Here's yet another excuse on my part for thecomelycloset taking the backseat to my current life affairs. I have been embarking on a journey that is both daunting and invigorating the past few months (and upcoming months). It has taken most of my time and thoughts, leaving minimal mental capabilities for the blog. It's a decision that has been in deliberation for the past two years, and has finally taken effect. The reason the decision has been simmering for so long? Time and Confidence, or lack thereof.
Me: I am thinking of participating in... -insert new experience-
Person #1: HAHAH
Person #2: Why? (with a dumbfounded, wrinkle inducing look on their face)
Those responses were the exact reasons why I hesitated for so long, but were also the exact reasons I did decide on entering this new world. Making a long story short... I want people to know that what you see is very much what you get, but I have so many more aspects to my personality and aspirations in life that I want everybody to understand. I have grown into a woman with lots of passions, and a want to make a positive impact in someone's life, even the tiniest, unnoticeable impact matters. I am no longer that moody kid vying for attention that my family still views me as, or just that tomboy pretending no hurtful words could affect me, nor that struggling student who could not figure out what to do in college. Do not get me wrong, I most likely do portray those personalities (unfortunately) here and there, but would like to think they are much more refined now (is that even possible? - HAH!). I am slowly gaining the confidence in myself that I can do well, and to finally share the news to people other than my family and a handful of friends.
Now, lets leave behind the sap, and speed up this post. Below are some bullet points of some other reasons I decided to participate in the Miss Chinatown, Los Angeles pageant. Yes, a pageant. With all them frills, intense charm school coaches, and world peace.
1. A foundation to make an impact, be a role model, and to inspire.
2. Opens the door to meeting new people and making new friends.
3. Stepping stone to more philanthropic work and to participate in my community.
4. A big push out of my comfort zone for my personal development, achievements, and there will be no regrets because I tried and am doing my best.
5. New experience I would love to share with my future children, nieces, and nephews to show them that even scary challenges can be accomplished and proven to be an amazing journey.
Let's get back to the fashion portion of this post. Each year, the previous pageant court will plan a charity fashion show, while the new contestants model the clothes. This year, the proceeds will be going to a non-profit organization called Creativity Heals. Their mission is to promote empowerment, self-discovery, and self-worth to youth who have experienced trauma through creativity and self-expression. If you believe in this cause, or just want to watch a fun fashion show, please consider checking it out.
Date: January 10, 2015
Time: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Location: Pacific Palms Resort
Charity: Creativity Heals