Monday, May 21, 2012

The Weekend of Walks!

AHHHH....Sunday night....I am sitting watching The Celebrity Apprentice with my tummy full of peanut butter and jelly reminiscing about this past weekend.  Needless to say...I am exhausted...but it was SO worth it!

I call this the weekend of walks because in 2 days, I participated in 3 different walks at different ends of the state!  On Saturday, after a quick trip to visit a children's princess tea party (talk about my type of party...) I was off the Wilmington to cut the ribbon and start the Walk for Chimes.  This is an AWESOME cause which serves and supports people with disabilities.  Not only did I get to meet and take a million pictures, but I received and gave and least 400 hugs.  It is really wonderful to see that a crown can really bring people together no matter what their differences might be.
        I was up early...(and by early...I mean SUPER, up before God Himself early...) the next morning to attend the Rehoboth Beach Breast Cancer Walk.  Having many relatives that are breast cancer survivors, this cause will always be near and dear to my heart.  My favorite appearance, however, had to be the next and final appearance of the day.  I hurried on down to attend the Buddy Walk at the University of Delaware to support my (#twitterlessdumbliz) sister's best friend, Natalie.  Natalie and her family are great friends of ours and they have a new 6th addition to their always awesome family.  Robby was born with Downs Syndrome and I was there to walk with the newly formed "Rockin' Robby" group.  Having worked with children with Special Needs since 6th grade, this is always one of my favorite things to do.  Not only did I walk in support of Robby, but I got to meet kids of all ages.  I danced with them nonstop to songs for 3 hours.  Did I get blisters?  Obviously.  Would I do it again?  In a heartbeat. BEST. DAY. EVER.

Until next time! Stay chill :)



PHIL 4:13

Friday, May 4, 2012

It Is Almost The End, My Friends!

A little under a year ago, I was crowned the 70th Anniversary Miss Delaware.  To this day, I still cannot believe all that I have done and how much I have grown as a person.  June 16th, I have to crown the 71st Miss Delaware who will have the opportunity to compete in the Miss America Pageant and spread the word about this fabulous organization for a full year!

I only half expected what was to come this year.  I knew that I would be in hospitals, classrooms, talking about my safe driving platform, as well as doing photo shoots and fashion shows.  What I was not prepared for, however, was the amount of influence my crown and sash could carry, especially with little girls.  I knew that these girls would look up to me, but seeing the looks on their faces when I let them try on my crown was unbelievable.  On room-to-room hospital visits, having the children talk to me like I had been their friend forever is a feeling that I will never forget as long as I live.

To all the girls competing for Miss Delaware...Yes, only one will wear the Miss Delaware crown on June 16th, but know that you can have the same impact even as a local titleholder.  Use your year to spread love and joy to everyone!

Good Luck on June 16th, ladies! I am so proud of each and every one of you!

Photo Shoot with StephLeeuwenPhotography
LOVE me some StephLeeuwenPhotography!

With my new best friend, Marie!

My FAVORITE hostess from Miss America, Judy, came to support me at the Miss Delaware fashion show!

With one my my favorite girls EVER, Spenser, at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC!

Future Miss Pa? I think so! Love you, Ryann!

I live for moments like this!

At the Bug and Bud Festival with some beauty queens! :)
I helped judge the new Mr. Delaware!

With some local titleholders at the Miss Delaware Fashion Show!

The judges with our new (and hilarious) Mr. Delaware!

As for me, I have been incredibly busy in the last few months.  I have traveled extensively throughout the state promoting the "awesomeness" of this organization that so greatly changed my life.

However, not all Miss States are perfect......for example....

SIDENOTE (to all the ladies) : Make sure you end up at the right appearance....

A weekend or  two ago, I was booked up to my eyeballs.  I had 5 appearances in 2 days, so I really had to be on top of everything I was doing.  I knew that on one particular Saturday, I had to be in Milford, Delaware, in the morning, Wilmington (or so I thought....) in the afternoon, then head to the bottom of the state right after that to make the third and last  appearance on time.  For those of you that follow my twitter (@MissDelaware11), you know that it didn't exactly happen that way.  I made it to Milford for an awesome appearance at the Bug and Bud Festival.  I made it to Wilmington for the "Power of One" festival by 5:30, so I knew I was on my way to a successful day of appearances.  I arrived at the Museum of Art in Wilmington to be greeted by valet parking and other well dressed ladies and gentlemen that were walking in as well.  I walked in and everyone was very excited to see me....almost too excited....I started mingling, taking pictures with all the professional photographers, and shaking hands.  I met the old editor of Time Magazine and we talked for a solid 10 minutes about my experiences as Miss Delaware and my trip to Miss America.  As I finally  hung up my coat, I asked a woman if she was excited for the "Power of One" presentation.  She responded that she was not there for the "Power of One," but rather for a woman's art exhibit that was opening that day......UMMMM.....WHAT?!?! I called my business manager right away and after a quick "google" search, realized that I was actually supposed to be at the Dover art museum....  Yes, folks...there was magically an event happening at the place I thought I was supposed to be....Needless to say, I had to say a quick goodbye, blushing all the way out...Leave it to me to invite myself to an event that I wasn't even invited to... year is ending in a very exciting fashion...

This weekend is another one jam packed with appearances.  I am making my last few weeks as memorable as I possibly can!

Until next time,
Stay Chill,

Maria Cahill

Phil 4:13

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