Day 4: Miss Teen International

Friday, July 29, 2016

In the dressing room before the show with my girls! The Miss Teen International Preliminary Competition went amazing! The stage is truly my second home! 

Day 3: Miss Teen International

Interview was awesome! It was great sharing my story with the judges! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to judge Miss Teen International! 

After Interview we had to get hard to work on the production! We had rehearsals all day! The picture above is with Jurnee Carr, Miss Tennessee International at dinner. 

The picture above is me at my space in the dressing room backstage! 

Brighton and I at dinner! 

Day 2: Miss Teen International

This day was so full of events. I am just going to take time to  touch on each of them! The first picture is from before we went on the outing day! 
Having a refresh course of hands- only CPR was great! Here is a tip: the beat to the song "Stayin Alive" is about how fast the compressions should be. I am so musically oriented so that stuck with me!

Next we made blankets for the local Children's Hospital here in Jacksonville. We heard the children in the cardiac unit loved them. 

 Sweet Pete's was next! This candy store is three stories tall! Not only did we get to make our own watermelon flavored lollipops, we got to shop, sample, and buy candy! It was so much fun. 

After that we had a walking tour that took us to some of the highest and lowest parts of Jacksonville. From the tops of building that gave us an exceptional view of the city, to underground in old bank tunnels, that tour was sure an adventure! 

Touring the Jacksonville Jaguars Stadium was awesome. I have always loved football so having a private tour of an NFL Stadium was pretty spectacular. We were only allowed to take pictures in certain places because of the renovation that is currently going on. It was nice to see some of the surprises before the public gets to see them! 

Last but not least was the dinner. A big thank you to Eddie Peterson for the inspirational talk. Esther is one of my favorite bible stories, and in fact I danced in a ballet production of that story. It is great to hear about her as a reminder to all of us that... 

"But perhaps you were born, for such a time as this." Esther 4:14

Day 1: Miss Teen International

  Day one of Miss Teen International was amazing! It was great meaning girls from around the world. We only had orientation on Monday but it was packed full with important information! We received our contestant numbers ( I am contestant 28 ) and our interview times! 

Thank you to the pageant and its sponsors for giving us a bag stuffed with amazing items! I will be using that jacket all the time! 

I also hoped that Mary had a great birthday! I am amazed at all of the hard work you do for us ladies! I hope you could relax a little on that day! 

From Grease to Glam

From grease to glam! On my way to Jacksonville my truck decided to stop running in the middle of the highway! No way was I letting that stop me from getting here. Here is a picture of me working on my truck on the side of the road and yes I was in heels and a dress, and yes I did show up to the hotel with grease all over me! Oh well, you have to learn to be flexible and adapt!

Pain Patient Resource App!

Monday, July 25, 2016

I am so excited to announce the new APP I have been developing for months is now available for download. I created my Dancing Through the Pain Program to help people like my mom and the 72 million others who suffer from chronic pain on a daily basis. My goal as an Ambassador for the US Pain Foundation, is to provide a resource that is free and can be accessed by anyone across the world. Please download my Pain Patient Resource APP today!                  

Day 2- Mrs. International

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Day two was just as eventful as day one! The first photo is right outside of the theatre before the Mrs. International Finals Pageant! 

Makeup and Hair- Clay Spann

Outfit: Joey at Competitive Image

The top photo in the collage is with Miss Teen Illinois International! The bottom left photo is me just being me haha! Miss Teen Virginia  International, Miss Teen Georgia, and I are in the bottom right photo.

In the second collage the top left picture is my grandmother and I! I am so thankful she came with me during this week. She came all the way from Idaho. Here is a quick update for everyone about my mom. She is slowly doing better and is now out of the hospital. Physical therapy is a vital part of her treatment process. Even though she is not here with me now she is going to try to make it for actual competition nights! Either way I know she is supporting me this week and I am so grateful for that alone! 

If she is unable to make it I could not be more excited that she will be able to watch the live stream! Thank you Mary Richardson for all that you do for us girls. Making the live stream possible allows everyone to support us, as well as more people to hear about out platforms if we are given the opportunity to be in the Top 11!

The bottom left is with Farabe Algor, Mrs. International 2015. I would like to congratulate her on having an amazing reign. The top left is Miss Teen South Dakota and I! Last but not least is Miss Tennessee and I! 

This is a group photo with the Miss and Teen contestants that attended the Finals pageant! It was great to meet all of the girls, I cannot wait get to know all of them more throughout the week. We have already created a giant group chat! By the way, I am all the way on the right in this picture! 


