Thursday, July 16, 2015

" TV Show Motivation" by Kate Howe


I had the exciting opportunity to appear on the “Fitness King” Ron Henderson’s TV show Motivation.  The show is geared to help motivate people to start taking better care of their health and also to showcase people who have a positive message to share.  It was a great outlet not only to promote my platform, but the entire International Pageant System.

Ron and I practiced a few questions and then we were ready to roll live!  Joe helped a lot with the timing for commercials and was even in the last segment.  We talked about everything from growing up, to my career, to my inspiration to compete in the pageant.  I was able to speak on behalf of my platform and share all of the initiatives “Ignite the Imagination” have launched and discuss my partnership and advisory board activities with First Book.


Being that Ron is the “Fitness King” we talked a lot about living a healthy lifestyle and working out.  I have never been one of those people who could maintain a diet, but I have always maintained a workout schedule, especially after the babies.  After both Dominic and Lincoln were born, I worked out almost every day until I lost the baby weight.  The workout I like the best is Beach Body’s weight training video.  It completely sculpts your entire body.  With my schedule, it is difficult to just leave and go workout, so I workout at home after the boys go to bed in my living room.  Most of the time I find myself doing laundry or replying to emails during it – lol, but just as long as it gets done!                                                          

Ron and I connected so well because he wrote a children’s book on staying active and fighting childhood obesity.  It is a great book and I have actually been able to promote it in the community.  The story is easy to relate too and promotes playing with friends vs. watching TV. 


There is only one truly amazing you!

Mrs. Minnesota International 2015

Kate Howe

Monday, July 13, 2015

"Lakeville South High School Graduation" By Nicole Doyle


Wow, it is totally beyond belief on how quickly 4 wonderful years of high school came to an end!

As both a hockey and lacrosse player I love my teams and will truly miss them. Although who knows, I will probably be back to playing as I plan to join a women’s league for both hockey and lacrosse!


I will also dearly miss all of my clubs I was involved in; art club, student council, chemistry club, and links club. This is a photo Fernanda, Andy and I while on a links club field trip. Links club “links” students to other students who have learning disabilities and are often in separate classrooms. Throughout my 4 years I just loved what a great impact links club had on students both with and without disabilities that is why I enjoyed links club so much!

I had such a blast at my high school dances and football games, I will continue to look back and smile at the memories! Here is a photo of my mom and I before I left for my junior prom.


I am so blessed to have such a loving supportive family, and have so very much to look forward too. I do not know what I would do if I did not have them with and supporting me through all of my crazy adventures!


As a PSEO or Post Secondary Enrolment Options student I took classes throughout my senior year at Normandale College. I was so honored and joyful to be accepted into this program; thanks to it I graduated High School with 32 college level credits, completed my first 2 semesters of college on the deans list, and completed all of my nursing Pre-requisites. I now plan to transfer to the University Of Minnesota as a second year nursing student and obtain my Bachelors of Science in nursing!





Thursday, July 9, 2015

"Experience & Crowning Moment" by Kate Howe

A year and half ago my husband and I were looking for a new house.  At one of the open houses we attended, I started talking to the realtor and somehow in the conversation we started talking about his wife and how he was in a pageant with her.  Immediately I started thinking…really??  There is a “Mrs.” Pageant?  And my husband gets to participate?  I needed to find out more!  I had always had a special place in my heart for “pageant” girls growing up and loved watching them.  When my husband and I were in Italy, I even watched one in Italian.  I didn’t understand one word – but loved it.  My husband and I’s first date was even to a Miss Minnesota Pageant.  He knew from the beginning what he was in for ;). 

I spent the next two months researching like crazy the “Mrs.” Pageants and fell in love with the International Pageant System’s foundation, purpose and most of all the women.  I would read their stories and what they had done with their platforms and it inspired me to take the leap and do my first pageant – ever.  I was beyond ecstatic when I was granted the title as Mrs. Dakota County.  I was so proud of my banner and the opportunity to represent my county.  I remember thinking, if I stay Mrs. Dakota County forever that would be an amazing opportunity in itself.  Little did I know how incredible being Mrs. Minnesota would be! 

You can only imagine how much help I needed with this being my first pageant.  I had done a lot of research, ordered material from the previous years, but needed the help of experts.  I would highly recommend working with a coach on some sort of level, even if you have done pageants before.  They can give you an outside in perspective and give you pointers you maybe didn’t even know existed.  I had the honor of working with Cheri Kennedy and Donnell Rank.  What a blessing!  They helped with me everything from speaking to walking.  They also put me in contact with the amazing Penny and James for hair and makeup and the wonderful Paula Preston for headshot pictures.  Cheri also has “mock” interviews available for her clients.  Those sessions really helped me get organized and prepared to speak about my platform.  It is a great network to have!

I spent the next months preparing for the competition.  I worked really, really hard.  I am a mother of two young boys and have a very demanding corporate finance career.  Time was always at a premium.  I can’t even tell you the countless hours I spent developing my marketing plan for my platform.  I had been very active in my platform for years and was a current Advisory Board member for my non-profit, First Book, but I needed to take it to the next level.  There would be times I would sit down at my computer to start working for example on my smart phone app - exhausted, and I would immediately become motivated and work for hours.  I love my platform and it always gives me a new, fresh energy, unlike anything else. 

I did also spend a lot of time getting my body is shape.  At the time I had a nine month old – a lot of work had to be done J.  I would workout late at night after my kids would go to bed.  One thing I have learned through this opportunity, there is always more time in the day then you think. 

As the pageant approached I grew more and more excited.  I was working my platform, making appearances and having the time of my life.  Meeting Kimberly and the other women in the competition was so inspiring.  Every single one of them was truly unique with a story to tell.  I love that my first pageant was a “Mrs.” pageant because my husband Joe was able to be a part of it.  He has been extremely supportive through this entire process.

During the actual pageant, I just relaxed and was completely myself.  Win or lose it really didn’t matter.  I had done everything I could to prepare and felt incredible confident.  I had a huge cheering section full of family and friends.  It was truly a special experience and the best part was being able to share it with the people I love the most.

When my name was called as Mrs. Minnesota – I was in complete shock!  Joe walked over, gave me the biggest hug and told me how proud he was of me.  I absolutely loved being crowned by my husband, looking at my closest friends and family in the audience.  Unbelieveable!  I still have to pinch myself from time to time J.  After I was crowned, the previous Mrs. Minnesota winners surrounded me with hugs and congratulations – I instantly felt part of a wonderful family.  It was a really unique feeling…like I was part of a very special group of women.  I admire each and every one of them and promise to make them proud!  Lastly, I was able to stand with my “sister” queens and knew it was going to be an amazing year.


Amazing Experience!

Mrs. Minnesota International 2015

Kate Howe