Sharing smiles at the Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital
November has been a month for traveling! From Miami for the Prestige Pageantry Awards to our nation's capital to share awareness of concussions, I've been logging the frequent flyer miles. Last week I was honored to be a presenter at the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association Freedom for Family Wellness event in Washington, DC. Today I visited with young patients at the Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital in Baltimore along with super heroes from the Foundation4Heroes non-profit organization. Tomorrow I'll be attending the Mrs. World Pageant in Solomons Island, MD. And next week I'll be kicking off the holiday season with a Christmas parade back home in New Hampshire. The title of Ms. America has already created so many new opportunities for me in these first few months of my reign. Life definitely got busier, but it is also being made richer and sweeter by the experiences I am having and the wonderful people I am meeting along the way. If you're sitting on your couch and wondering if you should to represent your state or region at the 2015 Ms. America Pageant, don't waste another minute thinking about it. Enter!
Happy Holidays! Such a magical time of year... yesterday I was suprised by the most beautiful mirrored jewlery box delivered to my front door! There was no note inside, a mystery secret santa at first. Well, it didn't take my daughter long to guess that this precious keepsake was a gift from Susan Jeske, my Ms. America director. As it turns out, Susan was given the same jewlery box when she was the reigning Ms. America! Susan is such a generous director... thoughtful, caring and fun! She has added so many wonderful memories to my reign as Ms. America. We truly are lucky to have a director that invests so much of her time and energy into this pageant.
So December has been busy with Christmas preparations, work, family and some great appearances and community service opportunities. This month I met with the governor of New Hampshire and discussed my platform, Making an Impact: Concussion Awareness. I recorded a public service announcement for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress which will be nationally televised. I attended the Miss Northeast Pageant in Hartford, CT and I hosted a fundraiser for my upcoming mission trip to Haiti. I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to serve as a chiropractor in schools, orphanages and churches for a week abroard in a country which is so desparately in need. I can't think of a better way to end 2014 than in service to others.
While 2014 has been a phenomenal year, I'm also looking forward to all that is to come in the New Year. Many blessings and good health to you all.
In December I was honored to travel to Haiti to serve the communities and two orphanages along side 50 other chiropractors and chiropractic students. It was a humbling experience, and a great reminder that we don't need a lot of physical items past the necessities in order to be happy and content.