Friday, January 23, 2015

Crowning Moments from Miss Teen North Dakota International 2015!

So there I was, standing there at the front of the stage holding hands with the other beautiful girls just waiting to see whom the winner was going to be. The announcer called the second runner up, then the first runner up. My heart was beating so fast I literally thought it was going to fall out of my chest! Then it was the moment everyone had been waiting for…the crowning moment! The announcer called my name and I was flooded with a million emotions. I stepped forward and was greeted by the three former queens. They gave me beautiful flowers and my sash and Madison Johnson, Miss Teen North Dakota International 2014, crowned me. I waved to the crowd as tears started building up (Tears of joy of course!). After the other two queens were crowned and the pageant was over I walked over to my family. I was congratulated with hugs, flowers, and my favorite chocolate from my parents! I was so thankful that all of my friends and family were there to support me.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Crowning Moments From Mrs. North Dakota International 2015!

Do you remember when your heart was pounding when you were sixteen years old and it was the first time you drove all by yourself in your car? Or when you get a new job and your chest could explode with the amount pride you have? Or the top of the world feeling after you drive a car for the first time and have the radio turned up and the window rolled down? Do you remember looking at a loved one, maybe a spouse, new born baby or parent and feel full of happiness and joy that you don’t want to take your eyes off of them? Or perhaps the first morning filled with pride waking up in a new home? The overwhelming feeling of happiness, pride and joy that you feel to filled with the presence of the Lord that it brings you to tears of joy?

For me, I felt a rush and a combination of all of these feeling plus so much more the night I was crowned, Mrs. North Dakota International 2015. A title that was not won by me alone. I thank God for putting the passion of The Joy of Sox in my heart, and for providing me with the tools necessary to compete. It was a special moment in time that I got to share with the other gorgeous 2015 North Dakota International delegates. I walk away having learned something and will continue to learn from each of you, my crown belongs to all of us. It was a goal that I set for myself nine years prior. It was a night that my beloved husband, John lovingly placed a crown on my head- it was a magical moment that I feel so blessed to have been able to share it with him. The next twenty minutes, to be honest is a bit of a blur- I remember all of the hugs, trembling, tears and congratulatory words from everyone. These words and actions will forever be engrained in my heart. I believe that special moments in life are primarily only special because of who you share them with, thank you to everyone that shared my crowning moment with me through being at the auditorium that night, my facebook friends, my Instagram followers, my Twitter followers and so many community and people across the country that shared that moment with me. 

My crowning moment is perhaps can best be summed up by Whitney Houston when she once sang:
“Give me one moment in time
When I'm more than I thought I could be”

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Crowning Moments from Miss North Dakota International 2015!

To summarize my experience at the Miss North Dakota International Pageant I couldn't just use one word. Magnificent, extraordinary and splendid are a just few words that come to mind when describing my experience. 

Everyone was so helpful from the first moment I arrived. I could tell our directors Kathy and Allison really genuinely care about each woman that was competing! It was an overall warm atmosphere which is exactly how the pageant world should be. 

I once read- Girls compete against eachother but Women encourage eachother! This describes each woman at the 2015 North Dakota International Pageant! 

Each of the women competing from Teen to Miss to Mrs. were genuinely sweet hearted and there for the right reasons! I could tell that everyone there wanted the best for the woman sitting next to her! I am proud to call these women my friends!

Crowning Moments:

When I was crowned Miss ND International 2015! First off, all of the women standing next to me were absolutely wonderful so I didn't have a clue what was to happen! I was in complete shock, all I remember is crying and looking over at Jordyn who had just been crowned Miss Teen ND International and crying some more. Then all of the sudden I heard "SQUAT" from sweet beautiful Meg P (Miss ND Intl 2014) who apparently was trying very hard to put the crown on my head while I was, as she described it, "shaking like a leaf!" 

After making a fool of myself I began to calm down and snap back into reality! 

Realizing I had just been blessed with a new life adventure! 
Until Next time- Miss ND International 2015 Meg Yahna 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Peer Facilitating!

Winning the title of Miss Teen North Dakota International has given me a voice to be able to share my platform all over the state of North Dakota. My platform is making healthy decisions through Peer Facilitating. Peer Facilitating is a mentoring program made up of high school students who are committed to affecting positive change within their school and their community. Some of the things that we as Peer Facilitators do include volunteering with partnering organizations, mentoring other students, and being positive role models in our school.
In order to become a Peer Facilitator you either need to be recommended into the group by a current member or be chosen by the supervisor. After you have been selected you will go through a summer course that teaches you the skills to become a Peer Facilitator. In this course you learn about how to deal with certain situations, how to listen and talk to someone, and how to appropriately get a person the help they need.  
Every year the Peer Facilitators help decorate for homecoming, organize the blood drive, and do various forms of volunteer work within the school and the community. We recently had a stuffed animal drive to collect stuffed animals for Shriners Hospital for Children. It was a HUGE success! We collected even more than we needed and have decided to donate the rest to the humane society. Our next plan is to make tie blankets for Project Ignite Light.
As you can see Peer Facilitating is an amazing program! I have been involved in the Peer Facilitating program at my high school for three and a half years and I know through experience that this program not only positively impacts my school and my community but has also shaped me as an individual and a leader.
Yours Truly,

            Jordyn Sayler, Miss Teen North Dakota International 2015

Monday, January 5, 2015

Mrs. North Dakota International 2015, Erin Bertel shares about her platform, The Joy of Sox: Hope for the Homeless!

noun \ˈhōm\
: the place (such as a house or apartment) where a person lives
: a family living together in one building, house, etc.
: a place where something normally or naturally lives or is located

Webster defines a “home” as the above and Dorothy said in The Wizard of Oz, “There is no place like home.” But if you have gone without the basic need of shelter, then you know is not that simple and that “home” means a little bit more.

On any given night, over 600,000 people in our country will be homeless, and from January through June of 2014, my family and I were 5 of them. It was through my experience with homelessness that I realized the importance of hope- and that hope can come in any form. If you have ever felt helpless and paralyzed perhaps you have felt the importance of hope. Maybe you have seen hope through a medical test result improve, or a phone call from a friend, or reservation suddenly become available. As a cancer survivor, I am not a stranger to paralyzing situations; and it is these challenging and paralyzing experiences that have permanently altered the way I see people. A man, Kyle, who is chronically homeless, inspired my passion to distribute socks to the homeless in effort to provide comfort, warmth and dignity but above all hope to homeless children and adults.  I have learned first-hand that when I see a fellow human in crisis, that it is truly “there, but for the grace of God, go I” and that it could be my crisis in the blink of an eye.

My platform, “The Joy of Sox: Hope for the Homeless,  is designed to educate and create awareness throughout North Dakota on the importance of getting involved and supporting our citizens who are experiencing homelessness.  My mission is simple: to provide socks for the homeless. My main objectives are: 1. Fundraising (to purchase new socks).  2. Collect new socks (helps raise community awareness of homelessness). 3. Distribute the socks to the homeless (restores hope). 

I invite each of you to follow my journey as Mrs. North Dakota International 2015 and my platform The Joy of Sox: Hope for the Homelessat   Join me in a sock drives and distributions or I empower you to focus in on your own gifts, talents, knowledge and skills and examine yourself closely to identify how you can provide hope to the homeless.

Together we are providing hope to the homeless.
Erin Bertel

Mrs. North Dakota International 2015