Smiling for the camera on this bright and sunny morning!

I spent last Sunday as a VIP at the 11th Annual Run4Hope race in Brampton, Ontario and had so much fun! Despite the chilly temperatures, I really enjoyed meeting new people and embracing the beautiful scenery I was surrounded by.

Run4Hope is a 5 and 10k race for people of all ages, with a special focus on students. People as young as 6 years old and as old as 85 year’s old come together as individuals or in a team of 4 to show their endurance and speed by running either 5 or 10k. The event welcomes schools through what they call a “School Challenge” which is a friendly competition among the students.

At the end of the race, awards were presented to the female and male who came in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in both the 5&10k race, as well as to the schools who placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd. This year, there were 8 participants under the age of 10, and so they too were recognized for their achievement with a medallion.

With the MC and Event Coordinator

The unique thing about Run4Hope is that each year, they choose a charity to give their proceeds to. Once again, Run4Hope chose Sky’s The Limit as their charity of choice. Sky’s The Limit is a Youth Organization that’s main goal is to provide youth in the community with the resources that they need to be successful. They collect refurbished laptops and distribute them to the students in grades 9-12 who otherwise could not afford one and have established many mentorship programs to ensure their success.

Speaking with the MC before the awards ceremony

I absolutely loved this event because it promoted both a healthy lifestyle and the importance of supporting your own community. I am so happy that I was able to be apart of this day and participate in an event that was brand new to me! I look forward to running in the 10k race next year and hope to win myself one of those shinny medals too!

Thank you for having me Run4Hope, see you again next year!

I also wanted to remind all of my readers that I am still selling tickets for my gala, so be sure to contact me if you are interested in attending.

Lastly, I don’t post ALL of the events that I go to on my blog, so be sure to check out my Facebook page as well for daily updates and more photo’s on events that I have attended.

Thank you for all of the continuous support.

Thinking Positively,

Michela P. <3

 

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After being absent from your lives for the past two weeks, I suppose a blog post updating you on my recent adventures would be appropriate…

With that being said, HAPPY THURSDAY everyone!

Thursday’s are slowly becoming my favourite day of the week for MANY reasons:

  1. Thursday’s are my ‘me’ days. This mean’s I am free to work out at my own leisure, read a book or catch up on the newest episodes of my favourite TV show (Glee… even though it’s currently over :( or Dragon’s Den)
  2. My sister and I always have a date night on Thursday’s. This is when we go to our favourite local salad bar for dinner and run errands together (by errands, I usually mean go shopping)
  3. Most importantly, I get to write a blog post about my most recent endeavours and share them with all of you! I absolutely love the idea of having a blog because it gives me an opportunity to reflect on all of these fun new experiences and share them with others.

So being that I love Thursday’s so much, now seems like the perfect time to share some recent updates with you…

As you all know, I am hosting a gala in support of Free The Children in June. This event will not only raise awareness, but also raise a lot of money that will be put towards initiatives such as building wells or providing children over seas with an education. Without the support of local businesses, this event would not be possible. It is amazing to see how generous and supportive the people of my community actually are.

I would like to extend a personal thank you to…

Bodies By Design Personal Training for the 6 membership packages that will be put towards the evenings raffle

WildCard Entertainment for the tickets, casino tables, silent auction and more

Number One Events and Decor for the centre pieces and decorations 

Totera Fine Foods for the raffle contribution 

Finch Centre Jewellers for the raffle contribution 

Yo Amo Tacos Bar ‘n Grill Woodbridge for the raffle contribution 

And St. Phillips Fine Bakery in Woodbridge for the raffle contribution  

If you or someone you know would like to contribute to this nights event OR would like to attend this event on June 19th @ 7pm in Woodbridge, Ontario  please contact me through email. 

Photography: Sweetart Images

I’ve also had the opportunity to take some official photo’s in my sash and crown thanks to another wonderful sponsor, Sweetart Images By Sonia Mederios. Photographer Sonia never fails to amaze me with her creativity and professionalism. She truly does make you feel comfortable while on set and allows you to have fun too! Her outstanding work keeps me going back every season. 

Hair & Makeup: Creatively Beautiful

My hair and makeup for the day was also sponsored by Creatively Beautiful Salon. As a client of this salon for many years, I can honestly say that I have never left disappointed. Without even knowing what look I am seeking that day, the stylists and artists never fail to amaze me. I wouldn’t rather go anywhere else!

