I am going into the new year with a long list of things I want to accomplish during my reign. I want to give back to my community, empower people, and inspire others. I want to make everyone proud and I want to stay true to myself. I know none of this will happen overnight. During the last month I started to think of resolutions for 2016. Things I wanted to change, things I wanted to focus on, and things I wanted to improve upon. During this process, it dawned on me that resolutions to better oneself shouldn't just be reserved for January 1st. There is no better time for growth than the present. I, like everyone else, got roped into the idea of "New year, new me", when in reality, we have the opportunity for a new beginning each and every morning we open our eyes. Everyday we are given opportunity to realign ourselves and bring focus back to being a better person. So in a sense, my resolution is to make resolutions daily. Never give up on the details of improving myself.
I am thrilled to be getting phone calls and emails from past and future MGA contestants asking for advice on preliminaries and packages. Nothing makes me happier than the opportunity to help others execute and fulfill their dreams. Competing gave me a great deal of joy, and now I get to relive that joy every day. I want to thank everyone that trusts me enough to let me offer my opinions and counsel on gowns, talents, interview questions, and all the other nuances of pageantry.
The month of January is packed for me with trips to Memphis, Phoenix, Houston, Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Galveston, and Minneapolis. In addition to that, I have my regular weekend shows at the Rose Room in Dallas, as well as my full-time costume business. History has not proven me to be the absolute best at managing my workload and my time. I often put a lot on my plate, but that again is something I am working on (resolution). In my travels this month, I am looking forward to meeting so many of my MGA family that, as of now, I only know through a computer screen.
Yesterday, a very close friend asked me what it is like to be MGA. My reply, "It is terrifying." Being on this side of the crown is an extraordinary feeling, but it can also feel overwhelming. All eyes are on you from day one. So many people look to you for inspiration, hope, and clarification. There are not many jobs in the world that require you to be intelligent, quick on your feet, an exceptional problem solver, a spokesmodel, an ambassador, and a confidant, all while maintaining the high standard of beauty and elegance required of Miss Gay America. On the other hand, there are not many jobs that offer you cards, flowers, applause, and an utter sense of fulfillment at the end of the day. Only a place as beautiful as Miss Gay America can do that.
Miss Gay America 2016