From the view of a 20-something dream chaser.

Two Thousand Twelve

Thursday, January 12, 2012


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.

On-stage question
Luckily, this weekend, the Lord and I seemed to have the same thing in mind. I am thrilled to announce I was crowned Miss Chesterfield 2012 on Saturday, Jan. 7! I now have my "golden ticket" to compete for the title of Miss Virginia and the opportunity to impact lives all across this commonwealth. Miss Virginia has been a dream of mine for quite some time and this will be my third attempt at the crown. Hopefully the third time is a charm for me. Through my platform, Communication 101: Creating a Lasting Impression, it is my goal to encourage students to protect their image by ensuring they have positive attitudes and that they present themselves in such a way that they leave lasting impressions they are willing to live with. As Miss Chesterfield, and eventually as Miss Virginia, I simply want people to communicate with one another properly.

Miss Chesterfield 2012 Top 4

My princess, Angelina
I won't bore you with a spiel on how this is a new year so there will be a new me, because it doesn't take a new year to create an opportunity for a new start. Each new day is that opportunity. So seize the day!

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
The very next day, I was invited host the Junior League of Northern Virginia's (JLNV) annual Enchanted Forest and introduce the performances of the Adagio Ballet, Pirate Magic, and Ukulele Phil and the Hulu Kids. If you haven't heard of it, JLNV is an organization committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The Enchanted Forest consists of a huge room filled with donated Christmas trees from local business and organizations. These trees are dressed up in a most unconventional way, themed for children, adults and even the homeless. My personal favorite, of course, was the tree donated by the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter of Fairfax. It was a pile of boxes stacked to resemble a tree and included the ingredients of a Thanksgiving meal for the residents. Whoever bought that tree donated the ham, turkey, macaroni and cheese and all other parts of a grand meal to the home.

(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.

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