A few years after winning Miss
I resisted anything that had to do with seeking love and approval from the outside world. I needed to find it within myself. And I did. But what I’ve discovered over time is that I didn’t have to separate myself from my Miss USA title. Gradually, I talked about it and owned it as a part of me. No one can claim the title of Miss
What an awesome weekend I had! I had so much fun! The depth of the young women astounded me. Many of them spoke the message of being true to your heart and following your dreams. All of them were involved in philanthropies. The consensus seemed to be that participating in the pageant is a wonderful opportunity for growth and healing. I agree.
When I look back at winning my title, I see a young woman who also had dreams. I’d felt a tug in my heart to move to
Just like the contestants last weekend in the Miss Florida USA pageant, I have learned about myself and grown mentally, spiritually and emotionally by taking this path. It all began in that moment of winning. My ego was thrilled that I had won and said, “YES! I did it!” My spirit, on the other hand, asked, “Is this it?” I felt an emptiness that I couldn’t describe. It took me years to understand why. Winning Miss
What a gift and an adventure it’s been in finding the love within! So when someone asks me now how I could be a pageant judge since it seems to go completely against my message of letting go of what the outside world thinks, I can honestly say that being in pageants gives young women wonderful opportunities to look inside themselves. This is what life is about. It’s filled with all kinds of paths to connect to your heart. Being a pageant contestant is simply one of many avenues in getting there.