Saturday, October 19, 2013

Ticked Off at Lyme Disease: A Short Documentary

Hi everyone!

Last year, I viewed the Campus MovieFest Finale and thought to myself, "I could do that!"

Of course, I could do that, I just didn't think it would be so difficult. There was no blood, but there was sweat and almost tears...7 days of movie making. But I did it! Although I was extremely anxious to just pick up my equipment, I faced my fears.

The editing was frustrating, the loss of footage was frustrating, finding out that the microphone not working after leaving the venue was frustrating, everything was just frustrating. I almost gave up. But I'm glad I didn't...I am the only video on the Campus MovieFest website on Lyme disease. I hope that just one extra person can learn something from my video.

Here it is!

Ticked Off at Lyme Disease

2nd Annual Polo for Lyme Benefit Event

Like my Maserati?

Hi everyone!!

Sunday, October 13th, I was a Guest of Honor at the Bay Area Lyme Foundation's 2nd Annual Polo for Lyme Benefit Event. The BALF worked closely with the Heart of Silicon Valley to put this amazing event on!
Thank you LymeLight Foundation!

I've known about the Bay Area Lyme Foundation for a little while now, as well as the LymeLight Foundation, an organization that was also present that day. The BALF puts on events such as Polo for Lyme and LymeAid. The LymeLight Foundation has a few events as well. Their regular events are Dart for Art and Ryde for Lyme.

I loved meeting everyone! They know the basketball coach at my school. :)

My directors and I arrived at the event right on time, 11 AM. We were directed to the volunteer booth where they had piles of bright green shirts with the "Bay Area Lyme Foundation" logo embroidered on the left chest. It turns out I wasn't a volunteer, but I made friends along the way anyway. I then registered (I even put my credit card info in to bid on raffle items!) and I got a VIP wristband. I took some pictures, greeted the volunteers, and had a couple interviews before our guests started coming it. It was all so exciting, I met so many wonderful people. I was given the privilege to judge the hat contest with Laure Woods (founder and president of BALF), violinist Carlos Reyes, and Jan Wahl, Emmy winning producer, entertainment reporter, and film critic. It was a really tough decision! But also really fun. I love hats!

Judging the hat contest!

Who will win??

Me and Norma

After judging the contest, I was pretty hungry. I had a delicious lunch with salad, fruit, chicken, and raviolis. The chocolate cake was pretty good, too! By this time, the polo match was starting. I was so excited to see that the teams playing were "The Ticks" and "The Cure". Who do you think won? ;)

Look! The Lyme Times in the VIP Lounge!

Thank you Cheval Polo for the great shirt!

I was also able to model two huge bottles of wine in the raffle. They were so heavy! I was thankful that I lift weights, or else I might have accidentally dropped them. In my free time, I kept going back to the LymeLight Foundation booth to look at the great Lyme items they had. The documentary Under Our Skin, Lyme disease books, LymeLight Foundation socks, wristbands, pens, tick removal kits, bug repellent. Lime green boas! They were so generous to me as I was leaving, and I left with my very own copy of "Under Our Skin" and a pair of LymeLight socks, among other souvenirs. Everyone at the benefit was so welcoming and so kind. My favorite part was telling the people I encountered that my platform was "Get Ticked Off at Lyme Disease!" because they were always so surprised. Although there were many fabulous guests of honor, not too many had first hand experience with Lyme disease.

Me with Laure Woods. Thank you for having me!

Me with Yvonne Wolters. Thank you for all of your help!

Thank you Yvonne Wolters and the whole Bay Area Lyme Foundation team for this great opportunity and experience! I had a blast and I hope to work with you again soon. :)

#polo4lyme :)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Miss CA 2013...better late than never ?

I FIRST first wanted to state that I started this in July, but never finished! Here is what I have...I cannot remember all of the details now :(

Hi all! I want to state first, I had a fantastic, wonderful, crazy, exciting, amazing, emotional, and overall enlightening experience at Miss California 2013. I'm sorry it has taken me so long to write this. It felt so right to be normal. I had seen so many pictures from previous years from different titleholders. Pictures alone can never prepare you for this crazy week! It's a whirlwind. 

