Thank you so much for checking out my website, it's finally up and I am so excited! This gives me the opportunity to pass on the "special gift", something that took me 20 years to learn. They said I couldn't, I wouldn't. They said there was no way. They were all wrong. I achieved my dreams through hard work, determination and a lot of faith. I was not only the first contestant to enter the Miss Iowa USA pageant with a challenge, I was also the first contestant with a challenge to ever win the title of Miss Iowa USA. Then I experienced being the first contestant with a challenge to compete for Miss USA as I competed for the 2008 Miss USA Pageant and I made history. I had the time of my life and got a once in a lifetime opportunity...I actually lived my dream!
As Former Miss America, Shirley Cothran Barret has taught me, "Accomplishtment begins with two words: I'll try!". Thanks to her encouragement and that very quote, I had the strength and grit to try! This past year I have been traveling the country as a keynote speaker, but I like to think of it as passing on the "special gift". That gift, as I have realized, is that you are the only one who can get through life's obstacles and that everyone has challenges, but life requires a sense of humor and the challenges are just opportunities in disguise!
Always remember . . . "If you can dream it, you can do it!".