Wow!! After four days of nonstop dress rehearsals, tech runs and performances, dance recital has come to an end! Hundreds of dancers got to perform in the end of year show, to show off all the hard work they have been doing over the past couple of months. Each year, the recital is based on a different theme, and this year’s theme was “A Trip to the Art Gallery”. There is always so much excitement around recital weekend, and I am honored to have all these opportunities to do what I love.

In today’s post, I will talk a bit more about my own passions and the challenges I encountered pursuing them. I will also share some insights on what YOU can do to overcome these types of challenges. Enjoy!

So, in total, I performed in four shows and eleven dances over the course of the weekend, and I also helped out with the younger dancers. It was quite busy at times, but the joy I get from giving my gift of performance makes it all worth it! As a teaching assistant, I also enjoyed sharing the excitement of recital weekend with my pre-ballet class, who performed as an adorable group of black kittens!

I have been dancing ever since I was four years old, but it wasn’t always a walk in the park. There have been many times where I felt discouraged with my ability, times where I felt like I simply wasn’t good enough. I wasn’t very flexible and I felt like I didn’t fit in. I almost wanted to quit. Yet years later, here I am, still dancing proud with my head up high.

One year ago, I strained my voice while being involved in a theatre production. Being ill and yelling on stage isn’t a good combination!! When this happened, I couldn’t sing properly for three weeks, and I was terrified of straining it again for many months after! I know it may sound like a trivial thing, but at the time, I thought it was the end of the world. Everyone of us has probably experienced hardship in life, but hey, failure isn’t a roadblock, right? “Failure” is instead a crossroad of new opportunities!

It is during the hard times where I realized that I had two options. I could take the “easy” route and give up, or I could work my hardest until I became the dancer or the singer I dreamed to be. Of course, I chose the latter, and that turned out to be one of the best choices I have ever made. To get something you’ve never had, you must do something you’ve never done. You must do it 100% full-out, with confidence, discipline, and conviction, and most importantly, you should NOT TURN BACK!¬† Do not let anyone ever tell you that you aren’t good enough, or that you will never achieve your goals in life. Keep moving forward, trying new things, and doing what you love, and you will be surprised at all the doors that open up once you start implementing this process.

Anyway, recital weekend 2017 is definitely one I will remember! I had so much fun and I enjoy watching little ballerinas grow up into confident young women over the years. And finally, my passion is performing, but what is yours? Whatever it is, never stop pursuing it and you will be able to make some great contributions to the world!

Zoe ūüôā

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Spring has definitely sprung here in Nova Scotia! The leaves on the trees are coming out, the flowers are blossoming, and that exciting, busy time of the year is just around the corner. For me, the last couple of months have been full of surprises. As a freshman in high school, I am finally starting to discover who I am and what to think of the world around me. This year, I have been taking more risks than ever before. I have learned that each one of us has the power to shape our destiny, that the sky is truly the limit. Ever since I started taking advantage of the all the wonderful opportunities available to youth, I have seen a world of a difference in my life.

Once you take off you will soar!

So, you can imagine the surprise I had after learning that I would represent my province at the Miss Teenage Canada national pageant in Toronto! For years I wanted to be someone, a role model, a change-maker, or a better version of myself, and finally, I got the opportunity to be exactly that! I knew that there would be a lot of responsibilities to take on as a titleholder, but nevertheless, I felt 100% ready to accomplish my goals and determined to make the most of my year as Miss Teenage Nova Scotia.

First time trying on my crown and sash!!

Sometimes, I like to call myself a dreamer. This type of perspective helps me keep an open mind, an open heart, and an open soul. Just think about it. . . We are only here for a short amount of time, and during that time, each one of our actions and choices has a profound impact on not only our own lives, but the lives of the ones around us. You do not need to solve world hunger, or become president of a major organization to be considered a leader (but if you want to, go ahead!). Leadership is already within us, and the small acts of kindness that build up over time are just as meaningful. Never underestimate the true power you have inside!

True friendship knows no distance!

In April 2017, I traveled to Montreal for a week along with 37 other youth for a Canada 150&Me forum. During that week, I realized that young children and teens in our country already have everything they need to reach their goals in life, but yet many youth still feel like they are not capable of taking the big leap. I believe that passionate, hard-working and motivated youth are the key to a brighter future, and everyone has a talent just waiting to be uncovered. Thus, I have made it my mission to empower youth, to guide them through their passage from childhood to adulthood, to not only help them choose the right career, but to help them lead the life they want. My ultimate goal is to start a peer mentoring  organization community where youth in need of positive influence in their life can talk to people who will listen.

