me, and I felt inspired (think hallelujah chorus kind of moment) in my ability to go out and help others and this, my friends, is the Number One reason why I entered another beauty pageant. I realized the Mrs. category afforded the opportunity to reach many people of all ages with my message and for my platform (the ADA). It is my passion to help motivate and educate others in their pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. So I said to myself someone is gonna win why not somebody like me with good family values, feet firmly planted on the good ole solid rock, and a desire to truly make a difference? That being said win I won my first title, Mrs. Western Kentucky State Fair, I was beyond shocked. I actually said (while the previous year’s queen tried to put the crown on my head) and I quote, “Shut the front door! Me?!! I won??” I did mention earlier that I sound kinda like Eliza Doolittle sometimes right? 😉
I hope my message, my triumphs, and my failures (although let’s hope there is only a few of those) help to inspire you and maybe even entertain you as well. Those of you who know me well know that I am an honest person, and I will be honest in my posts. I am not fake and I do not know how to be. I feel like we owe each other honesty as well as kindness. I truly could not make it without the support of my community, friends, and family. So thank you for reading my posts and may God bless each and everyone of you!