Crunch Time

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17

I’m a week away from Miss South Carolina check-in, and I feel as though I was crowned Miss Greater Easley last night.  Time has certainly flown by in the most surreal manner as I’ve undergone my competition preparations.  From the perfect evening gown to just the right talent selection, it’s been a much more elaborate process than I anticipated, but I wouldn’t change anything that has happened.  I’m grateful for the doors opened to me by the crown as well as the stressors put on me through it.  I truly believe both the good and the bad of the pageant realm is preparing me to be a well-rounded adult.

Here’s my bit of advice about preparing for anything in life: you can always do more.  I don’t care how many times I practice my dance or go to the gym or watch the news; I could always have done more.  I use to be very bothered by this.  I felt like if I could do more, I should, and to some extent, I still feel that way.  I believe in giving my gifts and talents back.  I believe in using up what God gave me while I’m here.  I’ve also learned that just because you can do more doesn’t mean you should.

What I’m trying to say is, I feel completely prepared for this competition.  Yes, I could tone up a little more, or I could tap a little clearer.  The fact of the matter is, I like my body, and dancing is fun.  I don’t want to give up Zaxbys on Sunday to ensure my abs pop, and I don’t want to give up having a social life to ensure perfect tap sounds.  I wake up happy, knowing I’ve done what I can and leaving the rest up to God.  Maybe I can’t practice until I’m perfect, and I’m learning that that’s OK.  Sure, I could have done more, but I don’t think I could have done more and maintained my positive vibes.  Here’s to one more week to put in work before I get to leave it all in God’s hands!

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