Turning Cold Feet Into a Burning Heart

Briana-Dababneh-MissCovina-b1“Apprehension or doubt strong enough to prevent a planned course of action” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary this is the definition of cold feet.

I am Briana Dababneh your Miss Covina 2017! Now earning my title was not an easy thing and it all started out with some frozen feet.

I grew up a girly girl and had always dreamed of participating in a pageant but I had never had the opportunity to do so until a follow on Instagram. Late December I awoke to my phone being lit up with excitement and Instagram cheering “The Miss Covina Pageant has followed you”! At first I was confused as to who this account was, so I quickly clicked on the account and found out that this was a pageant that was apart of the amazing Miss America Organization. Immediately a recent post jumped out at me! The post told me that I could join the journey as I had always dreamt of, that I, Briana Dababneh could be the new Miss Covina. Soon enough I was on my way to meet with Katrina Moramaco the fairy godmother of the Miss Covina Pageant.

The night before meeting with Katrina my feet began to feel cold, in fact so cold that one may consider them to be frozen. I felt the cold breeze whisper to me that the freezing pain would stop if I did not go through with this whole pageant thing.
I wanted to fall asleep without the cold irritating pain of icicle toes, immediately I texted Katrina saying that the meeting was off and I could no longer take part in the Miss Covina Pageant. When I awoke the next morning my feet turned from frozen to just cold.. I looked at my phone and noticed Katrina had texted me to call her so I could tell her how I was feeling. I was nervous to call her because I didn’t quite understand why I didn’t want to compete.. Was it because of lack of confidence? Not feeling prepared? I wasn’t sure but that was enough to motivate me to face my fears and compete. Katrina gave me the reassurance that everything was going to be okay and to just have fun throughout the process! So I did just that, I had fun the entire time!

From walking workshops, to shopping for hours on end, to meeting some of the most amazing girls that I would be competing with, the Miss Covina experience equipped me with the fun of a lifetime. I have already have grown so much as a young lady and I would have never thought that the Miss America Organization would have helped me grow so much.

Just like that at the turn of a corner my frozen feet turned into a burning heart that could not stop running. I figured since I got this far I could keep going, keep running! It made me think of the iconic Forrest Gump, and straight from his lips is how I felt.

“That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d run to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d just run across Greenbow County. And I figured, since I run this far, maybe I’d just run across the great state of Alabama. And that’s what I did. I ran clear across Alabama. For no particular reason I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean. And when I got there, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going. When I got to another ocean, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well just turn back, keep right on going.”

I am so ecstatic to continue running this amazing race to Miss California! I cannot wait to see where not only my feet take me but also my heart.

Lets run this race together!
Signing off your miss Covina 2017, Briana Dababneh!