Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Never Give Up

"If you want a thing bad enough, to go out and fight for it, work day and night for it, give up your time and your peace and your sleep for it... If gladly you’ll sweat for it, fret for it, plan for it....If you’ll simply go after that thing that you want, with all your capacity, strength and sagacity, faith, hope, and confidence, stern pertinacity...If neither cold poverty, famished and gaunt, nor sickness nor pain of body and brain can turn you away from the thing that you want, if dogged and grim you besiege and beset it- you'll get it."

Miss Delaware 2014 pageant! The abridged poem above has helped me through so many challenging moments in my life. Despite my gown arriving just moments before the evening gown competition and pulling my hamstring during preliminary talent...thanks to my AMAZING support circle I was still able to dance through the physical pain and mental anguish to showcase the best version of myself. God
has a plan, even if we can't always see it.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

"Life Ain't Been No Crystal Stair": The Unconventionality of My Life and Year As Miss Delaware

I don’t think there are adequate words to describe the last few days. I have experienced a whirlwind of emotions. I also know that this past year I worked harder than ever before to present the best possible version of myself on the Miss Delaware stage. Being called first runner up earlier this month was an extremely humbling experience but I looked forward to celebrating the win of my fellow pageant sister.

We may not always understand the plan but God works in mysterious ways. It gives me great solace to remember that everything happens for a reason.

On June 26th I was crowned Miss Delaware 2014. While the circumstances have not been traditional, I know that I have dreamed about this moment since I was five years old and I am beyond grateful. When thinking about my story I reflect on the poetry of the late Langston Hughes, “Life Ain’t Been No Crystal Stair.” Those that know me personally can speak to the adversity, unconventionality, and eccentricity through all major times in my life. My new title as Miss Delaware has been no different.

I am being given the opportunity of a lifetime as a role model and official representative of the state of Delaware. I am looking forward to a wonderful year of service as I promote my platform of Domestic Violence Awareness in memory of my guardian angel and deceased sister Gina Clarke-Lewis.

Thank you to everyone that has supported me up to this moment and all those that have welcomed me with open arms moving forward. I’m looking forward to continuing the rich legacy of the organization and tirelessly serving my community and sisters memory.

Your Miss Delaware 2014,


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