Friday, August 26, 2016

Georgia on My Mind

As Miss International 2016, I am able to travel the world and see some of the most fantastic places it has to offer. However, there’s no place quite like the sweet state of Georgia. The activities, sights, towns, and people offer a truly remarkable experience.

Atlanta is our capital and a place that I’ve called home for many years. We have iconic destinations like the Fox Theater, World of Coke, Georgia Aquarium, Centennial Olympic Park, the Georgia Dome, Turner Field and my Alma Mater… Georgia State University. My inner nerd thrives off the fact that we are also home to many Fortune 500 Companies - Coca-Cola, Chick-Fil-A, and Delta Air Lines just to name a few.


Shortly after graduating from college, I moved slightly north of Downtown Atlanta and made Buckhead my home. Right outside the city, you find small neighborhoods that are each highly unique - Inman Park, Virginia Highlands, Decatur, and Midtown are always hot spots but none quite like Buckhead. Everything I need is within 20 minutes of me and the community feels like home. We have Chastain Park, amazing clothing boutiques, eateries (Ford Fry restaurants are the best), cupcakeries, and my favorite place in the world - Passion City Church. In August of 2015, I was baptized here and now serve as a Door Holder so more people can experience Jesus.


North Georgia is home to areas rich in tradition and the phenomenal sights. The absolute best time to visit the mountains of North Georgia is the fall. I love being able to visit the Blue Ridge Mountains, go apple picking, and enjoy the beautiful color change of the leaves. On the weekends, I can often be found hiking one of our challenging hiking trails. Amicalola Falls, Stone Mountain, Panther Creek and Kennesaw Mountain are my favorite! I do live in a big city, so it’s really relaxing to disconnect from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the beauty of nature when time allows.


South Georgia will always have a special place in my heart. Savannah is a phenomenal city, but the best thing about it is the memory I have with my Grandmother who recently passed away. We took an all girl’s trip and experienced the best Savannah had to offer. From River Street Sweets to Paula Dean’s Restaurant - The Lady and Son’s. This town is a great place for tourism and offers a true southern experience. You’ll experience trees covered with Spanish moss, Hollywood backdrops used by the film industry, and historic buildings that take you back to simpler times.

From the North Georgia Mountains to the deep south, Georgia has something for everyone and is my home. Whether you want to be entertained at the local theaters, see historic sights, or enjoy the latest delicious dinner from Ford Fry… I hope you keep Georgia on your mind!

Redefining Beauty Worldwide,

Amanda

My Home State - Arizona


When people ask where I am from and I say Yuma, they typically have no idea where that is. Yuma is a small town in Arizona right next to the California and Mexico borders! The population varies depending on the season. The majority of our population is made up of couples and families staying during the winter. Yuma's climate is just plain hot, all of the time, even in the winter. I love living in the desert though!


The foothills in Yuma are really fun, Even though they can be scary to fly over at night. Personally my favorite activity is to go on a hike up “telegraph”. There is about an 8 mile hiking path… and let me tell you it is steep! It is a long hike, and it will push you to your limits but, the view from the top is worth it!


Arizona as a whole is filled with so many great things, one of those being the Halle Heart Children's Museum. As Miss Teen International I have the honor of being a spokesperson for the American Heart Association! The museum is the only one of its kind. “We create an educational, interactive, and contemporary museum experience for children of all ages to increase awareness and prevent cardiovascular diseases. The Halle Heart Children’s Museum experience empowers children to make lifestyle choices that will create a new generation of healthy kids.” I feel that heart disease prevention starts with our youth! It is important to reach people of all ages. The good thing about the museum is that it reaches the children as well as the adults that bring them.




I have been able to visit the museum multiple times. There are so many different aspects of the museum. Some of them include a fake grocery store, a theater, and even a mini golfing game that teaches about the harmful effects of smoking. If you are ever in Phoenix I encourage you to check out the museum! While you are in Phoenix, my fellow music lovers should stop by the musical instrument museum as well.

Arizona is actually a very diverse state. Even though it stays warm in Yuma year round, Flagstaff is snowy and cold in the winter. From the cities to the forest there is something for everyone in the Grand Canyon State! Speaking of the Grand Canyon, Arizona houses one of the seven wonders of the world! People come from around the world to experience the vastness of Gods creation.. The beauty that is withheld in this region of Arizona is definitely recommended while you’re in Arizona.

