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Hello friends! Welcome to my Blog. I am so honoured to represent my province in the upcoming nationals pageant held in Toronto Ontario in August. Back in march I competed in Miss Teen Alberta pageant and won first runner up winning myself the title of Miss Teenage Southern Alberta 2017. I am super ecstatic for my upcoming events I will be attending as a way to help make a difference and represent my title. Now allow me to tell you more about myself. I really enjoy fishing, going to movies, Listening to country music, and anything outdoors. Throughout elementary and my teen years I have been immersed in dance class, specifically clogging. I even got the opportunity to help teach a kids clogging class for a year. As a young amusing child I remember my dream job was to be a teacher… the only reason was so I could draw on the board. Since then I considered more of my options. Junior high I won many awards for my grades and even got top student in classes such as math, science, and shop. I then entered high school which was a whole new experience and I’ve loved every moment of it. Things started to change health wise for me during grade 11. I noticed I constantly was not feeling myself and after being admitted to the hospital and many doctor and specialist appointments I got told I have what is called IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) IBD is a term mainly used to describe two conditions known as Ulcerative Colitis and Chrones Disease. Till this day the doctors don’t know exactly which one out of the two I have but are currently doing further tests to rule it out. Although the symptoms are difficult to live with I still try my best in everything I do and never give up. It is a topic I am passionate to speak about and was my platform in this previous pageant.
Now that you got a little insight of me I would love to invite you to visit my social media accounts to see more of my updates on events and photos! I am extremely excited for this years journey to meet new people and to represent my title! Thank you for taking the time to read this and I wish my fellow blog followers a great rest of your day! See you on the next post:)
Dakota-Miss Teenage Southern Alberta 2017
I flew into Toronto with two other Ablerta girls and we immediately met three other delegates from Saskatchewan. After cramming all of our belongings into a small bus we eventually made our way to the hotel, where we got settled in after meeting our roommates. Michelle did an amazing job of choosing our roommates as @missteenhaltonregion.com (my roommate) and I get along very well and have already have had many good laughs together after spending only 2 nights together!
The Miss Teenage Canada pageant started off with a very fun spent with all of the delegates to celebrate, meet and thank our sponsors. The night was so fun! We were able to mingle with one another and really get to know the fellow delegates while also getting to know more about the amazing companies that sponsored the pageant this year.
The first sponsor table I visited was the #nuvango table. They are each of us a free clothing item (they are all super cool)! Today we were given the opportunity to go for a tour of the Nuvango factory, and it was so neat! We got to do a small photoshop with their latest collection, along with seeing all of the hard work that goes into the products they make!
V.P.I sunglasses gave us all a pair of sunglasses here is a picture of my fellow albertan and I sporting them! They are so cute and sporty. Throughout the week I have seen lots of girls looking very stylish in their V.P.I sunglasses.
Then we all were given a free piece of clothing from Nuvango! So cool! All of there clothing is so cool!
Nuvango created a shareable moment center by offering up some designer clothes and a full length mirror. I got a really cool pair of leggings! They are like nothing I have ever seen before, they are so unique. Later in the week we made a visit to Nuvango headquarters where we were given a tour and a mini photoshoot!
We also had a great time golfing at Ryall Golf course! The instructors at the course were so helpful and taught us so much about golf and gave us some really good tips.! We were served a yummy lunch and were given super cool uv protection sleeves. I had so much fun working on my drive and putting stance. All in all a great experience, I strongly recommend going to thin course because it is so beautiful and a great place to be.
Sam Dhutia from Sweets Canada was at the party doing chocolate tastings. Sam made a very informative and delicious chocolate tasting exhibit – after each sampling he generously gave out gourmet chocolate bars , and or edible flower chocolate bars, depending on each delegate’s individual preferences, as discovered during the tastings. I was given white chocolate covered cashews and a dark chocolate matcha chocolate bar. They were literally so yummy. My roommate and I both shared our chocolates with each other because she had white chocolate cheese cake balls. SO GOOOOOOD!
Archers Arena logo At the party there was a bow and arrow (with a giant marshmallow on the pointy end) and we all took turns trying to hit a paper target that was setup in the ballroom. We got to go to Archers Arena to play with the arrows and to play against each other. It was so fun! We got to shoot arrows at each other and after learning how to actually shoot a bow and arrow. I am so glad I am learning so many new things when I am here!
