"What do you treasure most about your life? ..." Katarina asked.
And with no hesitation, I said, "Second chances."

 

I have no idea where that answer came from, but after Winning Miss Art Deco USA, I realized how factual my answer really was because winning that title was truly a second chance for me to prove to myself who I am, and that I can and will do anything I set my mind to.

When I was a kid, I always had this hunger to succeed. This fire in my belly ... not only for following my dreams, but for helping others follow their dreams, too. It was in that moment that I answered the question that I felt success. Before the pageant, I always set goals and often times, got off track. Would quit too soon, get impatient, make excuses or get distracted either by things going on such as social activities, other people, like my peers or boyfriends, or I would just lose interest. For me, winning Miss Art Deco USA defined a new, fresh me. A Whitney that had been lost for so long.

When you work for something and I mean really work for something and then set a goal and achieve it, you get a sense of empowerment. It's the most gratifying feeling and to go along with that, the other most gratifying feeling is knowing that people support you. I received the most positive feedback during my preparation for Miss Art Deco USA and even now for my continued training for Miss Florida USA. People always watch, but the real inspiration is when people listen ... and that's what this journey is about. It's what all of our journeys should be about ... saying something worth saying and getting a positive reaction..

We can wake up every day and go through the same routine, working the same job, with the same schedule, in the same city, with the same people for the rest of our lives ... or, we can explore, and dig, and dive, and inspire, and create, and imagine and visualize, and dream and give back and strive and achieve ... and that's what second chances are all about ... finding yourself, discovering your purpose and adding meaning to your life in a positive way.

We can be down, we can become discouraged, we can get off track ... but that doesn't mean we should give up. We are human. We all make mistakes, but what we do to correct those mistakes are what makes life so interesting. Recognize your second chance when it comes your way, and please, take it from me ... it's truly a treasure.

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    Opening Number
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    Just finished the gown presentation
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    Crowned Miss Art Deco USA 2015
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    With Mom and Dad
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