For more information about the Halle Heart Children's Museum please visit: halleheartchildrensmuseum.org

"Success is not measured by what you accomplish but by the opposition you have encountered and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds." -Orison Swett Marden

Garin

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Get to Know My Home State - Wyoming

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Wyoming is known for holding our nation’s first National Park, in Jackson Hole W. Y.

Yellowstone National Park is known as one of the most beautiful parks in the US, vibrant, full of stunning mountains, geysers, hot springs, and wildlife including: moose, bison, bears, wolves and elk.

Wyoming is the lowest populated state, in fact, there are more cattle, than there are people! It also houses the first national monument, Devil’s Tower, AND it is the home of the largest coal mine in the US. It's known for its beautiful sunsets, and picturesque landscapes on the horizon. Wyoming is truly the last frontier. Wyoming cowboys still saddle up on the horses to check cattle, and still bring in the calves for branding and vaccinations. Don’t let the beauty of this state fool you, it is STILL the cowboy state. There is no better place to work than the Wyoming great outdoors!

Living the frontier life isn't for everyone though, living in a small town, might require you to give up some “luxuries”. Having moved from Dallas Ft.Worth, T.X. myself, I know all too well. It might not have a mall, a skating rink, a bowling alley, a Hobby Lobby (NOOO!!) or any an outdoor pool….But maybe I should just tell you what we do have...

Well we have the best coffee house in the world at the “Kaffee Klatsh” also “Isabella’s” one the cutest Italian restaurants with the best pizza! The most delicious breakfast on the planet at “Donna’s Diner.” A hidden cabin with the juiciest steaks called “Canyon Springs Steak House” and not to mention, we have gorgeous mountains, pine trees, rolling hills, wild turkey, and deer.

I have met some of the nicest people all across Wyoming….Some of whom, have taken my family in as their own. Since we’ve moved out to Wyoming, we are more active as a family. Hiking, biking, riding horses, and exploring the great outdoors, is all a part of your everyday life in Wyoming. It sounds crazy but my marriage and my family has grown closer together, living in Wyoming!

Needless to say, we made the right choice by moving to Wyoming.

And last, but not least, we found purpose in Wyoming. We were literally called out here, that may sound weird, but it's true...We moved out here to make a difference! Our outreach (feeding, teaching and loving the kids of my community every week) has been one of the most rewarding experiences, we are making a difference in young people’s lives. There is nothing more fulfilling than living a life of purpose, I encourage you to find your “Wyoming” and to live a purpose-driven life.

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

Priscilla

Life in the Blessed Lane

The next year is an adventure I have dreamed of for so many years! I am extremely passionate about using this year of service to make an impact across the world. True Beauty Movement, the National Eating Disorders Association, and Go Red for Women will be at the bedrock of all I do and I am thrilled to share this adventure with you all.

True Beauty Movement is currently celebrating its 5 Year Anniversary! Since the organization’s inception, I have been able to host True Beauty Workshops across the country and this year I am taking it a step further. Over the next 8 months, I will be traveling to South Africa, Kenya, and Rwanda to present True Beauty Workshops to young women internationally. We have partnered with numerous organizations, orphanages, and all-girls schools to equip young women with tools to grow a positive body image and character. In addition to my travels across the country and internationally, I will continue scaling the organization through social media (Instagram: @TheTrueBeautyMovement) and YouTube (OfficialAmandaMoreno). It is my sincere hope that this year is the most astonishing the organization has ever seen and that it positively impacts more girls than we can fathom.

True Beauty Movement works in partnership with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) to empower, educate, and equip young women. My personal battle with an eating disorder allows me to speak transparently about proactivity, family involvement, treatment and true recovery! I’ll spend my year representing NEDA at fundraising events, advocacy opportunities, workshops, conferences, and online. This organization is so near to my heart because many of the resources they provide helped in my personal recovery. NEDA has numerous International Alliances that I will be working in partnership with so that all those impacted by eating disorders know that they are not alone and recovery is possible! I’ll be breaking the stigma with my crown and banner as a megaphone, ready to represent the genuine happiness and life that comes from having a healthy mind and body!

Heart disease takes the life of 1 in 3 women across the United States yet it is 80% preventable. As an ambassador and spokesperson for Go Red for Women… I will be working to raise awareness, educate women on heart disease, and fundraise for the organization so that one day all women know their risk and are living out a heart healthy life! I’ll work in tandem with the national office to promote Go Red Get Fit, the Red Dress Collection, and Heart Walks across the country. We have some very exciting events in store and I cannot wait to announce what is coming our way.