Storia PR is a huge help with spreading our thanks to the sponsors and helping to amplify the audience that sees all of the things the sponsors do for us!
So nice to get to meet up with all of the girls from my province. It has been almost 6 months since seeing them last, so it was nice to get to see familiar faces and bond even more with these girls. This has been amazing experience so far and I can’t wait for the actual competition. Thank you to the sponsors for allowing us to have such a great week! Without them all of the great activities we get to do wouldn’t be possible!
Miss Teenage Southern Alberta ❤️
Miss Teenage Canada organization teaches young girls to be our own kind of beautiful, by embracing our quirks and qualities that allows each of us to shine in our own way. Beauty has become so standardized, saying that beauty is being a size 0 or 6 feet tall. In reality beauty is being able to love yourself unconditionally and not only accept, but OWN your insecurities and “flaws” because those are the things that make us unique and uniqueness is what makes us individually beautiful.
Confidence is beauty, intelligence is beauty, and compassion is beauty. The Miss Teenage Canada organization proves that beauty is not only about aesthetics, but what is also on the inside. We get to see the individual beauty on the inside of each delegate in the ways in which they use their titles, whether it is to promote and help charities, bring attention to societal issues or be the voice for someone who has yet to find theirs.
I am so honoured to have been given the opportunity by Sign Source Solution and the Miss Teenage Canada Organization to create a roll up banner for Miss Teenage Canada. The mantra “Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful” has stuck out to me, I feel that this inspirational phrase represents what the MTC organization and experience is about and should be proudly displayed on the banner. Thank you MTC for showing me what it means to embrace being my own kind of beautiful!
Wow what an amazing few months! Thank you to everyone that has made my journey as a Miss Teenage Canada Delegate an experience I will always remember.
I was crowned Miss Teenage Southern Alberta in February and it has been such an honour to help out the communities in various ways, my hometown centennial is coming up and I had so much fun being able to be involved with the community fundraiser for the Milk River Centennial.
I have to tell you the hospitality in small town southern Alberta is exceptional. I have been fortunate to travel to many of the towns throughout southern Alberta with my High School Basketball team and competing in rodeo.
Writing on Stone Provincial Park was named a National Historic Site. The amazing petroglyphs, hoodoos and beauty of how the Milk River has cut a winding passage way through is incredibly scenic, and worthy of a visit. The first weekend in August is the Writing on Stone rodeo and I am excited to say it’s one of my favourites. It’s like an old west scene with the hoodoos in the back ground, prairie and the Milk River that I can take my horse for a swim in after he and I have made our run. It’s an incredible feeling of freedom.
Interesting fact about Milk River. It was ruled under 8 flags and the river itself starts in the United States runs up into southern Alberta crosses into Montana flows into the Missouri River, to the Mississippi and to the Gulf of Mexico. It’s the only river in Canada to do this.
How do I begin to describe how great and amazing this week has been so far here at Miss Teenage Canada? It’s been more than I every imagined!
Registration day was filled with much anticipation and travel for most. We all arrived excited and a bit nervous. Girls arrived from coast to coast from early morning to late into the evening. We were greeted by our amazing chaperones and given our rooms and roommates.
It was fun to be reunited with some of my friends I met at the Miss Teenage Alberta competition in March and see how excited they also were to be here at the Miss Teenage Canada National competition.
I lucked out and got the most amazing roommate! I was paired up with the most gorgeous young lady, Alyssa, South Eastern Ontario. She’s such a beautiful girl in and out, and I know we will be friends long after the pageant is over!
After a fairly late night getting to know my roommate and unpacking we woke up bright and early for a quick breakfast and a day of hair, makeup, video/photo shoots and interviews.
Day two began with a lot of excitement in the air. Staying at the hotel for the day’s activities made it easy being able to just go downstairs and get started. I had a very talented makeup artist that did an amazing job!
I had been assigned the number 14, so that meant I would be fairly close to the beginning of the photo/video shoot and panel interview. I was happy I would be done sooner than later. I was done by early afternoon and then was able to go back to my room and relax!
Day three was kept at the hotel again. The day was filled with choreography training, walking practice, and dress fittings. We met Sean (who is amazing!) and he taught us our opening act.
