I've been contemplating something for several weeks now. What do you think is scarier - sitting for a bar exam, or walking across a stage in front of 400-500 people in a white bikini? I haven't made up my mind yet - both tasks pose their own challenges. One thing's for sure - after June 13th, I'll know the answer.
Next month, I'll be representing the city of Frisco in the Mrs. Texas America pageant. I made the decision to compete about a month ago as I sat in a room full of beautiful contestants during a seminar for the pageant. These women from all over Texas were all stunning, smart, educated, and friendly. In order for me to compete, I knew I'd have to prepare, study, and practice. I knew right then that I'd found my next challenge. I've never competed in a pageant before, so this is a major challenge for me. And I like challenges - they keep me going and I love having a goal to work towards...
So back to the white bathing suit thing. Can you say "nightmare?" I've already been coached that I'm "curvy" and that if I sashay across the stage with my supermodel runway walk that I'm used to, I'm just going to attract more attention to my hips. Apparently my size 4 frame may pose an issue in the beauty pageant world. But you know - these curvy hips have birthed two children and for that, I'm tremendously proud. So please understand that there may be some hip action when I walk my walk on that stage.
One aspect of my participation in the pageant that I am extremely excited about is my platform - Autism Awareness. As you know, this is an issue near and dear to my heart. I think it's imperative we begin to spread the word about early intervention. Parents need to know the early developmental signs of autism and what to do if they notice them. I look forward to spreading that message!
Wish me luck - I've got less than three weeks to go before the big day!