Hey guys!!! WHAT IS A BUSY SCHEDULE??? I can tell you its being Miss Teen Newfoundland and Labrador, working a part time job, playing softball and competing in Miss Teenage Canada! There is no down time because there is always something to be done. I’m currently in the jeep with my mom driving to Grand-Falls Winsor for Salmon Festive Family Day and writing this in Microsoft Word to post on my blog whenever I get Wi-Fi! Busy doesn’t even cover my schedule but it is still the best experience of my life!
I love being Miss Teen Newfoundland and Labrador, let’s just start there. I work at Kippens Rec which is a kid’s summer program during the week and getting to tell those little girls that I get to be a princess sometimes is definitely the highlight of my day to see their faces light up in disbelief. I also extremely love my job. I love kids; I love a lot of things. But yes my mom and I are driving three and a half hours to go to an event to walk around, talk to people, take some pictures and then jump back into the jeep to drive another three and a half hours home just so I can be at work for 8:30am tomorrow morning. We may be there for an hour or so but the people we will meet and the children who stare at my crown in absolute awe will make the entire trip worth it.
I finally finished grade 12, how crazy is that? I wrote four publics and another exam and I think I’m still recovering. There wasn’t much time to be lazy because the same day I finished school I was on the boat that night crossing to PEI for a trip with my most amazing friend and her family. This is the second family trip I went with them so she told me I’m basically adopted. Two days home and then another eight hour drive to St. Johns for Canada 150!!!! This was the most incredible day, I was up at 4:00am to get ready, and we were on signal hill for 5:30am for the sunrise ceremony then a little nap and back out to more events! The atmosphere from 5:30am to 4:00pm never changed, every person I could see the pride on their face for being Canadian.
So, FUNDRASING!!!! I just finished a lotto 649 fundraiser where I sold blocks for $20, the winner receives $500 and I get $480 to donate to an amazing charity! This year the charity is “Free the Children”. The fundraiser went absolutely amazing, all the blocks sold in TWO DAYS. I can never thank those of you who have continuously supported me through this journey, you guys are the reason I can do this and make me proud to represent Newfoundland and Labrador on a national stage.
New fundraiser coming up!!!! I decided that, like last year for my provincial pageant Miss Teen Newfoundland and Labrador, I would really put a piece of me into my fundraising and do a painting which I can sell tickets on and all the money raised can be donated. Last year we were fundraising for the Lupus NL association so I painted an abstract colorful lion to represent all the courage of the fighters, survivors, and families associated with this disease. This year, where I am going to a national pageant, I wanted to include my roots into this painting, so I decided to paint a Newfoundland scene. After looking for ideas, I realized some of the best views of Newfoundland were captured by a local photographer in my area named Gerard Gale. After contacting him for his permission I started on one of my favorite photographs that he has taken and went to work. It is almost done so I won’t be giving any sneak peeks yet but keep your eyes open for when tickets will be available!!! One for $2 or three for $5!!!!
Also, I will be posting an official thank you for all my sponsors but as I just received four this morning I want to genuinely thank First Choice Vision Centre, Ben’s Pharmacy, Kip Kaus, and the Co-operators Stephenville branch. Every single thing helps on this journey to Miss Teenage Canada; I could cry I’m so thankful!!!
You are all so amazing and thank you for the support and being the reason I am proud to represent Newfoundland and Labrador.
Love Jess xoxo