Thursday, February 26, 2015

5 Reasons to Join the International Pageants Family

1. Lasting Legacy. The International Pageant system has been around for nearly 30 years!

Executive Directors of the International Pageant system Mary and Mel Richardson, two of the most amazing people on the planet, committed to enriching the lives of women around the world.

2. We are Family. Even before being crowned Mrs. International 2014, from the very first interview I did I was treated like family. International Pageants is so special, we are not just a number on stage that filters through each year, but cared for and treated with respect. We are a pageant that celebrates women (which the 2015 class has been doing a wonderful job of, keep it up!)


3. Second Chances. I’m going to expand on this one a little bit with an excerpt from national bestselling author and speaker Jon Gordon “But most don’t know that Walt Disney was once fired from a newspaper for a lack of ideas and his first cartoon production company went bankrupt. Everyone loves Lucy but Lucille Ball was told that she had no talent and should leave Murray Anderson’s drama school. With all of Dustin Hoffman’s success it’s hard to believe he worked as a janitor and an attendant in a mental ward because he failed in his first attempt as an actor in New York.

Can you imagine Bob Dylan getting booed off the stage at his high school talent show? What would have happened if Dr. Seuss’s actually burned the manuscript of his first book, which he wanted to do after it was rejected by 27 publishers. It’s also hard to fathom Steven Spielberg not getting accepted to UCLA film school because of average grades. And it’s easy to forget that Steve Jobs was fired from Apple at thirty years old and Oprah Winfrey was once told she wasn’t fit for television and was fired as a news anchor. *Thanks to Joe Green, author of THE ROAD TO SUCCESS IS PAVED WITH FAILURE for these great examples.

The fact is everyone fails in life but it is a gift if you don’t give up and are willing to learn, improve, and grow because of it. Failure often serves as a defining moment, a cross road on the journey of your life. It gives you a test designed to measure your courage, perseverance, commitment and dedication. Are you a pretender who gives up after a little adversity or a contender who keeps getting up after getting knocked down?

Failure provides you with a great opportunity to decide how much you really want something. Will you give up? Or will you dig deeper, commit more, work harder, learn and get better? If you know that this is what you truly want you will be willing to pay the price that greatness requires. You will be willing to fail again and again in order to succeed.”

My life would be drastically different if I had not trusted my instinct to try again for Mrs. International. If I didn’t win the second time and the opportunity existed, I would have tried a 3rd time as well. How many things in our life will give us this kind of AMAZING opportunity for such a tremendous honor? Not many, so take hold of it, seize the opportunity and Never Give Up.



4. The Official Staff. As the years have progressed, I continually grow fond of our International Pageants staff. They not only know their area of expertise, but are kind and encouraging!


5. We are Celebrated! Ok, so this ties in with the family part a wee bit, but still deserves its own number ☺ Every minute I am free to be just who I am and how God intended me to be. I don’t have to be plastic or a certain dress size, the perfect height or have the perfect hair (seriously on the hair part, thank goodness for Thomas Dunn Studios for my sake!).

If you look at the history of the International Queens, there is not a perfect mold for being the titleholder. We are all different heights, hair colors, ethnicity, backgrounds and a special individual in our own way. What we DO have in common is that each and every one of us is celebrated and encouraged in our platform. Be the unique and beautiful you inside and out, because we are International Pageants and we are family.

Live What you Love,

Maggi
Your Mrs. International 2014

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