Sunday, March 27, 2016

Time Management Skills

Obtaining any title for a pageant comes a lot of responsibilities. I get to take many amazing opportunities, many include volunteering which is hands down my favorite part of becoming a title holder. Many question me on how I manage my time as a title holder and I love sharing it, and that is why I am choosing to let all of you know how I manage my time.

I currently have two jobs, attend high school full time, have a full workout schedule, and stay up to date with my pageant prep and appearances. How do I do it? Well, I fit my two jobs in mainly during the week after school, so in between 3pm and 9pm. I am on call at my job as a DSP at the Anne Carlsen Center which makes it easy to pick when I can and cannot work. As for my other job, I am a sales associate and assistant manager part time at Nicole's Bridal. I usually fit my workouts in my schedule early in the morning before school. My homework then gets done either after I workout in the morning or after one of my jobs in the evening. My pageant prep takes place in my car between work, school, and other events. I learned that tip from a pageant workshop I went to earlier this year and it has helped tremendously. It's great time for self-motivation and interview practice. My stage presence is practiced every time I wear heels during appearances, work, and even with my casual wear at school.

I try to save one day a week for me time and/or hanging out with friends. I may sound like I have no free time, and there is always something to do, but having time to myself and with friends is just as equally important in keeping my sanity. I also wouldn't be able to do any of it without my amazing family, pageant sisters and directors, and my friends. 

"Be a pineapple, stand tall, wear a crown on your head, and be sweet on the inside"
-Meghanne Quam
Your Miss Teen North Dakota International

Friday, March 25, 2016

Meghanne's Photoshoot Recap!

My official photoshoot was the first time I have ever done a photoshoot with a professional. My experience was amazing to say the least. Ludvik made our jobs easy and feel so comfortable in front of the camera. What really made the day amazing the events leading up to our "perfect" shots is what made the 11 hour day worthwhile.

I started out my day by being an hour early to my hair and makeup; I am an early bird and I never want to be late. Taylor and I then made our way to get coffee for the second time and it was only 9 am. Other than being extremely tired, everything went very smoothly. Janelle, with West 13th Salon, pampered all of us queen all day long and helped make us look amazing. I couldn't ask for a better team. My directors, my sister queens, and our sponsors help make our days and lives function smoothly.

With that being said, my official photoshoot is in the books and it is definitely one to remember.

 God Bless,
Meghanne Quam:
Your Miss Teen North Dakota International 2016

Monday, March 21, 2016

Official Photo Shoot with Ludvik Herrera Photography and West 13th Salon!

Mrs. North Dakota International 2016 – Ashley Rae Klinger
Official Photo Shoot with Ludvik Herrera Photography and West 13th Salon!

Hi, everyone! Hope you’re all having a fabulous week!

Guess who has exciting news?! I do, I do! In no time at all, I should be able to share the photos with you from our official North Dakota International photo shoot that took place a few weeks ago! What a fabulous experience! It was a day that I will always remember!

Not only did I get to spend the entire day with my 3 pageant sisters, Miss North Dakota International, Taylor Woodruff; Miss Teen North Dakota International, Meghanne Lynn Quam; and Junior Miss Teen North Dakota International, Sadie Jo Lura, but I also got to work with the amazingly talented Ludvik Hererra with Ludvik Hererra Photography and Janelle Finseth with West 13th Salon! I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with 2 of the most gifted and passionate professionals I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Both Ludvik and Janelle love what they do, and it shows in their work, which is why I can’t wait for you to see the end results of all their hard work! In the meantime, here are a few ‘behind-the-scene’ photos that I can share with you! As you can tell, we aren’t afraid to be a little silly and have a little fun when the time calls for it!

Thank you again, Ludvik and Janelle, for all of your support! Not many people have the opportunity to work with the both of you as extensively as we do, and for that I will forever be grateful. And a special shout-out and Thank You to our Directors, Janelle Steinberg and Meg Pulkrabek for arranging such a fabulous day! I couldn’t imagine this year without these two fabulous ladies. They truly are making this once-in-a-lifetime experience memorable. Thank you, Ladies!

Stay tuned to see the official photos! Until next time, continue to ‘make a difference’.

Ashley Rae Klinger

“Making a difference in the lives of others isn’t my hobby, it’s my lifestyle.” ~ Ashley Rae Klinger

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Official Miss ND Intl Photoshoot!

Wow! Our North Dakota International Team did it again! The day was long and crazy but it was incredibly fun and worth it!
My pageant sisters and I showed up to West 13 in the morning, our sponsored hair and makeup salon, where we were pampered and beautified! I was the last of the four of us to have my hair and makeup done so as I waited my turn, my director Meg and I went through the wardrobe of clothes. I also helped our official Photographer Ludvik Herrera as well with set up and lighting while I waited.
I watched Ashley, Mrs. North Dakota, and Meghanne, Miss Teen North Dakota, get ready and look absolutely phenomenal in front of the camera. I became giddy and all the more excited watching them and how great they looked. Ludvik was being such a trooper as he was getting over a cold, but I think he was just as excited as all of us and his adrenaline was kicking in!
My turn was up to sit in Janelle Finseths seat as she did my hair and makeup making me look as great as my sister queens! I could hear all the giggles and fun shenanigans happening at the photo cite with Sadie Jo, Miss Jr. Teen North Dakota, as she played her silly self in front of that camera! It’s easy to say I get to work with some of most fun and wonderful ladies out there! Janelle had me feeling completely beautiful and ready to conquer that photo shoot!
Ludvik worked his magic with each and every one of us making us feel fabulous and in total control! Janelle Finseth was there to keep us looking great with touchups and hairspray. Meg and Janelle, our directors, most definitely kept us laughing, well fed, confident. Claire Steinburg, Janelles oldest daughter, comes to many of our events in being the best cheerleader and the best helping hand any girl could ask for. Then let us not forget Ashley, Meghanne, and Sadie Jo, my sister queens, for helping make this time so enjoyable!!
Without these people, our official photo shoot could not have been such a successful and joyful time! Janelle Finseth and Ludvik Herrera are both so incredibly talented and we are lucky to have the opportunity to work with them. Thank you to everyone who was involved as I had the time of my time with you all! Being Miss North Dakota International is such a blessing in itself—especially when you get to work with these kind of people!
                                                                                                Xoxox-Taylor Woodruff
                                                                                    Miss North Dakota International 2016