I truly love the service opportunities that come with being Miss International… but the glamorous facets that come with this job are undeniably noteworthy! In addition to all the wonderful service opportunities, I will be able to work alongside our sponsors to represent International Pageants and make a way so more women can experience this phenomenal organization. I’ll be shooting with Clay Spann Photography & Cosmetics, selecting my Miss International wardrobe from Competitive Image, getting #AllDunnUp with Thomas and Drew Dunn and more! The amazing team truly does know how to make someone feel like royalty and I am thankful for all that they do!

To keep up with all of my adventures, make sure to follow me on Instagram at @MissIntl2016 and subscribe to our blog and YouTube channel so you don’t miss a moment of life in the blessed lane.

Redefining Beauty Worldwide,

Amanda Moreno
Miss International 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

My Plan of Action

Hello everyone! My plan of action is really divided up into three sections: American Heart Association- Go Red for Women, Dancing Through the Pain, and the U.S. Pain Foundation!

First let's start with Go Red for Women! Pricilla, Amanda, and I recently had our first meeting at the American Heart Association headquarters. It was so amazing to learn even more about this organization. We are determined to make the most out of the opportunities they are giving us to be involved in many campaigns, and even take a special trip later in the year. I don't want to share too much information since we are still finalizing all the details! I will let everyone know as soon as I can!

My program Dancing Through the Pain has grown significantly in the past couple of months. My plan is to continue what I have been doing! Encouraging people to download the free Pain Patient Resource App I created and use its resources! I also plan to develop even more YouTube videos to grow my channel and my audience. With the power of social media and volunteers, I am excited to see how many people I can reach over this next year!

The U.S. Pain Foundation is working on many new campaigns as well! I am excited to be a part of them. Also we have two big months coming up! September is Pain Awareness Month and November kicks off the foundations KNOWvember campaign. These months are all about spreading the word about chronic pain and pain patients! Again, we are still finalizing details, but I will let you know how you can get involved. After all, pain effects everyone at some point in their life!

"Success is not measured by what you accomplish but by the opposition you have encountered and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds." -Orison Swett Marden

Garin

My Plans as Mrs. International 2016


I am so humbled and overjoyed to be your Mrs. International 2016.

My husband and I are fully committed to our platform "Choose Love". We believe that now, more than ever, we need a message of love.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is so much that I want to do this year as your Mrs. International, but I want to start by saying, “this is more than just a year of service to my husband and I…It's a life-long commitment!”

Ever since I can remember, I've LOVED children. My favorite toys as a child, were always baby dolls. When I was 6, my mom had my little brother, David. And I was in love with my new "doll". I remember getting in trouble A LOT after that, I was constantly getting caught holding my new baby brother. Yup, a BIG no-no, without supervision.

Growing up in church, I would always find a baby in the congregation, and I would ask to hold him. I remember staring at them, so in love, and holding them the entire church service.

It's safe to say, this was a God-given love and compassion placed on my heart, at an early age. I see that same heart in my youngest daughter, Adonai Grace.

That compassion, is the driving force that fuels my desire to stop the abandonments of babies.

Millions of babies are being abandoned on a global level! And together, I believe we CAN stop the abandonments of babies. As Mrs. International, THAT will be my number one focus. To spread awareness internationally, to educate internationally, and to internationally- prevent the abandonments of babies.

I'm currently partnered with Impact Ministries International, who has 55 different orphanages, in 15 different countries. We built three orphanages in Honduras with their ministry (who runs them.) We are working together in hopes to put baby boxes at all their 55 orphanages. This is a HUGE undertaking- and we covet your prayers.

Abandonments are still happening here, in the US, even with Safe Haven Laws in all 50 states. My next goal is to help Safe Haven Baby Boxes grow into every state. I believe that, THAT is what we are missing in the US! Mothers can safely surrender their babies at any Safe Haven location and not have to face child abandonment charges. However, there are still abandonments happening, and I believe it’s because mothers are afraid of being seen. And this (baby boxes) is the only way that we can remove that face-to-face interaction.

Lastly- I plan to continue spreading the message of "Choose Love " to schools, speaking on bullying and choosing to love others – through giving-back and volunteerism. Speaking to couples on “true love, unconditional love, and forgiving love.” To families, speaking on “parenting in love, patience and kindness.” By supporting my sister queens and their causes. And by helping build families through adoption, and fostering.

