Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Don't Stop Believing

I'm a big dreamer and a “hopeless romantic” at heart, it's ridiculously really.. My favorite movies are: Pretty Woman, Serendipity and Sleepless in Seattle. Doesn't get any sappier than that!

About 15 years ago, I went to visit California, and I got to “live out” the “Pretty Woman experience.” I stayed at the Beverly Hills Wilshire Hotel, and then I went and got a makeover and got to go shopping on Rodeo Drive…..I thought it was the coolest thing ever! It wasn't even a huge deal but because I loved that movie so much, and I'd watched it a million times... It meant the world to me.

So this Valentine's, my husband decided to recreate my other two favorite movies, while in NY. Ahhh!!

Sleepless in Seattle- remember the Empire State Building on Valentine's Day!! Doesn't get more romantic than that!

We watched the movie (for the 100th time!) And went to the top of the Empire State Building for Valentine's….That was ahhh- maze-ing!!


Then we watched Serendipity..Afterwards, we went and ate at the actual Serendipity from the movie, went to the same Bloomingdale's, skating rink, and lastly, to the Waldorf Hotel from the movie, even got it the elevators and went to the 23rd floor!


It was a dream!!

It probably sounds so silly, but I felt like “wow, dreams really do come true!!”

Sometimes we forget that as adults, we stop dreaming, and hoping.

But that's a lie, it's never too late for your dreams (the little ones AND the big ones) to come true.Two of mine just did. Your “dream-come-true” is right around the corner.

I'm your Mrs International reminding you-

TO CHOOSE LOVE,

Priscilla

The Bowery Mission


Amanda and I were able to visit and volunteer at the Bowery Mission in New York City. It was very interesting and eye opening to get a look of what all happens behind the scenes. Here is an inside look into the Bowery Mission.

The Bowery Mission is one of the oldest in NYC. Located on the Lower East Side the mission is a vital part of the South Bronx and Harlem neighborhoods. They are a multi service shelter providing shelter, 3 meals a day, and medical care. The mission also has a variety of life changing programs designed to get people off of the streets and into apartments with steady jobs. Ultimately the mission believes that a meal and a smile can change a life.


The day we planned to visit happened to be the day there was practically a blizzard in New York. Over 5,000 flights were canceled! Imagine being without a warm house or shoes during a snowstorm. I couldn’t begin to imagine how that would be so, I was determined to help. Since we showed up early in the morning it was our job to help the other volunteers serve breakfast and prep for the lunch and dinner meals! For Breakfast they had the option of banana or brown sugar oatmeal with fruit, coffee, bagels, and a pastry. I am impressed by the amount of food they have and about the amount of people they are able to serve on a daily basis!


After serving breakfast and cleaning up they gave the other volunteers and I a tour of the rest of the mission. There is a large chapel where local preachers and other volunteers teach the word before a meal is served. On snowy days like the day we volunteered they had a movie day. the chapel pews were filled with people watching movies for the day. At night if the weather continues, they bring out mattresses into the cafeteria to accommodate even more people. I am glad I had the opportunity to help this mission in any way!

For more information on the Bowery Mission please visit:

https://www.bowery.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 Harris
Miss Teen International 2016

Monday, February 27, 2017

#RecoveryHeroes - National Eating Disorders Awareness Week


National Eating Disorders Awareness Week strives to shine the spotlight on eating disorders and put life-saving resources into the hands of those in need. This year’s theme is It’s Time to Talk About It! Our goal is to help those in need get screened and identify the challenges our friends and family are facing.

#RecoveryHeroes celebrates all those who walk hand-in-hand with people who are struggling with eating disorders. It takes a village to overcome an eating disorder and it cannot be done alone. For so long, I thought that one day I’d wake up - symptom free - and immediately be healed from my eating disorder. I imagined that my eating disorder would heal itself and I wouldn’t need anyone’s help. These unrealistic expectations kept me deep inside this illness for three years.

I remember the night I told my parents like it was yesterday. It was one of the most painful, yet relieving, nights of my life. They embraced me with love and care, willing to do whatever they could to help. Within days of telling them my secret, they did research and helped me find a place for treatment. If I had told them earlier, I know that I wouldn’t have faced the depths I did. I could have gotten out before it got worse. Mom and dad created a safe space that the enemy of my heart convinced me would never exist. They helped save my life.