Here is the lovely group of Montreal people!

Now you know a bit more about my platform and why I choose it, I am going to tell you¬† more about myself! I consider myself a very musical person. I dance approximately ten hours per week, in the styles of ballet, contemporary, and jazz. This weekend happens to be our studio’s annual dance recital, which means I have a fun couple of days of performances ahead of me! I also really enjoy singing, I am a coloratura soprano and I have performed songs in German, French, Italian, and Spanish. I take weekly piano lessons to complement my singing training as well. And finally, I love to act in musicals whenever I can! Currently I am participating in a student-run musical, and there is only two weeks left until show time! How exciting!!

Stretching in contemporary class!

So to wrap it up, I already have many ideas on ways I can promote my platform, how I can give back to my province and my community, and how I can use my title to accomplish larger scale projects. I will be posting my adventures as a delegate for Miss Teenage Canada on my social media platforms and on this blog, so stay tuned! I am beyond grateful for this wonderful opportunity, and I hope you will all get the chance to head out to enjoy the beautiful weather. Have an amazing rest of the week! ūüôā

Zoe ūüôā

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Today consisted of some touring around Toronto! I even got some really nice photos of the CN tower! For breakfast, we ate at Eggilicious, which is a Canadian restaurant!

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A photo of the outside from the tour bus!

A photo of the outside from the tour bus!

 

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This photo was taken before saying our goodbyes after visiting the Nuvango store & studio! Was an awesome tour of the building and changed my view on the fashion industry. After the tour, we tried on Nuvango clothing and got to strike many poses in a photo shoot !

I was also very surprised to find out, this amazing studio was managed by a brilliant Nova Scotian, Dawn Laing!

Dawn is a sweet heart! She gave me her contact information and offered to send me Nuvango clothes once I return home as well as a $50 gift card for there!!

I highly recommend you go visit them and see their retro designed building, and clothing at 2738 Dundas St. West. Besides, you might as well go see their adorable studio dog!! He’s so cute and super lovable !

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Here are photos from the photo shoot where the girls and I are decked out in our Nuvango clothing!

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The outfit I chose! So vibrant & colourful!

The outfit I chose! So vibrant & colourful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All their clothing can be found on their website at https://www.nuvango.com/

Stopping by is not for you? You can also support them by  liking their Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/nuvango/,  following them on Twitter at  Nuvango as well as their Instagram at nuvango !!

My own personal tourist photo’s !!!

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Then we went to The Bata Shop Museum! Talk about fascinating!

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Parrboro, NS is where I call home. It is known for it’s record of high tides, beautiful islands and low bush blueberry picking.

Here are some examples of the beautiful landscapes that I live by:

In a lawn chair, pole between my legs and bass fishing.

Bass fishing on the Bay of Fundy

Making memories on one of our many local beaches

Making memories on one of our many local beaches

The view from the farm land

The view from the farm land

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from the pier !

View from the pier !

 

 

 

 

 

 

Representing this province allowed me to travel and see all the great tourist attractions. Since I have been just about everywhere, here is a list I put together of the top five best things to see and do in Nova Scotia!

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  1. Drive Along The Cabot Trail

    Drive along Highway 105 connecting Cabot Trail and Sydney in Cape Breton. It is absolutely beautiful!
  2. Tour The Alexander Graham Bell Museum

Stop into the impressive museum honouring telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell, also in Cape Breton.

3. The Fortress of Louisbourg

Learn about history and see where they fought, back in the day.

4. Explore the city of Halifax

The city has so much to offer! Be sure to eat at Cut Steakhouse & Agricola Street Brasserie.

5.¬†Peggy’s Cove lighthouse

Go check it out! Has the best sea food chowder I have ever eaten!

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Today, I had to be ready by 8 am. The getting ready consisted of just slipping on some leggings and a baggy t-shirt because we got makeup artists and hair experts to get us all ready for the photo shoot and video interview!

Still waiting... watching the other girls

Still waiting… watching the other girls

I have never felt more like a princess until today with this title. It was the first time, I had my makeup professionally done and I loved the result!

