|Posted by Tracey Hawkins-Sydnor on December 12, 2013 at 9:55 PM|
1st Runner up…Works for me:)
I had the most amazing weekend! I represented Southern California as the Ms So Cal in the National Woman of Achievement pageant! It was an EPIC experience! I met some really phenomenal women who share my passion for making a difference.
I wanted to represent myself, my family, and 365 Girl well. That was my goal. A few months ago I was in a pageant and I was not prepared (being a pageant rookie) and I let the women in the pageant intimidate me. I have never been in that position before. I have always operated with a healthy dose of confidence because my belief is that God created me to be special and set a part.
This pageant in June was a fail…I allowed myself to get so intimidated that no one got to know the real me. What a horrific experience. I left out there feeling defeated not because I lost but because I beat myself by not even showing up:(
It is not how you fall it is how you get up:)
I decided to do this pageant just because I had to prove to myself that I could do this. Nothing is impossible. I can’t teach and give hope to you ladies If I don’t believe it. I couldn’t let my one and only pageant in life end that way.
This pageant was a different story. The director was phenomenal. She was constantly checking in and making sure that I was ok and comfortable, that allowed me to bring my “A game”.
I didn’t study, I didn’t plot, I didn’t obsess. I prayed and opened up and allowed the judges and everyone there to get to know me. The true woman I have always been. A woman who has a heart for girls. A woman who loves God. A woman who loves to smile and loves life and it worked. The judges got to know me, they loved what 365 Girl stands for and I was chosen 1st Runner up to Ms United States WOA…other women Would have been disappointed because I didn’t win the crown…but to me being able to compete and not allow intimidation to win again was the ONLY crown I needed:) I was definetly the queen of the night…In my eyes the fact that I even put myself out there is again #winning