To this day, my #RecoveryHeroes help me through challenging situations. They hold me accountable and will call me out if any symptom arises. When I was preparing for Miss International, they worked to make sure I was preparing my body in a healthy way. I do my best to live a heart healthy lifestyle and always stay dedicated to recovery. God gave me a second chance at life and I don’t take that opportunity lightly. My #RecoveryHeroes fight against the enemy with me and I couldn’t do it without them!

Overcoming an eating disorder is a lifelong battle, but standing in victory over the enemy is a beautiful place. We were not created to walk through life alone and we need people through the good and bad seasons. If you’re struggling with an eating disorder, I encourage you to find a team of #RecoveryHeroes who will stand by your side as you fight for your life. I know that where you are is dark and scary but hope is around the corner… and it comes from speaking out and getting the help you need. Recovery is possible.

Redefining Beauty Worldwide,

Amanda Moreno
Miss International 2016

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Ready for Battle


Last month was my first month as one of the co-hosts for God’s View, and unfortunately, it was also one of the hardest month of my life. Sean and I were at each other’s throat. The stress of moving, and having to take four truck loads that entailed driving 9 hours round trip, without taking a break..Well, that’s enough to make any marriage cringe.

And my marriage is no different, it’s not perfect...We fight, we argue, we want to give up at times… But we don't.

Nonetheless, I learned an important lesson. I went from reaching hundreds maybe thousands, to millions. Millions of people all over the world are watching me and hearing the good news. Then a light bulb went off, “I’m on the front lines.” I was basically put on the “front lines” and I wasn't “armored for battle.” You see, I wasn’t preparing myself, praying, reading the word, and having others pray for me.

I know some of my readers aren't religious, and that's okay. First, let me assure you, you don't have to be religious to be Mrs. International, however I have a relationship with my creator and it's impossible for me to talk or write without mentioning Him.

With that said, I can't reiterate how important it is to spend time reading the word, praying, and having others standing in prayer with you. If we don't have to go through things alone, then why do we?

It's so much easier to win a battle having many warriors, than it is with only one.

The same goes for spiritual battles, you don't have to fight alone. Ask for help, ask for prayer, let someone stand in agreement with you.. There is nothing wrong with needing help, or being vulnerable, it's okay. We aren't meant to be alone, we need one another.

Well this time, I wasn't going to go through the same thing. I asked for prayer, before and after! This time, I have my “warriors” standing, ready for battle.

So I ask you this, “Are you equipped for battle?”

I’m your Mrs. International reminding you-

TO CHOOSE LOVE,

Priscilla

Friday, February 24, 2017

My Trip To Utah International Pageants


I was able to attend the Utah International Pageants! It is always amazing to meet and see contestants as well as Ansley, Miss Teen Utah International 2016. Here are a few more details about how my trip went!


The first day I arrived was rehearsal the ladies worked hard on mastering the opening number and different areas of competition. Rehearsals are always fun to watch, it makes me miss all of the girls from nationals. That is where the true bonding happens. From helping each other zip dresses to awkward dance parties to help calm your nerves, the stage is where most of your memories are made.


The second day was night one of competition which I had the honor to emcee at.I had never had the opportunity to emcee before but it was so much fun. I loved being able to see the ladies from that viewpoint as well as share with the audience about my year so far as Miss Teen International, Go Red for Women, and having a heart healthy lifestyle while on the go.


Early the next morning, were the interviews. I was able to help guide the girls through the process of interviews as far as how it works and what style of questions they will be asked. Some words of encouragement and a prayer was said and they were ready! The most important thing you can remember for interview is that the judges are not there to scare you. They were hand picked by the director and pageant board because they are kind and qualified people. The judges have read your paperwork and are excited to finally meet you in person. Plus, they have a hard job in some cases they are more nervous the you are!


After interviews we had a luncheon where all of the girls heard motivational speeches from sponsors and their wonderful director Tiffany McKay! There was a small break before the final night of competition. Of course there were a few ups and downs and nerves. One of them being a little princess who froze on stage! That's okay though, nerves are natural and she was so little! The finals night was awesome all of the ladies did a fantastic job. Congratulations to the new Miss Utah International, Maddie Jonely, and the new Miss Teen Utah International Madison Baldwin! Have an amazing year ladies!