First, my parents dropped me off at my director's home, as Sarah and Gabino would be taking me, Miss Napa County, and Miss Lake County to Fresno...and dropping us off. I think that was the scariest thing I had to face that day. My ED(s), my crutches, would not be with me this week. When we finally arrived in Fresno, we moved quickly to unpack our car. I was not surprised to find out that I had packed the most out of the three of us. Ten days is a long time, so I had to be prepared...besides, it was my first time. :) I know nothing. After we moved in, we went to my FAVORITE restaurant, Mimi's Cafe. I had my favorite dish, pasta...I even took the leftovers back to the hotel, which didn't have a mini fridge. Just in case. 

I was really excited when my roommate, Miss Sacramento County, finally arrived! We hit it off really fast. Between talking about our personal trainers to discussing pageant webcasts, I knew we'd get along just fine. I knew I could trust her with anything I said and to tell me the truth if I asked if I looked okay haha. She was the perfect roommate!! I ran into one of the hostesses today, Mary Bette, who told me that breakfast would be served the next day in the hostesses' room at 7:30 or so...I can't remember now. I just remember being the only contestant that went! 

The next morning, we were up bright and early to go to the Mayor's reception. Everyone was dressed in business style dresses or outfits, either red, white, blue, or any combination of those colors. There's a lot of waiting involved...the main thing we wait for is the bus to be ready or other contestants to come down. But, you're in good company so it's not that bad. :) I'm not a huge picture taker, it is a trait I didn't pick up during the MySpace era. I tried to take as many pictures as I could and sometimes, it was the only thing to do. We had a short drive to our destination to meet the mayor. We took many group pictures that came out great, thanks to Dirk Wunderlich! He is a fantastic photographer and I'm so thankful that he volunteered his time and photographed us all week. And although the mayor could not make it this year, we were greeted by other council members who were very kind and gracious. We each came up to the front of the room and presented our gift, saying a few words about our community and what the gift was. We were then given a goodie bag, which included my favorite, dark chocolate covered almonds. They were gone by the end of the week haha. 

After the reception, we drove on over to the Habit Burger Grill, where I had a delicious chicken burger with avocado. Their grilled chicken is out of this world! I felt bad for the other guests there, as we filled up the entire restaurant and their outdoor seating area. Thank you, Habit Burger! We love you ;) 

When we returned to the Radisson, I prepared for my interview. I was Delta #6, so my interview was Saturday afternoon. I didn't really have anything to do, so I went down to the interview room when I thought we were supposed to. My preliminary group was a little different than the others. There were 61 contestants total, so my group had 16 contestants while the other groups had 15. Before the first interview, 5 girls go into the interview room at a time and introduce themselves. Then, all leave except for the first contestant. In our case, the first 6 got to go into the interview room and introduce ourselves. So, Vera and Chelle were happy to have me. The weirdest part about being last in the group, was to be the last contestant left in the room. After each interview ended, I watched another contestant leave the room I was in and go into the interview room. Then it was my turn. 

This interview was not my best. By far. I had never been in a state interview so maybe I didn't know what to expect. The questions were not what I expected. They almost weren't as hard as I thought they would be...and it threw me off. "Am I funny?" If only I could have showed them how I was with my fellow contestants each day. I learned a lot at Miss California. It was a good trial run. 

It's still Saturday. This day will be long for Deltas! It was then time to go to the Lester's mansion. You know, the one with the swing? It is GORGEOUS! They have this little private driveway that couldn't fit the bus, so three SUVs came and chauffeured a few contestants at a time until we were all at the party. There was music, karaoke, and great food cooked by the Kiwanis of Fresno. Yum! We even had ice cream. If there was one thing I regret, it would be not participating in karaoke. I have trouble with karaoke because I'm always scared of messing up. Especially since my talent is singing...there are so many great singers, it's easy to feel intimidated. Also, I wish I got a picture at the treehouse! Darn!:)

Sunday evening, we all got gussied up to go the Rotary dinner. This was after the Delta/Gamma rehearsal, which was if I recall, 3-4 hours long. The Alpha/Beta rehearsal was during interviews yesterday. The Rotary dinner isn't really a "dinner"...they have appetizers but there's a lot of them! It was still pretty filling. We had fun meeting Rotarians, hearing our beautiful Miss California 2012, Leah, perform on the harp, and hearing about the fun different Rotarians have had while supporting our organization. Then we got to dance. It was a blast! :)

Monday we had the opportunity to meet with the Fresno Rotary club at their lunch meeting. We even got girl scout cookies! Full boxes. This was our last event before preliminaries.

