Hey everybody, I'm Miss Tustin, Danielle Weniger and you may recognize me from some previous blog entries. But I wanted to write today because I wanted to share my experiences from orientation this weekend!
Coming to Fresno, I had no idea what to expect, since Miss Tustin was my first pageant ever. However, walking away on Sunday (or driving away and passing out in the car) I couldn't help thinking about all the fun I had, all the amazing titleholders, teens, executive directors and Miss California staff that I met. Now, I honestly can't wait for June!
Over the course of this weekend, I had two goals. Well three, if you count having a great time and learning some stuff. But 1) was to take a selfie with every contestant. And 2) was to give everybody a bow. That might sound a little weird, but one of my favorite hobbies is crafting! I actually spent about 4 hours over the week making 57 bows, and I THINK I got one to everybody, which makes me insanely happy. Now for #missamericaserves, after I volunteer at a local charity called Operation Warm Wishes with their reading day (perfect for the theme of literacy!!) I will be starting to make as many bows, headbands and other cute accessories for girls at the Children's Miracle Network Hospital in Orange.
Another goal I had, was to learn every contestant's name. With the prevalence of social media, I practically knew all these girls already! So after about a month of (not stalking) looking at their Facebooks and Instagrams, I felt that I already knew everybody. It was so surreal to finally meet all these amazing women, and now I am so happy to call them my Miss California Sisters.
Whether I was taking selfies with them, eating lunch together, standing in line for coffee (or one of the many workshops) or even waiting on the elevator with them, I practically fell in love with all of these girls and what they stand for. After talking with them and getting to know them, I feel like a new chapter of my life is beginning, and I cannot wait to continue it in June!
Thank you so much for reading, and I urge you to read more about these wonderful ladies on the Miss California Blog, because you will be amazed with the amount of talent, service and all-around amazingness that fills the Miss California Class of 2015!
-Danielle Weniger, Miss Tustin