Wardrobe: No.1 Boutique

Lastly, two of the three outfits I wore were sponsored by Number One Boutique in Woodbridge. Number One Boutique is a trendy little store that will surely keep you up to date on the latest fashions. The staff are super helpful and are basically guru’s when it comes to fashion. I’m pleased to announce that they will also be providing me with a wardrobe for Nationals week in August.

I am so thankful to be surrounded by such supportive individuals who are helping me achieve my goal of winning Miss Teenage Canada. Without this constant support and generosity, I certainly would not be where I am today. So thank you to all of the businesses listed above and to you, my readers, for always keeping me motivated.

Check back next Thursday when I’ll be talking about an event I’ll be at this weekend.

Thinking Positively,

Michela P. <3

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“The Journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”

-Lao Tzu

As I ponder on the meaning of this quote, I begin to think of all journeys that I have taken in my life time. Some may be considered small, like my journey through Club Monico on Boxing Day; where as other’s are much larger, like my journey to university. Nonetheless, all are of equal importance to me. One journey that stands out from the rest is most definitely my journey through pageants.

I strongly believe that everyone must start somewhere, and as Lao Tzu once explained, it all begins when you take your first step. Pageants seem to be an ongoing journey in my life.

One of my first pageants ever… WOW have thing's changed!

Starting at 8 years old simply because I loved the stage, I would have never thought that 9 years later I would be in the position that I am today. From being a nervous little girl on stage, to competing with a high degree of confidence and determination, I have evolved not only as a pageant girl, but also as a person.

Last Sunday, I had the privilege of going back to where it all started and taking on the role of judge and hostess at a pageant that I have previously competed in myself.  Now let me tell you, not being on stage as a competitor was the most unfamiliar feeling. For the past 2 years, I have not missed a single pageant; therefore, I couldn’t help but feel a little out of place at first. However, I quickly got into the flow of things as I prepared myself to judge my first pageant ever! Yup, that’s right… I became a judge for the day. You never truly realize how difficult this job is until you are required to perform it yourself.

Both of us are previous competitors who participated as judges for the day

Judging both boys and girls aged 0 months to 4 years, I wanted to give them all perfect 10′s just for being their cute little selves. But of course, I couldn’t do that. Instead, I was taught what to look for and how to be a fair judge. It was interesting to sit on the other side of the table and be able to identify what makes a competitor stand out from the rest. I certainly did learn a lot and am looking forward to potentially judging another pageant soon.

Handing out awards!

After my morning of judging was over, I stayed to support the older girls and help with crowning as a hostess. This was a lot of fun because I was able to organize the beautiful sashes and crowns AND cheer on my friends at the same time! Over the years, I have created special bonds with many of my pageant friends; some of which, I would even consider family. Just as they were there in the audience to cheer me on during the Miss Teenage Ontario competition, I wanted to be there to cheer them on as well. My journey through pageants have taught me many things. Specifically, the importance of good sportsmanship and how to appreciate everyone’s strengths and weaknesses. Being there that day proved that these core values have been embedded in my heart and will never be forgotten.

I was so proud to see all of my pageant sister’s sparkle on stage and of course, even more proud to see them win supreme titles. But after a day of feathery chicken costumes and an unlimited supply of mini-egg’s, I was in need of a detoxing smoothie and of course, my beauty sleep.

My beautiful pageant sister Hannah-Mae & I

Just when I thought that my pageant days were coming to an end, new door’s have been opened and are ready to explore. Every day is one day closer to the Miss Teenage Canada competition, and I am so anxious to see what that will have in store for me.

Look’s like my pageant journey is far from over…

Thinking Positively,

Michela P. <3

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Hi everyone!

I hope that everyone’s Thursday treated them well, I know that mine did!

I am currently on Spring Break which means I have lot’s of extra time to relax, read and discover many great new vegan blogs! So far, the highlight of my break has certainly been the purchase of my Spirooli.

'Excited' would be an understatement for how I was feeling

As a vegetarian who is trying to phase into a vegan, it’s always exciting to find great new alternatives to animal based foods. So naturally, I’ve been wanting to try ‘zoodles’ for quite some time now. Thankfully, with the help of my awesome new Spirooli, I can make noodles out of any vegetable I want! Sounds lame I know, but this really is the type of thing that get’s me excited…I suppose its just my inner vegan attempting to shine through.

Gym Owner; Kris (Left), Personal Trainer; Alex (Right) & I at "Bodies By Design"

With that being the highlight of my break, I have also been working hard at achieving some fitness goals over the past few weeks. Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of posing with Bodies By Design owner Kristopher Simpson and my personal trainer Alex after a great one on one season. I absolutely love training at Bodies By Design because of both the positive atmosphere and moral support that is provided. Everyone is looking out for my best interest and helping me reach my goals. Fitness has always been an important part of my life, however after a few years off as a competitive gymnast I was in need of some help getting back on track. Thankfully, Bodies By Design has taken me on and will be working with me to not only look great, but also feel great.

