I can’t believe that in three weeks, I will be in Toronto with some of the most inspiring, determined, and beautiful girls in the country competing for the title of Miss Teenage Canada. Time sure flies when you’re busy :D. Lately, I have been mainly focusing on organizing fundraisers (including a musical concert for Free the Children), practicing interview questions and walks, and planning the first meeting for my youth youth empowerment group, Maritime Futuremakers. When I first announced that I would be organizing a concert and founding a youth empowerment group throughout my reign, I wasn’t 100% confident that I would be able to carry out my plans. After all, I had never even done anything like this before! Now I understand that although it’s not always easy, the satisfaction that comes with helping a community and overcoming your obstacles will ALWAYS make it worth it!

I have also spent a fair amount of time going to events, and I have prepared several youth empowerment presentations that I will be giving in the span of the next couple days. This weekend, I went down to the town of Middleton, located in the center of the beautiful Annapolis Valley, to participate in the Grand Street Parade as part of the Heart of the Valley Festival. Surprisingly, I was the only princess in the parade, but that meant I got extra attention from the wide-eyed little boys and girls! Shout out to my grandparents for last minute organizing me a ride in a super cool convertible!! My original plan was to walk in the parade handing out candy, but having a car to ride in was even better! Although the parade was only one hour long, so many beautiful floats flooded the streets of Middleton, all decorated with the theme of Canada 150! Since it is the year of Canada’s 150th birthday, the event was re branded to the “Heart of Canada Festival”, to celebrate all the accomplishments we’ve earned and obstacles we’ve overcome as a country. It is great to see so many festivals and events popping up in my home province for Canada 150!¬† Some of the other activities and attractions included a children’s bouncy house, a fun run, a strong men and strong women challenge, and other things to delight the whole family. In the evening, they finished off the event with some beautiful fireworks, including some patterns shaped like hearts in the sky!!

I would also like to mention that I have colored my hair for the pageant! I decided to lighten up my blonde and to get more highlights near the top of my hair, while still maintaining some of my natural chocolate brown roots. I also got a minor trim. ūüôā Overall, I am super pleased with how my hair color turned out, I can’t wait to rock the blonde bombshell look when I go to Toronto :D. THANK YOU Victoria Court Hair Salon for doing an awesome job on my hair!

               

Now that there is only 19 more days until I leave to compete, I pretty much live and breathe pageant haha! There is still so much to do, yet I am very proud of myself for all that I have accomplished and¬† what I’ve done to conquer my fears throughout the past couple months I’ve been a titleholder. I plan to perfect my talent performance, finalize my wardrobe, continue to raise money for Free the Children, and get Maritime Futuremakers up and going! This summer has been truly amazing for me and it’s not even half way over! I can’t wait for the upcoming weeks, and the surprises they hold ūüôā

Zoe, Miss Teenage Nova Scotia 2017

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