 

Below are some photo’s from getting ready.

After the video taping and pictures, we had a very long rehearsal in heels!  We got to meet, two of choreographers that we will be working with all week and found out what our dance song is.

The girl that did my hair! Such a sweet lady!

The girl that did my hair! Such a sweet lady!

Waiting for the hairspray to set!

Waiting for the hairspray to set!

The final result!

The final result!

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Miss Teenage New Brunswick & I flew on the same flight today!

Miss Teenage New Brunswick & I flew on the same flight today!

Today was an amazing day! Which insures me that it will be an unforgettable week here in Toronto! First, I got the chance to fly in with a fellow title holder, Miss Teenage New Brunswick! It was about a two hour flight from Moncton, NB to Toronto, ON.

As soon as we arrived to the hotel, we all went into a room to make friends and meet and greet each other! So far, I have already met so many sweet girls and am making immediate best friends.

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By the way, I’m not short, I am fun sized!

 

 

 

 

 

 

After meeting all the girls, I was fully emerged into a room full of sponsors and received many awesome gifts!

Nuvango Clothing

First of all, I am in love with my new Nuvango t-shirt!! There was a table set up,13709747_1044505298968687_680265654_ofull of t-shirts and leggings covered in colourful designs, paintings and artwork! I learned Nuvango collaborates with artists from around the world to design incredible apparel & accessories featuring their original artwork. All their great clothing is made in their studio factory right here in Toronto, Canada. They even have an art gallery and retail store as well, so if you buy their products, you can be a walking piece of art.

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Nuvango Table

Make sure to check out their website, Facebook Twitter and Instagram, it will all be posted by their logos at the bottom of this page!

Golden Glamour Goddesses

Next, I walked up to the ¬†Golden Glamour Goddesses¬†(GGG) table¬†to see more of their products. They had on the table, after tanning cream and tanning solution. I got the chance to sign up for eye lash extensions or to be spray tanned. I signed up for the¬†eye lash extensions! I can’t wait to¬†try their products out!

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This lady beside me is to thank for the bags full of tanning cream and tanning solution!

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The GGG table

The GGG table

 

VPI Shades

The next awesome gift I received was a pair of sunglasses from V.P.I eye wear. If you like the shades, i’m wearing. You can get the same pair off their website at https://www.vpicanada.ca/SUNGLASSES/round-framed-vintage-style-sunglasses-3904/. He informed me, currently all their sale items range from $2.80-$20.00!!!! I recommend you get a pair, and we can be styling together!

Thank you VPI eye wear for the new styling shades!

We’d like to thank V.P.I eye wear for the new styling shades!

The VPI table and beautiful Toronto view in the background!

The VPI table and beautiful Toronto view in the background!

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Sweets Canada – Chocolates

Their banner shows the variety of pedals you can get mixed in with your chocolate.

Their banner shows the variety of pedals you can get mixed in with your chocolate.

I SCREAM, WE SCREAM, WE ALL SCREAM FOR CHOCOLATE!!!!!!! That’s right, I have changed up the saying because one if the tables had¬†Sweets Canada¬†quality chocolate! I received Dark Chocolate with edible Jasmine Petals. I love trying new things and this style of chocolate was definitely a new experience for me! It made me feel healthy eating flower pedals in my chocolate but it also gave a richness to the chocolate.

I was very surprised to find out this style of chocolates are made by hand.

Q'bites are so good!

Q’bites are so good!

13702302_1045648378854379_110184155_oI also was given a box of the Q’bites chocolate. They are so good and there are so many flavors!

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Golfing Lessons

13731062_10157207071045525_7870572669834361133_oPlayed Mini Putt and most of been beginners luck because I got it in on my first try! #skilledmissteenagenovascotia13692192_1045165838902633_815913384_o Everyone who made it through the first putt, had a second competition. Sadly, I didn’t make the cut for the second round but now I know where to go for couching. If you see the sign behind me it says “Bradlee Ryall” which is a school where you can get golf lessons, which I might just have to look into ! Hahaha

I love Archery!! – Archers Arena

Parrsboro's Archery Team! :)

Parrsboro’s Archery Team! ūüôā

I just joined Fundy Shore Archery Club this year, because my family is big into hunting and I wanted to try something new. I have been in love with this sport, ever since! My coach is great and there are not a whole lot of students in the club so you really get one on one time and don’t have to wait long to shoot!