Selfie time with Miss North Dakota, Miss Teen North Dakota, and Miss Teen Virginia!


Congratulations to Mrs. Illinois for placing first runner up! You are one amazing lady. I have enjoyed getting to know you as well as watch you compete. You are such a great role model I appreciate your advice and prayers so much! 

A huge congratulations to this amazing lady! It was great to see a women of faith win Mrs. International. Your family was sitting in the seats right in front of me, and let me tell you they were so proud of their mom. I cannot wait to see all of the wonderful opportunities God gives you to help others this year.

Dancing Through the Pain- Photo Challenge Part 3

Day 1- Mrs. International Preliminary Night

I have officially arrived in Jacksonville, Florida! We had quite a road trip but hey, I made it! That story deserves a whole separate blog post! It has been amazing to meet all of these successful women from around the globe. 
The first picture is of my hair and makeup for the night by the wonderful Clay Spann! You truly make me feel like a princess.
 There were just so many photos from the night I decided to put some into a collage. On the top left of the second photo is Miss Teen North Dakota and I. The top right is with the adorable Miss Iowa Sweetheart, isn't she a cutie! The bottom left is with Monique, the director of the Mrs. Arizona Pageant. She has taken me under her wing and I cannot thank her enough for the support and opportunities she has given me. Last but not least the bottom right is with  Miss Teen Illinois and I!

The next picture is with Joey of Competitive Image, Clay Spann, and I! Again, I appreciate all that you have done for me!

Nikki, Mrs. Arizona and I are in the next picture! You did an amazing job competing. Your stage presence is fabulous and you are truly passionate about your platform. Congratulations, you made Arizona proud!

Childrens Miracle Network- Miracle Treat Day!

Friday, July 22, 2016
Are you ready for Childrens Miracle Networks Miracle Treat Day?! 6 days and counting!!! 

National Pain Strategy!

Thursday, July 21, 2016
A repost from @us_pain_foundation : We are working alongside members who make up the Consumer Pain Advocacy Task Force (CPATF), of which U.S. Pain belongs, to make our communities aware of this important White House Petition surrounding the National Pain Strategy (NPS). The NPS is the country’s first strategic plan to achieve a system of safe, effective, and high-quality pain care informed by scientific evidence. The NPS will promote research, healthcare provider training, insurance coverage for individualized pain care, and public awareness of pain. Please take a moment to sign the petition and then SHARE this post so that fellow pain warriors can have the opportunity to participate. National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association American Academy of Pain Management State Pain Policy Advocacy Network 


Rooted in God Apparel

Thank you for the awesome t-shirt and personal note!

You are such a light to those around you. In all that you do, you do to help others and push them to be the best that they can be. Dancing Through the Pain is so awesome and the Lord is leading you down an amazing path. Stay Rooted girl!!! ❤️ Rooted in God - Alyssa"
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You Got Mail!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

I came home from running a few errands before the pageant and look what arrived! Thank you to Joey at Competitive Image for helping me pick out an amazing wardrobe! 

Competitive Image Trip

I always love going to Dothan, Alabama to see Joey and Clay! I am excited that all of my wardrobe is finalized and ready for the Miss Teen International Pageant! Also a huge thank you goes to Alicia, she truly is a fairy godmother and made my wardrobe fit to perfection!

A Very Important Letter!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Dear Secretary Burwell,
As a member of the U.S. Pain Foundation and a stakeholder in our nation's fight against chronic pain. I am deeply concerned by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid's proposed Medicare Part B Payment model.
By prioritizing lower costs over patient choice and physicians judgement, this rule will limit access to medication for people living with chronic pain from conditions including cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. These medications make living with these conditions possible, and limiting access would inflict undue suffering on people living with chronic pain.
For that reason, I strongly urge you to push CMS to reconsider and withdraw the proposed payment model. Maintaining access to these lifesaving medications are of the utmost importance to the patients, family members, and healthcare.
Garin Harris 
U.S. Pain Foundation Ambassador
Miss Teen Arizona International 2016

Dancing Through the Pain

Sunday, July 17, 2016
I was able to teach a Dancing Through the Pain class all the way in Iowa! I am so impressed by the assistance and dedication of the staff. They really helped me work individually with some of the patients and cannot wait to have me return in August! I cannot wait! 

Mrs. Iowa International Send Off Party

Friday, July 15, 2016
It was great to attend and perform at Mrs. Iowa Internationals Send Off Party! thank you for letting me be a part of it Rosanne, you are so sweet. I cannot wait to see how you do at the Mrs. International Pageant!