Once a gymnast, always a gymnast! ( I guess we can call this my "before" picture)

I believe that fitness is about keeping the body healthy. With that being said, I am striving to be the best I can be and gain some confidence in the process. I will not achieve greatness until I give it my all, thus I plan on working hard. I’m excited to learn many new techniques and cannot wait to reveal my results at nationals in August!

Always thinking positively,

Michela <3

 

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Guess what!? It’s Thurs(almost Fri)day!

I was very excited to be there...

Last Friday, I attended a super fun trivia night in support of The Vita Centre. This was an extra special appearance for me because I have been working closely with them for the past few years.

Last November, I even collected over 100 boxes of diapers and had them donated to this center via school bus.

For those who don’t know, the “Vita Centre is a charitable organization dedicated to providing life affirming community support to all pregnant and parenting women in Peel. Vita Centre takes leadership in promoting awareness and understanding of the impact of (un)planned pregnancy on families and the community” (Vita Centre, 2013, ¶1). I have had the pleasure of meeting some of the mothers who directly benefit from the center and can honestly say that it makes a large impact on their lives. There is no way to describe how proud I feel knowing that I have made such a positive difference in my own community.

Team St. Patrick's!

The event encouraged each team to dress up for a fun night of trivia (the St Patrick’s team and Jammie’s and Stuffies were most definitely my favorites)! I was even lucky enough to say a few words. At this time, I talked about my reign as Miss Teenage Ontario and how pageants have led me to create a platform regarding the cause that I feel the most passionate about.

With Tanya, A Vita staff member

It was great to be able to share some of my experiences with volunteering and advocate for my charity Diapers 4Smiles. I met many great new contacts that night and cannot wait to see what I will be able to accomplish next for the Vita Centre. I would like to thank all of the staff for welcoming me into their family and always giving me an opportunity to share what I have done for them with the public. They are the most kind-hearted people I know and great supporters of all that I do.

 

I look forward to more great events with them and another diaper collection in the near future.

Always thinking positively…

Until next Thursday,

Michela.P. <3

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Hello you beautiful people, and of course, HAPPY THURSDAY!

This week has been one of my much busier weeks since crowning. Unlike other times where school and appearances have kept me away from receiving my precious beauty sleep, I have been kept busy by working on a very special project that has been on the down low until now.

Thanks for the 100 'likes' !

I told all of my Facebook followers that I would announce the surprise if they helped me get my Facebook Page to 300 ‘likes’. I was so excited to see that they went above and beyond and helped me get way more than just 300.

With that being said, it was my turn to hold up my end of the bargain and release my announcement. Since you’ve all been so patient, I suppose it’s your turn to find out what my big secret is!

Drum roll please…..

I am pleased to announce that I will be hosting a gala in support of Free The Children in less then one month. This week, I was on the hunt to find people who would support the cause and help me put on a great event. I think that I have finally managed to put together an amazing lineup for the evening full of great food and entertainment! I’m super excited to see how it all come’s together and raise money for a great cause. For anyone interested in attending the event, please stay tuned for further details on how to purchase your tickets next week! 

I also found an article of me published in the Woodbridge Snap! Check it out: https://woodbridge.snapd.com/event/814408#/

I hope everyone has had a fabulous week and thrilling Thursday! Don’t forget to check back to find out how YOU can contribute to this amazing event.

Sending my love.

Thinking positively,

Michela <3

 

 

 

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Happy Thursday!

I’m sure many of you are familiar with the term “Throwback Thursday”… with that being said, I’m starting my own version by blogging almost every Thursday about what happened that past week or share an interesting thing about myself on my road to Miss Teenage Canada. It’s like a short term throwback, right?

Ever since I can remember, my happy place has been wherever the stage was- wherever I could perform. I remember spending countless hours at musical rehearsals or on set filming commercials for the latest new toys while other kids my age were found playing at the park or with their friends. Although I didn’t partake in “normal” activities considering my age, I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Pictures from a commercial I did at 9 years old!

My drive to succeed extends far beyond the average 17-year old. I have sacrificed a normal social life to reach my goals… but I assure you; I am not even close to where I want to be yet.

