Schedule

Here is my schedule for Miss South Carolina 2015!

Monday – Interview
Tuesday – Talent
Wednesday – On Stage Question
Thursday – Swimsuit & Evening Gown
Saturday – Final Competition

Thanks to everyone who is praying for me, encouraging me, and loving me!  This has been such a fun experience so far, and I can’t even imagine how much fun state week will be.

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!

My Miss South Carolina Headshot

Headshot

I would like to thank AJ Day and Kristen White for sharing their talent with me.  I would like to thank my parents for footing the bill and continuously supporting my journey.  I would like to thank God for this and so many other opportunities that have come my way as Miss Greater Easley.  Last but never least, I would like to thank every friend who has taken the time to support me through this incredible experience.

Love Where You Are

You may be whatever you resolve to be.
-Stonewall Jackson

This past week I had the honor of attending 3 completely different events in the Easley community.  On Monday, I sat next the Speaker of the House Jay Lucas at a Boy Scout dinner.  On Friday, I attended a local elementary school and showed the kids how beneficial an active lifestyle can be.  On Saturday, I judged the Mr. EHS pageant.  Three entirely different events, but each made me fall deeper in love with the community I have the pleasure of serving.

The Pickens County annual Boy Scout steak dinner ended up raising $28K.  This money will take care of pretty much everything the Boy Scouts need for the next year.  The most unique thing about this event was the number of gentlemen in the room who hold positions in the state office.  The majority of these men had personal stories about what being a Boy Scout had meant to them, and they each took time out of very busy schedules to support continuing that program for new generations.

I had the pleasure of sitting next to Jay Lucas, speaker of the House of Representatives in South Carolina.  It was remarkable how much time he took to speak to me and really get to know me.  We shared a love of VMI, since both of us have family members who attended, and when he quoted Stonewall Jackson in his speech, I knew we were kindred spirits.

At the elementary school, I got to interact with an entirely different crowd: children on a Friday, bursting with enthusiasm for the weekend.  We talked for a few minutes about the importance of eating well and staying active.  Then, we played several games to get everyone up and moving.  It was a great way to not only talk about A Perfect Fit but to really put it into action with an incredibly energetic crowd!

Now the Mr. EHS pageant was something entirely of its own.  I’m still not certain what basis we were judging anything on, but what an entertaining group of young men.  From modeling their mother’s prom dresses to performing some great song and dance numbers, I’ve never sat through a more amusing pageant.

It is such a blessing to serve as Miss Greater Easley 2015.  I truly can’t imagine a more incredible community to be a part of.  The more I get to work with everyone, the more I fall in love, and I just can’t wait to see what other adventures are waiting for me!

Happy Tears Only

In every thing give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
(1 Thessalonians 5:18)

I was not raised to be a pageant girl.  Mama didn’t make me wear a flipper as a child or force me into frilly dresses.  I had girly hobbies like dance classes, but I also loved spending time in the garage with my dad.  I don’t think anyone thought I’d grow up to be a pageant queen, but this is where my life has led me.

On January 21, I won the title of Miss Greater Easley.  I’m not sure if that moment will ever seem any less surreal than it does right now.  My imaginary princess crown was suddenly a real weight on my head, and with that weight, I felt not only excitement but responsibility.  I suddenly had my little claim to fame and a way to make my voice heard.

I’ve always believed in serving any community you come in contact with, but I think the real attraction of the pageant world was the way it gives women an opportunity to be heard.  My platform, A Perfect Fit, is something near and dear to my heart.  By inculcating into the hearts of young girls a mindset of health and well-being, a belief that their bodies are incredible because of what they allow them to do and not how they look, the future of South Carolina will be happier, healthier, and more confident.

So here’s my one rule for this whole journey: Happy tears only!  All things coming out of this experience will be positive because things happen like they’re meant to.  God has a greater plan than I can imagine, and to Him be the glory.  Win or lose at Miss South Carolina, no one can take away my ability to serve as Miss Greater Easley or the memories of this year.  I can’t wait to see what the future holds, and I thank everyone taking the time to read this and support me!

XOXO,
Miss Greater Easley 2015
Tracy Elizabeth McGee