Just before dinner we were told that we were leaving the hotel to go out for dinner. It was quite the site I’m sure to watch 82 girls walk a block down the road in high heels, sashes and crowns! We had amazing fajitas at the Lone Star and it was nice to get outside after being inside for two days.
After dinner we went back to the hotel for dress fittings and some good rest for a packed Day four!
Day four was a fun packed day! We started off with an incredible breakfast at Egglicious. After we stopped at Port Credit where we enjoyed the beautiful weather and did some impromptu walking practice. You can never get too much practice in 😉
After that we had the opportunity to actually be in some dragon boat racing! Something I’ve seen but never done before. We all had a lot of laughs and I’m sure we caused quite a scene. Some of the girls were pretty daring and jumped into the water.
From there we headed to Niagra Falls for a fun dinner and magical evening with Greg Frewin and his show “Champion of Magic”. It definitely left me in awe and question
ing “how did he do that???”
Day five was an even more exciting day where we went early to the family sponsored zoo, Bowmanville Zoo. We had the amazing experience of playing with baby lions and a tiger. I’m not sure how I’m going to convince my parents to let me have one, but I truly fell in love! If you have a chance, please go support this amazing place.
The next activity was a unique market place visit. This is a market that had all fresh and natural ingredients sold at it; The Richtree Natural Market. There we had lunch at the Taco Truck that just opened. Service was outstanding and the food something everyone should experience! This market has four locations now in the GTA. The one we went to today was the Eaton Centre… I wish we had one like this back in Alberta. It was a great place to visit and eat.
After our fabulous experience at the Richtree Market we headed off for a quick shopping trip to Yorkdale. How could 82 girls NOT go shopping?!
Dinner was yet again an experience to remember. We went to the Medieval Times in Toronto.. There we enjoyed incredible food and entertainment.
Back at the hotel now and getting ready for another big day tomorrow. We will be practicing our routines and getting ready for the big night of Preliminary Judging where they pick the top 20!
Thank you to everyone and your ongoing support and messages! It means the world to me and I love sharing this amazing experience with you all!
To be continued…
I had the privilege and opportunity last week of participating in a 4 day confidence and leadership seminar. The principles are based on Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques and how our brains process information. It was nothing short of amazing!s
One of the biggest things that I learned was the power of the words I use and how they are directly related to my confidence level. Our self-talk, when monitored and changed can drastically improve what outcomes we get in our lives.
For example: Instead of saying “I HAVE to go grocery shopping”… tell yourself “I GET to go grocery shopping.” You may be wondering how subtle shifts in your language can improve your confidence but it does! No one wants to be told they HAVE TO do anything! So why do we tell ourselves we HAVE to do anything? It drains our positive energy when we HAVE to do something and doesn’t support more confidence.
Also, focusing on switching out words that communicate by using negative words to those that communicate using positive works is possibly an interesting insight to how we see ourselves..
For example a big one that many of us use is saying, “No problem!” What is more powerful and builds positive energy is saying, “All good!” instead. Try it! It really works… We would rather our minds focus on “good” instead of “problem”.
We played a game over the four days called “Switch”. We were all given 20 poker chips and if we caught anyone using lower energy or negative words to communicate we would say, “switch” and they would have to give us one of our poker chips. It caused a quite a shocking awareness to how we speak.
“Have confidence!” is one of the most essential pieces of advice you’ll receive in life that makes no sense if you’ve never done it. You know what confident people look like, the advantages they get, and that it’s something worth emulating. How do you get there, though? What is Confidence Anyway?
In the purest sense, confidence is knowing what you’re good at, the value you provide, and acting in a way that conveys that to others. Contrast this with arrogance which typically involves believing you are better in a particular area than you are, or low self-esteem which involves believing you’re less valuable than you think. The closer your self-assessment is to that reality in the middle, and the more you behave accordingly, the closer you are to displaying healthy confidence.
sWhy does this definition matter? Because if you want to raise your confidence to a level that helps (rather than harms) you, it’s important to know what you’re aiming for. Blindly thinking positive won’t necessarily help, and it’s possible to go too far.
The Real Things You Can Actually Do to Improve Confidence
One of the first things I would suggest is to become very aware of the words you use when you talk to yourself and others. This will help you see where your focus is. Is it on building yourself up?
