Shining GEMS: Emily Klein

In 2016, a program called “GEMS- Girls Empowered and Motivated to Serve” was born. I saw a need for positive female role models in our communities to influence, encourage, and inspire the youngest generation of leaders. As a contestant in the Miss America Organization, I aimed to create a community of strong, powerful girls who [...]

Why Invest In Girls?

Growing up, I thought I understood the meaning of the phrase "girl power." We hear it all the time; be strong, be confident, stand up for yourself, do whatever you set your mind to. Although this all still rings true, my understanding of "girl power" has changed over time. As I grew up a little, developed [...]

Que Sera, Sera

  Whatever will be, will be. Lately, this has been a lesson I've dedicated a lot of time to. I recently turned 21, I just finished up my junior year of college, and I'm hitting the ground running in this game called young adulthood. Internships, resume building, job searching, graduation planning, big life decisions, pageants on pageants [...]

My Anxious Mind

This post has been in progress for nearly a year now. When I first started this entire blog, I had intentions of sharing my personal story, but I can never seem to craft the words to explain how I feel, or to explain how I feel in a way that others might be able to understand. [...]

How To: Pageant Hair

It's time to get fabulous! I've gotten plenty of requests to write a blog article or even post a video about how I curl my hair for pageants and appearances. I finally found a little down time to go full glam, which is definitely not an everyday process. In fact, the most exhausting part of Miss [...]

Meet Jade Strick: National American Miss Wisconsin 2015

Time to get back into blogging mode (as I sip tea from my new "blogging day" mug from my wonderful pageant director). Speaking of, there are TONS of pageant organizations out there, from Miss USA, to Miss America, to National American Miss and beyond. Each program is a little different, but they all offer so [...]

Thank You, Mom and Dad

Long time, no see, am I right?! In the midst of final exams, the college transfer process, and preparations for Miss Wisconsin in less than one month, my free time has been nearly nonexistent. However, I always preach that it's crucial to find time for yourself, which is why I'm taking a few moments to do [...]