Many of the pageant women I know, have also gone on to attend their dream colleges and work their dreams jobs. Some get married and have their pageant sisters stand beside them as they say their vows. Having found some of the best friends they will ever have, they stand by each other through disappointment and triumph, tragedy and life's greatest joys. I can't predict if a girl is going to win a pageant. But every girl can develop into a more well-rounded, confident, enriched version of who she is when she begins her pageant journey.
So what do I say when people ask me that question? Be in it to win it. But don't miss all the good stuff along the way. See the big picture and recognize how much you are growing and learning. By placing your hopes and dreams in someone else's hands, you relinquish your power. Hold on to your power. Believe in yourself and NEVER let anyone steal your dream.