I believe in investing in our future generations, and LOVE is the answer. Because when we "Choose Love " we choose God, and His way is ALWAYS the right way.

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

Priscilla

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

For Such a Time As This

My journey to this job began 15 years ago… and I knew in my heart that Miss International 2016 would be my very last competition. Because of this, I was “all in” throughout each step of the process. Every ounce of me prepared to not only compete in the required phases of competition but also to be Miss International. I woke up thinking about the job and went to sleep thinking about the job. I mentally prepared for it and because of that… I went into Miss International Week with the mindset that I was ready for the job (#RFTJ). My team and I lived and breathed that anthem over the week. I had no interest in being a ceremonial queen, no… my heart was set on changing the world with the Miss International crown and banner as a catalyst and vehicle. I knew in my heart that Jesus had been preparing me for this week my entire life. My trust and identity has to be in Him alone.

Since I live in Georgia, my family and I decided to drive down to Jacksonville… and thank goodness we did - I didn’t leave any outfits to chance and our car was packed! My backup outfits had backups. Crazy or prepared? You decide. We arrived at the pageant early to watch the Mrs. International competition and get settled in! This allowed us to relax and make sure that all was in order for the phenomenal week ahead.


The weekend flew by and before I knew it… it was Monday AND Orientation Day! Before the pageant even began, I met some of my International sisters around the hotel and the girls that would become my best friends throughout the week. Orientation allowed us to meet the other representatives and helped us get a better understanding of the exciting events in store and best practices. At the end, we were all on pins and needles waiting to hear where we would be in line up. I was lucky #13!

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we were constantly on the move! From touring Jacksonville, to a beautiful dinner with a meaningful message, even learning CPR and the run for the Prelim and Final Show… the days were filled with laughter and memories. Mornings started extremely early, but with coffee and genuine friendships by my side… even 3:30 AM wakeup calls were enjoyable. On Wednesday, we were able to pour into the young women at the Pace Center. This service opportunity was my favorite event from the week. The Pace Center is so closely aligned with my organization, True Beauty Movement, and the young women we met with fueled the second half of my week. It was a privilege to meet with them and my group spoke about “Public Image”. We had a dynamic group of representatives from a myriad of backgrounds lead discussion and provide the young women with tangible strategies to shape their image in a professional way.




Thursday and Friday were the days when the main areas of competition truly began. The one-on-one interview with the judges allowed my paperwork to come to life and my passion for all I do to show. They were so well educated on who I am and True Beauty Movement from their research that the interview flew by and the questions were direct and intentional. I walked out with a smile on my face confident that they knew my heart and the mission I am on. The Preliminary Competition was so exhilarating and I was, overall, happy with my performance. After the competition, I debriefed with my team and created a plan of action if I was to be selected for Top 11.

Saturday was finally here and I knew that in just a matter of hours… my life could change forever. The day flew by and I was so thankful to have my fellow competitors and friends by my side to ease the stress and keep my mind focused on having fun until it was game time. We were constantly laughing about the fact that I am always smiling in candid photos and have a hard time taking a selfie without making a ridiculous face. Laughter was the constant music throughout the week and I am forever thankful for the genuine friendships I made.

It was 7:30p and the curtain began to rise. My heartbeat racing and mind saying “Be the best Amanda”… I stepped on stage as a competitor for the last time with my confidence in Him. The opening number went off without a hitch - I didn’t fall while attempting to move multiple limbs at once… so to me that’s success! Our emcees then began to call the Top 11. They called 1.. 2… 3.. all the way to 8 and I still had not been called. Mentally giving myself a pep-talk, I tried to smile through the nerves. Finally, I was called as number 9 in the Top 11! Now it was time to prepare to “fight for my life” in the upcoming competition. Scores are wiped clean once making Top 11, so now was the time to step it up! Each phase went by and I was able to walk off the stage confident that I had given it my all. Before I knew it, I was backstage with my friends waiting for crowning.

Before we all went back on stage… I looked around and found myself at a peace that I had never experienced. I texted my team and said, “I was the best Amanda I could be. It’s all Him.” I put my phone away and took a photo with a young woman who was one of my best friends throughout the week and someone I had taken under my wing as a little sister. Little did we know what was about to happen.


