HOBY Volunteer Awards

In April 2013, I was selected to attend the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar. Little did I know that this leadership conference, designed for high school sophomores, would forever changed my perception of what it takes to be a strong, effective leader and what it really means to have a heart for service. At the end of the phenomenal weekend the staff challenged all of the ambassadors to complete 100 hours of community service over the course of the next year. They said it was a way to “pay it forward” and one of the main requirements that must be met to be eligible to return to HOBY as a junior counselor the following year. At the time I wasn’t quite sure I would be able to meet this challenging goal, but I knew I was most definitely ready to try!!!

I am proud to say that thanks to the inspiration and support I received from my HOBY experience I successfully completed 200 plus hours of community service over the course of the year and return to the seminar as a junior counselor last spring. Being part of 150 other HOBY ambassadors’ journey was an OUTSTANDING experience! (My fellow HOBY alumni will understand the “outstanding” reference!)

In honor of this accomplishment I recently received a letter from President Barack Obama letting me know that I was being recognized as a recipient of The President’s Volunteer Service Award for my commitment to service.  I was shocked and honored! It isn’t every day that you check your mail and find a letter from the White House. In addition to this amazing honor I was also humbled to receive a HOBY Leadership for Service Award from Mr. Hugh O’Brien himself. I can officially say I am hooked on service and will always be a fan and supporter of this inspirational program!!!

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President's Award

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The slogan of HOBY is “Empower. Lead. Excel.” I wear my bracelet with this motto as a daily reminder to do all I can to make a difference and have a strong impact on those around me!

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Thank you to everyone involved with HOBY for changing the lives of so many students. I have applied the valuable skills I learned at the seminar to school, pageantry, developing and carryout out my platform, and almost every area of my life. It set me on lifelong quest to seek out opportunities to serve others. High School Sophomores, if you have the opportunity I highly recommend you get more information and apply to participate in your state’s seminar! It is truly one of the most amazing experiences! I look forward to many more years of volunteering and involvement with Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership!

If you believe in something, believe in it all the way!

Blair Wortsmith

Miss Teen International 2014

Get Fit Arkansas

I am so excited to announce that I was recently added as a Fitness Council Member for Get Fit Arkansas! I will have the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with five other council members that work in the field of nutrition and health to promote fitness all across the Natural State.

Arkansas, the third most obese state in the nation, desperately needs the assistance of the GFA initiative. One of the main goals is to help Arkansans fight obesity through fitness training, developing individual responsibility to exercise, and by consuming a nutritious diet! This organization has the same core values as my personal platform “Be Proactive, Get Active!” which is why I am so excited to work with them this year.

The slogan of the organization, “We Can Do It Together!” is so inspirational. The road to a healthier lifestyle is extremely difficult to travel alone. Get Fit Arkansas offers guidance, encouragement, and skills that help people lead a healthier life.

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I recently had the pleasure of meeting with two of my fellow council members, Mark and Jennifer,  to talk about our ideas for the upcoming year. I can already tell this is going to be a great partnership. You can check us out at GetFitArkansas.com, on Twitter @GetFitArkansas, and on Facebook at FitnessArkansas. I cannot wait to share more about this amazing program throughout the year!!! Thanks Get Fit Arkansas for this opportunity!

If you believe in something, believe in it all the way!

Blair Wortsmith

Miss Teen International 2014

17 Social Club Products

This past month I have received some amazing products from the Seventeen Magazine for the social club!

First, Office Depot generously gave each member a gift card for some back to school shopping. They’re the best place to go for school supplies! I feel organized, stylish, and prepared when I use the products I purchased!

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I also got Vera Wang’s Princess Power perfume! I have been wearing Vera Wang for years. Her fragrances are my favorite! They had a fun pop art creator on their website that I had a blast using. Check out my blog post about this awesome scent at http://theinternationalpageants.blogspot.com/2014/09/princess-power.html?m=1

My pop art photo!

My pop art photo!

Princess power perfume made for a queen(:

Princess power perfume made for a queen(:

I have fallen in love with my Nicole by OPI fall polishes! The color scheme is perfect for the winter, stays on forever, and is so easy to apply! I will now have fabulous nails all autumn long thanks to OPI!!!