"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
Miss Teen International 2016

February & February


February will always hold a special place in my heart. It brings back many painful memories and many beautiful memories. In February many years ago… I used eating disorder symptoms for the first time.

I still vividly remember how dark and alone I felt on that day.

I wish that I could look my younger self in the eye and just give her a hug. The hug wouldn’t “fix it” but maybe it would strike a cord that would cause symptom use to stop for a brief moment. I wish I could go back and speak Truth into my own life. There was so much brokenness and worldly searching for approval… when in reality I just needed to seek Jesus.

Sometimes when I’m journaling late at night, I find myself reflecting on that low point in my life. I was at my personal rock bottom. However… I find it so beautiful that even in the depths… God was writing His story and would exchange my brokenness for true beauty in Him.

February hosts NEDA Week - National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. It’s also the month my eating disorder began to show itself through symptom use. I don’t believe in coincidence, and I know that all things work for our good and His glory.

How beautiful is it that my struggle showed itself during the same month that I would later spend advocating for years down the road?

Yes, it’s tough…. but come on! How amazing is that? That’s not chance - that’s beauty in action by our Heavenly Father! My pain led to a greater purpose and I’m so blessed that my 2017 February looks so different than it did many years ago. February to February… wow. I know it sounds crazy, but that genuinely makes me smile and rejoice.

The pain I faced was dark and full of fear… but I was never alone. I love thinking about the fact that my Healer was sitting in the Heavens above looking down at me seeing how all the pieces would fit together and holding me in the palm of His hand. It truly makes me cry tears of joy when I think about how loved I was… even in the darkness.

Beauty for ashes.

There is no Healer like our Lord. If you are struggling with an eating disorder, I want to look you in the eye and give you a hug. Recovery is possible. Some time from now… you’ll be in my shoes and looking back with joy and strength from the challenge you’ve overcome. You’re never alone and I am praying for you to know the treasured jewel you are.

If you or someone you know is challenged by an eating disorder, please visit www.nedawareness.org and help me change the world during NEDA Week February 26th, 2017 - March 4th, 2017.

You are beautiful. You are chosen. You are able. You are worthy.

Redefining Beauty Worldwide,

Amanda Moreno
Miss International 2016

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Prioritizing - Choosing Love


On the top of the Empire State Building on Valentine's weekend.

Two steps forwards, one step back.Sometimes in life you have to take a step back before you can move forward.

Our trip to New York was our “one step back.” Sean and I had been moving for the last four weeks. Seriously! Packing, loading a Uhaul, driving 4.5 hours, unloading the Uhaul, then unpacking, then driving 4.5 hours back to the old house, packing to load the Uhaul and driving to unload it, then doing it all over again and again...Four times!

Yes, four Uhaul loads later, and we are “done,” well at least with that part of the move.

Immediately after we unloaded the last Uhaul, Sean and I left for New York. Sounds crazy, but we had no choice, (due to fashion week’s schedule.) Turns out, they won't change the dates to fashion week, even if it's for a tired, overworked-beauty queen/mom/wife/mover. Who would have known!?

We weren't through packing, we had tons to do, it was “the worst time to leave”

But the trip turned out to be the greatest “medicine”, and exactly “what the doctor ordered!”

Fear said, “Don't go, you have too much to do. You need to stay home and unpack…”

If we'd listen to fear, we'd never go anywhere, we'd never take a chance, and we'd never try something new.

Sean and I, decided to go to New York together...Even though the timing wasn't right, we were super busy, we shouldn't have taken time away from work... BUT, we did. And guess what!?

The work was still there when we got back, the house didn't “burn down” and the kids didn't forget who we were...Nothing happened!!

Nothing except, two desperate-for-a-date-parents got to spend some much-needed time together, got to rekindle their “fire” and fall in love all over again.

Love wins again!

The point is, sometimes you need to take a step back, before you can take a step forward.

If you're overworked, sleep deprived, emotionally and physically drained, YOU’RE NO GOOD!

Take a little time for yourself, go away for a day, a weekend, or maybe get a mani-pedi, a massage, or play a game of golf...Whatever it takes to unwind.

And I promise you, would be more productive, happier and more loving.

