Monday, September 9, 2013

Bonanzaville’s Pioneer Days

A friend of mine who works at Bonanzaville in West Fargo invited my sister queens and I to ride in the parade during the pioneer village’s annual Pioneer Days. After my friend Emily told me that we would be able to ride with her in the Thunderbird convertible that she was driving, I knew we had to go!

Bonanzaville is a historic attraction that is home to tons of North Dakota’s historical artifacts. The Pioneer Days are a celebration of pioneer history and the settling of our great state of North Dakota! The annual celebration consists of demonstrations, entertainment, and educational programming, and of course, the parade!

Jen and I had a blast being in the parade and handing out candy to the kids! Due to safety issues, we were not allowed to throw candy from the car, so Jen and I instead chose to walk alongside of it so that we were able to hand the candy to the children! I found that I liked this a lot more than riding in a car- not only was it great exercise, but it allowed me to connect with the kids and families lining the streets!

A big thanks to Emily for inviting us and to Jen’s wonderful kids for being such troopers on the hot day!

xoxo,


Taylor



Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Not slowing down....

After returning home from the Miss International Pageant without the crown, I immediately felt myself panic about what my reign as Miss North Dakota International would now be like. With only 4 months of my year left, I absolutely did not want a “coast to the finish!” I became determined to seek out opportunities to make this last stretch of my reign the strongest! Blessed beyond measure, most of the opportunities have instead been seeking me!

After being home for a week (basically a week of sleep- this beauty queen was exhausted!), I finally returned to the technology world and was overwhelmed by the number of e-mails and Facebook messages from people contacting me to invite me to events and speaking engagements! Wow! I cannot wait to resume speaking on behalf of my platform “More Than Sad: Recognizing the Sign and Symptoms of Depression” as well as for the American Heart Association.

I have hit the ground running trying to pack my schedule as full as I can with appearances, events, speaking engagements, and anything that comes my way! One of my goals during these last few months is to blog about every single event that I do- so stay tuned!

Best Wishes,

Taylor

Princess Pageant

I was asked shortly after traveling to the Mrs. International Pageant to take part in a local Little Princess Pageant as the emcee. I gladly accepted of course! I was able to meet a special lady, Nancy, who has directed the princess pageant for quite some time. The princesses ranged in age from 5-7 and are judged on private interview, on stage interview, and party dress. These little girls were so sweet and I was honored to get to know all of them. 

The outgoing princess asked me at the morning rehearsal if I was going to wear my BIG crown later! I was able to visit with the families and friends following the event and wanted them to realize that I am a real person (the little girls looked at me like I was a real live Cinderella!). The message to all of the girls before the princess(es) were crowned was that they were all amazing and did such a great job. I wanted them to be proud that they were courageous enough to do this! 

I will be forever grateful for this opportunity and for all of the opportunities that I have been granted as I finish out my remaining months as Mrs. ND. International 2013. 

XOXO,
Jen




Sunday, September 1, 2013

Go for it!

There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications, and just go for it.

~ Judith McNaught
 
I came across this quote and it really does have the true ME written all over it. However I feel like I lost part of the courageous side of myself somewhere through the years. I thought this 'new' me that I have discovered over the last year with my journey preparing for Mrs. ND International and then carrying the title was a new thing. But a friend of mine reminded me that is what he has always remembered about me. So, it was there all along but got tucked away somewhere. The International Pageant system has helped me discover ME again and for that I cannot thank all my pageant family enough.
 
My words of advice are to find the REAL YOU in everything you do. Don't lost sight of that and don't change for anyone. Don't ever be afraid to take that leap of faith; never live with regret for those things you didn't try. 
 
I have made a point to immerse myself in as much as I can to help those struggling with pregnancy loss and infertility. Please check out Sanford Health's website as my family will be featured on their website in September! I will also be the main speaker at the Cherish the Child...a walk to remember event on Thursday September 12th in Breckenridge, MN.
 
XOXO,
Jen