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During the short period of time I’ve been crowned Miss Tampa Bay USA, I’ve experienced quite a few memorable adventures. Wearing the crown is an empowering sensation; it’s as if you have unbreakable armor on, and you can conquer the world. Last month I was invited to conquer the rink. To my utter shock and elation, I was asked to sing the Orlando Solar Beras National Anthem before a huge game at the Amway Arena, where the Orlando Magic play, on December 22nd, and it was hands down the coolest (no pun intended) thing I’ve done in a long time.
Top: Forever 21 | Jeans: Express | Boots: Dana Buchman | Bag: Longchamps
It’s been a while since I’ve performed, so my nerves were on high alert. Honestly, the last time I was on a stage was probably during the 2012 local MAO season. I never imagined my next performance would be in a huge arena for my favorite sport in front of thousands of people–7,000 to be exact.
My bestie M and I arrived early for a sound check and were escorted in through the VIP media entrance. We were then taken to a huge and rather baller green room, where we did somersaults and hand stands until it was time to sing.
The sound check went really well, and it only took one run-through to mesh with the acoustics… so back to the green room we went. It’s really not fair to assume that you can put M and I in a room together for roughly an hour and expect us to behave. We’re really mature.
After all the gymnastic shenanigans, it was showtime. The 60 seconds of my time on ice is really a haze… it went by so fast, but the minute in the spotlight is one I’ll never forget. If y’all have been following me for a while, you may remember that “Sing the National Anthem at the Amway Arena (Magic Game-same thing)” was on the 25 before 26 list I posted on my birthday. This was before I became fully healthy, before I decided to compete in pageants again, and before I decided to resume facilitating my life mentality of taking the chance while I have the choice. I never honestly thought I’d have the opportunity to fulfill this dream.
Heyyy, cutie pie. I’ll be honest… a sliver of the best part was flirting with the opposing team. They were all so sweet (and smokin’). It also didn’t hurt that both teams’ players skated around on ice prior to the anthem, so I got to majorly creep, which calmed my nerves.
Hurray for my proper vocalizing posture. M recorded a portion of it, and even though I wish I could share the entire thing, only about 40 seconds made it in the video. My voice was a little hoarse, as I was recovering from a sore throat, but it went well–all things considered. You can watch my super cool video here:
This is truly a memory I’ll cherish forever. I’m a lucky titleholder. Go Solar Bears!
Awesome post Stephanie great job on the Nation Anthem you look beautiful doll. Have a great Sunday.
Thank you, pretty! Have a great week!
So excited and proud of you! Way to go super chica! Another thing accomplished means there is room for a new dream to come in! Go get your dreams girl! YOU CAN do it!!!!
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Thank you so much, Cherelynn! You're so sweet. Hope your week is as fabulous as you are!
That's so exciting! Such a good job!!
Thank you, Kristin! It was a blast!
Oh my gosh that is so exciting you were able to do that! You have such an amazing voice!
It was one of the coolest things I've ever done… like ever. Thank you, Kenzie!!! Have a great week 🙂
How exciting!! You looked and sounded beautiful!! Amazing voice!
xo, Lily | beautywithlily.blogspot.com
Thank you, pretty lady! Hope you have a wonderful week!
You have an amazing voice
Thanks, Amy! You're so sweet!
How fabulous!!! What beautiful memories to cherish & what a great way to end 2013!
Right? Perfect closer to 2013. Have a wonderful week!
So cool! It looks like you had such a fun experience! You looked and sounded great!
~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
It was incredible! Thank you, Ash! Happy 2014!
You have such a pretty voice! What an awesome experience!
Thank you so much! Have a wonderful week, Alex 🙂
Oh my gosh this is such a cool experience! You sound awesome!! XOXO
It was definitely one I'll NEVER forget! Thank you, pretty!
amazing opportunity! great job :))
Thank you, Christel! It was definitely one of those experiences I'll remember forever. Have a great week!
Awesome opportunity!! That's amazing you got to fulfill one of your "25 before 26" dreams!!
Gorgeous voice also. c:
I'd definitely be doing gymnastics in the green room too, haha.
I know, I'm still stunned. Thank you so much! And what else is there to do? Way too much free time and open space!
OMG that is a great opportunity to be able to sing the national anthem in a hockey arena! Go girl! Good luck with your half marathon training!♥
I know, it was the coolest thing ever. I just wish I got more face time with the players 🙂 And thank you, I'll need it!!! I'll be attempting to run my first mile tonight.
beautiful voice <3
Thank you, lady! Happy Monday!
Wow what an amazing opportunity. So lovely.
Thanks for visiting my blog hun.
It was amazing. Thank you for stopping by, Simera! Happy Monday!
What a phenomenal experience! This is amazing!
It was a blast. I just wish I had the whole thing on video 🙁 boo. Have a great week!!!
That sounds so cool!! I just found your blog and I love it! Didn't you get super nervous? When you walked in??
Anyway, have an awesome day!
Oh my gosh, yes. I was shaking as soon as I left the green room. It was well worth it, though. I'll take the nerves and anxiety for a chance to sing at a huge arena any day! Hope you're having a great weekend, lady!
That is so incredibly AWESOME! What a proud accomplishment for you 🙂 And holy hell–how did you keep your composure with so many cuties on the ice 😉 LOL!
All the best to you–I thoroughly enjoyed stopping in today and reading this post (visiting from SITS Sharefest). Going to follow you now! XOXO
Thank you, sweet girl! Stopping by to follow back! 🙂
Woah girl! That is such an amazing experience! You wear the crown & sash so well!
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Thanks, Jessica! You're too kind. Hope you're having a great weekend!
So proud of you! Wish I could've been there!