I grew in so many ways by competing for Miss America but as I think back a true moment of personal growth and maturity was realizing how happy I was to see my sisters succeed. We live in a competitive world and are happy for others but at the same time are aiming to be better than them. All 52 of us put our hearts and souls on the stage wanting the Miss America crown but when it wasn’t in our cards we were right there cheering on the women next to us.
I remember being thrilled for the women that stood next to me in the top 15 and want to thank my sisters that sat on stage and cheered for me as I competed in Life Style and Fitness. I remember seeing their faces and feeling blessed to have their support. I also vividly remember not making it through to the top 12 and hearing Miss I…..owa rather than Miss I….daho announced by Chris Harrison. Yes, I was disappointed of course, but my heart was happy for Kelly and I walked away proud of what I had accomplished.
I now get to support my Miss America, Savvy, as she takes this year by storm as well as all other 50 beautiful women representing their state titles. We stay in touch, share high and lows, and are truly there for each other despite the distant. I truly understand how happiness for others ultimately bring the most happiness to you.