My dream? To have my very own TV show! You know, something like YTV’s Life With Boys or Family Channels “Girl Meet’s World”. As I get older, I fear not being able to make this dream become a reality. The idea that even if I do make it, I wont be considered a “child star” scares me. Nonetheless, I continue to stay positive and do my best. At the end of the day, as long as I know I gave it my all, I will be proud of myself.

I look at the wonderful Marilyn Monroe as a role model in this aspect of my life. She once said, “I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night, ‘There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me dreaming of being a movie star.’ But I’m not going to worry about them. I’m dreaming the hardest”. Marilyn seamlessly captured the essence of what it takes to make something of yourself…you need to have the passion.  In such a competitive industry, you must work hard at making your dreams become a reality. Being that there are hundreds of thousands of girls who want the same thing you want, you must find a way to make yourself stand out. Finding yourself not only as an actor, but also as a person truly does help with this.

Hair and makeup done & mic'd for a Family Channel commercial shoot

Acting has taught me way more than just how to mold into a character in less then 10 seconds, how to change my shirt without actually taking off my shirt or how to improvise an entire show when someone missed a line; it taught me how to be confidant, how to converse in a public setting, how to make my self stand out and the importance of punctuality and dedication.

Over the past four months, I challenged myself as an actor and went on the other side of the table. I became the DIRECTOR!

A drama competition called the “Sears Festival” takes place every year where students either write or direct their own plays to be judged. I, alongside my best friend directed a play called “Floating on a Don’t Care Cloud” by Lindsay Price. FOADCC focuses on teenage social issues revolving around drug use and relationships while incorporating an amazing chorus and creative staging.

Cast of Floating on a Don't Care Cloud 2015 with my co-director!

I was fortunate enough to work with a talented cast of 15 students who gave this their all and helped make my visions come to life. Obviously, working alongside people around your age comes with its challenges. There is a very fine line between being their friend and being their director; however, I am thankful to have had very respectable cast members who didn’t make this a large problem.

The night of the shows were extremely nerve raking. At this point, all I could do was trust that my cast was prepared. We set the stage, took our seats in the audience with a notebook in hand and hoped for the best. By the end of the show week, my co-director and I cried tears of happiness. We were so proud of what we were able to accomplish and of our cast for pulling through.

Pre-show Excitement !

You never truly appreciate the hard work put in by your directors until you are one yourself. I have a whole new respect for what happens behind the stage and can honestly say that I would love to experience this again. Who knows, maybe I can create a career out of this?

Being a Sears director was the most amazing experience of my life and I am so thankful to have been given this opportunity. I have a ton of people to thank for helping me put on a great show including my cast, teachers and parents.

Sear’s 2015 will be one for the books.

Thinking positively,

Michela

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Hello, hello!

With a smile stretched across my face from ear to ear, I am proud to announce that I am your new Miss Teenage Ontario 2015! 

Being crowned Miss Teenage Ontario 2015

Since I will be representing this lovely province for the next year, I suppose an introduction would be appropriate…

My name is Michela and I am a 17 year old grade 12 student at an art’s school in Celadon, Ontario where I major in drama. Upon graduating, I plan on attending university where I will study both the environment and theatre! For now, I am found taking full advantage of being in high school by joining as many extra curricular activities as possible including drama productions, Link Crew and Prefects as well as working hard academically, earning myself a spot on the honours list every year since grade nine.

Aside from spending every waking moment I have at school, I also have a passion for volunteering. At just 8 years old, I began creating change by making gimp bracelets and selling them to my friends and family (this is where the change making addiction all started)…. After seeing that I could raise thousands of dollars by doing something I loved, I began feeling more confidant and fulfilled; thus, I started taking different approaches to my fundraising! Today, I am the proud owner of a charity project called Diapers4Smiles! Diapers4Smiles is a community based initiative that works towards relieving parents of their financial burdens. I do so by hosting social events where the admission is a baby item and by openly collecting items all year round. I have recently collected over 115 boxes of diapers (filling an entire school bus) and donated them to a woman’s shelter in Mississauga!  Some people are known for their hair colour or sense of fashion; however, I am known as the girl who collects diapers and wipes and I would NOT have it any other way!!!

I have also been a supporter of Free The Children since I was in elementary school. I simply love the idea of educating today’s youth and getting them involved in social issues. As repetitive as this may sound, we are tomorrow’s future and so if we do not start taking initiative now, our future will not be very promising.

Volunteering at WeDay Toronto 2014

After attending We Day as a guest for several years, I had the opportunity to volunteer this year! Oh my goodness, this was a life changing experience! There is nothing as encouraging and motivating as being surrounded by thousands of people who all have the same drive that you do to be a #changemaker. I am an avid user of We365, an app created by Me to We to challenge people to better our world. I also hope to become a Me to We youth trip coordinator when I am a little bit older in hopes of traveling to impoverished nations to learn and work through some other social issues.

