I was Mrs. Utah in 2013, I have been involved in the pageant system most of my life as a contestant, judge and coach.
Why, you ask? One reason is because I always looking to improve as a person. Pageants have taught me lifelong skills in interviewing, public speaking, community service, health and fitness. It has opened doors for me to speak about issue I am passionate about. I have been a national spokesperson for Go Red foundation and Orton Dyslexia foundation. I have spoken to high school students and adults to give them tools to help with depression through my speech the Art of Being Grateful. I created ADHA finding their Gifts and organization that help parents find the resources to help their child with ADHD. Through the pageant system I have met many lifelong friends who have educated me about many of their issues they are passionate about: Lime disease, child abuse, infinitely, distracting driving and many more. I have been impressed by these women who are smart, passionate and beautiful. I did not win every pageant but enjoyed the processes. As a couch and a judge I have helped my young women find their voices, connect to their passion. Teach them how to walk in heals and improve their interview skills. Even though there is only one winner the skills you learn in a pageant are priceless.