Congratulations to Elizabeth Tolin the newly crowned Mrs. Wyoming 2019. Elizabeth, Mrs. Laramie County, was crowned on March 30, 2019 at the beautiful Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver.
My pageant “journey” has been relatively short in comparison to some. My decision to compete in Mrs. Wyoming this year was made as a reward to myself (and an encouragement to keep going) for finishing my Master’s degree. This past year, my husband has been deployed overseas and continuing to push through the coursework while being a single parent to four children (inclusive of a baby), while continuing to work full time , continuing my Air National Guard commitment, and running a non-profit was almost too much to take on. But, I did it! I only allowed myself to sign up to compete in December of 2018 after I completed my coursework even though the competition was scheduled for March of 2019. Nothing like a new challenge to keep me energized!
Part of what made me want to compete is the fact that I’ve known several women who have competed in years past and they always made it look like a ton of fun. I wanted to experience what these women had- expand my friend circles, and have the kinds of relationships that they always came back with. I don’t consider myself to be a “pageant girl” (well, maybe I am now) and to be honest, what truly is the definition of a pageant girl? If we’re saying that a pageant girl is kind, strong, smart, and fearless then I believe that anyone can be a pageant girl.
It’s true that I don’t have a huge history with competing in pageants. I joke that when I was 15, I competed for Miss Teen Wyoming- that I had no idea what I was doing then, and I still have no idea what I’m doing now. But that’s okay! I’m learning something new, having a great time, and making the most of my year! One of the mantras I hold dear is “be brave enough to fail” and I think it’s a powerful statement. There are lessons to be learned and so much gained from new experiences- whether you “win” or not. And, if you look at any challenge with that mind set, there really isn’t “failure” in any outcome as the personal growth and relationships built are the true prize. Being Mrs. Wyoming 2019 is all about these things this year- I’m so thankful for the opportunity and ready to soak in all that is to come!
Cheers - Liz