On the note of having dreams come true, winning the title of Miss Teenage Ontario certainly fits under that category. After participating in many pageants since I was 9 years old, this was certainly something I have worked my way up to. Pageants have taught me a lot over the years, one thing being that confidence is key and that sometimes you’ll loose 30 times before you win once. I plan on taking on this Miss Teenage Canada competition with an open mind and plan on striving to be the best Michela I can be. I vow to do my best to prepare, however allow myself to enjoy the process.

Again, I cannot wait to share all of my experiences with you and I hope to become a role model for many young girls. Last years Miss Teenage Canada winner was previously Miss Teenage Ontario, so maybe we can keep that tradition alive?!

Miss Teenage Canada (Francesca McFadden) and I after crowning

 

Thinking positively,

Michela <3

 

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The Miss Teenage Canada pageant has finally begun and it has been incredible so far! From Breakfast Television to free products, I feel very lucky to be a part of this action-packed week.

My favourite part of the week, so far, was getting to know my roommate Meghan Breckon. We have connected right off the bat and it feels like we have became very close over the past few days. Although we are different in many ways, me being a poetry lover and Meghan a dancer, we found common ground right away with our “go-getter” personalities. Michelle Weswaldi did an amazing job pairing us and should consider opening a match-making company!

Saturday:

The first evening of the pageant was the welcoming party, where the delegates had a chance to mingle and meet some of our sponsors. It was interesting when I first walked in  and saw the booth for Motive Cosmetics, I had been following the company for over a year on Instagram and I adore their products! I went over to their booth right away and definitely acting like a “fan girl” asking them about products used in certain looks I saw in pictures. Each of the girls were generously given a fun nail polish as well:

Another sponsor was Hi-Tec Canada who donated a VERY comfy pair of sandals. It is definitely nice to change into them after wearing heels for a few days as well. Check out a pic:

 

Golden Goddesses sponsored the pageant and we were all given discounts on getting spray tans and lash extensions. We were even offered massages too!

Sunday Funday!

On Sunday the Miss Teenage Canada delegates had a long day! It started out relaxing having our makeup and hair professionally done by Motives Cosmetics. I was very pleased with how it all turned out! Afterwards, I had my video interview and it was definitely fun. We prepared three questions to say in front of a camera and were also recorded smiling and saying your name and where we are from. If I am lucky to make the top 20 you will be able to check it out! We had our photoshoot afterwards and the photographer was great since he helped you feel more comfortable and just enjoy the experience. Lastly I completed my favourite part of the pageant, the interview! I had the chance to meet and show my personality to a panel of judges who were incredibly kind.

Monday!

On Monday we had a segment on Breakfast Television, so of course, we had to be up bright and early! Actually it isn’t too bright out at 4am… Although it was an early morning it was worth it being on television and listening to the interesting stories of a few girls in the pageant.

Afterwards we were taught beauty tips by Schwarzkopf Professional, we learned how to go from look-to-look. I learned many simple and great hair tips that are definitely going to help me through my pageant week! After being shown how to do certain hair looks, we had a challenge between the contestants to who would do the best 5-minute braid. Throwing an interesting hairstyle together in such a short time was a fun challenge but my team and I were prepared. We ended up being voted as the best braid and won some great Schwarzkopf products that I can’t wait to use.

For lunch, the Miss Teenage Canada delegates all enjoyed a delicious meal from Panera Bread!

Romper and necklace from BCBGMAXAZRIA and shoes from Steve Madden.

The next stop on our adventure was Yorkdale Mall in Toronto. This mall is my absolute favourite, and it is pretty obvious by looking at my everyday wardrobe. Even the outfit I wore over was solely from the mall. We were generously given two gift certificated at the mall, the first was $25 to Bench Canada and the second was to Yorkdale for $10. Visiting Bench Canada was definitely an adventure, from countless Polaroid photos to purchasing cute matching shorts with my roommate.

Tuesday!

On Monday night all of the delegates were given great news that we were going on The National the next morning! So we woke up bright and early, well it wasn’t too bright out yet but you know what I mean. Check out the segment here:

http://globalnews.ca/?s=Miss+teenage+canada

Afterwards we went to the CN Tower and I faced my fear of heights! Not only did I see an incredible view but I also I walk on the glass floor 1815 feet up in the air. However, I only stayed on it long enough for a picture or two:

Later in the day we visited the Toronto Eaton Centre
 

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