I'm your Mrs International reminding you-

TO CHOOSE LOVE,

Priscilla

Use Your Voice!


As an eighteen year old, sometimes I am not taken seriously by adults. I am sure some of my fellow teen titleholders have had similar experiences. It is hard for someone of any age to speak up about issues they feel our important. It's even harder to go to elected officials and give your opinion and try to influence their vote. However, despite your fear I encourage you to. Once you make an appointment and get in the conference room, it isn't as intimidating as it seems. However, here are a few tips on lobbying for your cause.

Be Prepared:

Representatives and Senators ask the tough questions. They have experience with people coming in and speaking to them about a lot of issues. Therefore they typically know what to ask. Make sure to be prepared and cover your bases before stepping into their offices.

Leave Behind Packet:

Create a folder of materials to leave behind in their office. This should include a simple one page document explaining the issue and what you would like them to help with as well as something with bold graphics that are eye catching. I have seen some large corporations even leave a small gift such as a mini flashlight with their logo or contact information on it. This is completely optional, I have lobbied many times without leaving a gift and have still gotten support for my topic.

Dress Appropriately:

Senators and Representatives come to work everyday in a suit or nice shirt and tie with slacks. They take their work seriously so, your attire should match that type of atmosphere. I like to be in a professional looking dress that covers or in a suit of some sort. If you walk in looking professional then they will take you a lot more seriously.

I am excited to see what amazing thing you all will be lobbying for! I hope this helps you walk in with confidence.

"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
Miss Teen International 2016

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

It's Okay To Ask For Help


It's disappointing that stigmas keep people from getting the help they need. I was in that position for many years; I get it. You consider asking for help… know you probably need it… yet remain silent out of fear. The enemy of our heart tells us that either people won't care or that they will judge you for “not measuring up.” It's a scary time and one that continues to drive you into depression and whatever your challenge is. That dark voice will hold you hostage until hope speaks out. Our culture has made it to where asking for help is a sign of weakness and terrible act.

For me, I was afraid that telling my parents and loved ones about the eating disorder I was facing would make them feel guilty - disappointed - and like it was their fault. I questioned if asking for help would even do anything. Would I even be able to overcome it? Would seeking help actually save me from this plague on my life? Would I ever be healthy and happy? Would my life forever be marked with an eating disorder?

It's okay to ask for help. It doesn't mean you are unworthy or broken. It means there is a sliver of hope. It means realizing that you were created for more. You have purpose and you're worth fighting for. Seeking out help is a sign of courage - not weakness. Forget the stigma around mental illness or seeking out a counselor… asking for help is worth it… and it's okay.

Redefining Beauty Worldwide,

Amanda Moreno
Miss International 2016

Growing Pains


My daughter has been having the worst growing pains. To where I have to keep kids Tylenol ready, in my nightstand along with an endless supply of Epsom salt in her bathroom. So when she wakes up screaming, I'm ready with Tylenol. I give her a salt bath and I massage her leg, until late she falls back to sleep.

In those annoying moments, where it's 2 AM, I'm exhausted and crabby, God speaks to me.

Just like my daughter Adonai Grace, my family has been experiencing "growing pains."

Ever since we moved out of our "comfort zone" in Texas, next to our friends and family, things were more difficult, but blessed! Behind every obstacle, there were blessings.

Imagine a video game, let's say Super Mario. (Cause that's what I grew up playing.) The higher the level, the more difficult it gets. Every time you defeat a level, then the obstacles become more difficult. Mario never just “hangs out” in a level, he is constantly moving forward, onto the next challenge.

As Sean and I move (literally), to the next level, we are constantly being challenged. But that's life! You can't "grow" without experiencing some "growing pains."

If you want to get the girl or guy, or you're trying to make the cut, get the scholarship, or get the promotion…. You need to take it to the next level! AND, when you experience the "growing pains" DON'T STOP! It's a good sign, your victory is coming!

Lastly, remember that nothing is impossible, the word itself says "I'm possible!"

I'm your Mrs International reminding you-
TO CHOOSE LOVE,

Priscilla

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

“You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf.” - Jon Kabat Zinn


“You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf.” - Jon Kabat Zinn

I really enjoy writing my thoughts on inspirational quotes. Reading or hearing inspirational quotes always helps me feel motivated and ready to conquer the world! I recently used this caption under one of my surfing vacation photos and I got an overwhelming response of compliments and positive reactions from it. So, I decided to share my thoughts on it with you today.