As I watched the emcees begin calling the Top 5… I could feel the anticipation building.They called the beautiful court for both Miss Teen and Miss. Then… they named my little sister, Garin Harris, as Miss Teen International! You would have thought I had won by my reaction. I was so proud of her and the look on her face when she made eye contact with me will forever be engrained in my heart.

I looked out to the audience one last time as the emcees began to call the new Miss International… and all I could say in my mind was “Thank you, Lord, for this opportunity. My identity is in You and I am thankful for all that You have done and will do. I trust in You.”

“And your new Miss International 2016 is…”

Time stopped. It was the most surreal experience. I looked into the audience and realized that the dream I had as a 9 year old girl had finally come to fruition. As the crown was placed on my head, I began crying out of pure joy and thankfulness. When we turned around, I saw all of my friends with smiles as they embraced me and my running mascara. I kept saying, “God is so faithful. He is so faithful. He is so faithful!” Never in my life have I experienced the presence of God as much as I did in those few moments. I felt Him saying, “I’ve loved you from the beginning, my Princess. The moments you gave up on yourself… I always believed in you. I let you face the challenges so that you can lead and inspire others through True Beauty Movement and now as Miss International 2016. You’ve been prepared for such a time as this.”


Redefining Beauty Worldwide,

Amanda Moreno
Miss International 2016

My Week in Jacksonville

My experience with nationals was quite amazing! The week didn't start off as planned! Maybe some of you saw my Facebook post about this, but it's one interesting story I would love to share. I decided to road trip to Florida.


With everything that you need to bring it becomes way more than you can fit into one or two suitcases. We had made it so far without a hitch, when suddenly everything went downhill. My truck stopped working in the middle of the highway! Luckily I had enough momentum to pull over. So, I was stuck the side of the highway, but let me tell you I was determined. I popped open the hood and started working on my truck heels and all. By the time I showed up to the hotel I was covered in grease. My hair was flat and my makeup might as well have been gone! However it reminded me of something important. A big part of being a title holder is being adaptable, you have to be able to make the best out of every situation. That is also one key thing I teach during my Dancing Through the Pain Classes.

The rest of the week was extremely busy from touring the Jaguars stadium to late night rehearsals. At the end of the week it is worth it! You meet so many new friends from all over the world. We still have a group chat going and everyone talks almost every day. I could tell so many great stories about pageant week, but I am going to save some to share with everyone later! 


Going into finals night my goal was top eleven, my mom wasn't able to come to prelims due to her health. She made it to finals so all I wanted was for her to see me compete. When they called my name in the top eleven, it was truly a rush of emotions. I was ecstatic but I knew it was going to be a challenge! We all helped each other backstage, from zipping dresses to pep talks we all had each other's backs. I cannot say thank you enough to everyone who helped me during the week.

Amanda and I knew each other through social media before pageant week. We had always just clicked! As soon as we met at the beginning of the week we became so close. She was like my big sister, in fact I remember turning around and seeing her face when they called my name as Miss Teen International. She was screaming, the pictures are actually pretty funny! When they called Amanda's name... My reaction was priceless. I was already crying and a mess, but once they called her name I started yelling so loud (you could probably hear it from the back of the theatre)! Amanda, I cannot wait to see what other crazy adventures we have this year! 



"Success is not measured by what you accomplish but by the opposition you have encountered and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds." -Orison Swett Marden

Garin Harris

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

Friday, August 19, 2016

True Beauty Movement


As a young girl, I looked in the mirror and hated what I saw. Bullying, lack of positive peer role models, and negative media influences had full grasp of my heart. I was ashamed of my body because it didn't fit society’s definition of beauty and the words others spoke over my life began to dictate how I felt about myself. Earthly searching for worth and beauty led me down the dark road of a life-threatening eating disorder. Through faith and treatment, I overcame this illness and unveiled the true meaning of beauty. I realized my life’s purpose and set out on a mission to cultivate positive body image and character in young women worldwide. In 2011, True Beauty Movement was born.


The organization began with a social media campaign and has now grown into a global movement, empowering young women near and far. I never imagined it would scale into the organization it is today, but I am so thankful that God selected me to create and lead True Beauty Movement. I have selected numerous state and international representatives that assist me in growing the organization and serve as positive role models through their blogging and mentorships.


