I knew my life had been changed forever on June 25th, 2016, as I had the ecstatic joy of hearing my name called as Miss Virginia 2016. As the crown was placed upon my head I immediately came to the realization of the immense responsibility that had been placed upon my shoulders. The door had just been open wide for me to promote on a grander scale something that means so much to me, because it IS me-my platform, Making it Matter.
Through my involvement with the Miss America Organization, I have been pressed to evaluate my life mission and in doing so have clarified what is truly at the foundation of my purpose, as Miss Virginia, as Miss America, and for the rest of my life. As a result, Making it Matter was born. My work through this platform is committed to raising awareness about what living a life of beautiful service can do for others. Making it Matter advances the cause of the Miss American Organization and answers the call to spread a message throughout my state and country that will make a real difference in the lives of the people I meet.
I believe the message of Making it Matter is truly preventive medicine for much of the tragedy we are seeing every day. I am committed to reaching out to every person I meet so that every child, parent, educator, and leader will be touched with my message that they matter! I want them to know that I may not know you, but I see you, and I value you. Your life and what you do with it does matter. You are important and indispensable. When someone experiences either the giving or receiving of unexpected kindness it is almost impossible not to share these feelings of love and appreciation with others. Thus, it creates a chain reaction changing one person at a time.
I have learned that small things really do matter, and this mindset has cultivated my life’s motto: the greatest blessing is to be a blessing. I look for every day occurrences that can be used to connect with, bless, and serve others. The positivity of my platform speaks directly of self-worth and the power of valuing others. What better message to spread across the nation at this time? I may not know you, but I see you, and I value you!