For my final blog post, I wanted to share a couple of my favorite memories and parts of my thank you letter. I have so many memories from this past year that will always hold a special place in my heart. I also had a huge team that made this year possible.
Some of the sweetest memories I have start back to the night of being crowned Mrs. Minnesota International. They way my family and friends reacted was priceless. They have given me so much love and support throughout this year. When you win, you don’t just bring home the crown for yourself. You bring it home to your family, friends, “sisters’ and platform. I absolutely loved that my Grandma got to tell all of her friends at her community living center about the pageant and showed off pictures. Hearing about that melted my heart as much as seeing the smiles on my niece’s faces when they rode in a parade with me or the time my little two year old said how beautiful I looked in a pageant dress. Life doesn’t get much sweeter than that.
Delivering books with Reada the Reading Frog and realizing my actions were creating change in children living in poverty created a lasting impression. Visiting my non-profit, First Book, in Washington D.C. and giving their executive staff my fundraising money along with my corporate sponsorships really put my year in perspective and sealed it with a bow. I could go on and on about all the incredible people I met or the amazing organizations I was able to support, but I have so many people to thank for this year.
Thank you Allison and Richard Stavrakis for this incredible opportunity. To Cheri Kennedy and Donnell Rank, thank you for being my pageant coaches and helping make my dream come true. Thank you to Suzy Bootz for showing me the beautiful side of pageantry. Thank you mock interview judges, Sarah Moses for picking my winning dress, Penny Wells for making me feel beautiful, Paula Preston for capturing the perfect pictures, Laura Werk for my incredible page layouts and thank you James Peterson for my making my hair look fabulous all year long. These people can never be thanked enough for their incredible support to the International Pageant System.
I will forever be your 2015 Mrs. Minnesota International