This quote means that life has it’s challenges. Most of which you cannot control however, you can learn to cope. Having the job of Miss Teen International is not easy. You are constantly traveling and doing something. In my opinion one of the best qualities a titleholder can have is flexibility.

Travel plans change and can be interrupted. TV interviews are not planned and as a titleholder you need to be flexible and be able to adapt to any situation you are thrown in. In other words you need to learn to surf! The easiest way to do this is practice. I have lots of girl asking me how you become comfortable talking and speaking to anyone. My answer is always throw yourself into uncomfortable situations. If you are nervous speaking in front of large crowds, practice. If speaking with adults scares you, go lobby or have your teachers or parents work friends interview you.

Remember though, you have to learn how to swim before you learn to surf. Do not be hard on yourself, it really does take time! Happy surfing!

"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
Miss Teen International 2016

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A Valentine's Day Message to All Women


When I was a teenager, I dreamed about Valentine’s Day and the hope that a guy would pursue me on February 14th. I imagined this perfect day where I woke up to coffee delivered at my front door, flowers, balloons, and the most handsome guy in the world. He’d greet me with a kiss and sweet words that expressed his love for me. I built up this perfect scenario and now… all I needed was a guy to do it!

Can anyone else relate to that? 

As I grew older… I found myself, more often than not, spending Valentine’s Day as a single girl and just wishing for the perfect man. He seemed so far away and I was starting to wonder if he was even out there. I wondered if there was something wrong with me. I found myself thinking, “Maybe I’m not pretty enough, smart enough, or even lovable…” Granted, I was still young… but I questioned if there was a man out there that was specifically designed just for me. I had been through a lot and was unsure if someone could love me as I was… I was unsure if I could love me as I was.

There was a season of life where I found my value in whether or not I was dating and being pursued. There’s nothing wrong with being pursued by a pure heart - in fact, that’s what men should do. However, as women… we cannot find our value or worth in another person’s willingness to pursue - opinions - or thoughts. I began praying that God would heal my heart and that I would find my worth and value in Christ alone. God was faithful to fulfill His promises and I began to see my heart mend. I was no long desperate to be loved in a relationship, I knew I already was. I was running toward Jesus with everything I had.

Shortly after my heart had been stirred in the best ways about relationships, I began to pray for my future husband. I didn’t know who he was or where he was… but I trusted that he was a living breathing person and that God saw him. I prayed for his relationship with Christ, that God would prepare him to lead our family one day, that he’d find joy in each day, that he’d be fruitful in his workplace, and many other facets of his life… I loved him so much and I hadn’t even met him yet. I pulled way from any toxic friendships or relationships and just waited for my future husband. Some nights I would look into the sky and wonder if he was looking up at the sky at the exact moment. I knew where my value came from and I knew that no other relationship could validate me. I had to understand that I was beautiful - treasured - and enough… exactly how I was. Every Valentine’s Day was forever different because I realized I had already received the greatest act of love - Christ. His life, death, and resurrection is better than any coffee delivery or Valentine’s Day card.

Once my heart grasped onto that truth, God began doing what only He can do and gave me the man I had been praying for. God used my season of singleness to prepare my heart to be the kind of God-honoring woman, wife, and mom I was called to be and deeply desired to be. I would not be as firm in my value without the many seasons God has walked me through - the eating disorder, pure happiness, heartbreak, health challenges, singleness… each one was so beautiful for different reasons and so intentionally designed.

Whether you’re single, dating, engaged, or married… I want you to know that you are beautiful and fiercely treasured. This Valentine’s Day, let’s celebrate loving ourself and those that have been placed in our life. Our beauty is not more or less true based on someone’s ability to love and see it. Of course it’s nice to have acts of love expressed… but we have to love ourself before we can unconditionally love others and accept love.

If you’re challenged during a season of singleness, remember that it doesn’t define you. You are treasured, loved, and beautiful with or without a man. I encourage you to begin praying for and writing letters to your future husband. He’s out there and it’s a beautiful thing to wait for him.

