Thursday, December 27, 2012

A Trip to the Park

Look what I found!
Today, my mom and I traveled to our local regional park to get information on hanging trail signs warning hikers about ticks and Lyme disease. They already had a sign to be aware of ticks, mountain lions, and rattlesnakes. If I knew nothing about Lyme disease, I think I would be most afraid of the mountain lion. I don't think I could outrun a mountain lion. So, I thought it would be a better idea to hang a separate sign on the other side so it would catch eyes a little bit better.
How about right here?
We ran into some workers and asked for advice on who to talk to for permission to hang our signs. He was very nice and told us to talk to Ranger Rex. Once we found Ranger Rex, he said it wasn't really up to him whether or not we could hang up the signs but once (or if) I got permission from the East Bay Regional Parks, I could hang them up. He gave me his business card for me to email the proposal and he will forward it to his bosses. How exciting, right? It was easier than I thought!

On another note, I purchased all of the supplies to make new door decorations for my residents for the Spring semester. I am so excited to make them, I know they'll come out cute! Overall, it was a very successful day. :)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Salvation Army Bell Ringing w/ the Miss Sonoma County Program

On Saturday, I participated in a bell ringing in Santa Rosa as part of the Miss Sonoma County court, which benefitted the Salvation Army. As you can see from the picture, it was really bright! The weather was a little odd. It wasn't too cold but during my three hours ringing the bell with Kaela, it rained twice but only for about 5 minutes at a time. But it poured!

The customers in front of Safeway were very generous. I tried not to look while they put money in the bucket, but some donated $20 bills. I was amazed by the generosity, especially in this economy. My favorite part was handing out candy canes to the children because I love children. The funniest part was when a mom brought her three young children to the store and you could see she was struggling a bit. Our chaperone, Tony, said, "It looks like you need some candy canes." and she exclaimed, "No! please, no! Do you hate us?!" and she smiled. I know I was giggling because my mom is a kindergarten teacher and I could relate to her not wanting to sugar up her kids.

When Christina arrived for her shift a little early, I immediately gave her the sash to wear since she had never done an appearance for the pageant and I wanted her to enjoy it for as long as she could. It is really fun representing such a wonderful organization, especially when you get to represent the Salvation Army as well! I was really happy to be a part of this event. I know people would have donated whether or not I was there, but maybe me smiling coaxed SOME people to donate! ;) The time flew by and I would do it again in a heartbeat! 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Teaching Kids about Lyme Disease (post #2)

It's LYME TIME! :)
Hi everyone :) On Tuesday, I had an opportunity to teach another Lyme program. Unfortunately, I was feeling under the weather but I stuck to my commitment and taught the program anyway. It was really rewarding and fun to spend the day with such sweeties!

They had a good time spotting the ticks on the picture and learning about Timothy Tickfinder and his dog Bullseye. Plus, they love to color! I was surprised that such a large group of kindergarteners were so patient and attentive.

What a great class! In the end, I gave them all a certificate for completing the lesson and gave them a copy of the quiz we went over for their mommies and daddies to learn as well. I'm so thankful that I got to be in the company of such wonderful little children, I even started to feel a little less sick. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Pageant Paperwork

It's paperwork time! To some, the actually paperwork to apply to compete is one of the most stressful things about pageantry. There are specific rules and guidelines that you have to follow to make it look perfect. Plus, that's the first thing the judges see! It's your first "first impression". How nerve-wracking is that?! Okay, maybe I'm making you feel more stressed than you were before. Sorry! Here are some tips I have on completing your paperwork:

  • Just let it flow and then edit. Even if you feel that it's not good enough, you have plenty of resources to help you perfect it.
  • Make sure you edit CAREFULLY. I was reading my paperwork from last pageant year and I found a ton of mistakes. How could I let that much slide?
  • Know everything on your paperwork. At my last pageant, I asked a judge to repeat herself and I was called out for not knowing what I had written. I'll never make that mistake again, to say the least. 
  • Even if your paperwork isn't perfect, you can always prove yourself in interview. Yes, this is their first impression but this document is only a little sliver of you. It's hard to fit something you're passionate about on one page! Just make sure you don't repeat yourself too much.
  • Make sure you're ready to talk about anything on your paperwork. How did you end up getting that award? Well, you'd better find out!
I've learned a lot by competing, meaning I've learned from my mistakes. It's really easy to feel overwhelmed but you have so many resources. Your #1 supporter and helper is your executive director! I'm sure they'd be happy to read over your paperwork for you. They want to help every young woman shine and become the best version of herself. That's why I love this organization!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Busy, Busy Days!

Yesterday I attended the Miss Sonoma County Santa Breakfast which benefits the scholarship organization. It was a ton of fun to see a few familiar faces and meet some new ones! It was absolutely freezing outside so I was happy to spend the day indoors. My job was to sell raffle tickets and collect money with my dear friend, Christina. I think we did a great job! One of my favorite parts of the breakfast (besides when Snoopy came!!) was when I got to introduce myself on the microphone. Little things like that always get me excited. My parents even came to support me at the breakfast and they had a good time, too.

