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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!
I’m truly excited to share with everyone my platform for Miss Teenage Canada. It is a bit unique and goes along with one of my life goals of supporting and helping grow self-confidence in teens and show them that they can achieve their dreams!
I believe that the teenage years are the most important for self development and growth. These years put you on a path that reflects and guides you for the rest of your life! I have seen many girls being bullied and put down and this changes their course direction. They stop believing in themselves. They lose their self-esteem and confidence. If they only knew that it is ok to STAND ALONE at times!
I love spreading my message that it’s 100% OK to stand alone at times. It really is! It is not always easy… but by finding out who YOU truly are and what YOU truly stand for allows you to set goals and find ways to achieve those goals. Overcoming those “bad” times or “difficult” times by knowing who you are can keep you focused and on a path that will continue to lead you to where you want to go!
One of the best ways I have found to develop my own self-confidence is through confidence and leadership training, events and conferences and just putting myself out there. I constantly seek to place myself in situations that are completely outside of my comfort zone (kind of like Miss Teenage Canada pageant is), and from this even though I am scared to death I come out stronger and more determined to keep expanding who I am.
When I assist other teens to see that they have the ability to explore their talents and capabilities, so that they too can be confident and feel good about themselves both internally and externally I find it a win/win remarkable experience!
My platform is directed toward assisting teens to see the beauty inside themselves so that it shines on the outside too. There is no match for a confident girl or boy.
I have discovered at some of my speaking and fund raising events that many teens simply need just that “one person” to believe in them and show that it’s possible to go for your dreams even if other people don’t agree, bully you, or think your life should be different.
I believe the result in helping teens realize and build their own confidence will be driven and ambitious future leaders that strive to follow their dreams, succeed and make a better world for everyone!
Canada isn’t just great… It is AMAZING!!
C stands for: Coast to Coast
Canada is the second largest country in the world, ranging from the West Coast of British Columbia and the Pacific Ocean to the East Coasts of Quebec, Newfoundland, and many other small islands located in the Atlantic ocean. Between the two aquatic borders lay an array of many different landscapes, from the snowy tundras in the North to the beautiful rocky mountains in the west and the great prairie lands, to the rocky coastline of the east. You may think to yourself, how does one country with SO MUCH land space have SO FEW people? Well let me tell you. Although Canada is not lacking in area, most of the area we have is north more into the northern arctic hemisphere, making the area up there hard to live and even uninhabitable. Making our population smaller than that of the state of California, sitting around thirty-five million people. But with such great land area and so few people, the hidden beauties in Canada remain uninhabited, little disturbed and available for everyone to enjoy.
A stands for: Abounding Beauty
I believe that Canada is one of the most beautiful places on earth. I live close to the Rocky Mountains in Southern Alberta and they are breathtaking. Waterton Glacier National Park is one of my favorite places on earth! See my picture below…
From the great Rocky Mountains to the vast rolling prairies to the Great Lakes and always green Maritimes, Canada truly has it all! History and beauty…
N stands for: Nation of Nice People
It is commonly joked about that if you meet a Canadian that they are always so very friendly and continually say they are “sorry”. I’ve heard numerous times from visitors, exchange students and relatives that visit from out of Country that there truly is no nicer place and people than Canadians.
I was on a cruise a couple of years ago and the Captain suggested at one stop that people wear a Canadian flag pin because they would be treated like royalty on land! That’s how well respected and known we are for being kind and loving. I think that’s incredible!
A stands for: Amazing Canadian’isms’ or Vernacular just for Canadians
Here are some of the most used and some of my favourites!
1. KEENER /ˈkēnər/
Definition: An enthusiastic brown-noser.
Example: “Christy pulled an all-nighter studying for that history test on the War of 1812. She’s such a keener.”
2. GIVER /give-er/
Definition: Give it all you got. Apply 110% of your effort (usually to partying, working, and/or extreme Canadian sports).
“How are you planning to get down the triple black diamond run when you’ve never snowboarded before?”
“I’ll just give’r.”*
*This is not an endorsement for poor decision-making in amateur snowboarders.
3. TOQUE /ˈtuːk/
Definition: A knit cap worn in winter. Or spring, fall, and during freak summer snowstorms. It’s cold in Canada.
Example: “Grab your toque. I know we were suntanning yesterday, but…you know…Canada.”
4. COWTOWN /cow-town/
Definition: A term used to describe Calgary, Alberta. Surprisingly, often used by those who actually live in Calgary, Alberta.
“There’s a cowboy on a paddle board on the river.”
“Well, this is Cowtown.”
5. KERFUFFLE /kərˈfəfəl/
Definition: A commotion or fuss, often caused by a disagreement.
Example: “Edmonton Oilers fans got angry when the Calgary Flames beat the Oilers 5-0. It caused quite the kerfuffle.”
6. CHESTERFIELD /ˈCHestərˌfēld/
Definition: A couch. In your grandma’s living room.
Example: “Have a seat on the Chesterfield, Dear. Just shoo Puddles off and sit next to my knitting basket.”
7. MUSKOKA CHAIR /mə-ˈskō-kə/ /CHer/
Definition: An outdoor wooden lounge chair. Named after the Muskoka Lake region of Cottage Country in Ontario, Canada.
Example: “I can’t wait to get up to the cottage. We just bought two Muskoka chairs and I’m going to sit in front of the lake all weekend!”
8. RUNNERS /rənərs/
Definition: Athletic shoes used for running. Also used as a term for street shoes.
Example: “There’s a moose on the loose. Better grab your runners.”14.
Definition: Athletic shoes used for running. Also used as a term for street shoes.
Example: “There’s a moose on the loose. Better grab your runners.”
There are many many more “Canadian’isms” but if you know the above ones you will understand a bit more when you come and visit! 🙂
D stands for: Diverse in Culture
Diversity has played an important role in Canada’s history. My step-dad is an immigrant from the United Kingdom and I am very grateful he came to Canada! Today, Canada has the highest percentage of foreign-born citizens than any other developed country. In 2012, Canada welcomed a record number of immigrants for its seventh consecutive year, with 257,515 newcomers entering the country. In opening its doors to immigration, Canada has created a society of mixed languages, cultures and religions.
The Miss Teenage Canada Pageant is but one example of this! What an amazing array of diverse cultures being represented from across the country!
A Stands for: A+ Place to Live
In 2014 Huffington Post did a great article on Canada being the best place to live! I’ve put the link in below as it says it all.
I really do believe that Canada is an A+ place to live. Our freedoms, our history, the beauty, the culture.. we are the envy of many countries in the world. And if you can’t move here… at least visit us! And come say hi to me in Alberta!
Comment below and tell me what your favorite thing is about CANADA! I will respond!
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