Monday, August 22, 2016

Pageant Week & Crowning

I had the most amazing time at Mrs. International, it was an unforgettable experience. My week started like this:

Day 1 - Orientation Day

I absolutely love how calm the first day was, it was so easy going AND I got some great rest. I was able to sleep in!! That evening we had our orientation, and boy, was I nervous! But once I got there, and met all 62 of the beautiful, amazing ladies…I felt right at home. I met some of the most talented, selfless, and inspiring woman you’ll ever meet. I felt so honored to be amongst all of them. I immediately hit it off with some of the contestants. You know how sometimes you just know, that you know, that you know…That someone is going to be a friend for life? Yea, I totally experienced that, more than once!

Day - 2 Was a little different, it was non-stop!

We started the day sightseeing in St Augustine, which is absolutely beautiful!! We took the trolley all around town. We went and visited the "Fountain of Youth" and actually drank from it (it didn’t taste very good.)

Afterwards, we went shopping, and I was able to get my kiddos souvenirs, woohoo!! We then went and had a tour of the NFL, Jaguar stadium, which was actually pretty cool….Even though I'm not a NFL fan. And then after that, had dinner and started our first round of practices.

I have to say, the production team was Ahhh-maze-ing!!! All of them were so sweet, and so good at what they do! They're seriously, the best of the best! Even though it was a busy day, I had a fabulous time.

Day-3 Was all "Practice, practice, practice!"

I know that practice doesn’t sound like fun, but our “practice days” were some of the most memorable days of pageant week. The production team broke up our practices into “teams” therefore giving our feet a break, and allowing us time to mingle and get to know one another. It was during those practices that we got to truly know one another.

Day- 4 Interview Day!

I loved day 4… It started with interview. Can I hear an AMEN!!? Interview is actually the most important part, because interview is 50% of your score…So you are sooo relieved when its all said and done.

Then we had a quick and easy practice. AND THEN came the fun part…The Go Red For Woman Gala Auction. I felt like Cinderella at the ball, everyone looked so beautiful, the contestants in their dresses were all breathtakingly-gorgeous! We had such a great time, and we took a million photos!

Our last two days, were the preliminary and finals days. 

Both days started with practices, and then it was “off to hair and makeup!” Which consisted of gallons of hairspray, and pounds of makeup. I really appreciated how much time we were given to get ready, I never felt rushed or unprepared. AND what I really loved - I never felt lost. We were so well rehearsed that we could do it all with our eyes closed, no kidding!!


Finals night - “And in the top 15”… 

Imagine the host going through the top 14, and there is one spot left…. Your heart feels like it’s about to jump out of your chest, and then he says it “Mrs. Wyoming Intl, Priscilla Pruitt.”

Maybe it’s because I was called last, but I was so appreciative to hear my state and name!

Then again, when they called out the top 10, I was called out last “Mrs. Wyoming Intl. Priscilla Pruitt”. There is nothing more nerve wrecking than that!

Then they called the 4th runner up, the 3rd runner up, the 2nd runner up, and lastly, the 1st runner up. So there were six of us, top 10 contestants, left on stage. We were holding hands anxiously waiting….. (Now this was one time, I did NOT mind being called out last.) I remember closing my eyes and then they said it “Priscilla Pruitt!”

I’ve never seen my husband prouder, the look on his face at that moment-was priceless! I was shaking, I was in complete shock. So grateful!! I think I thanked the Lord, like ten times! I was doing a good job of holding back the tears, that is, until I saw my kids…And they were crying! I could see the pride in their eyes, and I lost all control. Yup, I ugly cried. But I didn’t even care, I was so happy, that I proudly showcased my tears of joy.
I’m so honored, and I feel so incredibly blessed to represent all the married woman internationally. I plan to use this year to its fullest and share my platform across the globe.

I’m so grateful for this opportunity, it is one that I do not take lightly.

I’m your Mrs. International reminding you - To choose love,

Priscilla

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing, it made me feel like I was right there with you!
    Kelly Robbins

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