Here is Angela speaking on October 8th, 2013. The first night of preliminaries is crazy, every night is crazy. Tuesday you rehearse allllll day and then do the same thing that night. Same with Wednesday, Thursday, Friday...I swear, I felt like I was going to walk up the stairs to "I'm Every Woman" every single day, multiple times a day, for the rest of my life. I felt like it was my job. It was fun haha but we got a little delirious.

Note to future Miss CA contestants...don't pick the Friday talent slot! You have to wake up early Friday and you will be the most tired Saturday. The realization is that you are most tired the day after your talent. You will be a bear Saturday. Also, find someone strong to take your stuff from out of the dressing rooms, not your poor mom. That also adds fuel to the fire of being tired!

Miss California was SO MUCH FUN! Also, learn how to do your own hair and makeup before you go...I LOVE the hair and makeup artists downstairs, but it's always beneficial to have that skill. :)

if any potential contestants have any questions, please message me! :)

Feeling guilty..

Hi all. It's been a while since I've posted!

I started a draft on my experiences at Miss California...months ago. I never got around to finishing it. I will post what I have...Miss California was so much fun. Stressful. I was as prepared as possible but not prepared enough. Well, we'll see what I wrote about so many months ago. :)

I recently finished a Lyme disease documentary for my school's Campus Moviefest competition. Let's just say I won't be thanking the Academy just yet...but I'm happy that I made it. I am disappointed that the equipment I used was sometimes faulty and therefore could not use a few interviews that I conducted. That makes me really sad. But, it was a frustrating and rewarding experience overall. I will post what I have ASAP.

Also, I would like to put in a little plug for the Bay Area Lyme Foundation's event, the 2013 Polo for Lyme event! It's going to be really fun! :)

find out more @

xx Miss Solano 2013

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Send-off Party and the Pirate Miss CA countdown!

Hi everyone! :)

On Saturday, Noeli and I had our send-off party! A send-off party is a party where you celebrate the titleholders and wish them good luck before sending them off to Miss California. We had delicious food catered by Noeli's parents and yummy, yummy cupcakes made by Gabino. They were irresistible! ;) We showed the crowd of our loved ones each outfit from our competition wardrobe. I even had the opportunity to sing my talent piece! I'm happy that I won't be able to see my mom's face from the stage during Miss California. She is my number one supporter and I'm so grateful that's she's my mom. Every time I looked at her while singing, I started to cry! I am a sentimental person so I hope I can keep my emotions under control during this amazing ride to Miss California! 

On Sunday (happy Father's Day!) I went to the Northern California Pirate Festival in Vallejo. WOW! I had a blast! I helped judge the children's costume contest and posed for many pictures. So many people were elaborately dressed and they all stayed in character so well. This was an event for people of all ages! They had a big ship sail by and had a canon battle. They also had TONS of booths with food, costumes, and games. It was so well put together. I came in with high expectations of fun and they were well surpassed. I think you can tell how much fun I had through these pictures! I even got to hold a parrot like a real pirate! Argh! ;)

On Friday at 11 AM, I will be on my way to Fresno, CA for the experience of a lifetime. We just finished altering my entire wardrobe to fit me perfectly. I have my final mock interview's surreal. I won't realize what is going on until I walk into the Radisson but I'm so excited it's finally my turn! Thank you everyone for the support! I will be trying my best to keep you updated daily...(: 

Here's my schedule:
Tuesday 6/25- swimsuit
Wednesday 6/26- on stage question
Thursday 6/27- evening gown
Friday 6/28- talent
Saturday 6/29- final show 

Also, look for me in the production number. I'll be wearing a fantastic printed jumpsuit that I fell in love with on Saturday. Thanks to Eva Varro for sponsoring our production number wardrobe!

Talk to you all soon! :)!! 
xx Angela

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Yountville Veteran's Home Flag Day Celebration

On Saturday, I joined 7 other titleholders for the Yountville Flag Day celebration at the Yountville Veteran's Home. It's located in Napa County on 500 acres! It's gorgeous over there and the veterans were super sweet! It was my first time signing autographs. It's still hard to believe that someone would want my autograph, but they did! After signing some autographs and talking with the veterans, we were called up to the stage to watch the presentation of the flags. Miss North Coast sang a beautiful rendition of the national anthem. My two favorite parts from the ceremony, besides learning about the history of the American flag, was signing "God Bless America" as a crowd, and the reading of an extremely powerful poem about the American flag. It was beautiful. 

