Updated: Apr 1
It's Monday, I've downed two cups of coffee, I'm enjoying a nice Spring day in the quad, and I FINISHED MY #MissGeorgia PAPERWORK! Y'all, I am so excited to share myself and my platform with the judges! I cannot tell y'all enough just how prepared and ready I feel for June– I truly feel God guiding me through this entire experience, and I am so so blessed to have the opportunity to share my heart and my passions with so many people through this organization.
I've had two really cool 'God moments' this year while prepping for Miss Georgia, and HOLY COW I wanna share them with everybody!!
So first, when I was scanning Pinterest for dress ideas, I found one that I immediately fell in love with. I kept coming back to it no matter how many pictures I looked through, so I definitely saved it as my main idea. When I showed up at Randall Smith's shop to discuss ideas, we had both saved pictures to share... and y'all... we showed each other the exact. same. dress! It was the craziest thing, and I felt like it was a total 'God moment'.
The second thing literally gave everyone goosebumps...
SO a few weeks ago I was with Thomas Barnette, my mom, and my director, Andrea Pitts, in the studio, and we were trying to decide on a talent song. We kept brainstorming and bouncing ideas off of each other, but nothing seemed quite right. After probably 10 song ideas, Thomas brought up "A Change Is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke. The name sounded familiar, but I couldn't think of where I knew it from... but then Thomas played it and I immediately knew where I had heard it before.
In 10th grade, when I was Miss Starr's Mill's Outstanding Teen, I did a project on older songs and their relations to US History, and I reported on "A Change Is Gonna Come". I wrote the song down in my planner as something that would be a great idea for a miss contestant to perform... two years before I would even be eligible to compete as a miss (and before I even believed I would)!
When I told everybody this, we seriously all got goosebumps, like God was throwing all these components my way to prepare me to be the best candidate for Miss Georgia and Miss America as I can possibly be.
I really feel like all the puzzle pieces are fitting together perfectly, but at the end of the day, the reason I compete in the Miss America Organization is to make a long-term, tangible impact in the lives of as many people as possible. As someone incredibly dedicated to this organization, which has faced turmoil over the past few months, people often ask me why I remain a part of it. However, I constantly think of the positive impact the Miss America Organization has on thousands of young women, including myself, every single day by, like I said, allowing us to use our titles as a megaphone for social change on a national scale.