If you’re happily dating - engaged - or married, remember that your status doesn’t define you either. It’s amazing to have someone pursue your heart, but let’s first find our beauty and value within ourselves… allowing us to better love our significant others and the world.

I pray that you all have a wonderful day - filled with unconditional love from yourself, chocolate, and the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had! You are treasured.

Redefining Beauty Worldwide,

Amanda Moreno
Miss International 2016

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Have You Been Planted?


At some point in my life, I believe in Kindergarten, (when I was first bullied) I became insecure. I felt alone, out-casted and I began to believe the lies, and feel unaccepted. My parents never knew about it, I didn't tell them cause A.) I had no idea I had become insecure. And B.) I was too embarrassed to tell them. Therefore, they weren't able to give me that extra security and affirmation, I desperately needed.

There are several types of insecure people, the ones who show it, (Theyre normally pretty obvious.) and there’s the ones who DON'T show it. And those are the tough ones to spot out, because they pretend to be super confident….However inside it’s a different story. That was me.

I remember looking at my older sister, (who battled her own “demons”) and wishing I was “pretty” like her. I didn't like myself growing up, I was a bit awkward looking as a child. I didn't know how to tame my hair, how to dress, (although I thought I did) nor how to tweeze, apparently.. But I had this false sense of security that I would project. And it worked, I don't know how it did, but it did...At least I think it did, cause no one ever called me out on it. That is until a friend of mine discovered my facade, and I'm so glad she did. I was oblivious to the fact that I was doing it. Please don't judge me, I'm being totally vulnerable here. But I was THAT girl. Yup...The one who would see another pretty girl and dissect her to find any and every flaw! YUCK! Sounds horrifying!

But many women do it, and live their entire lives NEVER even realizing that they’re doing it. I just happen to be one of the lucky ones, cause I realized it at an early age. Many aren’t so lucky, and unfortunately, it only gets worse with age.

For me it got bad, really bad. I was married at the age of 18 to my “highschool sweetheart” and quickly found out he was addicted to pornography. That played a whole role in nurturing my insecurity until it progressed into a full grown “monster!” By the age of 22, I was divorced (A good thing) and that’s when the healing process began.

I’m so grateful that I had a friend, and true friend, brave enough to call me out my “ugly green monster” causing me to examine myself and change.

But it makes me wonder, how many woman go through their entire lives without ever realizing they themselves are harboring an ugly green monster? Living with insecurity, low self esteem and ultimately without joy. Its an awful life to live.

I see it all the time. Now it’s easy for me to spot it in others, I can sense it a mile away. And honestly, I choose to love those people through it but it’s hard! It’s hard to love people who are constantly “competing” with you, or trying to “bring you down to their level”. But If you don’t compete with anyone, no one can compete with you!

Think about it, if nothing can affect you..No matter how mean, heartless, cruel or evil the lies, may be....Then the one’s saying it will never be able to “compete” with you, you’re untouchable! You see, confidence isn’t walking into a room thinking you're better than everyone, prettier, or having to have all eyes on you. Confidence is not having to compare yourself, not needing to be the best, or not caring if anyone is looking.

Those years of insecurity in my adolescence were hard, ugly and plain dark...But I learned so much from them, and I’m so grateful to have gone through them,

“Sometimes when you are in a dark place, you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted” ~~Christine Caine

So now I ask you, have you been planted?

I’m your Mrs International reminding you-

TO CHOOSE LOVE,

Priscilla

Thursday, February 9, 2017

"It's Kinda Fun to Do the Impossible" - Walt Disney


A very wise man once said:

“It's kinda fun to do the impossible”- Walt Disney 

And quite honestly, I agree with him. I hope this post serves as some type of inspiration for you. I recently saw this quote and it made me think about what I had accomplished. Most people are their worst critic, and for me this couldn't ring more true. I have spent so many days thinking about what I need to do to be better and have struggled to realize what I had already accomplished. To my fellow overachievers- this does not mean you are bragging about yourself, you can give yourself some credit for what you have done. I understand this may be difficult because I have struggled with it myself.

