I leave tomorrow to compete in Mrs. World in Johannesburg South Africa.
I competed at Miss USA on June 8th, 2014. I prepared, I worked, I prayed, and I lost.
In the last 3 years, I have learned that your dreams don’t give up on you, if you don’t give up on them. I have learned that sometimes it isn’t success that shapes you, but failure. I have learned that you have to fight for what you want, but you also have to know when to surrender.
When I won Mrs. America, I won hope. I won confidence that God’s timing is always the best time. I won a sense of peace and a newly established appreciation for patience. This was my biggest dream since I was 8 years old, and yet these other things that I won, has meant even more than the fulfillment of the dream. Sometimes the beauty of the story, comes in the many years that it took to unfold. If you are waiting on something in your life, just know that the wait only makes the story richer. Nothing in life is instant and anything worth having has probably brought pain and tears along the way.
I am representing America on December 16th at noon EST. I may win, I also could lose. Either way, I will have a new story to tell about the journeys in which life takes us.
Don’t give up on your dreams, and they won’t give up on you.
Wish me luck dear friends.