Wednesday, July 22, 2015

MRS AUSTRALIA INT'L: DAY 3 IN JACKSONVILLE

It's Day 3 in Jacksonville!!

Today was a full day of rehearsals in the theater. The first time I walked into the theater it took my breath away.  I still can't believe in less than a week I am going to be on stage competing for the title of Mrs International.  I can't to take to the stage on Friday and Saturday night.  Wish me luck! Winning the title of Mrs International would be such an incredible opportunity.


I have some wonderful news!!!

The film project that I have been working on with Look Good Feel Better is finally complete.  This project has been almost 5 years in the making.  I truly believe my mission her on this earth is to inspire, it is my purpose and my WHY.  I want to inspire others to get involved with a cause close to their hearts like how Look Good Feel Better is to mine.  I want to awaken the spirit within people, teach them about different charities and educate them and show them how they can get involved.

In my first project we follow the incredible makeover journey of cancer survivor Tansi Mclnerney and with the help of Look Good Feel Better, The Langham Sydney, Stylist Rebecca Harloff, makeup artist Sabrina Melei, wig specialist Jan Wright and Ben Scott Photography, Tansi is treated to a special makeover to give her confidence during a time when she needs it most.  

Please be sure to watch and share my video.  Help me raise awareness for this beautiful cause and help me inspire people to get involved.





Tuesday, July 21, 2015

MRS AUSTRALIA INT'L: DAY 2 IN JACKSONVILLE

Today was day 2 in Jacksonville and MY BIRTHDAY!!! : ) 

I had the most wonderful day.  We did some sight seeing around Jacksonville and visited St. Augustine, the Jacksonville Jaguars Stadium, and the premium outlet mall. 

Jacksonville is such a beautiful city and all the girls had an amazing time getting out of the hotel and spending some quality time together.

In the evening we had our first rehearsals at the hotel.  It was so exciting to hear the music for the first time and learn the dance moves.  It has been awhile since I have been on stage and I forgot just how much I love preforming! I can't wait to step foot on the stage in the theater for the first time under the lights.

When I got back to my room after rehearsal there was a beautiful birthday gift from my husband. He sent me a dozen gorgeous red roses and a bunch of birthday balloons.  I can't wait for him to get to the hotel tomorrow night.  It is going to be wonderful having him here with me and I can't wait for him to escort me out on stage for my evening gown competition.

Here are a few pictures from the day.

Our visit to St. Augustine






Our Visit to the Jacksonville Jaguars












Our visit to the outlet mall


My birthday surprise from my husband!!




Monday, July 20, 2015

MRS AUSTRALIA INT'L: DAY 1 IN JACKSONVILLE

It is Day 1 in Jacksonville at the Omni Hotel for Mrs International! I am so excited for the week ahead and so thankful to be a part of this wonderful pageant system that celebrates the accomplishments of married women from all over the world.

Today was a beautiful sunny day in Jacksonville.  I had the day to myself to settle into my room and reflect on my year so far ahead of a busy week.

Our orientation started 6pm. It was amazing meeting so many strong, brave and inspiring women from all over the world.  We were given a beautiful gift pack full of all sorts of great Mrs International goodies including a towel, water bottle, t-shirt, sweater and much more.

It was a great experience meeting Mrs International 2014, Maggie Thorne.  She was even more gorgeous in real life and such a great speaker. She had us all decorate a pair of shoes for Soles 4 Soles.

I'm really looking forward to the week ahead.  Be sure to follow me on facebook, twitter, instagram and here on my blog to follow my journey.










~Dream~Believe~Achieve~

Saturday, July 18, 2015

MRS AUSTRALIA INTL: BON VOYAGE SYDNEY!

What a long but wonderful day. After over 16 hours of flying I touched down safely in Portland, Oregon and received the biggest and best hug of all from my amazing mother who was waiting for me on the other end. It is such a great feeling knowing that 1 week from now I will have my interview with the Mrs International judges and be able to share my story and journey with them. Here's to all the dreamers out there who like myself believe that dreams can come true.

I would like to say a big thank you to the special people who helped me along my journey so far. 

First of all to Sylvlie Boutros, former Mrs Australia International 2010 and the previous director of Mrs Australia International, Sylvie you have not only been an amazing friend through this journey but an incredible inspiration to me. You have a heart of gold and I am so grateful for the opportunity you have given to me. Thank you for believing in me!

To Veronica Cristavo, Mrs Australia International 2012. Veronica, you are one of the kindest and most generous people I know. Thank you so much for all your support, guidance, and friendship.  Thank you to yourself and Diamond Kids for your incredible sponsorship.  Both you and Sylvie are and always will be like sisters to me. I wouldn't be where I am today with out you both. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you girl!

To Suzy Bootz, Suzy all I can say is WOW!!! You have not only been an incredible pageant coach to me but an amazing life coach.  I am always so blown away with how I feel after our sessions.  You are so uplifting and wise.  You have helped me to realize my full potential and for that I am gratful. With each session I have grown so much. Thank you for everything!

To Susin Thoughgood, Susin you have been so amazing! Your professionalism and passion for what you do is incredible.  You have worn so many hats over 6 months. Thank you for everything!

To Bec Harloff, Bec thank you for all your help with my styling, for your friendship, being there for me and for all your support.

