“The difference in winning and losing is most often…. not quitting.”- Walt Disney
I’ve always lived by the motto “if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” When I first competed in the Miss Santee organization I was 15 years old, shy beyond belief, and I had no idea what to expect out of the pageant. I never expected to get bit by the pageant bug, and why would I? My mom was not a girly person, she had no idea what to do with a pageant girl as a daughter, and my dad, well he definitely wasn’t sure what to do with a pageant girl besides supporting me fully in my endeavor. It was definitely an experience I was not prepared for. As a girl who never wore makeup, rarely wore dresses, and had never spoken in front of a crowd, it was not an easy feat for me to accomplish.
I am very proud of how I did that year, even though I didn’t win. After that year, I fell in love with the Miss Santee pageant and I was determined to one day win that coveted title. I went back year after year and competed for the Miss Santee title and each year I did, I improved a little bit more. I even managed to get runner up a couple times. Even at the times when I took the loss the hardest, I always kept that motto in my head, “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” And try again I sure did.
I ran for Miss Teen Santee twice and for Miss Santee I ran 5 times for a grand total of 7 times before I FINALLY won. This, I feel, made me appreciate my win so much more. So, if you haven’t won, don’t be discouraged. You get better with every try and one time, your turn will come. You just have to remember to keep your head high and persevere, because one day that crown will rest on your head just like it was made to be there.
“She was unstoppable. Not because she did not have failures or doubts, but because she continued on despite them.”- Beau Taplin
Miss Santee 2015