I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry! (clearly a Canadian who apologizes all the time!) My 18 week update is almost two weeks late! But I have a very good reason for my tardiness. Other than it being Canada Day recently, it was also the annual Miss BC pageant at the Chief Sepass Theatre in Fort Langley.
Now in its 12th year, the Miss BC pageant has been foundational in the lives of many young women from all across our Province, including my own. It is a personal and professional development program to encourage and inspire young leaders across BC while providing them with the platforms to raise their voices in the community through philanthropy and volunteerism. While most pageants have their contestants doing promotional activities for sponsors and corporations, the Miss BC pageant is run solely by volunteers who believe in the cause and contestants spend their time participating in self-development workshops like: public speaking, etiquette, healthy living, self-defence and leadership. The focus is on empowering each woman to use her voice for what she is passionate about and providing them with powerful life-skills to assist her in achieving her goals.
Testimonies from the 2013 Titleholders on what the pageant means to them.
The Miss BC pageant is also unique because it is an equal opportunity pageant for all women from BC. There is no height or weight requirement and no age limit. Single mothers and transgendered women are welcome to apply. There are even separate categories for teens and married women to participate in the program and in 2013, we had a contestant make history by being the first woman with autism to compete (she returned again this year and was voted the Miss Congeniality title by her peers)! Oh and did I mention that there’s no swimwear competition? Contestants aren’t judged on outward beauty but rather the winner are chosen based on character, integrity and community involvement.
I can honestly say that I would not be who I am today or accomplished what I have without the support of the Miss BC pageant. I won the crown in 2010 (some of you have been faithfully following this blog since then!) and it was through that experience that I discovered my love for public speaker and learned how to articulate my passion to end human trafficking, violence against women and child exploitation. My title helped me to speak with a louder voice and use my influence to advocate in some of the highest levels of government and in various nations around the world.
Every year since my crowning I return to mentor the new contestants and assist in the organization of the pageant. It’s so powerful to watch each girl come into her own over the weekend. Many girls start off speaking shyly and stutter when they step up to the mic but by the end they are standing tall, confident and proud of who they are! I can truly say that this year Class of 2014 was one of the best. Every girl was so supportive of one another and each came with an open heart to learn and grow into the best version of herself. I am certain that many of the ladies, crown or not, will have an incredible impact on her community in the years to come!
Congratulations to the Class of Miss BC 2014 and all of the titleholders, plus Miss Congeniality and Heart & Soul winners!
Now that my tardiness has been explained…on to the bump update!
How far along?: 18 weeks (currently almost 20 weeks)
How big is Baby?: “Baby Yam” is finally the size of a Yam! And you can finally see the bump!! People are finally acknowledging that I am pregnant! Yay!
Sleep: Later nights this week with all the pageant prep and excitement going on but thankfully I’ve found lots of time for naps (and a secret hiding place in the green room of the theatre!)
Food Cravings: I had a MAD CRAVING for Mac & Cheese during the pageant! Thankfully my darling Charmaine, Miss Teen BC 2012 joined me on a trip to Wendle’s Cafe in Fort Langley where we found one of the best Mac & Cheese recipes that I have ever tasted! I’ll definitely be returning next time a craving calls!
Food Aversions: Still not crazy about fish…but otherwise I am good.
Symptoms: Headache free this week! Yay! Thanks for all the advice!!!
Gender: Soon soon soon! Planning our Gender Reveal Party already!
What I’m looking forward to: Baby kicks….I think I’m feeling it…but still not sure.
What I miss: Nothing! Honestly, I love being pregnant and its so fun to share this special time with my Miss BC Pageant Family! We’ve been together for many years and they are such incredible people with hearts to serve. Cheryl, Miss BC 2011 and my successor, kept saying how excited she was to have a “pageant baby” around next year to cuddle and play with!
Next appointment: July 8 with the midwives and then July 9 at the ultrasound clinic.