After finally being able to fully recover from this busy yet rewarding week, I come to you with a heart full of joy and graditude💙
Please see FB for a full list of sponsors, and personal thank you's!!!! Although it was not my year for the national title/job, it was truly the best pageant experience I have ever had...and that is almost entirely because of the other wonderful titleholders that I met from all over the country, the support I recieved, and because of seeing my personal growth.
Many who follow my personal accounts, and my #girlslikeus
project know that mental health is not only a huge part of the work I do, but has been a very real struggle for me. Especially last year at nationals. What I was most upset about in 2017 was not necessarily my lack of energy and performance, but the mere fact that I could not enjoy the experience like I wanted to. This year, not only did I feel I performed my personal best in evening gown and runway, but I had an absolute blast with the other girls!!!! I haven't been as present or outgoing as I was this last week in YEARS. I was so happy for that! I also won 1st runner up in Talent!💙😊 Another "win" for me, was simply the way I was able to handle the feeling of not performing the way I felt I was capable of, or the way I prepared for, in the interview process. In recent years, interview has been a real stuggle for me! Not going to lie! No matter how prepared I am, or how well I do leading up to the big day, a definite weakness of mine is performing well under pressure, especially when anxeity used to rule my life. But this time, despite not representing myself the way I wanted to, I truly walked out of the interview room and immediately moved on. I didnt see myself as a failure, and it didn't change my self image. I remained grateful for all God has allowed me to do, recognizied my improvement over the last year, and remained (and still remain) faithful that as I continue to improve, one day I will truly once again consider that area a strength.😊❤ The best prize package? The new SISTERHOOD. They are getting their own post(s) 'yall. So in love💙💙💙 #UNM #SISTERHOOD