After the breakfast, I changed and then it was off to the Miss Solano orientation. I was really looking forward to meeting the wonderful Executive Directors of the Miss Solano and Miss Napa County scholarship pageants. They didn't disappoint! They were so welcoming and had a great powerpoint presentation that taught me a lot. Plus, their home was beautiful! I just wish I didn't have to leave so quickly. I am not sure if I have ever talked about my job, but I am a Community Services Advisor (CSA) here at my school. A CSA is basically a Resident Advisor, or RA, under a different name. I had to leave the orientation right away so I could be back on time to start my shift on call.

I also had a social program last night where my residents came for cookies and hot chocolate. We also had a contest. For every canned food or nonperishable food item you brought in, I would put your name into a raffle to win a $30 Target gift card. It was super successful and we collected a lot of food, which I will go donate this week. I was really proud of my residents for stepping up and being thoughtful citizens!

Now, today is just a recovery and catch up day before I start finals week tomorrow. Wish me luck! :)

Friday, November 30, 2012

Teaching Kids about Lyme Disease (post #1)

A little nervous teaching my first group!
Hi all! This past Monday I visited a school to teach a small group of kindergarteners about Lyme disease and the affects it can have on the body. This was just a small trial run but boy, I had to really think about what I was saying! Many children don't know what disease means or what a tick is so I had a lot of explaining to do.

I really love using the "Timothy Tickfinder and his dog Bullseye" characters and program because it really works with kids in elementary schools. It makes it easier to engage the younger kids because talking about bites and sicknesses can be a little heavy and kids may not really connect very easily. My proudest moment was when I asked, "what is one way we can avoid getting bitten by a tick?" and one of the little girls said, "bug spray!" It was too cute. 

We had a little quiz on what we learned and then we did a few activities that included kindergarteners' favorite thing to do! Coloring. After they were finished, we came back to the rug and everyone got a little certificate for graduating the class and joining the Tick Prevention Patrol. I also gave out bookmarks for them to show their parents that had more facts about Lyme disease. They seemed pretty excited about it and I can't wait to teach more children about this disease.

Showing the kids my giant microbe, Lymie
Here is one of the children's homework folders that his teacher sent me today. He kept his little bookmark right in his folder.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

New Bracelets!

Hello all! I added some new bracelet designs to my etsy page. These include removable lime green ribbon charms! :) They include a really pretty floral bead. Pink and green go great together but I decided to vary the design so if someone wasn't a huge fan of pink, they could still find a lovely bracelet! I think these would be a good gift for moms, grandmas, sisters, anyone! I can't even decide on a favorite because I love them all. I will also be selling the charm separately if someone wants to add it to an existing bracelet. Interested in buying??

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Miss Sonoma County Orientation

This past Sunday, I attended the Miss Sonoma County orientation for the upcoming pageant in March. It was tons of fun! On the way over, I got emotional when I thought of finally seeing the committee. As I've gotten older, I've become more and more of a crier. I got to the venue too early (as usual!) so I stayed in the car for a little while before going in. I always leave too early to go somewhere and then I'm usually there waiting. In the Residential Life community, we say: "Early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable!" so I figured I was in the clear!
Me with Miss Sonoma County 2012, Jessica
It was a blast reconnecting with everyone, but I was surprised that I was the only returner to come to the meeting. I think a lot of girls that are interested actually couldn't make it but I think the girls that did attend got to see how the committee makes you feel like you're a part of a little family. I know Jessica and I can vouch for that! The two of us took pictures together and looked at pageant program books from decades ago. I had a great time. I cannot wait to meet all of the contestants and create our own, new little family!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Updates! And setbacks

Hi all! I feel like I haven't blogged in forever (probably because I haven't!). I have fun news to share. Not only have we designed some new Lyme disease bracelets, which I will show soon, but when I went to get my haircut by the wonderful Tammie at Sapphire Salon, she said I could sell my rhinestone bracelets in the shop for the holidays! I am going to make a bunch over Thanksgiving break next week so I can deliver them in time for December.

I went home and visited my parents this past Veteran's Day weekend and it was so nice and relaxing. (I would like to take this quick moment to thank our veterans and those who have risked their lives to keep us safe here at home. I am forever grateful.) I wish I could have stayed longer but this week has been going by pretty quickly. Maybe when I go home, I can actually share pictures of my great new haircut! In the not so good news, I've picked up a little bug from home and am officially sick. Most college students know that this time of the year is a terrible time to get sick! Right in time to hinder my studying, among other things. I am hoping my next week will be relaxing enough to knock this little bug out. Thanksgiving dinner should help, right? ;)

I am especially excited to announce that a Charming Charlie store has opened in my town! Thanks to Miss California 2012, Leah Cecil, I have become a Charming Charlie FAN and cannot wait to purchase some great accessories.

