Miss Pinellas County Adventures: Annual Largo Golf Classic Recap

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I had an amazing weekend. I drove around 800 miles, from Orlando to Tampa to St. Petersburg to Belleaire then back to Orlando. I left Saturday morning for a mock interview conducted by MAO certified volunteer judges, and their feedback was extremely valuable and uplifting. I honestly believe the interview portion of the pageant is the most valuable. A talented, beautiful, and physically fit woman is wonderful, but one without a brain or the ability to inspire is hardly well-rounded. Get ready, friends, to be forcibly urged to participate as judges in weekly mock interviews. Friends in other states/countries are not exempt; Skype interviews are becoming increasingly popular these days.

The Annual Largo Scholarship Program Golf Classic was on Sunday in sunny (scorchingly hot) Belleaire, and I had a blast supporting the golfers with my fellow queens. In addition to rousing golf cart races around the narrow green pathways, we were treated to AMAZING food by the Belleview Golf Club and the lovely company of our friends, family, and sponsors. I’m truly blessed to be part of such a family-oriented and caring organization. My sister queens have quickly become my beloved confidantes, and I couldn’t ask for a better Board of Directors.

The Largo Scholarship Program Annual Golf Classic, Miss Pinellas County, Stephanie Ziajka, Diary of a Debutante, Pageant Life Me and my beautiful princess, Brittany!


The Largo Scholarship Program Annual Golf Classic, Miss Pinellas County, Stephanie Ziajka, Diary of a Debutante, Pageant Life With the world’s best sister queens, Kate Judge and Laura McKeeman!


Oh, I’ve been reading one of the most profound books I’ve ever come across, and I wanted to share it with all of you. “The Teacher Who Couldn’t Read: One Man’s Triumph Over Illiteracy” by John Corcoran is the perplexing memoir of a teacher who graduated high school, college, and landed a teaching job, all while concealing the handicap of his undisclosed illiteracy. I believe that literacy is the key to the success of our future generation, and his insight into the fear and mental torture he endured from his learning disability reflects so powerfully on the utter importance of reading. For anyone who’s looking for a heartfelt and mind-boggling novel, I highly recommend this one.



I’m bracing myself for a week full of high-end clients, marketing events, volunteering, and some leisurely entertainment mixed in between. I also need to publicly thank my amazing and generous bosses, Chris Bordner and Craig Townsend, for donating $250 to the Children’s Miracle Network on my behalf this week. I’m so fortunate to be surrounded by such support, emotionally and professionally, and I’m constantly reminded why Bordner, Townsend and Associates is the best financial advisory firm in the state/country/UNIVERSE. Plus, if it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t know anything about investing (=money), which would be depressing.


Time for Insanity. Shawn T and I have done some bonding over the past few weeks, and nobody screams, “Come on, y’all. Let’s GO!” better than he does, right?!

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