So, take a moment to grab a pen and paper… perfect, now we are all on the same page. Follow these steps with me, we are going to make a web:

1. Write Your Name in the Middle in a circle

2. Write three words you would use to describe yourself (that branch off)

3. Now ask yourself why you chose those words... (keep adding branches)

4. How old are you? What is something you have accomplished during those years?

( New Branches) descriptive

5. How many people have you been able to help/touch? How have you done so?

(New Branches)

6. Now write something you want to accomplish that you think is impossible…

7. Put your pen down… and think for a minute

8. Look back at all you have done

9. Realize that the impossible thing actually isn't that far fetched ( Why?! because you are amazing like that )

10. Do one thing RIGHT NOW that will help you reach that “Impossible” Goal

Look at what you have already done today! It’s pretty cool what we can do in just 24 hours. I hope this has served as some kind of inspiration for you! Remember things aren't really as impossible as they seem.

Example Below! Please make your own Webs and share them with me on social media using #intlpageants and #missteenintlgoalweb


"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
Miss Teen International 2016

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Remembering Brad Deaton


It still seems surreal that I am even writing this.

On January 25th, Earth lost an amazing person and Heaven gained my dear friend Brad Deaton. His life was dedicated to bettering others and bringing them joy. Although it is painful loss on Earth… it’s a great gain for Heaven. I want to use today to celebrate all that he did for my life, the world, and International Pageants.

In 2015, Brad judged the Miss & Miss Teen International pageant. He selected the beautiful Jules Fletcher and Elise Banks - two ladies who represented our sisterhood so well. Brad brought them joy in interview and celebrated their victory at the Coronation Ball. There’s no doubt that he as a light and helped these women set the tone for their year.

Months after he served as a judge, I reached out to him to seek assistance in preparing for Miss International. I knew nothing about him except that he knew more than I did and would know how to prepare my skill set and mind for 2016 Internationals. I sent him a message and received a quick and loving response. He immediately took me under his wing as a client and friend. We would exchanged multiple text messages each day. In every message, there was an uplifting message or encouraging word. Brad and I coined the term “Ready For The Job” or #RFTJ. We joked multiple times about egg-whites and the funny aspects of pageants. When either one of us was down - we’d encourage one another in our walks with the Lord.

Brad was a huge part of me becoming Miss International 2016. I couldn’t have done it without him. He was an angel and blessing. It pains me to know that I’ll never hear his kind remarks, snappy comebacks, hysterical jokes, and life stories with his beautiful Mom - Anita. I would do anything for one more call about life or tight embrace.

Although the world may never again get to experience his life this side of Heaven… I truly hope that he knows how much I love him and appreciate his heart. I hope that his energy lives through me and that I have the impact on someone’s life that he had on mine.

International Pageants has been blessed in more than one way by Bradley Reynolds Deaton. We are a better family, program, and organization because of his impact. I know that seeing his photo on our blogs would bring him so much joy - and he’d humbly say that it was all me… but Brad and I both know that it was God’s blessing. God worked through Brad and the various people that helped me get this job, He may not have been Miss International… but he was the “man behind the crown”.

We will never forget you, Brad.

Redefining Beauty Worldwide,

Amanda Moreno
Miss International 2016

Friday, February 3, 2017

Today I Wear Red!


Today I proudly wear red. Why?

Because one out of every three women in the US, die from heart disease or stroke every year!

In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute took action against this vicious murderer-heart disease...that was claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year! And we, women, weren’t even paying attention to it!

A disease that most believed, and many still believe to this day, affects more men than women.

Stemming from that action, National Wear Red Day was born. It’s held on the first Friday in February every year to raise awareness about heart disease being the number one killer of women.

This is why you, and everyone you know, should be wearing red...AND posting it all over the Internet. In doing so, YOU could raise awareness, help fundraise, and maybe-even save a life.

Today marks 15 years since the initial National Wear Red Day, which was first observed to bring national attention to the fact that heart disease is the #1 killer of women, and to raise awareness of women’s heart health. Since then we've made some HUGE strides:

*Nearly 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior change.

*More than one-third of women has lost weight.

*More than 50% of women have increased their exercise.

*6 out of 10 women have changed their diets.

*More than 40% of women have checked their cholesterol levels.

*One third of women has talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.

*Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day.

*Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years.

However, despite this progress there is still a lot of work to be done. To see how YOU can help in the fight against heart disease and stroke visit goredforwomen.org

But today, won't you join me in wearing red?

I'm your Mrs International reminding you-

TO CHOOSE LOVE,

Priscilla