Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Did someone say "back to school"?!

Time sure is flying! Can you believe it? September is here and almost over!
School is back in session and let me tell you, I couldn’t be more excited! This year I start my Junior Year of College at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND and it has been nothing short of great! As a junior, college is not the quite the hype it was my freshmen year but I honestly haven’t been more excited and pleased with where I am and what I am doing!
Each year I like to challenge myself in a different way and this year I particularly challenged myself to love. Whether it is to love myself, my classes, the people around me, or even love the bird that pooped on me last week. As I get older I realize the littlest things are often taken advantaged of and I personally want to enjoy anything and everything that I can. Yes, even find the joy of the bird pooping. Because like I told you last time, we all have to laugh at ourselves a little. It is not always easy to love, trust me, it is only going into week 5 of school this fall and I have had some hard times, but I have learned to love the walk from the parking lot to my classes. I have learned to love the strangers I sit next to because they too had to get to that 8am class just like I did and still have the energy to smile back at me. The little things right?
Today I challenge you to slow down just a little to embrace what is around you this school year. Stop wishing it away for the next summer vacation, and love whatever you can. Maybe it seems a little silly but give it a try!

Until next time!

Miss North Dakota International 2016

Friday, September 9, 2016

Survivorship through Mentorship


‘As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.' 1 Peter 4:10

‘Our Purpose in life is simple; it is to be the best version of ourselves that we can be by leading by example for those around us and making a difference in the lives of others.’ ~ Ashley Rae Klinger.

One way in which we can accomplish this is by using our experiences as a Survivor to not only better our own lives, but to better the lives of those around us, and Mentorship is a perfect example of that.

The Cope Well Foundation’s 'Survivorship through Mentorship' Program is aimed at building Mentor/Mentee connections and support systems in a comfortable and trusting environment, in an overall effort to help Survivors 'Cope Well' during their Survivorship journey.

So, what exactly is 'Survivorship through Mentorship'? At Cope Well, we break it down into 2 parts. 1) Survivorship is the Journey of a Survivor who has been affected, directly or indirectly, by a circumstance in life. 2) Mentorship is the positive and growing Relationship between one Survivor and another. These 2 parts add up to 1 very important message: Survivorship through Mentorship, which is the idea of Survivors using their experiences to form relationships with one another to better the lives of themselves and their fellow Survivors, in an effort to ‘Cope Well’ during their Survivorship Journey.

With Survivorship through Mentorship, there are no limits! Survivorship applies to all areas of life, as it includes Survivors of Cancer, Lupus, Stoke, Infertility, PTSD, Suicide, Depression, Loss of a Loved One and all other illnesses and circumstances that may affect us physically, mentally, emotionally and even spiritually. Mentorship also applies to all areas of life, as it includes relationships between Individuals and Groups, Males and Females, Youth and Elderly and all other environments where positive relationships may form and grow.

With Survivorship through Mentorship, the benefits are endless! Although those benefits will vary from participant to participant, Cope Well believes that Survivorship through Mentorship will ultimately be very therapeutic for BOTH the Mentor and Mentee in a variety of ways. And regardless of the type of Survivorship and whether one decides to be the Mentor or the Mentee, Survivorship through Mentorship is another great way for us to be the best version of ourselves that we can be.

The overall Purpose of The Cope Well Foundation’s Survivorship through Mentorship program is simple: to use our experiences as Survivors to not only better our own lives, but to better the lives of those around us. Through this message, we will lead by example and make a difference, and together we will ‘Cope Well to Live Well’.

‘Above all, keep loving one another earnestly.’ 1 Peter 4:8

Until next time, continue to lead by example and make a difference!

Ashley Rae Klinger
Mrs. North Dakota International 2016

“Making a difference in the lives of others, and leading by example for those around me, isn’t by hobby; it’s my Purpose!” ~ Ashley Rae Klinger

Thursday, September 8, 2016

You are Laughable

            Another month is coming to an end and I hope everyone had a month of happiness and laughs.
            Today I want to tell you about something I learned at nationals. You may have heard it before and that is okay so did I, but over nationals I was capable of fully understanding the meaning to just laugh at myself. Yes, I discovered the importance of laughing at oneself!
            It is one thing to be having a good time with a few girlfriends and being giggly or to say a joke and laugh. This is about just simply being you and accepting it all.
            Over the course of my reign, I have discovered many talents and faults in myself and I continually remind myself that,“ I am not perfect and that is okay.” I say this because no one is perfect but I know I am who I am and that is always enough. Over nationals one could say I was a “hot mess” and I really was! I was forgetting things all the time, dropping whatever was in my hands, and getting lipstick on my teeth! Usually people just have an off day, but mine lasted a whole week! Most importantly though, I didn’t let those things affect me.
            I remember getting in the elevator on my way to the room to grab something I forgot and just giggling to myself that, of course, I would have forgotten this! There was another time I attempted to open my handbag and everything came flying out of it onto the floor. Instead of getting embarrassed and looking around at who saw, I just laughed. I found myself laughing with strangers that quickly turned into lifelong friends and laughing in the shower at something that happened that day.
            Laughter is so important to our lives as we often take things too serious. Being at Nationals was a stressful but the laughter is what really pulled me through. It wasn’t only my laughter but Meghanne's laughter, the other contestants laughter and even my goofy directors.
            The ending thought that I want to share with you is that laughing at yourself is completely humbling. It is a reality check of who you really are and being completely okay with it. Lets not forget that a smile and laugh is also the most beautiful thing anyone can wear, so embrace it! Embrace who you are and don’t let who you are, distract you from the moment, because who you are as a person is what makes the moment special.


 Taylor Woodruff, Miss North Dakota International 2016