I would contend though, that talking about confidence is about as useful as explaining quantum mechanics via interpretive dance. It takes a minute to understand the difference between confidence and arrogance. If you have a confidence problem, what can you actually do about it? “Be better,” isn’t practical advice, so what can you do to practice?
I thought I would share two of the things I learned to immediately (besides switching your words) and when used often will also gradually build more long lasting confidence.
1. Work out: The effects of working out on your confidence are so overwhelming that it can’t be understated. When you exercise, your body releases a cocktail of endorphins that make you feel pretty good as is. When you’re done, you have tangible proof that you’ve done something constructive and everything in your body is programmed to second that response. If you keep at it long-term, the results of a healthier body become more and more visible.
2. Research how to dress better: If you’ve never looked at your wardrobe, you may not realize the dramatic effect it can have on your confidence level. This week at Miss Teenage Canada we are expected to be “on point” the entire time. This dramatically improves how we act and present ourselves.. and overall what our self-confidence comes across as. No one can deny how good it makes you feel when you put on that new outfit!
Underneath it all, most of this advice centers around one theme: making you feel better about who you are. It may not make make you 100% confident overnight, but if you work at it, it will pay off.
As always.. leave a comment below! And thanks for visiting my blog!
Today I wanted to switch up my post a bit…
I would like to talk about a subject that I really believe in! Gratitude and Happiness… and the power it has brought into my life… How I am using it as I go through this amazing week in Toronto at the Miss Teenage Canada competition.
Have you ever heard that the people and situations in our lives mirror back what we project out?
You can probably remember plenty of times when this seemed to be so. When girls are rude or catty – I have learned to look at myself and ask the question, “How am I acting? What am I doing?” So far, the girls have been amazing! I’m finding new friends and enjoying my time immensely.
Has the following ever happened to you? You awoke one morning in a grumpy mood, your hair wasn’t working, your makeup was all wrong.. you were just not doing well – and then your day proceeded to encounter one grumpy person after another. Or how about this one, you felt overwhelmed with problems – and seemed to attract dozens more problems, both minor and major.
Try this little experiment for starters: This type of “instant attraction” can be unsettling to say the least! However, just as it can work in a negative fashion, you can also learn how to turn this mirror effect to your advantage through the practice of gratitude.
When you wake up in the morning, spend a few minutes reciting an affirmation like this: “I am so grateful for the kind and generous people in my life! Everyone is so supportive and nurturing and I feel blessed to be surrounded by so many great people.”
Really allow yourself to get into the feelings of gratitude for the great people in your life. Stay with these feelings for several minutes, letting them soak into your mind and heart. I start my morning off with prayer. And it really sets my day off properly when I remember to do this!
Then, as you go about your daily routine, imagine flowing a strong feeling of love and gratitude toward everyone you encounter. I was recently taught to send “Love and Light” to everyone and every situation around me. It really works!
You can do this with both people you know and strangers. Find something appreciative to say to the people you know. You might compliment your friends on their amazing listening skills, or tell your friend you enjoy her sense of humor. Make it a genuine compliment without expecting anything in return.
As you focus on this little experiment, you may be surprised to notice that other people act more kindly toward you also. You might receive spontaneous compliments, offers of assistance when you need it most, or any number of other pleasant surprises.
Here’s another experiment:
Do your best to find something positive about every situation and experience you have during the course of a day. This might be challenging if you are used to looking at the negative side of most situations, but keep working at it until you can think of at least one blessing in every situation.
I often say to myself, “Shelby, SWITCH” – and I instantly switch my way of thinking.
Don’t try to fake it! If your car blows a tire on the freeway, you can’t mutter through gritted teeth, “I’m really grateful for this” over and over and expect good things to come from it. You’re really NOT grateful at that moment (few of us would be).
Instead, find an aspect of the situation that you really CAN be grateful about. For example, you might decide to feel grateful that your blown tire didn’t cause a serious accident. You might feel grateful that you happened to be in the slow travel lane instead of the fast lane when the tire failed.
Whatever angle you choose to focus on, be sure your feelings of gratitude are genuine – and watch how that quality is reflected back into your life in a myriad of ways.
I am truly grateful and appreciate all the wonderful people I am meeting at Miss Teenage Canada. So much work goes into this event and I know I will remember it for the rest of my life!