Allow me to tell you a little bit more about myself. To start, I'm not perfect. Ask anyone, I am terrible at directions. Sometimes I say things and then want to pound my head against a wall. To me, math might as well be a foreign language. In-spite of all of these things that others may call flaws, I know that I am worthy. You know why? Because I try!
To put it nicely, I am constantly humbled by my ability to mess things up; however, this does not keep me from seeing my own worth. I have mentioned this before, but when I was about 11 or 12 I saw the Miss Boise crown and sash for the first time. It was in that moment that I set my eyes on one day holding the same title. As you know I have now achieved this goal, but that didn't come easily. I competed for 5 different titles before I won my first local. My first title, a title that changed my life, was Miss Syringa. I gained confidence, I gained personal and professional skills, but I also gained a little sister.
The Miss Idaho Organization has a program called "The Little Sister Program". For time's sake I won't go through the in's and out's of this outstanding program, but I will tell you that in short, each Miss Idaho contestant is assigned a little sister to mentor over the course of her rein. My little sister was Taylor. Even though I had bad hair days, blinked in pictures, and again, was REALLY BAD at directions, she thought I was a superstar. She started to want to wear pink and sparkles because I loved pink and sparkles, she generously volunteered to be a part of all the events I was a part of, and she even came and watched me be crowned Miss Boise! I know she looks up to me.
Knowing this allowed me to challenge myself to be the best version of myself in every moment possible. That, my friends, was truly life changing. I honestly did not know how much I was really capable of until I had that motivation! How to be a good role model you ask? Be yourself, love your flaws, but also, don't be afraid to play out your strengths! When I overcame my fear of messing up I realized that I am outgoing and effervescent. I am a life-long learner and am always willing to take on a challenge. My own flaws also taught me to be resilient and empathetic. When you allow yourself to be the best version of yourself, I promise that you are just confirming someone else's beliefs in you.
Brittany Lock- Miss Boise 2016