|Subject: This is what it is all about -|
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Date Posted: Monday, June 27, 11:52:16am
It's not about winning it all but what you take away from the experience. This posting below came from Miss Travelers Rest, Stormie McDonald - Hope she doesn't mind that I have posted it but it was from her heart. I would love to see her compete again next year.
(From Stormie McDonald)
A strange thing happened last night. I thought that if I didn't hear my name called, I would be upset. Walking down the steps to our dressing rooms after they announced who would continue to compete for the job, I looked around and girls were upset, which is perfectly understandable. I asked myself, "why am I okay?" I realized that two things created my calm and content attitude. One- I prayed. I prayed to God all week for strength. I prayed for my message to be heard. I prayed that I would say the things I needed. I prayed for a good interview. Then, when the day of finals arrived, I prayed for peace. I just remember whispering all day, "God, give me peace." When I stood on the platform before the opening number, I whispered, "God, give me peace. I want this job, but if I can't have this job, let me shine. If it's not my time, I pray that your will be done." and then the music started. As I reflect on my week, it is very clear that God answered all of my prayers. I did shine. I got my message across. I touched people in the audience with the answer to my on-stage question. I spent my whole interview sharing my passion for domestic violence awareness. Rachel Wyatt, a beautiful, Godly, driven woman won Miss South Carolina, which was God's plan for her and for our state. The second thing- I felt a very high sense of self-satisfaction. I have worked tirelessly and very hard on developing my platform. I have spent countless hours in the gym, countless hours driving to Atlanta and back for vocal coaching, and have become very involved with what is current in this world. The past 7 months have challenged me to look deeper within. I have given all of myself to my cause. I have spent days full of service. I have come home at night to fall asleep and wake up the next day with my car keys still in my hands. I have strengthened my faith in the Lord. I have dropped to my knees in prayer for survivors I have met. My eyes have flooded with tears while speaking about my cause and the survivors I have come to love. I have given my all and all in the name of something so much bigger than myself. Please do not pity me. Please do not tell me that I should have won. Please do not toss around conspiracies. I made it very clear that I did not enter this pageant for me. I entered it to share a message and I did just that. When asked about my platform on stage on Thursday night, the first thing that came out of my mouth was, "You know, Home Is Where the Heart Is more than just a platform to me, it's the main reason why I am here." Last year I watched this pageant on TV, this year I stood on the stage with some of the most successful women in this state. I am overjoyed and overwhelmed with honor. Thank you to Ashley Byrd, Chaz Ellis, and Erin Lindsay Gambrell for working hard as volunteers to provide this opportunity for girls like me. Never in my life did I think I would ever speak about my personal tragedy, let alone stand as a leader and inspire people. I am humbled. Here is my favorite picture from the week. In my first year competing, I received the Gold Presidential Service Award, for completing 257.5 hours of service by the deadline. Thank you to all that have supported me during this journey. I hold the title of Miss Travelers Rest until November and am still available for appearances. I would love to continue to volunteer and speak for my cause. I will post a link to my site in the comments.
I love you all.
- Re: This is what it is all about - -- No name, Monday, June 27, 12:50:23pm
- This touched my heart. Thank you Stormie for posting and for being such an important part of Miss SC. It's not about winning, it is about the destination and who you become from the experience. - -- No name, Monday, June 27, 07:23:49pm
- She really impressed me this week with how much she has improved since competing in locals last year and not making it to state. Her OSQ was incredible and it's clear she has a ton of potential. What a great girl to have in this program. -- No name, Monday, June 27, 08:57:57pm
- is this for real? I mean....really... God?....picking pageant winners? Sorry.....but this was a bit much. -- No name, Saturday, July 02, 10:23:11pm
- is this for real?......God?.....God choosing the winner of a pageant?.....really? sorry, but this was a bit much. -- No name, Saturday, July 02, 10:27:59pm
- Re: This is what it is all about - -- No name, Tuesday, July 05, 12:17:22am