The only thing that seems to be constant in my life is change. The ironic expression is an accurate depiction of 2018. This year has thus far been accompanied with discovery, growth, new people, new experiences and a new me. This year has irrevocably changed my life, and I could not be more grateful.
2017 was a whirlwind of a year for me. The past year was one of the worst but one I can never forget. It was filled with loss and uncertainty, I lost my true self and what made me happy. I felt a void in my life and a sense of isolation. However, as cliche as it may seem, it is true that some things must be broken in order to be healed. Such was true for me, come 2018 I was determined to revive my life and live it the best way possible.
This is how I was introduced to Miss Teenage Canada. The possibility of endless opportunities, of meeting new people and of seeking a once in a lifetime opportunity, inspired me to apply for Miss Teen. Honestly, I did not expect to get selected and did not think this dream of mine would actually become reality, so I am sure you can imagine my disbelief and excitement when I was chosen for Regionals to compete for Miss Teenage Alberta.
Regionals was amazing, I met so many amazing and driven women throughout the event. We were trained and prepped for our big show by Jane Gagne, who did an amazing job at transforming us into beauty queens in less than 2 days! The show was an amazing success filled with adrenaline, excitement, and even a little fear of tripping in my heels..
I instantly fell in love with pageantry and the art of celebrating the various forms of beauty and appreciating the diversity of it. Pageantry also teaches you a lot about self-confidence, leadership and stage presence, which are valuable life skills. I am so incredibly grateful to compete again in Nationals and will hopefully (fingers crossed!) continue on with Pageantry in the future. Thank you to all those who have supported me throughout my journey thus far, and I hope you all stick around for the remainder of it!