After the ceremony, we took some pictures and I was able to help a woman take a picture for her son. I held the United States Air Force flag so she could send it to him, as he served in that branch of the military. We took our autograph cards and got into the line for lunch, talking to many veterans on the way. The veterans were so sweet to us! The lunch was fantastic. I had a cheeseburger, chili, pasta salad, and a slice of watermelon. I even had the opportunity to join some of the veterans for lunch after they invited me to sit with them. It was a great experience overall, and one of my favorite appearances yet!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

What's Miss Solano been up to? :)

Hi everyone! I am here to update you on what I've been doing! During the end of May, I did Lyme Disease Awareness presentations to two different grade levels. I taught a second grade class and a fifth grade class. I had a blast in each classroom, but had two completely different experiences. The fifth graders asked so many questions, even some that I couldn't really answer, but I tried my best. There are answers to questions even the experts don't know! That's why there is so much controversy.

Explaining Lyme disease to the 2nd graders.

Using my spirochete, Lymie! "Why do you have a snake?"

Working together as a class to solve the message

We did it!

Talking to the 5th grade class about Lyme disease and prevention.

Thumbs up if you think it's A!

Answering questions

Using my little spirochete again.
They asked me to sing! :)

I had so much fun. I could never be a teacher, but I love teaching kids about Lyme disease. I also talked about the Miss America Organization in hopes of inspiring one of those young girls into earning scholarships one day. Maybe they are a little young. :) I was a couple years older when I found my inspiration.

Over the weekend, I participated in Relay for Life in Brentwood, CA, in honor of Andrew Ortega, who passed away from childhood cancer at age 15. I was humbled to be a local celebrity, I'm just a normal person! I really enjoyed supporting and promoting Relay. Did you know that only 4% of American Cancer Society funds raised go to childhood cancer research? And childhood cancer isn't as rare as one would think!
Me and a familiar face, Alina.

Here I am at Andrew's booth. He loved playing guitar!
Me and two cutie pies selling cake pops!  Very yummy cake pops! ;)
Thank you to everyone who participated!
I have been preparing for Miss California. I leave two weeks from tomorrow and my interview is two weeks from Saturday. I have recently acquired a personal trainer named Nep, he is awesome! If you don't already, you should follow my fitness blog, called a fitblr, here. What I do is a reblog inspirational pictures or sayings, with the occasional personal instagram picture or post. My fitness journey definitely doesn't stop after Miss California! Although, my personal training sessions might. I have learned so much already!

I am going to try my best to update more often, especially during Miss California week. I have this blog not really for myself, but for the girls who were like me. The girls who wish they were going to compete, or they want to some day, and they want to know what a titleholder does. This blog is for all of those mini Miss America junkies like me at 15! :)

Monday, May 20, 2013

I'm still here :)

Hi everyone. I started a post during finals week (mistake) and never finished it. It's crunch time for me but I'll try to keep posting. I have some appearances coming up that I can hardly wait to share with you. Now that I'm finally on break, I'll have more time to blog :) right?

May is Lyme Disease Awareness month! It's very fitting because in this weather, the ticks are out! I'll try to share news stories with all of you, like how Governor McDonnell of Virginia lit the Executive Mansion "lyme" green for awareness last Thursday, or how a tick lasted 23 days without food or water in a ziploc baggie and still managed to lay her 300 eggs. Yuck!

I love how supportive the Lyme community is. I will be on a Lyme disease special through Napa TV on Monday, May 27th at 7 PM PST. Tune in if you can! :)

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Social Media

Hi everyone :)

I don't have much to say, but I have missed blogging. So, I thought I'd remind you of a few of my various social media accounts!

Twitter: @MissSolano
Instagram: @MissSolano
Tumblr: Get Fit With Miss Solano

These are the three that I use the most. I will continue to post on these accounts, whether it be pageant related or not. I leave for Miss California in less than 8 weeks so I have been very anxious and excited lately. Every day I don't realize that I'm actually a titleholder in the Miss America Organization and that I'm competing for Miss California in June. What? :) It's mind-blowing. We just need to get through finals! ;)

To those of you competing for a pass grade on your final exams, good luck and break a leg! I only have two weeks left and then I'm back home for the summer! This is my life and I LOVE it!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Miss California 2013 Orientation!

Harlem Shake! Can you spot me? :)

Hi all :) Sorry if my posts seem is the end of the semester, so it is a busy time! Plus, every time I actually have spare time to write a blog, Blogger and Google team up against me and won't let me sign in. What's up with that?! :) I can't help it if I have a ton of different email addresses that I need all inboxes open at the same time! Oh well. I'm on now!

