172: Pageant Season – A Time to Rest

I want to share with you today some encouragement during the season of rest and I really hope that you are enjoying this holiday season. You know, for me, I enjoy the holiday season from Halloween all the way through the New Year. I love the holidays and I truly believe that it is because I allow myself to embrace this time as a season of rest, and I want to encourage you to do the same!


In the Bible, Ecclesiastes 3, it talks about a time for everything under the heavens.


Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born, And a time to die;
A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill, And a time to heal;
A time to break down, And a time to build up;
A time to weep, And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain, And a time to lose;
A time to keep, And a time to throw away;
A time to tear, And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;
A time to love, And a time to hate;
A time of war, And a time of peace.


I truly believe that the same is applied in pageantry, when you want to have the greatest success.


I say this because I truly believe that the Bible is true, and if we believe that the Bible is true, then we can apply those principles to everything in our life. Right? So I often do that in pageantry because I think it’s important to say, “if we use this biblical lens and apply it to pageantry, how might we see things differently?”


You know, I’ve coached a lot of women who feel pressure that they need to be on all the time. That they constantly have to be striving for the next achievement, or moving toward a new goal, or just constantly working and the truth is, that actually we are designed for rest. We are designed to take a break. That’s why on the seventh day, God rested.


We’re intended to have a sabbath. That’s kind of the formal word for regular rest time. Whenever you need to take it. It doesn’t have to be every Sunday or whatever. For you, it could be any time, but I do believe the importance of taking that rest.


So I would encourage you this holiday season to find a time to dance, a time to laugh, and a time to sing! Find time to just rest and soak up all of the things that you’ve worked so hard for over the last year, because pretty soon it will be time to start all over again.


As you know, the energy in January is electric and everyone’s going to be starting their new thing and achieving their goals and going after it. But right now, relish this time to rest and I promise you, just trust that your same self, your same high achiever, high performer self, is going to be there on the other side. But use this time as a time for rest. I know I will be with my family and I hope you will be too!


Merry Christmas!


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171: Clean Your Make Up Brushes Quick & Easy For Pageant Girls

Today I wanted to share with you how I clean my makeup brushes. I’m going to show you what I use that was recommended to me once and it’s a phenomenal strategy.


First, we’re going to need the dirty brushes. I like to use a just regular dark black cloth with this to put down on my workstation, because it could get a little messy. And then I use a glass jar. Now, this is just a jar that I had a candle in it actually, and I just put it in the freezer,  popped the wax out so that I could use the jar for this.


The product that was recommended is what a ton of professional makeup artists use. It’s called Cinema Secrets.  This is straight up makeup brush cleaner. That is what it’s designed for. And you just want to pour a small amount into your jar. You do not need a ton. I’ve had this giant one for over a year, I wouldn’t recommend this giant bottle unless you’re a professional makeup artist, I would just get a smaller one because it does evaporate easily, even from the bottle. I’ll link that for you in my Amazon shop, if you go to winapageant.com/shop, you can find this brand.


Next, I grab this old washcloth that I only use to clean my makeup brushes, to wipe my brushes on after. Starting with my blush brush, you’ll see the color fade quickly. You put in about one-third of the bristles into the solution in the jar. It soaks it up when you dunk it in slightly, then pull the brush up, as it sucks up all of the solution. That’s what you want, because now it’s all saturating there and it’s kind of doing its work. I let it sit for just a moment or two, and then I just brush it out onto the washcloth. Really super simple. And this one you can’t tell as much because this is my blush brush, and the bristles are even a little bit pink and I’m using a pink washcloth so it’s not quite as obvious, but you’ll be able to see how beautiful the brush comes out in the end. Now it’s a little bit moist still, so I’m just going to set it aside on the drying towel.


Now let’s do this one. This is my cream foundation brush, it’s been through a lot! I think this one is from Sephora. I’m going to do the same thing as with the first one.  Just the top bristles, a third of it in, and it soaks it up the rest of the way. You let it sit for a moment. I’m going to let that one go. Let’s do this other foundation brush, just enough to let it kind of soak up.


Now, you never want to tip your brush when it’s wet. You never want to tip it upward, because these bristles go all the way into where they’re clamped. You don’t want it to get wet inside of the clamp. Some people wash their brushes with water and shampoo and that’s fine, but then it gets in here and it starts to rot and mold and it can pull the bristles out, so that is what you don’t want to do.


The reason it evaporates so quickly is because it’s like an alcohol, and it will evaporate inside of your brush too. That’s what you want. You want it to actually not stay in those bristles for long. As soon as you wash it off, you want it to evaporate and just be done so the chemical is not still soaking in there. It’s that easy. This cleans so quickly. In this one, you can really tell that it’s coming off. That’s great!


