Mrs. Colorado

Hello, I am Lauren Campbell, Mrs. Colorado America 2018.

I view myself as an optimist, a believer, a doer and a dreamer. I have been married for 10 years to a man who has helped make all my dreams come true. I’m “Mommy” to two beautiful and passionate boys: Hayden is seven years old and Grayson is five.

I’m proud to have come from a diverse mix of cultures: Spanish, American Indian, Mexican, French and Norwegian—and I’m a third-generation Colorado girl! 

I come from a super close knit family of three sisters and one brother—I am the oldest. My sisters are my rocks, my brother was my hero. Growing up we moved a lot: 11 schools, three states in nine years, so to say I was always the “new girl” is an understatement. 

We lost my younger brother Nicholas to cancer at age 20. He was an amazing human, and although he was younger than me, I learned so much from him: humility, grace and compassion. He wanted to help people, and I know the loss of my brother completely changed my life’s direction—I strive to be better than I was, to give more and to impact this world in a positive way. When I am gone, no one will remember the crowns I have won, but I hope that the children and students I work with will remember that I listened to them, made them feel valued and maybe even inspired them in some small way.

I earned my bachelor's degree in Journalism with a minor in Speech Communications from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley. I had an amazing experience there and for the first time, I felt I belonged. I became very involved in the largest multicultural sorority in the nation where together, we worked to benefit our community through volunteerism.

I never thought that pageantry would play such a huge role in the woman I would become, but this group of women pushed me to enter my first pageant. I was 22, had signed up six weeks before and was not prepared at all—it was a mess! Somehow placed 2nd runner up and felt as though I could take on the world. Although I did not walk away the winner, I had gained a sense of confidence in myself that I’d never had before. I was proud that I had done something completely uncomfortable and foreign to me—and I’d survived!

The next year, I was crowned Miss Colorado USA and then competed at the nationally televised Miss USA competition! I’d gone from a shy, self-conscious girl to one who believed in herself.

This confidence helped me in my work life, first in sales and marketing and now through my role as Development Coordinator with a local non-profit organization, where I feel my passion for serving others and my career have become one. This is a career move I was able to make when I went back to school and earned my Master's degree in Psychotherapy & Counseling/Counselor Education from the University of Colorado. I have also enjoyed working in various areas of media and television: industrial film, national and local commercials, and as a spokesperson and a sports entertainment host.

I decided to join the Mrs. Colorado competition when I realized that there was a piece in my life missing for me. 

I count my blessings daily, but I had become so wrapped up in being a wife, mother and employee that I had lost sight of taking care of me. It's like when you’re on an airplane and they say “please put on your own oxygen mask before trying to help others,”  well they say that for a reason—if you are passed out from no oxygen, you are a help to no one! I decided to “put on my oxygen mask” and after many years of wondering what could be, I dusted off my heels and entered the Mrs. Colorado Pageant. I set goals and began the journey that has allowed me to show good sportsmanship to my boys and exemplify what it looks like to lose with grace, but also that you must never give up on your dreams.

This was my fourth year competing for the Mrs. Colorado title, and winning it was just as much for my boys as it was for me.

My oldest cried as he rushed the stage—I was so happy they saw Mommy go after a dream, believed she could do it and with hard work and dedication, it really happened. I hope they remember this journey and that it inspires them to never give up! I encourage you to give this journey a try and to never give up.

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People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
— Maya Angelou