Hey everyone, it’s THURSDAY!
How was everyone’s week? Mine has been insanely busy as i’ve been babysitting my cousins, preparing for my upcoming trip to Nova Scotia, some photo shoots, and of course, preparing for Nationals!
There’s only 9 more days and my excitement has reached new heights. There’s still so much for me to prepare, but I’m sure I’ll get it all done with plenty of time to spare (hey, that rhymed)!
I’ve officially began my pre-pageant rituals and so, I am focused, determined and completely in the zone. Now you must be wondering, what is this crazy girl talking about when she says “pre-pageant rituals”? Well, it’s my way of ensuring i’m not only 100% prepared physically, but I also have my objectives, morals and intentions in tact. Rather than allowing my anxiety to spike, I prefer to stay calm and remind myself what it is I would like to achieve from this experience. In this case, I am striving to reach top 5! Of course winning would mean the world to me, I believe in staying realistic, yet challenging myself. Anything beyond top 5 would simply be a privilege. I also am hoping to learn from this experience. Weather it be runway tips, hair tips or even an over all life lesson, I am hoping that I walk away knowing something I didn’t know before. Lastly, I am going to make new friends and memories. I’ve got my polaroid camera and journal ready to go, and I can’t wait to see what kind of adventures I will fill it with!
The week before a pageant you will most definitely catch me listening to A LOT of music (preferably Ed Sheeran, The Weekend or Megan Trainer), probably talking to myself (I like to practice EVERYWHERE I go, oops), and reading; I find that it calms me down.
I have a ton of more updates involving my Nationals preparation, but I’m going to save them for next week! For now, I just want to say that I am EXTRA-emly excited and cannot wait for these next 10 days to pass!
One last event to share…
On July 1st, 2015, I was fortunate enough to be apart of the annual Canada Day parade in Niagara Falls, ON. Although this wasn’t my last event, it was one of the last, as I decided to leave the last two weeks leading up to Nationals free for my preparations. So, I alongside some other pageant queens from other systems took our places in the stunning convertibles, plastered our smiles on our faces and prepared for a fun parade!
What was my favourite part? Seeing the smiles on the children’s faces when I would give them eye contact or compliment their amazing Canada Day spirit was by far my favourite part! Being referred to as a princess is one of the most fulfilling moments as a title holder. It reminds me of my 4 year-old self ouing and awing at the princesses in the parades that I would watch; thus, knowing that I can be that princess for another little girl is quite honestly, the most amazing feeling in the world.
It was also amazing to see how spirited everyone was! What great Canadian pride everyone had, weather it be through face paint or them constantly chanting the national anthem! It is the moments such as these that make me so proud to call myself a Canadian.
Extra special bonus…
Over the past few years, I have met a ton of pageant people! Some, however, stick out more than others. I’ve been lucky enough to become an older pageant-sister to an amazing girl by the name of Hannah-Mae. There is not a single thing that I would not do for Hannah and she knows that. Although we live pretty far apart, we can always look forward to seeing each other at pageant related events and even have matching sister bracelets to remind us of each other every day. Knowing that I would see her at the parade made this an even more exciting experience.
BUT WAIT… There’s more…
Just as Hannah looks up to me, I have recently met someone who I look up to just as much. After seeing her name and picture floating around Facebook over the past few years, I finally met Kate just a few months ago at a pageant that we both judged. She is a very kind, intelligent and motivated young woman who completely won me over. Although I haven’t known Kate for an extensive period of time, I already find myself trusting her expertise and quite honestly, viewing her as a big sister too.So you can only imagine how much fun it was to have three generations of role-models sharing a convertible! The laughs, memories and amount of lipgloss that we shared was absolutely priceless. I would re-live this day 100 times over if I could, but I suppose I can just look forward to many more day’s like that in the future!
A special thanks to Miss Joanne for allowing me to join the parade and of course, to Hannah and Kate for always being so amazing.
That’s all for this week, I’m off to the park with my cousins!
Michela P. <3