So you have received your acceptance letter, finally your sash arrives and last but not least your finalist pack. Then it finally hits you, now the hard work really begins.
If you follow me on social media you could be lured into thinking I am just pageants, but I am here to reassure you, I am first and foremost a mummy, I also run my own businesses, train 6 plus times a week and make time for my favourite person, my man. On occasion I’ve even been accused of having no social life and I try to attend most of my family’s special occasions. The key is planning and staying on top of your workload.
Don’t leave it to the last minute
Don’t put off until tomorrow, what you can do today. I say this time and again. Something will come up tomorrow and you will end up in a tizz. I wish I had known and applied this back at school.
Know what matters
I mucked this one up big-time last time I competed. I wasted a lot of time on things that in the end, added little to nothing. This could be a charity event, that was clearly never going to make any money, or trying to organize a social event no one would attend (especially now with COVID). I was doing the same thing in my work too. I am now a lot better at asking myself why am I doing this or that. This could be as simple as watching an episode of The Real Housewives of New York City, why am I watching this. If its because I’m broken and I need a time out, then I will carry on. But if it is because I am being a lazy slob, I pick myself up and get on with what actually needs to doing.
Being able to stick to what matters, can be a clear sign of how much you want your end goal, but we all need a bit of motivation on those tough days. Try having a few lines saved in your phone, of why you want this or a motivation playlist on Spotify. You could create a “why” board or save your favourite pageant queen as your screen saver.
Little and often
Stay on top of the little jobs, like updating your appearance folder, or social media. Grabbing the little spare moments and putting them to good use is a great way to stay on top of all that pageant paperwork.
Get a diary
I run my life off my Google Calendar, which also syncs with my laptop. I always say if it’s not in my phone it’s not going to happen. Be very careful of double booking and don’t forget to allow not just travel time (when COVID isn’t cancelling everything), but time to get ready before hand too. Arriving, whether in person or online, looking your best will really help your confidence. I also track my appearances in chart on Evernote, as well as making a new appearance form with the photos straight after and sharing the photos on social media. I won’t print the forms until the end so all the paper matches, but they are saved in a folder on my laptop.
Always remember planning makes everything easier, but there will always be the odd things that will pop up. Take it in your stride and don’t let it stress you out. I live by the benchmark of “if the world hasn’t ended and no one has died, it’s a good day”.
It may all seem like a lot of work, but it’s great training for all the work the reigning queens are doing and how much work you will have to do, when you win your crown.
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Written By Jessica Barclay - Young European International Ms Middlesex