Now sometimes what will happen, like with this one I can tell, yikes, this one probably hasn’t been cleaned in a while because a ton is coming out here, so I’m going to do it a second time. I can still see there’s a little bit left on it, so I’m just going to soak up another little bit, let it sit for a moment to work its magic there and then brush it out again. And obviously I’m moving around this washcloth. I’m not just brushing in the same area. I’m moving it around so I’m not picking up the old stuff too. It looks like I need a little bit more. And like I said, I don’t fill this glass because I know it’ll just evaporate so quickly, so I just put a little bit in at a time to make it super simple.


Now I would love to hear from you. How often do you actually clean your brushes? I’m curious. I guess it really does depend on how often you use your brushes too. If you’re not using your brushes every single day, then of course you don’t need to be washing your brushes every week or something, you know? But if you do use them every single day, like many of us pageant gals do, then you’re probably going to want to wash them more often.


Of course, if you are a professional artist, you’re probably washing them between every single client that you’re working with. So that’s why this brand is so great because it works so fast. Lastly, I’m going to do these small ones with what’s left. It does take a little bit of drying time, but not a ton because it’s that alcohol type of product,  like a rubbing alcohol wipe that evaporates fairly quickly.


So that’s that! I hope that I have encouraged you to wash your brushes. The benefit of washing your brushes is to really keep the bacteria off of your face. When you’re putting stuff on your face and then leaving it sit for a while, and then a week later you’re picking it up or the next day, and then you’re doing that for a week, then there gets to be some grimy stuff on these brushes. So, you just want to get that off of there so that you’re able to have the healthiest skin and that’s going to make the best foundation for any makeup that you apply.


I hope that this was helpful for you. Happy brush cleaning!


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170: Free Pageant Training for YOU

I’m happy to let you all know that I just updated the free pageant course. So if you are already a member of the free pageant course, it’s free. Just go and log in. If you go to freepageantcourse.com, you can log in there. If you’re not a member yet, go grab it!


Here are some great things that you get in the new updated course. I included ten mantras for pageant success. A mantra is a thing, a phrase or something that you can speak over yourself, and I’ve created ten of those for you. I actually found them in my own journey, and I want to share them with you. I even created a pageant timeline so that you know what you can prepare for at the state level, at the national level, even at the local level and international level. What do you need to do to ensure that you are competitive compared to the other women around you? You’ll find the answer in the course!


I also included the difference between worthiness and value, because you’ve probably heard a lot of people … I know I’ve heard a lot of women say that they’re doing their pageant because they want to prove they’re worth it. You do not want to compete in your pageant to prove your worthiness. Instead, what you’ve got to do is prove your value.


I share with you the game plan strategy, in this strategy we see what separates the winners from the losers, particularly the winners from the first runner-up. Which I was first runner-up many, many times before finally winning. And it’s a big difference. So I share this with you and so much more in the free pageant course.


I would love to hear what your favorite parts are about the free pageant course. If you have been a member in the past, you get all of the updates. You’ll find them when you log in. And if you haven’t, if you’ve never joined us before, please join us now. It’s free. Freepageantcourse.com is where you get all the goodies. I’ll see you there!

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169: Thriving Despite Chronic Disease with Teresa Jackson

Teresa Jackson is the Founder and CEO of Lean On Me Coaching.  Prior to becoming a Nationally Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Teresa spent thirty-five years in corporate healthcare, working in various strategic growth positions.  After a Parkinson’s diagnosis in Feb. of 2019, Teresa noticed that many people living with Parkinson’s had a similar experience as she did at the time of diagnosis: there was little to no education and they were left to figure Parkinson’s out on their own. This realization, paired with Teresa’s healthcare background, motivated her to create Parkinson’s Pathway Pals (PPP).  In this episode, she discusses how she continues to thrive, despite chronic disease, and how you can too!

Contact Teresa:
Website: https://teresajackson.org
Questions/Direct Email: [email protected] 
Instagram: @lean.on.me.coaching
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168: Finding Mentors Anywhere with Dr. Diana Lawrence

Dr. Diana Lawrence has a Doctorate in Higher Education adminstration, a Masters in Management, she is also a Senior Vice President at the University Provost and Founder of the Dr. World pageant and mentoring program. Diana has over 35 years in pageantry, national and international judge. A few of the national titles she won are Mrs. Galaxy International, Mrs. American Achievement and Mrs. United America. Currently, she is Ms. Senior World Kentucky 50s. She is an enthusiastic volunteer and has donated over 15,000 hours of community service to activities benefiting women, children, animals, and education-based endeavors in her lifetime. In this episode, she discusses how we can find mentors anywhere!


Contact Diana:
Website: https://www.drworldproductions.com
Questions/Direct Email: [email protected]

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