Wednesday, October 14, 2015

"Wow Nationals" by Kate Howe



Wow!!  Is the first word I think of when I think about my week in Florida.  The women were even more amazing then I could have imagined.  From doctors to entrepreneurs, all of these women had strong family values and a clear dedication to their platforms.  Each woman I talked to was more inspiring then the next.  Many of the women have been through dramatic events in their lives, such as cancer or death of a loved one that led them to their platforms.  The inspiring part was that they were willing to share their story with others to provide a positive impact.  Every time I think about the International Pageant System, my heart softens…the impact it can have on an individual’s life is priceless.

 


Crazy would be the next word I would use to describe my week!  It was extremely busy, but so much fun.  We arrived in Jacksonville on a Monday and didn’t leave until Sunday.  I think I slept about eight hours the entire week.  From makeup at four in the morning, to rehearsals, to midnight workouts, to keeping up on work (can’t forget about that), to my little men and extended family arriving to support me, the week flew by.  The International Pageant staff was extremely passionate and dedicated – thank you for making the week so wonderful!


The first night was orientation where we were able to meet everyone.  I instantly bonded with so many women.  The next day was sightseeing for most of the day and then rehearsals that evening.  One of the stops was to St. Augustine, which is the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement in the U.S.  Of course we had to stop by the Fountain of Youth…I wish I had that in my house!  That was something that blew me away, there were women competing for Mrs. International who were in their 40s and 50s who looked incredible.  One of the best stories I heard during the week was an older contestant who said she entered the pageant to prove to her daughter that age doesn’t matter and you are never too old to chase your dreams. 


Thursday night was probably my favorite night of the entire week.  We had a black tie gala for the American Heart Association where each contestant donated a gift basket to be auctioned off.  Culture Girl, who donated the products in my gift basket, acts as a catalyst for women empowerment.  They use the boldest lipsticks to bring women of all cultures and backgrounds together and encourage women to speak up and out on causes they’re passionate about.  I showcased their Minnesota Collection with colors like Purple Rain and 10,000 Lakes.  The basket was a hit!  My favorite part of Thursday night was having my mom attend the gala with me all dressed up looking absolutely beautiful.

There are a million people to thank for this unique experience from people who sent good luck posts to the amazing coaches I worked with, to the directors who make all of this possible.  Nothing will ever beat having the unstoppable support of the people closest to you – thank you mom and Joey!  The judges choose an amazing woman to represent the Mrs. International System this year.  I am so excited to watch Farabe’s adventures this year!!

Loving being Mrs. Minnesota!

Mrs. Minnesota International 2015

Kate Howe