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Probably my favorite thing to receive from 17 is cosmetics! Trying new makeup products is always fun for me, and these products did not disappoint! NYC New York Color supplied us with the best eyeshadow, mascaras, eyeliner, blush, powder, foundation, and lip sticks! I highly recommend these fabulous products!

Eyeshadows, blush, and powder

Eyeshadows, Blush, and Powder

Lipsticks

Lipsticks

Mascaras and Eyeliner

Mascaras and Eyeliner

Foundations

Foundations

These are products and stores you do NOT want to miss out on. For the best school supplies, cosmetics, perfume, and polishes, try out these items!!

Love,
Blair

Intl Pageants Blog

First off, I apologize for the lack of posts on this blog. Most of my posts have been going to the blog of my pageant organization!

I would love it if everyone would follow me on the International Pageants blog! The majority of the posts I will be writing will first appear on that page and will then be posted to this one. I hope everyone continues to follow me as I embark on this amazing journey as Miss Teen International!

http://www.theinternationalpageants.blogspot.com

-Blair

An Active Plan

Since I returned home from the National Pageant lots of people have asked me where I am going next and what my plans are for the upcoming year. After several weeks of thinking, planning, coordinating, and scheduling I can finally begin to answer this!

As Miss Teen International 2014, I plan to continue my work with Fuel Up to Play 60 in my own community and help promote the program on a national level. To do this I will visit many elementary and middle schools throughout the nation, attend kickoff events for the organization to help establish new FUTP60 programs and encourage students to start initiating “plays” from the playbook in their own community. I would also like to get sponsors to help me provide students around the globe with playground balls and jump ropes to encourage them to engage in fun forms of physical activity. I am very excited about the opportunities to make a difference in children’s health this partnership will provide!

I am also looking forward to making appearances on behalf of Go Red for Women! Six of Go Red’s “Life Simple 7” are about living healthier lifestyles. Half of my platform focuses on prevention of conditions like heart disease and stroke. By encouraging youth to be proactive, we can drastically reduce the number of people affected by heart disease later! A healthy heart is a happy heart.

The International Pageant system is opening so many doors for women. This year I plan to not only represent this organization, but to encourage more women from all over the world to become involved.   I want everyone to know that through participation in this system females are encouraged to become positive role models, live with purpose, find their passion by developing a heart of service through her personal platform, and promote inner beauty. I am extremely ready for this year of service, and I plan to make the most of every second!

If you believe in something, believe in it all the way!

Blair 

My Crowning Moment

After I won Miss Teen Arkansas International in April, I heard again and again that I probably would not win nationals this year because Miss Teen International 2013, Haley Pontius, was also from Arkansas. These doubtful remarks helped fuel my fire as I prepared for the pageant. I refused to accept that I could not win just because I was representing a certain state. However, I did realize the odds might not be “ever in my favor.”

Because of this, I decided I was going to work hard, get as much out of the experience as possible, and just have fun! I made the decision to not to go into the competition feeling anxious, apprehensive or over analytical. Instead I embraced every opportunity I was given to make friends and have a good time. When Saturday night came around, I knew that whether I left Jacksonville with the crown or not I would be very content with my experience!

Saturday during rehearsals I was nauseous, dizzy and even threw up a few times. The staff and my new friends took care of me and thankfully I was feeling better by show time! After the competition was complete that night, I stood on stage listening to the announcement of the runner-ups and said a quick prayer while squeezing the hands of the girls next to me. Most people that are in this position would probably describe the moment as extremely nerve racking and stressful, but I was feeling excitement and peace. I knew someone’s life was about to change forever and her destiny would be revealed; however, I didn’t know that it would be mine.

Then came the announcement. “The new Miss Teen International is… Miss Teen Arkansas International, Blair Wortsmith!” In that moment all I could do was scream with joy. I could hear my family and friends cheering and I almost fell to the ground. The photographer captured the moment perfectly. I laugh now because a majority of my crowning pictures are of me with my mouth wide open. You can tell by the look on my face I was truly stunned. I really could not believe it!