At this very moment in time, only 4% of young women worldwide are able to consider themselves beautiful and many young women are experiencing the same battles I once faced. This organization is for every young woman, myself included. Lack of a positive body image can lead to a number of problems… eating disorders, dreams coming to a halt, promiscuity, and endless searching for validation. It breaks my heart to know that 6 out of 10 girls will stop doing what they love because of their negative body image. We must equip these girls with positive body image building techniques, a critical eye for media images, the knowledge that they were created physically attractive, and the understanding that their true beauty is their heart.


Workshops, social media campaigns, YouTube videos, seminars and international alliances enable us to make a difference for the young women we encounter. I also work in partnership with the National Eating Disorders Association to break the stigma around this mental illness, raise awareness, increase fundraising, and educate families and young women on proactivity and recovery.

As Miss International I will continue my work as the Founder & Director of True Beauty Movement, a National Eating Disorders Association Spokesmodel, and advocate for all young women. To keep up with True Beauty Movement, visit www.truebeautymovement.org.

Redefining Beauty Worldwide,

Amanda Moreno
Miss International 2016

About My Platform- Dancing Through the Pain

I have made it my personal mission to promote a program I created, Dancing Through the Pain. Dancing Through the Pain is a program that teaches coping methods to people who experience all types of pain. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. All of us have experienced pain at some point in our lives, and that is why everyone can benefit from my program!

One of the most common questions I have been asked is why? I have learned from personal experience that pain doesn't only affect the person, but their families as well. My mother has suffered from multiple diseases for all of my life. Due to a faulty flu shot, my mother was diagnosed with Guillian Barre, a disease that paralyzed her from the waist down for a year when I was young. After that she has been given multiple diagnoses. Now she has been diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis. One of the side effects is chronic pain, caused by lesions on her spine. Simple stretches and exercises that I include in my program, can make all the difference while dealing with pain. Even if you personally do not experience pain I encourage you to attend a class, learn the moves, and pass them on!

I created my Pain Patient Resource App that is now available to download to give patients worldwide free access to resources. Not only do they have access to my website and youtube channels through the app, but the U.S. Pain Foundation's resources as well. As an Ambassador and Spokesperson for the U.S. Pain Foundation, I can reach more people than ever before. I am confident that together we can start a chain reaction of basic stretches and exercises that will improve the quality of life of pain patients worldwide!

“Success is not measured by what you accomplish but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.” - Orison Swett Marden

Garin

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

#ChooseLove

We all want to be happy, it's a natural desire in us. The problem is - how we go about trying to find that "happiness"... We look for happiness in a grade, a diploma, a college, a spouse, children, in money, a car, a new home.. Maybe even a crown?

But true happiness can only be found when living a life

"Building families through the power of love, until there are no more abandonments."

Or in short, “#chooselove.”

That is my “purpose!”
But what exactly does that mean?

I feel very honored to represent my platform. It's something that my family and I, have devoted our lives to. We literally, left our home, family and friends to pursue this. We moved to WY to make a difference, and we hit the ground running.

First of all, I didn't choose my platform, it chose me. That sounds cheesy, but honestly, love chose me first on a cross. So now, I live to love others.

Now, more than ever, we need a message of love - Desperately! With all the hate, and violence, there is only one answer: LOVE!!

As Martin Luther King said, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

It makes sense, it is the ONLY universal language in the world - LOVE!!

Grasp the enormity of that!! Love IS the answer.

Not only is it universal, but it goes full circle from birth back to the birth of your children, to the birth of their children and so on..

From working with babies, to children, to teens, even bullies. Then to adulthood, to marriages, back to birth, and then last to families and back to their kids, and their kid’s kids.. And so on.

It covers EVERY disease, love is the answer! Help raise awareness, and fundraise because you choose love, you choose to live a life to bless others.

I didn't grasp the greatness of this until it was revealed to me. I've been living this life, and doing these things, not realizing how it was so perfectly orchestrated, for this purpose, and this time, in my life!

To be my "platform" this day in age. And its something I've been doing for almost 10 years, not even knowing it! It was just who we were, as a family, we wanted to be living examples to our children. Ya'll I could not have planned this. Not this perfectly, I am NOT that smart.

So what DOES it mean?

"Building families through the power of love"

Well it starts at birth, working to prevent the abandonments of babies. Millions of babies are being abandoned on a global level, and that includes the US. In the last 7 days 3 babies were found abandoned in the US!

My husband and I fully committed our lives to this cause in 2008 when we built (fully- funding) 3 orphanages in Honduras.