Friday, March 4, 2016

Every Child Deserves a Companion

My passion for children with disabilities began young. Starting at the age of 4, my mom began taking me to work with her at the Anne Carlsen Center where she would have me sit in on Elementary Special Education classes. Soon, our family would start bringing home a girl of the name Amber is now one of the girls I am advocating for. We took on the role of being Ambers family for the time being, bringing her home and to family occassions. Unfortunatly, we were unable to adopt Amber; we are still in contact today, but to me that isn't enough. Children and adults like Amber need to be given the oppertunity to stay in a stable home and have a parent or gaurdian to never give up on them. This led me to want to learn more, and to teach others that everyone deserves a companion. I began by attending camps for adults with special needs, volunteering at the center, and now I work there as a Cottage Direct Support Professional.

There are children with disabilities that are neglected or treated differently every day. Every one deserves respect and dignity. Everyone deserves a companion. My goal is to open up new doors for these children; and to educate siblings, parents, everyone on how to live with someone that has a a little more extra needs than the next person. These children are not burdens, but they are full of love, light and happiness, and are just calling out for that need.

My platform, Every Child Deserves a Companion (ECDC) is a passion. Children with special needs deserve a voice, need a voice, a home, a family, and people like you and I can help provide that. Begining in March I am partnering with the organization, PATH, and become a certified foster parent for children with special needs. March also marks the month to wear BLUE in awareness for these children that need a home. Not only should you wear BLUE, as I partner with the Anne Carlsen Center, I will be taking prom dress donations that will be given to the amazing girls that are attending the ACC prom in May. It's a great way to give back in our community and give those girls the night of their lives.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

The Copewell Foundation

Mrs. North Dakota International 2016 – Ashley Rae Klinger
My Personal Platform – The Cope Well Foundation

Hello again, everyone! Hope you’re all having a fabulous week! Today, I’going to talk about the organization that I chose to represent as my personal platform; The Cope Well Foundation.

The Cope Well Foundation, which is dedicated to the emotional recovery of cancer survivorship, is a local, nonprofit organization based out of Grand Forks, NDThe main mission of Cope Well is to help those who have been affected by cancer overcome the emotional challenges of cancer survivorship, while bringing awareness to ALL survivors of ALL cancer types.

After I was diagnosed with Melanoma Skin Cancer in 2008, I realized that there’s a lot of focus put on the physical recovery of cancer survivorship, but the emotional recovery is often times overlooked, ignored and even misunderstood. After facing emotional challenges myself, I decided to use the experience in a way that could make a difference and have a positive, long-lasting impact on the lives of others. I began working with a variety of organizations to raise awareness about skin cancer and sun safety, but I didn’t feel as though I was doing enough. I knew in my heart that I was meant to do more, so I started visiting with other survivors about what was lacking in their survivorship journey, and the feedback I received always came back to the same thing; emotional support. After spending some time reflecting on my own survivorship journey, the concepts of The Cope Well Foundation were born.

From the moment one’s diagnosed with cancer, their survivorship journey begins, so no matter what stage of the survivorship journey one’s in, The Cope Well Foundation is here to help. Because we understand that every survivorship journey is unique, we have designed a Cope Well Member Program that allows one to participate in a variety of ways according to their specific needs. Our services, which are all free, include our Cope Well Mentor Program, our Cope Well Activity Support Plan and our Cope Well Counseling Program. Regardless of which services one chooses to participate in, our ultimate goal is to help enhance their overall emotional well-being.

Although not diagnosed, the affects of cancer also have an impact on those who support those in need, so our Cope Well Member Program is available to those individuals as well to show how grateful we are for their continued support and commitment.

The core principles of The Cope Well Foundation are based on the needs of our members and the challenges they face throughout their survivorship journey. It’s our members and the true difference that we’re making in their lives that is the driving force behind our foundation, and it’s our ultimate goal to help our members ‘Cope Well to Live Well’.

Getting involved with The Cope Well Foundation, on any levelis a meaningful and powerful way to honor and remember someone special who has been affected by cancer or to support one’s own survivorship journeyAnyone, anywhere can join our fight, so we have a variety of ways in which one can support our efforts and help those affected by cancer. Whether it’s as a Cope Well Mentor, Partner, Leader, Volunteer or Donor, it’s easy to make a difference! 

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~ Winston Churchill

Until next time, continue to ‘make a difference’ and remember, together, we can ‘cope well to live well’.

Ashley Rae Klinger