Physical fitness means nothing without the mental health to match. If you saw my body at the 2016 Miss USA competition, there's no doubt that my body was at its peak. But, allow me to be candid about my mental states in the months leading up to stepping foot on the Miss USA stage.
For the next 10 days--during arguably one of the most stressful times of the year--I’m committed to be vulnerable to you and with you as I re-initiate a regular meditation practice. I’m going to consider this page a judgment-free zone, and hope others will share in this journey with me. Who’s hopping on the bandwagon with me?
Here are my complete thoughts. Those who attended this weekend's Miss Virginia USA pageant may have seen a farewell letter. That letter was edited to protect the guilty, as I was told my original letter would not be printed. Here is the original letter. I am grateful for my year, but also strive to provide an honest reflection.
One of the questions I am most commonly asked is to explain the difference between the Miss Universe/USA Organization and the Miss America Organization. Many outside of the world of pageants have never paid close enough attention to realize that the two televised pageants were not one in the same. Admittedly, until around six years ago, I’m not sure I could have articulated the difference, so I usually try to keep my explanation simple, as I will do here.