Competing for Miss Marin for the second year in a row I didn't anticipate to win and I didn't know how busy the job of a titleholder would keep me. I work full time, am a full time student studying communications at Santa Rosa Junior College, have a passion for fitness and healthy eating. To put it simply: I'm busy, we all are! That's why balance is everything.
Here are a few lessons I have learned since my crowning that keep me from losing my head!
Your planner is your friend
Whether you like to write things out on a large monthly calendar or use different calendars on your smart phone, planning ahead is everything! When I go to the gym, work, school, appearances, meetings and even my bedtime are all written out. Not only does this keep me on track but it keeps me from over booking myself.
Do what you can early
I'll admit it: I used to procrastinate. Like, a lot. Why do it today what you can put it off until tomorrow? Because tomorrow is just as busy. So get stuff done ahead of time! To keep myself ahead of the game at school, I write due dates a week ahead of when they're actually due. To ensure I'm not going to be tempted by the In-N-Out drive- thru after a long day or when I'm in a rush, I meal prep to have delicious and healthy food ready to eat food in my fridge.
Have a good support system
Friends and family can help you out when you need it most. So surround yourself with people who want you to succeed and don't be afraid to ask for help!
Listen to your body
The most important thing you can do to keep your sanity when juggling all life has to throw at you is to listen to and respect your body. Exercise, eat right, get plenty of sleep and take time every week to do what YOU enjoy. Read, write, paint, watch tv and do it unapologetically.
by: Rachel Lee, Miss Marin County 2017