Crowning

You might notice that there was one typical thing missing from my crowning moment. Several people also noticed it. I didn’t cry when they called my name. I did not even shed a single tear until the show was over. Hard to believe from someone that was just crowned MISS TEEN INTERNATIONAL, right? Now that I’ve had time to reflected on this I realized why I wasn’t crying. I was in SHOCK! The moment felt so surreal and better than anything I could have ever imagined in my wildest dreams that it didn’t seem like it could actually be happening to the representative from Arkansas- the same state that now claimed the title 2 years in a row. I was so surprised to hear my name that it took almost five minutes to really hit me. After I had time to process the moment and let it sink in, the waterworks definitely came!

If I had listened to those telling me I couldn’t do it, I wouldn’t be writing this post today. My family always reminds me when I’m competing that there is only one crown to be won, but many new friends to be made, many lives to be touched, and many lessons to be learned. Having this mindset helps me enjoy the experience and not put total focus on the crown. If you don’t get anything else from this little story I hope you will be inspired to always chase your dreams, overcome the odds, and most importantly, enjoy the journey!

I was crowned by Miss Teen Intl 2013 Haley Pontius twice!

I was crowned by Miss Teen Intl 2013 Haley Pontius twice!

If you believe in something, believe in it all the way!

Blair

Intro to Be Proactive, Get Active!

It is no secret that childhood obesity is a major problem in today’s society! My platform Be Proactive, Get Active was developed to help encourage children to find forms of physical activity that they enjoy and begin making healthy lifestyle choices that will last a lifetime. It was inspired by my participation with the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program. Because my mom is a former elementary Physical Education and Health teacher, I have been exposed to the dangers of inactivity, unhealthy eating habits, and poor lifestyle choices since I was young. I am lucky that she and my dad, a golfer and cyclist, are positive role models for my sisters and me. Since I was very young they encouraged me to try a variety of sports and physical activities so I could find out what I really enjoyed. I’ve learned that it doesn’t really matter what form of activity you choose as long as you choose to be active.

I was introduced to the NFL’s Fuel Up to Play 60 through my PE classes many years ago. By participating in this program I began personally making healthy choices like joining my school’s jogging club, taking my dog on afterschool walks, playing outside, and riding my bike. As my love for physical activity grew and became a habit I began looking for ways to inspire others to get moving. The NFL’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program gave me all the tools and resources I needed to not only track my own progress but also encourage others to do the same.

After I recorded enough point through the program’s website I became a Student Ambassador for this amazing organization! Last month I attended the National Fuel Up to Play 60 Ambassador Summit. I met with students from 43 states along with leaders from the National Football League, National Dairy Council, SAP, and GENYOUth Foundation to discover how we can work together to tackle childhood obesity. During my week at the summit I spent time at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, participated in a Quaker Oats Cook-Off Challenge, placed in the Top 3 in the YouthTalks competition, met 5 NFL players, and made friendships that will last a lifetime! Attending this conference was an incredible opportunity, and I am extremely excited about partnering with Fuel Up to Play 60 to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic during my reign as Miss Teen International!

Some of the ways I promote my platform are by starting community walks called “Walking Wednesday”, speaking to students at elementary and middle schools, initiating “plays” from Fuel Up to Play 60’s playbook, volunteering at local 5Ks and marathons, distributing nutritious snacks in environments that typically serve unhealthy foods, mentoring athletes at the Miracle League and Special Olympics, and my absolute favorite way to promote healthy living is through frequent updates on social media! If we choose to take a proactive stance to improve our health, we can prevent future problems like obesity, heart disease and diabetes. By informing children of these dangers, empowering them to make a change, and helping them find ways to make healthy living fun, we can put an end to the obesity epidemic that is plaguing our globe!

I will be sharing more about my goals for the coming year as well as my strategy to help create a healthier generation in a later post! Until then, I encourage you all to go to www.fueluptoplay60.com, create an account, and start the journey to a healthier you! Don’t forget to be proactive and get active today!

If you believe in something, believe in it all the way!

Blair