I can’t believe it’s only been 7 days since one of the most exciting weekends of my life: NAM weekend!! As you probably read in many of the NotJustAnotherBlog articles, this was a 3 day moment that took a LOT of prep and I’m so thankful to say that it was worth every second! For those of you who don’t know, NAM (National American Miss) is a pageant purposed to build up girls through stage competitions, interviews, and public speaking. I was so thankful to even be accepted! The staff made the weekend so much fun and the girls were amazing!! Texas does everything big, so there were 150 girls just in my age division and maybe 5 times that in the whole competition! Even though we were competing with each other, we still had each other’s backs. It was so sweet to see everyone exchanging tips and practicing presentations, because we all wanted everyone to do their best.
I was competing for the Jr. Teen TX crown, but I competed in several different competitions besides the required three. These optionals were Talent, Spokesmodel, and Actress. I won 3rd runner up in Spokesmodel (check out a portion of my speech here!) and placed 1st in Actress, which was amazing because I worked really, really hard for both of these. As far as the actual competition, I placed in the top 25, which was amazing!
But, let’s just be real. I, just like all the other girls competing, went to win big. It was what I practiced for, conditioned my mind for, and prayed for. I’m so grateful that a lot of my hard work did pay off. Honestly, winning Actress was the least of my expectations! But there were times when I was caught off guard while actually being on stage, or nerves or lack of focus kicked in and I didn’t do what I had practiced. That was the most disappointing part. I felt like I didn’t do my best. It was like all the practice I had invested was worthless because I didn’t even do what I knew I should!
People don’t realize this, but pageantry is hard. It’s in the moment. It requires absolute perfection in every little second you get. The slip-up you make in ¼ a second can cost you everything!
I learned a lot from the mistakes I made. Most importantly, I learned to move on. It’s so easy to beat yourself up on the little things you do wrong. Wishing you could do that one second over again. But life is fast paced. You can’t waste time living in the past. You have one chance to look back, learn your lesson, and move on to the other millions of moments you can now apply it to.
I didn’t take home the Jr Teen TX Crown last week. I didn’t even place in the top 5. But that’s OK. I’m OK. I’m moving on, ready to invest what I’ve learned into the tons of other things God has in store for me. :)
P.S. To all the girls I met at NAM TX 2016, I love every one of you! You made the weekend the best! Comment and let me know if you’re reading this. We all really need to keep in touch.
Just a few of the best girls in the world!!
My mom still has to help me get in my dress, how am I supposed to handle a 2 ton monster?!
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