I can't wait to update you all on what's happening next!!

Saturday, October 27, 2012


There's a little something I've been working on for the past few weeks but I haven't been able to share until now. I now sell Lyme disease awareness bracelets! 100% of profits after costs will go to the California Lyme Disease Association. Here are some pictures of my first style.
This is a size small, 7". Fits my wrist nicely, which is 5.5"

I am so excited about how they turned out! They are currently made to order and purchases are available through my Etsy shop, located here!!

As a conclusion, here is a picture of my with my new hair accessory, Lyme green!!

Monday, October 15, 2012

KRCB Auction (Appearance #2!)

Posing in the control room!
Last night I had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer at the KRCB Television Auction by answering phones and taking bids. At first, I was really nervous to talk to someone on the phone! I didn't want to mess up. After taking my first set of bids, I realize I answer phones and take down information for my job all the time! I had nothing to worry about. 
Taking bids!
It was so much fun! It has been great to see so many donations and sponsors being so generous. I believe that if people knew a little more about the Miss America Organization, they would be more inclined to support and sponsor our titleholders. Speaking of promoting the Miss America Organization, I was even interviewed on television!
My few minutes of "fame"
That was probably the scariest part of the night. I just went with what I knew and what I was passionate about promoting. Of course, I could talk for hours about this organization so my interview seemed very short! My dad even got to see part of it while my parents were watching it online. I'm not originally from Sonoma County, so I was excited that my parents still got to watch me. 
Playing camerawoman!
I had a blast and I am so thankful for this opportunity. It was so nice meeting everyone and being in such great company! I will definitely try to be involved in a bid auction again.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Campus Movie Fest

What a great experience!
Tonight, I went to the screening of the Campus Movie Fest films for my school. Basically, Campus Movie Fest is where students have one week to film a 5 minute movie. They are provided with a MacBook Pro, HD video camera, and all the rest of equipment needed to film a movie. I had never been to something like this before, so it was really fun! I had a very small part in one of my resident's movies playing a doctor, as well as helping film some of the other scenes. After hearing the prizes and seeing great, funny, dramatic, sad, movies, I was really pumped to maybe film one of my own next year! I was involved in theatre in high school and middle school, although mostly musical theatre. I have some great ideas and hopefully in a year, I will be able to share them all with you! :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Lack of Motivation

"I want to change the world, instead I sleep." - Ingrid Michaelson, "Keep Breathing"

Do you ever feel this way? Like you want to go to something but you're lacking motivation? Well, that hit me today. It is an off day. It was a chore to get up to go to the gym today and I even skipped out a little early. I am proud that I made it to yoga! It always starts my day off right. I had a heart-to-heart with my dad today about lacking motivation and inspiration (I even googled how to get motivated but all I found were how to get motivated to exercise and I already did that.) I accomplished mini-tasks today such as cleaning my room, finding my lost ear plug, coming up with a new program idea for my residents, and coming up with great ideas for my platform! Hey, this day is looking up! I'm off to get some iced green tea before class! :)

What do YOU do when you feel unmotivated?

Monday, October 8, 2012

My FIRST appearance!

This Saturday, I had my first appearance ever as an official member of the Miss Sonoma County court. I was 2nd runner-up in my first local pageant, I'm pretty proud of that! I had a blast with our Outstanding Teen, Kaela. Our only real job was to pass out free raffle tickets to win a $1000 gift certificate to Costco. This was a benefit for the Carousel Fund, which supports children who are ill. There were some great things being auctioned off and I wish I had brought some money (or had some to bring!).

We met tons of great people there. It felt so good to be involved with such a wonderful cause. I wish I could do this everyday! It made me realize how important platforms are to this organization and how I had the ability to pull something off like this! Maybe not as extravagant, but I could work on it! ;) This was the 25th annual gala, so they had a lot more experience than little ole me! One of the best parts was seeing the bands The Family Stone and Jefferson Starship perform! I was surprised at the amount of songs I actually knew!

I was so fortunate to be able to have this opportunity and I hope I see many more this year! It was very tiring, but oh so worth it. I wish I could do this every weekend! Here's hoping! ;)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Why blog?

I wanted to start this blog mainly to document my journey. When I went to my first Miss America local orientation and audition, I tried to take pictures of myself but it is a little hard to take a good picture when you live alone. Not only that, I was so nervous! That's something I want to change. I am going to take pictures of every step. It has always been a dream and ambition of mine to just compete in the Miss America system, it's hard to believe sometimes that I'm actually here! I am proud of this organization and proud of myself for overcoming my insecurities and taking that first step toward my dream. That's all it takes! Let's hope this is my pageant year! :)