HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Marsha Norman once said, "Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you." If that's so, I wonder what my soul is aiming to write about me. You see, I'm a big dreamer. And I am determined to make more of my dreams come true in 2012 than did in 2011. However, I am also a firm believer that what God has for me is for me. This has been demonstrated in my life many times over. I can dream as much as I want, but sometimes God just has something better in mind.
|Miss Chesterfield 2012 Top 4|
|My princess, Angelina|
Since my last post, I have been quite busy. In addition to winning Miss Chesterfield this month and placing 3rd runner up to Miss Arlington last month, I was able to take part in the DC Dance Marathon with two of my Miss Virginia sisters, Stephanie and Kourtney. The DC Dance Marathon raises money for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH), which is so dear to my heart. With more than 180 hospitals across North America, CMNH doesn't deny treatment to any child, whether or not his or her family can afford the medical bills. There were several featured guests, but the one who touched my heart most was little Olivia, born with a heart defect. For every trip to the hospital, prick and overnight stay, she receives a bead. Olivia, with 896 beads on her chain, has proven that she is a trooper and willing to fight for her life. I think we can all take a lesson from her.
|Miss Arlington 2012 Top 5|
(Note: these events occurred during a time when my camera was not cooperating so I have no photos of my own to share. Sad face.)
On December 30, I traveled to Baltimore Washington International (BWI) for Operation Welcome Home Troops. I am proud to be an American and was so excited to personally welcome some three hundred troops home right before the New Year. We often take for granted that these men and women risk their lives almost daily to fight for our freedom, but what they do is truly incredible. This was my first experience of this kind, but I hope to have many more. We could never thank them enough.
|Support our troops!|
|My (now former) director, Kevin|
Did I mention I brought the New Year in in New York City? Yeah, it was awesome!
|Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center!|
|Rayna, my Miss VA sister|
The final semester of my undergraduate career is fast approaching and I say with conviction that I am ready for that challenge. Ask me what my plans are after graduation, and I may be evasive, but I do have a plan in mind. Grad school applications are oftentimes clutch. Look for updates on those and other exciting happenings in the near future. Wink, wink. As always, I trust God to lead me in the right direction. Until next time, I am a girl with dreams and this is my four points story.