We work with children, teens, and young adults on a weekly basis: feeding them, teaching them, mentoring. Teaching them how to stand up against bullying, how to "love" a bully. About dating, about the meaning of true love, about abstinence. To honor your parents and teachers. Teaching inner strength, to love yourself, and lastly, to living a life of purpose through volunteerism. Live to give!

Working with couples, training couples on the power of love. Teaching that love conquers all, and how to make your marriage last.

To training parents how to become better parents. How to love your children in the way they receive love. Ways to invest into their dreams and goals, and how to nourish their weaknesses into strengths.

Sometimes it's helping families adopt, or to foster, training them, and walking along side them.. Talking with them about our experiences as a foster/adopting family.

Living a life of purpose. One life to live, one life to give!

And THAT is my platform, that is what it means to "Build families through the power of love".

Fully I live, fully I give.

#chooselove

Priscilla

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Meet Your Miss International 2016 - Amanda Moreno


If someone would have told me 15 years ago that in 2016 I would be selected as Miss International… I would have burst out laughing. I grew up in a small town right outside of Atlanta and was a complete tomboy with low self-esteem due to bullying. You could typically find me in a soccer uniform and practicing out on the field with my family. I come from a Colombian family and that heritage has always shaped my life. From our family tradition of visiting Walt Disney World each year for Christmas to our large gatherings with Colombian food at every holiday… we are a tight knit unit that is full of love and entrepreneurs.




You could say that I’ve always been a business nerd. I was always the child that wanted to have a lemonade stand… and now as a 24 year old that dream is still alive except now it’s a bit more corporate. In 2009, I began my own business working as a Communication & Image Consultant serving entrepreneurs, small businesses, and young women. I work with clients on their interpersonal and public speaking skills, marketing and communication strategies, and branding. In 2015, I graduated from Georgia State University with a B.B.A. in Marketing and Minor in Hospitality. During my time in college, my business brain was further ignited when I interned with the Walt Disney Company in Concierge. The skills I learned were instrumental in scaling not only my work as a consultant… but also my organization True Beauty Movement.


As a young girl, I was constantly striving to fit society’s definition of “beautiful”. This narrow term and perfectionism led me to a life threatening eating disorder. My personal battles served as the building blocks for what would become a worldwide movement. Once I recovered from the eating disorder, I realized that my definition of beauty was not contingent on how society defined it and in 2011 I created True Beauty Movement to cultivate positive body image and character in young women. Every challenge I ever faced in regards to body image finally made sense when I realized it was my life’s purpose to empower young women across the globe. Over the next year, I will be hosting True Beauty Workshops across America and in South Africa, Rwanda, and Kenya! The year of service I have as Miss International is a catalyst for True Beauty Movement and I truly believe that God has orchestrated each moment to bring me to this job and for this time.


True Beauty Movement is able to partner with phenomenal organizations and I am so humbled that various organizations allow me to lean in and serve. The National Eating Disorders Association holds a special place in my heart. Sometimes, but not always, eating disorders are a byproduct of low self-esteem and body image. Throughout my year of service I will continue furthering this existing relationship and speaking out to break the stigma of eating disorders worldwide. I am also able to serve as an ambassador for Go Red for Women to further educate, advocate and fundraise for the American Heart Association. In addition to all these opportunities, I am able to be a part of the amazing work that is coming out of Passion City Church through my work as a Door Holder (aka volunteer). Through our amazing service opportunities with Project Supply and Operation Christmas Child, our church is able to be part of the Church that God is building. Each week I am able to make a way for more people to experience Jesus and that privilege is truly an honor.



When I’m not on the job, I can be found doing a myriad of activities. Hiking around Georgia, traveling with family, spending time with my small group, and visiting local coffee shops are always at the top of my list for favorite activities. Don’t be fooled, when I take off my pageant heels… I am also a runner and love going on walks with my puppy - Walter Ray Moreno… or Walt! Sitting still is not my forte… but it’s truly because I look at each day as a blessing and unique opportunity to be filled with joy, love, and peace.



This year of service is a great responsibility and honor, one that has not completely set in yet. It’s still surreal to look in the mirror and see myself wearing the crown and banner. I look forward to sharing the next year with you all as we watch each moment unfold during my time as Miss International 2016.