A week ago today, I left for Miss California orientation with my director, Gabino, Miss Napa County's director Sarah, Miss Napa County Noeli, and Miss Yosemite Valley Julianna! Sarah and Gabino gave us goodie bags before we hit the road. They included our super cute titleholder shirts! I put mine on immediately. I was really excited for orientation! Although we didn't leave on schedule, we eventually got to Fresno. On the way, we stopped by Pura Vida, owned by Jenna Harvey, 1st runner up to Miss California 2009, for some DELICIOUS shaved ice and kettle corn! YUM! It was the best shaved ice and kettle corn I've ever had. Plus, the workers there are very sweet! ;) It is a recommended stop on your journey to Fresno!
Me and Noeli after arriving in Fresno!

We arrived at the Radisson Fresno close to 6 PM. Only a few hours later than planned. ;) We settled in to our hotel rooms and I unpacked most of my stuff and put it away. I had the opportunity to room with Noeli and it was a real bonding experience. As if sister titleholders need to bond any more! :) As we were leaving for dinner, a very famous Mexican performer, Vicente Fernandez was coming through the lobby to go perform at his concert across the street! I managed to get a video of him as he was walking out. Although I had never heard of him before, everyone else was excited so I was excited, too. We originally planned on going to BJ's but the wait was an hour and a half. Whew! So, we went to The Habit Burger Grill instead. Julianna, Noeli, Sarah, Gabino, Gabino's aunt and uncle Shelby and Roger, and I had a wonderful meal that had a wait of about 7 minutes. I know that Habit Burger is known for their burgers, but since I filled up on popcorn on the way up, I ordered a grilled chicken salad. The chicken was SO good! It's one of my new favorites. After dinner, we made a pit stop at Target before returning to the hotel. We had an early morning the next day!
Me and Noeli at breakfast.

Me and Gabino before talent preview
Me and Noeli in our talent outfits!
Noeli and I awoke at 6 AM to prepare for the day. We had to get ready and get in line for breakfast by 7:30. I was extremely excited to go shopping in the merchandise room. I've always wanted the cute clothes that the Miss California contestants got to wear...and now I'm one of them! :) I really enjoyed breakfast...I am not a very picky eater. We were greeted with fruit, mini bran muffins, mini bagels, and mini croissants. They were all very yummy. We started out the morning with great speeches by Bob Arnhym, Leah Cecil, and Grace Lee Grant. After breakfast, we went upstairs to change into our talent outfits and rehearse before our talent previews. I must say, all singers, including myself, sound better in the bathroom (haha).
Me and Heidi Cheung, Miss San Francisco!

Talent previews were running a tad behind so we had a good amount of time to turn in our paperwork and shop in the merchandise room! When it was finally my turn to perform, I was excited. As I was performing, I choked right before my ending note. Ugh! I was and am still getting over a cold, so I'll just blame my cold and not my nerves. :) It was a good experience to sing in front of an audience in my gown. I just need to practice. Right after that, I ran upstairs (or ran to the elevator) and changed back into my interview attire to record my talent intro, just in case I make top 12! A lot of girls had elaborate talent intros, written on paper, with multiple versions to choose from. I guess my rookie showed through, because I had a short introduction that I had saved in my head. At least it was easy to record in one take! Plus, the volunteer who helps record, Tom Woods, was a sweetheart! It was easy to record in his company. Although we didn't have the scheduled 11 AM walking workshop, we missed we hopped into class! At first it was a little intimidating, but I ended up doing pretty well...hopefully! I didn't get any negative feedback so I'm taking that as a good sign. After losing Sarah and Gabino...and then finding them, Noeli and I quickly rushed to our room to grab our stuff for lunch and the Harlem Shake video! Lunch was another winner. A few different salads, build your own sandwiches, fruit, and yummy carrot cake. We grabbed our food and then Leah announced that we were going to go do our Harlem Shake! We must have been pros because it took less than 10 minutes to film. Leah is a great Miss California because she's always finding ways to keep us relevant and connected with social media! We had a break between 1:30 and 2 PM, so I went to Leah so she could film a quick interview video of each contestant, so the public could get to know each of us better. Another wonderful idea of hers! :) Noeli and I were very excited to go to our next workshop, MAKEUP!