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One of my groupings from practice

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Sorry Randy (my archery coach) ! Haha

Speaking about my love of archery, I was even considering doing it for my talent!

Notice the marshmallow tip, that I mentioned.

Notice the marshmallow tip, that I mentioned.

Then during the party, I noticed their was a bow in the room so my first instinct was to go to it and get a picture!

I heard we were going to be touring Toronto! I love travelling so that was defiantly going to be the highlight of my week. Once they told us, we were going to be stopping by the Archers Arena¬†sometime this week, I was and still am astatic! It’s not the exact same as professional archery though. On the terms of the arrow instead of a sharp dangerous point, there is a marshmallow like sponge that keeps it from hurting others when you fire them off at each other in a room!

Welcome gifts and essentials from the Miss Teenage Canada team!

Saving the best for last. Miss Teenage Canada provided me with a new sash, bathing suit heals, hat and t-shirt. No party is complete without cake and pizza! That is exactly what we had.

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Thank you to Qupid for the heals ! They are gorgeous!

Thank you to Qupid for the heels ! They are gorgeous!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks to all the sponsors: Nuvango,Q’Licious Chocolates, Storia PR, Goldenglamour GG, HashtagioSocial, Bradlee Ryall¬†Golf Enterprises Inc., Archers Arena, and VPI Canada Limited for all the goodies, and a great time at the Welcome Party! Also shoutout to all the other Miss Teenage Canada sponsors: Rimmel London Canada, Sally Hansen, Archer Dental – Toronto Dentist, Bata Shoe Museum, Fish’D by EDO, and Yogen Fruz!

Links & Social Media’s of AWESOME¬†sponsors include:¬†

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Website: http://www.vpicanada.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VPIEyewear/?fref=ts

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Website: http://www.archerdental.ca/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/archer.dental.3

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Website: https://www.nuvango.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nuvango/

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Website: http://hashtagio.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hashtagioapps/

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Website: https://www.bradleeryall.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kaneff-Golf-Academies-1710816379132427/?fref=nf

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Website: http://sweetscanada.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/canadasweetshop/

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArchersArena/?fref=ts

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Website:  http://www.gggoddesses.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GoldenGlamourGoddesses/

Katie

MISS TEENAGE NOVA SCOTIA 2016 

 

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Thank you Sign Source Solution for sponsoring, Miss Teenage Canada!

Visitors, don’t forget to follow @SignSourceS on Twitter and like¬†the Sign Source Solution page on Facebook!!

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The float

The float

Was a great crowd! I was honoured to hear people clapping as we passed them for congratulating me for receiving this title and to hear little girls voices saying, “you’re so pretty”.

Such a beautiful community. I could not have asked for better hospitality.

Thank you!
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Photo with 2016 Queen Of The Sea

Photo with 2016 Queen Of The Sea

Huge thank you to Sobeys for letting me use your store to fundraise and the community of Pictou for really showing me your hearts and making a difference today!

The photo on the left shows the set up of my table and the beautiful, 2016 Queen Of The Sea. Here, we  had a successful meet and greet as well as sold tickets on a frame full of gift cards in efforts to fundraise for Free The Children!

It was a busy day! Live performances and a Sobey’s staff barbecue for the SPCA was just around the corner outside the doors.

Lots of photo’s were taken! Definitely another unforgettable day as Miss Teenage Nova Scotia!

This is one inspirational lady!

This is one inspirational lady!

This lady I’m standing with in this photo, is absolutely brilliant! She worked for the United Nations for most of her life. ¬†Her experiences were inspiring. She has saved and brought peace to many lives and countries.

She shared her inspiring experiences and was very encouraging towards me being in this pageant! It’s people like her that will push me to succeed as I compete for the title Miss Teenage Canada!

 

 

When I have the crown on my head, I am no longer Katie, I am seen as a princess that everyone wants a picture with! Here are some photo’s with the kids:

This little came up and asked me for a photo, there is no way, I could refuse!

This little girl came up to me and asked if we could have a photo together, there is no way, I could resist!

Beautiful little girl!

Beautiful little girl!

These girls didn't want to leave my table once we got chatting.

These girls didn’t want to leave my table once we got chatting.

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