A Little SPICE & SPARKLE for you this hump day!
Yesterday was World Autism Awareness Day and most of you know I have a special little guy so we always pay tribute by wearing blue and celebrate my son’s favorite phrase “Normal is Boring!”
My son started a little T-Shirt business after being bullied for so long for his MANY differences. He kept coming home from school crying and would always say ” Why can’t people understand DIFFERENT IS COOL too? He watches a LOT of YouTube to learn and for fun. One of his favorite guys to watch sells “merch” so he came up the idea to give his favorite YouTubers, Roman Atwood & Jack Paul, a T-Shirt from him that said this. He felt if they wore it, maybe everyone would start to realize what he felt, that Different IS cool. This was the start of his Special Kids Tees little business at 9 yrs old. Proud Mom, that I am! 🙂
In celebration of World Autism Day, I wore my DIFFERENT IS BEAUTIFUL T-Shirt and it made me think of this VERY IMPORTANT Sparkle Blog! It made me think back on some of my Sparkle Successes and the fact they all had one thing in common, I went against the crowd!
I SPARKLED A LITTLE DIFFERENT FROM THE REST and overtime it has ALWAYS rewarded me!
- In 2009 capturing my first Mrs. Texas title I was the only one with NO beads, NO train, NO dress that was SO MUCH more than ME. I stood out because they all had glitz and glam “pageant dresses” and I wore a chic red carpet emerald gown with a trendy pleated top that was so simple, so different, so NOT a pageant look or feel. I dared to be different.
- I wore Jersey before It was popular and stood out like a sore thumb! Not a bead, not a train, not all the EXTRA. In 2009 I made a statement in a backless Jersey Frankie Gown that turned into quite the pageant trend that following year. I dared to be different.
- In 2011 placing Top 5 in Tony Bowl’s FIRST of the press for next seasons line (Ahh, the benefits of being a Vanbros Girl!;)) LONG SLEEVE Jersey that he sponsored me was the PERFECT stand out simple gown that was SO me and the from what I remember the only sleeved gown on that stage! Sleeves then came back to the stage! I dared to be different.
- In 2015 when I entered back in the Mrs. Arena I picked a SCUBA material mermaid simple and sexy gown that was pretty unique (I actually loved it so much that Mac Duggal sponsored me one of only 2 of the same dresses in Black to take the Mrs. America Stage in! Black or Red that Jessica Rabbit version of Scuba stood out against all the shiny beads, fringe, and extras on the stage. Scuba became so popular in cocktails and gowns (Thank You Lord because Gosh its comfortable!) ;)! I Dared to be different.
- In 2015 I was watching out my make up artist’s window as I waited my turn for her chair. I saw every girl, with the Texas Pageant Long Hair puffed up and closer to God pageant big hair with curls. So many blondes, so many curls, all hair down. I went back to my room AFTER hair and make up to grab my things to head to the theatre and I looked at myself in the mirror. THAT was NOT me. I looked like everyone else that was headed to that theatre, all that needed to be playing in my mind was the soundtrack of the Lego movie, because everyone was doing the SAME thing! So what did I do? I threw my already done Texas hair up in a pony like I would wear everyday! In 2 seconds! Done! I left and headed to the the theatre! I pony tailed the entire competition and it was so much more relaxing not to have to mess with my hair! This was BEFORE pony’s became popular in gown, but they sure caught on the next few years! I dared to be different.
- At Mrs. America everyone thinks Gold or White wins so we picked… BLACK! I dared to be different.
- How Many curls and puffed out hair did I see at Mrs. America?! WAY too many, so I asked my team their thoughts on poker straight and down the middle! Yep, 1970’s down the middle. Again only one on stage! I didn’t like all curls and “pageant” look like the rest, it’s just not me and doing what I love SPARKLED my confidence. I dared to be different.
- At Mrs. International I got several examples of platform pages, now I had never done one before then so I was relying on the experts. My coach and graphic designer showed me some samples… thing is yea, it was a different girl on each page and yea, different writing but they ALL looked SO SIMILAR! I didn’t know what I really wanted but I knew I wanted the very opposite of the dozen I saw if everyone had a similar version. My Platform Page photo was a professional picture of me in a wife beater and jeans, casual and approachable not in my platform color with my hair so full and big earrings like everyone else’s. My background was also a photo of one of our enormous warehouses with the THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS of MY awareness backpacks! NOT a solid platform color with some small pictures of volunteer work. I skipped that. They could see and FEEL the size of my difference without even reading a word! THAT’S what I wanted and the team I put it together so AMAZINGLY! It was impressionable with VERY VERY VERY few writing. I didn’t have to brag on what I would do as Mrs. International, I was going to SHOW them ME and the impact I was already doing for my why, not for the glitz and glam. I dared to be different.
You see, being Different is a GOOD thing! A VERY GOOD THING! I always question when I see girls try and be like the current title holder in looks, style, platform, EVERYTHING! WHY? GIRLS! She’s ALREADY DONE that! Hello, GIRLS it’s old news now! Don’t do what the crowd is doing, Don’t do what the current title holder is doing, DON’T DO WHAT SOMEONE ELSE HAS ALREADY DONE! DARE TO BE YOU! DARE TO BE DIFFERENT! BE UNIQUE. THINK OF A NEW WAY FOR YOU! THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX. BE DIFFERENT.
Because after all my son is VERY right… We all can learn a lot from a now 11 yr old:
DIFFERENT IS BEAUTIFUL!
It’s the kind of beautiful that helps you SPARKLE a little MORE amongst a crowd!
Happy World Autism Awareness Day, I hope you celebrate what makes YOU different and take the time to appreciate the beauty of differences in the people that surround you, not just yesterday but every day! Hugs to all my special kids’ mommas!
Happy Wednesday Mom Queens!