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I think it goes without saying that music is one of the most powerful intangible influences in life. I literally don’t know how I could’ve gotten through those rough 12-15 months of physical recovery if it weren’t for my iPod… or Sudoku. As a fancy pants classically-trained vocalist, singing has become more than a talent for me; it’s become an outlet. I’ll never forget the first time I cried on stage while performing my talent at Miss Florida. I sang “Reflection” by Christina Aguilera, and at some point in the middle of the song, I literally lost myself in the melody and lyrics, and I broke down. Don’t worry– the audience felt it, too, so it was all good and totally not awko, although the potential for creating a distinct level of palpable discomfort was high.
As you can see, my vocals were irrelevant. The fist making, sass, and convulsions were clearly enough to win that panel. Don’t steal my strategy, bro.
As my preparation for Miss Florida USA becomes more and more diligent, I need to remember moments like making a judge on the panel of the Miss Florida 2011 Pageant cry with my passion and transparency. I want to remember the taste of hearing my name called in the Top 10 on finals night… and how much it meant to me that my dad was in the audience to see it. As I reflect back on what still reigns as the most exciting night of my life, I need that spark, that passion, and that drive to stay fresh in mind. In an attempt to keep the fire beneath my easily-distracted feet, I created a completely embarrassing yet motivating playlist on Spotify for my crowning moment.
I would like to point out that it takes a lot of practice to look this calm and collected. Inquire within for lessons.
No seriously, I look like an absolute idiot.. but that joy and surprise is 100% genuine. My goal is to experience THAT horrendously unattractive and unapologetic elation again this July. I realize this Spotify playlist probably makes me look like a twelve year old boy, but I don’t care. I won’t tell anyone if you share each and every song. Heck, make your own playlist and send it to me, so I can further enhance the already awesome motivational soundtrack to my life.
Not to get all deep and nostalgic, but if you could relive a moment of grave importance to your life and personal development through music, what would be on your playlist? No judgments, obviously.
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you have a great play list. I hope you are having a great week
Thanks, Amy! You too!
What a great playlist!! I mostly have either older 80s music like Bob Seger or techno like Tiesto! lol Yes I know its like left and right field. You said no judgments! lol Thank you for sharing 🙂 I always enjoy reading your blog!
And I reaffirm… no judgement! Whatever gets you going! 🙂 And thank you, Nancy. Likewise!
You have a wonderful playlist, I'm currently obsessed with that Dierks Bentley song.
You look gorgeous in the pictures above, your dresses are beautiful!
I would probably have a lot of song from my high school days! LOL!
High school songs are the best, though! They always bring such a sense of positive nostalgia. I think I'm going to make a high school playlist now, too! Haha.
I'm loving the playlist, there's some great songs on there.
I loved this and your playlist is so much better than my 100's of workout songs. I also think your pictures look great and you have captured the best of moments.
Thanks, Angie! Feel free to steal! 🙂
im loving this play list, thanks for sharing
Thank you! Hope you're having a great weekend!
I think as pageant women one of the most wonderful things you can do it make yourself approachable and transparent.
Definitely, couldn't have said it better myself.
Love the 1st gown, the colors are beautiful! I haven't heard any of these songs before on this playlist.
Thanks! Love my talent gown so much. I just wish I had somewhere else to wear it… Miss USA doesn't have talent! 🙁
Number 14 gets my workouts going, nice music selection. Hey if you win are you going to represent the Miss Florida in the Miss America or the Miss USA pageant? I hope you win because I'm going to have a viewing party at my home.
Thanks, Sheila! I would be representing Florida in the Miss USA Pageant. I aged out of Miss America last year 🙁 And thank you!!! You're the best!
I love this post…and your playlist! Music is how I deal with so much in my life. Right now, my fav is Black Roses by Clare Bowen. It's on the Nashville (tv show) sound track. Love, love, love it!!! You should check it out!
Definitely checking it out!! I've heard nothing but raves about Nashville!
Ryan is addicted to Spotify. I guess I'll have to make an account too, so that I can be one of the cool kids.