Lessons Pageants Taught Me

From competing in the National American Miss Minnesota State Pageant for four years now, I can proudly say that I’ve learned and grown a lot as an individual. I’ve grown in my confidence, character, poise, and strength. There are a number of things I’ve taken away from being in pageants. I decided to share some of the most influential lessons that I have learned with you.

  1. In order to achieve your dreams you need to believe in them more than anyone else or no one will believe you.

  2. Know the inner you.

  3. Be bold, confident, and authentic.

  4. Be prepared and plan ahead to avoid stress.

  5. In order to stand out amongst the crowd you must not be afraid to speak up and express yourself.

  6. “I look good!” Shoutout to all of my NAM girls! This was the first thing they told us to say loud and proud.

  7. Don’t compare yourself to others, you’re only competing with your past self.

  8. Strutting in heels is fun and a good workout.

  9. You can do this! After I would walk off stage and out of each competition I would be like “wow, ya I just did that”.

  10. Practice, practice, practice! Practice doesn’t mean you’re weak, it makes you stronger.  

  11. You will meet some of the most determined, passionate, and talented women and they will be your friends.

  12. Never settle for just any dress.

  13. Use your platform and voice to be a positive role model.

  14. Surround yourself with those who fully believe in you and support your goals.

  15. Try new things and get involved.

  16. Capture and live in every moment because the experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity!

I had an unforgettable weekend competing for my final year at the National American Miss Minnesota Teen 2016 State Pageant! I placed Top 10 Overall Finalist, Miss Spirit 1st Runner-Up, and Top Model Runner-Up! I met so many amazing and talented women, I am proud to call them my friends.




  1. July 31, 2016 / 7:55 PM

    I loved this post, its all about believing in yourself and loving yourself!! You also look soo beautiful!! -Isabelle TrulyIndulgent.com

    • August 1, 2016 / 8:41 AM

      I am so glad you enjoyed this post, Isabelle! Thank you soo much for the sweet feedback!

    • August 1, 2016 / 1:42 PM

      Thank you so much Isabelle!