This past Saturday I crowned our amazing new Miss Indiana 2019, Tiarra Taylor!
Can you tell I adore her?! So proud and excited ❤️
If you asked me two weeks ago how I thought I would feel a few days removed from the job, you would’ve received a sad face and an unsure response. It’s no secret this job has meant the world to me. I wasn’t sure how this transition would hit me, honestly. I struggled a lot Miss Indiana week because I was overcome with so much gratitude for the year I had. I couldn’t believe it flew by and wasn’t sure how that would resonate with me come Saturday night.
But as I took my final walk and saw all of the board members that gave me the most amazing year of my life and all of the support the volunteers of the organization had for me in the audience, I felt the surprising emotion of peace. I was overcome with a feeling of complete gratitude for the opportunity I was given.
All the good vibes! So thankful.
After having the last 76 hours to reflect and settle back into life as a former, I truly can’t get over how thankful I am for what this year did for me. I know I just recently talked about the main ways it changed my life, but now I want to reflect on how it changed Lydia. Aside scholarships, experience in new things, and self worth – it gave me a support system that truly changed me.
When I was crowned a year ago and when I dreamed of holding this title, I had no clue the biggest take away for me would be the relationship I gained with indiana’s board of directors.
Not just because they helped me prepare for Miss America, set up amazing appearances for me, or even supported my year of service the way they did. It was the support they had for me in my personal life and for me as a person that truly has me leaving this year with so much gratitude that I can’t even begin to articulate what it has meant to me but I’ll try.
The best board of directors there is, though. 👏🏻
There was daily Marco Polo updates with Michael and Jenna about life, constantly talking to Jenna/serving together, getting a supportive text from Marietta, encouragement from Bre, Macy visits with Frank, funny and uplifting chats with the Shulls, laughs with Co, social media and theatre chats with Marni, late nights/talks and endless memories made with the Straiger’s aka second parents, dinners with Terry, fun times with the Munks and support and love being sent often from every dang one of them.
As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, I was struggling a year ago a lot with self doubt outside of being a competitor. Of course that’s an on going struggle in life, but these people who give so much to us titleholders every year made sure I felt loved and supported every step of the way. Not that I needed their validation, there was just an evident authenticity to the support and belief in me that went a long way for my confidence. It takes a village, and I will forever be humbled for this village of people that loved me in every way.
These people have my heart.
I realized especially Sunday morning that the best part is that these individuals will always be my family and that support for one another doesn’t have to come to an end. I can just transition out of this exciting chapter knowing I have a new family that loves me for Lydia. That is priceless and I will carry what I’ve learned through each of them the rest of my life.
I am thankful this job gave me grit, flexibility, a full ride, speaking skills I didn’t know were possible, and confidence. But it is these friendships above all that changed my life the most and I’m especially grateful.
Talk to you all soon!
– A proud and thankful former Miss Indiana