Hello beautiful people of the USofA!
I hope that everyone had a wonderful hol- iday season and I want to welcome everyone to 2017! December was a really easy and relaxing month for me. I was able to enjoy Christmas Eve and Day with my family.
Since this month was rather quiet let’s jump right into our next #RoadToNewcomer guide to nationals. In alignment with the season, I felt the necessary topic should be gratefulness. In the hustle and bustle of any pageant, our support team is often expected to fulfill their duties as assigned. Most times these duties are completed perfectly and payment is given. However, when was the last time you said thank you to them during the pageant? Did you even think of writing them a thank you note? Did it even cross your mind that, just saying thank you might make them work harder? Most of us probably didn’t think about those aspects because we were focusing on our goal of winning the pageant. Showing gratitude to those that are with you the entire ride is crucial. To this day, I still tell members of my team that I am thankful to them for helping me achieve my dream. My “Glinda” from preliminary night talent did not HAVE to come over every night and rehearse with me, but he did not want to fail me so he made sure we rehearsed every night. I see my “Glinda” almost every day and not a day goes by that I’m not grateful for his friendship and commitment to me. During this past year, a lot of lives were lost, from superstars to close friends. Did they know how much they meant to you? The moral of this article is to show the people that help you, love and appreciation because they DO NOT have to help you; they choose to help you. So, shoot them a text saying, “I love and appreciate you” or better yet take the time to write them a note. Keep this attitude all year and there isn’t anything you can’t accomplish.
Vanity St. James
Miss Gay USofA Newcomer 2016