Me, Bob, and Noeli
I was super excited to soak up all of Linda Ontiveros's makeup wisdom. I learned a lot of new techniques from her, especially about my face shape. She has great products which you can view and buy here! I encourage you to look around. :) While waiting for our last official workshop task of the day, we decided to stop by Bob's current events session. I am so happy I did! I could have stayed in there all day. I spent most of my time listening. I didn't want to miss any word anyone said. What other time would I be surrounded by so many different people voices their opinions? I made sure to take notes and really focus on what I believe in. Our last stop before dinner was mock went so fast! It was a short, sweet 5 minute interview which included some questions I'd never heard before. It was also interesting to hear the feedback from the mock judges. They were definitely busy all day!

MacKenzie, Marina, Millie, Jordan, Bob, Crystal, me, and Noeli. Phew :)
Posing with my yummy strawberry!
Me, Shelby, and Noeli at dinner.
ROOMIES! Me and Ashley, Miss Sacramento County.

We had a small break before dinner to get ready. We had a surprise while we were waiting! Noeli and I are spoiled. Shelby bought each of us a beautiful crown printed train case for our makeup. She is so sweet! She expressed how proud she was of each of us. I am so happy to have her as a volunteer and in my life. Sarah came in a few minutes later, bearing gifts in the form of chocolate covered strawberries from Kym McNicholas! Since Kym is very social media savvy, I instagrammed a picture of me and my yummy strawberry and tagged her in it. Soon, Shelby, Noeli, and I were all doing our hair in the bathroom, in anticipation of looking our best for dinner. I decided to wear a pair of earrings I bought off of, since they are pretty. They are clip-on earrings and they are padded on the back, but they really need to be padded all over! I was in pain 10 minutes into dinner. Bad idea! Here's my tip: don't wear new earrings to a special event. I wound up taking them off. Dinner was magical! We had a salad, chicken with a yummy sauce, steamed vegetables (my favorites), and a spicy rice. For dessert, we had a yummy chocolate mousse. During dinner, there is a tradition to buy raffle tickets to try and win a dress or other prize. The dresses are all donated by other pageant closets (what we call our local pageants' collection of clothing).
Me, Julie Ann, Shelby, Sarah, and Noeli
Julianna, Nikki, me, and Noeli

My field director, Gwen, was kind enough to buy each of us two tickets! Unfortunately, I didn't win anything. But that's okay! :) I think I've won enough just with the opportunity to attend orientation. Right after dinner, it was time for all of the contestants to learn our production number. I regret not getting any pictures of myself in my workout rehearsal outfit! Oh well :) We met Cassie Nordgren, the fabulous choreographer who planned all of our routines! I won't give away any details, but you're going to love everything! I know I do. I was super surprised when she said, "it's almost 11 PM, I should let you go!" We were very tired! 5:45 AM came very early the next morning...

We planned to take our field pictures for the program book on Sunday. I made sure to look picture ready! It was rough to be ready for rehearsal at 7:30, but that's the life of a Miss California contestant. Breakfast was pretty much the same, except there was no fruit when I got there and they had a few blueberry muffins. There is fruit in blueberry muffins...right? ;) We had a quick rehearsal with Cassie to learn our evening wear portion of competition. At 9 AM, we had a contestants only meeting with Bob. Our 10:45 break came around 10:53 and I spent a lot of time wondering what to do, as we were waiting to take our field picture but not all the girls were around. As Bob put it, "we try to fit 5 pounds of stuff into a 2 pound bag," and my choir teacher always said, "show business is flexibility." Although this isn't show business, I think it's relatable. Our next section was filled with great speeches by Bob, Caryn Brady, Leah, and other volunteers. Leah spoke about the Duke of Edinburgh award and its importance. It was great to hear her input on everything and to realize the great things she and Bob are doing with this organization. Unfortunately, I never had the time to attend Leah's social media workshop! Luckily, I've had a few workshops lately in class and in my mentorship, so I hope I have learned as much as I can. Our final task for the weekend was to learn our swimsuit portion of competition. All I can say is, the soundtrack is so fun and you are going to love the whole show!

Me after our field photo! Proud to be one of Gwen's Girls! ;)
Right before we left, we FINALLY got that field picture! :) Gabino, Sarah, Julianna, Noeli, and I had lunch at this yummy Mexican restaurant in Fresno called La Elegante. They have the BEST carne asada tacos ever! You should go next time you're in Fresno!

Phew...that was my weekend! I hope you enjoyed hearing about it...and bravo if you read all of it!

<3 Thanks for your support!!