Today is the day. The last day that applications for Miss Rodeo Oregon can be submitted.
It cracks me up because a lot of time I feel like girls look at pageants as a “you vs me” kind of ordeal. Whenever I have assisted people with pageant preparation I repeat over and over again that it’s more than just that.
Somebody else doesn’t answer a question wrong on the written test for you.
Somebody else doesn’t suck all your knowledge about a current event out of your head.
This is all on you.
Basketball taught me a lot about ownership and accountability; thanks to the worlds greatest strength and conditioning team which was first Clete and then Nate and Jordan. I really struggled being “the skinny” one on the team but Clete was the only one who took one look at me and realized that I truly cared. He taught me to hold myself accountable; I wasn’t a beast like Earlysia, I could not afford to skip even one rep, in fact I should probably do an extra one just in case (and by no means am I saying Earlysia skipped reps, heck no! We wanted to win and winners don’t do that). If I didn’t run on my own, shoot on my own, play one on one at the rec center against strangers, I would never have a chance.
Turns out I didn’t anyway but I think that was the only thing that kept my teammates respecting me as I was only a benchwarmer come game time.
As I semi-wait for them to announce the official contestants a part of me wants to stress about WHO it’s going to be!!! But I can’t, but I WON’T. I am not competing against anybody else, I am preparing myself for a job interview and everything I say, do and know is on ME, and ME ONLY. The only way that you can go into a competition is by training to be your absolute best because, as my middle school coaches Amber and Vicki always said: If you play your best, then, at the end of the game, no matter what the scoreboard, you will always be content with how you did.