To Susan Botek from Bowtech Productions. Thank you for helping me to put my ad and platform page together. You are so talented and I really enjoyed working with you.

To Look Good Feel Better Australia and to all the girls in the head office. Thank you all for all your support and for your guidance over the last 6 years. I am so honored to speak out about your cause and spread awareness for such an amazing program.

To my sponsors and supporters MD Cosmedical Solutions, Diamond Kids, Mirenesse, Hello I'm Roar, Benita Jensen Photography, TVSN, and Heidi Hannelle photography, I am so grateful for your support.
To the Australian International Pageant system, thank you Ferial and the team behind you both for your kindness and support.

To my mother Susan (yes I have a lot of wonderful Susan's in my life hehe!!) and to my father Anthony I love you both with all my heart. Thank you for spending countless hours rehearsing with me over FaceTime and for all your advise and support. 

To my INCREDIBLE husband Jordan. Jordan you are not only the love of my life, my best friend, and the father of my children, you are my #1 fan my greatest support and my angel. Thank you for making the last 10 years so memorable. I am the luckest girl on the planet to be able to spend the rest of my life with you. 

I am so excited for the week ahead and to have the opportunity to speak out about Look Good Feel Better. Lets hope I can bring the crown home to Australia.
WIsh me luck!
~Dream~Believe~Achieve~

Friday, July 10, 2015

MRS AUSTRALIA INTL: A VISIT TO ABC STUDIOS FOR A SPECIAL RADIO INTERVIEW

Today I was invited to make a special visit at ABC Studios in Ultimo where I had the opportunity to go on air with Libbi Gorr in Melbourne for a special interview.  I spoke candidly with Libbi about what it is like being Mrs Australia International, the preparation involved, and my involvement with Look Good Feel Better.  We also discussed the common misconception that some have about pageants and the differences between the pageant system here in Australia and in the US. It was a wonderful interview and I had a great time talking with Libbi. I'll be sure to post the link as soon as it is available.

Thank you ABC Radio for having me! 




~Dream~Believe~Achieve~

Thursday, July 9, 2015

MRS AUSTRALIA INTL: OFFSPRING MAGAZINE

I am so excited to be featured in this seasons issue of Offspring Magazine. I picked up my copy of the glossy mag today at my local grocery store and was thrilled beyond belief when I read the article. Thank you Offspring!

 



~Dream~Believe~Achieve~

Saturday, July 4, 2015

MRS AUSTRALIA INTL: TOUCH OF GOODNESS 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY GALA

Last night I was privileged to be a guest at the Touch of Goodness 5 year Anniversary Gala. Sylvie Boutros the founder and former Mrs Australia International put on an exceptional event raising much needed funds for the foundations wonderful programs.   

I also had the opportunity to witness the crowning of Venessa Chidiac as the Touch of Goodness International Goodness Liaison.  Venessa is one of the most inspiring women I have met.  After loosing both of her sisters Mary and Belinda to a rare genetic disease, Tay Sachs and has been inspired to offer hope and support to those less fortunate and their families.  For three years Venessa has been volunteering for Touch of Goodness helping the homeless and those with disabilities.She is a fantastic ambassador for the foundation. I can't wait to follow her journey. 

For more information of Touch of Goodness please visit http://www.touchofgoodness.org.au/

Here are a few pictures from the night.









~Dream~Believe~Achieve~

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

MRS AUSTRALIA ON THE DAILY EDITION

Today I had the opportunity to be a special guest on The Daily Edition with presenters Tom Williams and Sally Obermeder

It was great speaking with the two about what is like being Mrs Australia and how important charity work is to all the contestants involved in Mrs International. I was excited when my 5 month old son Taylor made an appearance. Taylor is such a happy baby and seemed to really like being involved. I was so proud of him!

Tom and Sally are a fantastic team and really made me feel welcome.  


WATCH HERE







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Friday, June 26, 2015

MRS AUSTRALIA INTL: RED NOSE DAY


Today is Red Nose Day a special day to raising awareness and funds for Sids and Kids. Sids and Kids is dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood and supports families who have suffered the loss of a child.

Sids and Kids advocates nationally for funding research into stillbirth and other areas of sudden unexpected child death and educated people on safe sleeping as well as providing support and counselling to the families.

They are an amazing organisation and need all the support and funding the can get to continue their wonderful work.

To find out how you can donate to Sids and Kids please visit their website www.rednoseday.com.

~Dream~Believe~Achieve~

Sunday, June 21, 2015

MRS AUSTRALIA INTL: LOOK GOOD FEEL BETTER 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Last night I had the opportunity to be a guest at the Look Good Feel Better 25th Anniversary Gala to celebrate all our amazing volunteers. The event was organised by Look Good Feel Better NSW State Manager Joanne Meehan who has been with the organisation for 15 years.  She did an outstanding job! Thank you so much Joanne.

It was a wonderful night.  We danced, we ate and we raised thousands for the Look Good Feel Better program.  It was also a great chance to catch up with all the girls in the national head office who I have been working closely with.  

I also had the opportunity to draw the raffle prizes which was a lot if fun! We had over 30 amazing raffle prizes donated this year most which were valued over $200 each. A huge thank you to all our incredible sponsors.

For more information on how you can become a Look Good Feel Better volunteer please visit the website below.
















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