Pageant Beauty Tips

I remember back when I was around 6th or 7th grade, and I was so excited to start learning about beauty routines. My mom first taught me about skin care regimens, and then a little late I started learning about hair and make-up. I remember both were really challenging for me, and I definitely made a lot of mistakes along the way [which I’ll spare you from seeing the pictures of]. Later in life I decided to start competing in pageants, just for fun. My sorority nominated me for our college pageant and I ended up doing pretty well. If you’ve followed me for a while now, you know that I eventually went on to compete and earn the title of Miss Arkansas USA 2014. Along the way to reaching the Miss USA stage, however, I had to learn a few tips and tricks to help me present the best me possible.

Before I go any further, however, I want to say a few thing if you’re just getting into pageants… First of all, remember that you’re worth is not determined by anyone but God’s opinion. No matter what a judge might say, or how another girl might look, you are beautiful and made perfectly by our Father in Heaven. So when going into pageants know that you’re not competing against other girls, you are quite literally just trying to present the best version of yourself imaginable. So do what makes you feel confident, and meet as many friends as you can along the way.

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Finding a Fresh Perspective

Do you ever feel stuck in a rut, unable to find a direction in life or motivation? When I’ve felt this way, the best thing I can do for myself is to ask God to help me change my perspective to be more like His. In other words, I ask God for the ability to view life and its challenges with a new lens, to develop values and ideals that both drive and provide me with much-needed direction.

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Self-Care Advice For Those With Faith

Self-care [meaning: anything one does to nurture or care forthemselves] is a concept that’s recently been gaining increasing attention. It’s also a concept that’s often been ignored within the Christian community. I’m not sure if this is because self-care was viewed as self-centeredness, focusing on outer appearance rather than the heart? Who knows. Whatever reason for it, I live in the camp that believes the Bible encourages self-care, even if it doesn’t use the exact word.

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Introducing MyBestNewSelf Ministries: A God-Centered, Self-Improvement Movement

Over the last 6 months, I’ve been working on a new project that I’m now so proud to introduce to you! After launching my blog, I wanted to do a little more for others, than just sharing my experiences. Therefore, I’ve created #MyBestNewSelf Ministries – a platform focused on creating a community of women desiring to be their best well-rounded new self in Christ!

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Reframing Body Image: A Thoughtful Approach

I didn’t look up any stats before writing this post, but without searching the internet, I can almost guarantee that a MASSIVE number of women struggle with body image. And that doesn’t exclude the girls that the world defines as having “rockin’ bodies”. No, body image insecurity doesn’t discriminate. Whether you think you need to lose 20 pounds, or you’re in the best shape of your life, you’ve probably experienced the feeling of looking in the mirror and being discouraged by what you see.

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