Two weeks before Miss Michigan, my mom called me to see how I was doing. I was at that doubting stage where everything seems impossible and I begin to wonder why I put myself through such stress. With her parental instinct, my mother picked up on the fact that I needed some support, so she decided to come to Michigan to help me for a week. Much to my surprise, my sister flew in from Los Angeles (missing a film opportunity) to join us. I told my mom I wasn't sure there'd be much for her to do (as if I really had things under control, ha), and a week later she was still gluing the last of a few thousand Swarovski crystals on my competition clothes. I felt like I was in a cheesy Lifetime estrogen fest where the mom and older sister drop everything they're doing to help the distressed party (me). I was so moved by their love and support, and it made me realize once again that the value of competing is in the process, not the outcome. I don't know what I would have done without them, and I feel so lucky to have such an amazing family.
My week in Muskegon was an absolute blast. Don't get me wrong, it was exhausting and stressful, but I had so much fun. My roommate, Tiffany (Miss Southwest), was amazing. We hit it off from day one and stayed up too late talking almost every night. She is such a beautiful person, and I was ecstatic when she was called into the top ten. I have to give another shout out to our Miss Washtenaw County, Ashlee Baracy, who I had the pleasure of sharing a dressing room with. This girl was sicker than a dog on Thursday night and somehow pulled herself together enough to perform an acrobatic dance and then went on to place 4th runner-up. And of course, a big congrats to our new Miss Michigan, Angela Corsi. She has worked so hard over the years, and I greatly respect her perseverance. Honestly, I could go down the line of contestants and say fabulous things about every one of them. Tjos was truly an outstanding group of women, and I am proud to be a part of the class of 2006.
On Saturday (July 8th), I will be leaving for LifeRide, a leadership camp for high school students. I was a camper myself back in the day (ha, as if I'm that old), and I am finally going back as a counselor. The people involved in this camp are like family to me, and I am so happy to be spending a week with them. It's like a mini-vacation. Speaking of age...I will be turning 23 this month. Now that's a birthday to celebrate. The big 2-3. Doesn't get any more exciting than that. I'm not a fan of odd numbers, but I am a fan of presents, so I guess I can deal.
Finally, I need to shamelessly use this opportunity to advertise the fact that I am an intelligent, ambitious, talented Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan who is in the market for a job. I'm hoping to start working full time in the fall (hint, hint).
I guess that's all for now. I want to say a big thank-you to everyone who supported me during Miss Michigan week. You are the people who make competing worth it. Special thanks to Brooke for helping me with move-in and for taking all of the fabulous pictures on our website. Also, special thanks to Sheila for being such an amazing ED and for treating me like her own daughter. I truly appreciate everything you've done for me.