On June 5th, 2010 my life changed forever the moment I was announced as the new Miss Vermont.
It sounds like a cliche - "It was just LIFE CHANGING."
But seriously, it was.
It wasn't the instant fame (LOLZ) or the new life of glitz and glam (I was Miss Vermont... I had to wear mud boots to a lot of appearances) it was the year of transformative experiences that began on that night.
When you're Miss State, you're afforded opportunities to speak, perform, travel, and to spend every single day representing what you're most passionate about. It's pretty incredible. In what other circumstance does a young woman between 17 and 25 get to do that?
It is hard to articulate just how important being Miss Vermont was in making me the person I am today because it's so all encompassing.
Because I was Miss Vermont 2010, I wake up next to my husband every day.
Because I was Miss Vermont 2010, I know how to do superfast hair and makeup every day.
Because I was Miss Vermont 2010, I understand how to give a presentation of any length on absolutely any topic at a moment's notice.
And on and on.
Being Miss Vermont won't be the pinnacle of my existence on this planet, but it will always be an extremely important part of who I am and what I can do.
This weekend is Miss Vermont Pageant Weekend in the Green Mountain State, and the girls are competing on the same exact stage at the Barre Opera House where my life changed four years ago.
I am excited to see who will join our sisterhood and beyond sad I won't be there in person, but mostly I am filled with gratitude that I had the gift of being a forever Miss Vermont.
Happy National Pageant Day!