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...
Wonderful...my 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,