Redefining Beauty Worldwide,

Amanda Moreno
Miss International 2016

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Biography

Hello Everyone! I would first like to say thank you for this life changing opportunity! My name is Garin Harris, Miss Teen International 2016, it still sounds funny saying that. My parents would say that I am a very creative person, and I give that credit to my mom. I had my first dance class at the age of two and have been a ballet dancer ever since! I am also an electric violinist who believe it or not has been playing since I was eighteen months old. Even though it sounds crazy, I promise you it's true! I also have a passion for making youtube videos, and even developed my own app to help those who experience pain on a daily basis!

It is quite amazing how everything in my life ties together, and I thank God for that everyday! It was through volunteerism and my own program Dancing Through the Pain where I learned what my dream job would be. Throughout the years of me teaching my program I have been able to work hand and hand with Child Life Specialists. So, I will be attending Olivet Nazarene University to major in Social Work, to become a Child Life Specialist in a Children’s Hospital. I believe it will be a very difficult but rewarding job. Seeing the children's smiling faces after visiting them is one moment I will never forget.

I am passionate and dedicated to all of the things I do! With a positive attitude and perseverance I believe you can do anything! I plan to use every opportunity I am given this year to to serve the American Heart Association, U.S. Pain Foundation, and everyone that I come in contact with. Here is one thing I would like all of us to remember: “Success is not measured by what you accomplish but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.” - Orison Swett Marden

Garin

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

My Story

Growing up in a very, humble environment, my father, an American immigrant, left everything behind when he made a life threatening decision to escape Cuba on a raft. He reminded us to be grateful for the little things such as: clean water, good health, and food on the table. He was a pastor with a true servant's heart, and love for others - a trait which my parents instilled in me.

I have had the joy of sharing the past 12 years with my “Mr. Wyoming,” Sean Pruitt. In marrying Sean, I gained a beautiful daughter. Together we’ve had three amazing children, and we’ve also adopted two gorgeous girls, proudly making us a family of EIGHT! Yes, you read correctly…That is six kids!

Having been married for over a decade, we've learned a thing or two and have endured our share of obstacles. Now we are blessed to walk alongside couples, counseling them in the power of unconditional love.

I consider myself privileged to have been born in this amazing country, a gift I do not take for granted. It is that gift, my love for my relatives in Cuba, combined with my passion and love for children-that inspired my husband and I to build three orphanages in Honduras, partnering with Impact Ministries International.

As a minister, and public speaker, I have the opportunity to travel the all over the US speaking, teaching and empowering others. Ive also been blessed to be bi-lingual, and that has enabled me to speak to those in the Spanish community, as well as in other countries.

Since my husband is the owner and operator of Kingdom Exploration LLC, and we are a homeschooling family. We are very fortunate to have the ability to live anywhere.
Four years ago, we chose to make that move, leaving all our friends, family, and everything behind. In hopes to change the suicide rate in the-then suicide capital.

We enjoy spending our time serving our local community and others globally. We feel that experiencing life first-hand is the best way for our children to learn.“Building families through the power of love, until there are no more abandonments.” Is something we have devoted our lives to and live by. It is not only my "platform" but my family’s mission; we want to be a living example to our children.

We believe serving is loving, and any service, big or small, can make an impact. You may not be able to change a person, BUT you can be the reason they choose to change!

As the Global Ambassador and international spokesperson for Safe Haven Baby Boxes, I am in charge of all international affairs, every email, phone call, ANYTHING to do with planting baby boxes internationally. Working to rescue newborn babies from abandonment.

Im also advocating and promoting as the spokesperson for Safe Haven Alliance. Because of the efforts of Safe Haven Alliance, the Safe Haven Laws are now in all 50 states. We work to support state efforts to prevent the abandonments of newborns through Safe Haven relinquishments.

Mentoring young women is an everyday "opportunity" for me whether its through the youth group, coaching the High School cheer team (a 5 days/week volunteer position),
through the Beauty Is Ministry, or through Our Life's Song Ministry. I've been blessed with everyday opportunities to encourage and develop young girls’ skills as leaders.

As a part of Ourlifesongs.com, a non-profit organization, we minister, encourage and inspire women. Through the website we reach over 46 different countries, empowering women through our own personal trials and "life songs". Our team travels to women's conferences
throughout the US speaking, and uplifting woman. Also serving as the "glam squad". Using our talents to give back to others with free mini-makeovers, teaching them that true beauty comes from within.

Seeing the girls I’ve worked with achieve their goals gives me so much joy and makes me very proud and hopeful for the beautiful and intelligent women they’re certain to become.

As it’s been said before, “The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.”

I'm your Mrs. International reminding you to choose love,

Priscilla