Thursday, February 21, 2013

Miss America: One Last Shot

Aloha loves!

I was debating whether or not to go public with this, but since I know this awesome community can be nothing but supportive, I've decided to let the cat out of the bag.

As most of you know, (some of you are new around here, WELCOME!) I am obsessed with pageants. I have been a hopeful for many years and almost announced my official retirement. Ever since I was a senior in high school, when I was introduced to the pageant world, I've had my sights set on the big times. After winning my first pageant at the county level, I was determined to get myself a "round crown"


My first taste of the Miss America Organization was Miss Dogwood 2007. I was 18 years old, still a senior in high school, and a complete newbie. I had my heart set on at least placing, and did the best I could do. I ended up winning Crowd Favorite and 4th Runner Up. Completely ecstatic, I was hooked. It was such a rush being on stage, all dressed up, showing what I was made of. I decided to pursue that path, not only for the performance aspect, but for the scholarship opportunities and the community service outlet.

I decided to give it another shot with Miss Heart of the Ozarks 2008. This pageant was near and dear to my heart. The directors were my county pageant directors, the ones that helped me blossom in the pageant world, the ones who encouraged me to keep trying. I wanted this title and opportunity so bad. I was still very inexperienced, after all it was only my fourth pageant ever. I changed my talent song, worked on my wardrobe, and gave it my all once again. Moving up, I received Crowd Favorite and 2nd Runner Up. After the pageant, the director came to me with advice from the judges. I took every word in that she said and decided to keep trying.

My fifth time was a charm. I competed for Miss Northwest Arkansas 2008. I was 18 years old, and going head to head with two veterans (contestants who had already graced the Miss Arkansas stage). I decided to have fun, give it my all, and win or lose, I at least know I did my best. I changed my swimsuit to a two piece, changed my talent song to a ballad, and let it all out on stage. I tied for Miss Congeniality with a girl I graduated high school with, won the Swimsuit award, and captured the title of Miss Northwest Arkansas. I was on my way to Miss Arkansas that summer.

 In disbelief that my name was called as the winner.


Laura Cole, Miss NWA 07 crowning me.

Miss Arkansas was an experience. I had the honor of competing with 42 beautiful women that summer. It opened my eyes to what I could do when I set my goals and go for them. I tried for one more year to get back to the state pageant, but it just wasn't in the works for me.

Well friends, 5 years later, here I am, about to give it one last shot. This is my final year before aging out of the system and I finally feel like it's my time again. I couldn't live with myself if I didn't at least give it one more try before becoming ineligible. I have decided to compete on March 9th for the titles of Miss Kauai/ Miss Garden Isle. I've changed up my platform, my talent, and my attitude. I'm not going in with the same story I once had. I've prayed about this and it couldn't come at a more perfect time in my life.

Most of you know I am huge into health and fitness. I'm using my status as a Sweat Pink Ambassador to steer my platform of Healthy - It's a Lifestyle. My main goal is to spread awareness on the importance of maintaining a healthier lifestyle. My goal: to get the scholarship and use it towards a nutritionist degree, so I can kick start a career in something I am absolutely passionate about. It took me coming to this beautiful island to realize my purpose in life, and it's time I utilize it for the better.

Win or lose, I am happy to be giving it my all one more time. I'd never know if I don't try and I know I will still get an amazing experience out of it!

Want to help me out? Miss America's national platform is Children's Miracle Network and as a hopeful, I am set out to raise at least $100. I set up a page dedicated to reaching that goal and you can help by donating! Anything helps and all proceeds go to the Kapiolani Medical Center, right here in Hawaii.

Simply visit my page HERE and help turn my dreams into a reality! Together we can start making miracles happen!

I'll be keeping everyone updated and giving you sneak peeks on my wardrobe and talent choices (if you are interested) so you can follow me on my journey to the crown. Win or lose, I know I have mad support from you awesome ladies, and for that, I really am already a winner!

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Xoxo,

24 comments:

MeetTheBrowns said...

Yay!!!Good luck girl!

Logan Cantrell said...

I am so proud of you! You are going to do amazing!! Good luck!

Caravan Sonnet said...

That is AWESOME! Good Luck!!! :) SERIOUSLY I love when I hear of people going for their dreams. Good Luck! :)
~ Rebecca ~

Nikki said...

Yay!!! Rooting for you!

Ricci said...

How fun!!!! I'm sooooo excited you decided to compete again!!!! Can't wait to here more and I LOVE your platform!!!!

Stephanie + Walter said...

Congrats and good luck!!!

Becky Dougherty said...

That's awesome, Tarole! Good luck! xo

Amber said...

Oh this will be a blast! I'm sure you'll do amazing :)

Vashelle N. said...

Wow, Tarole! Good luck to you! Looking forward to following your experience :)

Kimberly H said...

Girl, you are so amazing! I'm so proud of you for following your heart and giving it one last shot - you're totally right that you would have regretted it if you didn't try :) No matter what happens, we love you! Can't wait to hear how everything goes.

THE mom said...

HECK YA TAROLE!!! Good luck on your journey...I'll be cheering for your okole all the way over here in Texas :-)
This post makes me smile...so proud of you! You got this!

POMAIKA'I!!!!!

Sarah Kil said...

That is so awesome!! Can't wait to hear how things go for you! :D So exciting!!! Good luck!

Southern Glamourista said...

Good luck!!

Metal Marvels Store said...

You are gonna kill it girl!!! GET EM!
You will rock it and I am so excited for you!

Lauren Loeffel said...

How exciting!!! Good luck! :)

Cece said...

So exciting!!! I'm a non pageant girl who loves pageants. You ladies are so talented, beautiful, smart and gutsy. It's so awesome that you are going for your dreams.

Meredith @ The Laundry Can Wait said...

This is wonderful - thanks for sharing so we can cheer you along! I like that you searched your heart and determined not to live with the regret of not trying one last time. Have fun going for it...I'm sure you'll do extremely well.

XOXO,
Meredith

Jennifer said...

Good luck and I just donated $10!

Rachel Silski said...

I hope you do it! My friend from high school..well maybe I just know her..lol was Miss West Virginia and she competed in the Miss USA.the donald trump one. She didn't win but it was pretty awesome to see her on TV last year. I hope you do it. I will be all..I know her!! And I will DVR it! lol good luck!!

Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes} said...

Congratulations! You are going to kick butt and I can not wait to see you crowned next year!

xx
Kelly
Sparkles and Shoes

Kelsey Eaton said...

Atta girl!!

Paige said...

Love the picture when they announced you as the winner. You can tell you are soooo stoked!

Lisette said...

You GO GIRL! You have my support! One of my sorority sisters was Ms. Maryland a few years back, and competed for Miss America. She didn't make the title, but it was an exciting time for her! I wonder if the two of you ever crossed paths?

Kristine -Heart Shaped Sweat said...

I'm so moved by this post! Love seeing people work hard and chase their dreams. You're such an inspiration!!