Spring is in the air, and you have a very happy Miss NC!

Finally our cold winter is over, and we are onto my favorite season! It’s no coincidence that my birthday is this season, because this girl loves some sunshine and fresh flowers! I hope you all have enjoyed some gorgeous NC weather these past few weeks!

I have been VERY busy this month! For some reason I had thought things might start winding down as the end of my reign draws closer, however that is not the case. I am so thankful I am still able to travel over 1,000 miles a week on average and visit all parts of our beautiful state! I truly have had the time of my life and met some of the world’s best people.

I had a really big week to kick off the beginning of my favorite season in beautiful Asheville! This is a trip Miss North Carolina makes every year with the directors of the Miss Asheville/Blue Ridge Valley pageant, Jeff and Jon. It was one of the best weeks of my life! I had never been to the NC mountains before (I know, crazy) and so to be able to experience it all as Miss NC was amazing. We traveled everywhere. I toured dance studios, schools, Cherokee, the Biltmore, and had a day in Shelby with the Miss Shelby queens and their director, Danyel. We made over 28 appearances in 5 days! I slept like a baby when I got home, but I am so glad that I was given this opportunity.  I am so thankful for everyone that hosted me and for how everyone treated me like Miss America. I have never had children in schools approach me like these did or people welcome me in general with the warmest regards. I would also like to thank Mrs. Rhonda Whaley for traveling with me and being my mom away from home and Jeff and Jon for giving me not just a house to stay in but a home, with a family and love and laughter each day. I hadn’t met them before this trip but by the second day I knew we were family and their hospitality made the whole trip so very special for me. Some of my favorite things were filming an interview with the local news channel, seeing the Biltmore estate (I am such a history buff) and eating some of the best BBQ ever in Shelby at Red Bridges! It truly was a highlight of my year.  Another thank you to the Miss Asheville, Blue Ridge Valley, and Shelby queens and Carolina princesses for going out of your way to show me around your towns! I can’t wait to see you all again in Raleigh!

When I got home from Asheville there was no time for rest! I had a week full of appearances and loved every second of it. March is a busy month I have come to realize! I attended the Miss Capitol City/Clayton pageant, had two awesome photoshoots with Kenzie for the Miss NC program book, served pancakes at IHop in Garner for CMN, spoke about my platform at the Crescent Rotary Club, rode in the Pinehurst St. Patrick’s Day parade, and attended the Azalea Festival Princess Pageant!

It’s not slowing down any from this point on, either! This girl is going to live up the rest of this year and do as much as possible. I plan to wear the crown until someone makes me take it off! Kenzie and I have a few more photoshoots coming up which are super fun because we are so goofy together! I also have several healthcare related events in the next few weeks which makes me excited, because my platform is healthcare related and March is National Nutrition Month! You may have seen my partnership with the Poe Center in Raleigh and our #add25 challenge on social media. Be sure you take the challenge too!

I hope that you take a second from your busy schedules and take time to get a dose of the beautiful Vitamin C outside over the course of this month and that you are making plans to join us the week of June 20th at Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh as we prepare to crown a new Miss North Carolina!

Happy Spring, peeps <3