Random Acts of Kindness

I had just gone through airport security in Philadelphia when I was approached by a sweet looking lady. She handed me a beautiful red flower and wished me a Happy Valentine’s Day with a huge smile on her face. She also had a whole bouquet to share with other passengers.

This random act of kindness made my day, and I bet other people were also positively affected by it as well.

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Sometimes we forget the big impact our small gestures can have on others. Going out of your way to do something nice and unexpected for someone can mean so much to them.

This is especially true as a titleholder. Little things like offering a smile to someone, signing an autograph for them, complimenting them, or getting to know their name and a little about them can go a long way.

One of my favorite things about being Miss Teen International is the opportunities the title gives me to make others feel special. Nothing brings me more joy than knowing something I did made a day better for someone else.

I am now extra motivated to do something nice for someone! Pay it forward and always remember to be kind. You never know what people are going through. Who knows, your simple act of kindness could change someone’s day, week, or life!

kindess is a language be kind always
If you believe in something, believe in it all the way!

Blair Wortsmith
Miss Teen International 2014

Differently Abled, Not Disabled

It was such a treat to be able to speak with a group of interns at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences! These young adults aren’t your average interns… They have disabilities that they’re constantly overcoming.

I was invited to talk with them about self-esteem. One of the biggest obstacles members of our society face is a lack of self confidence. I was able to share ways for the interns to uplift themselves, not let comments from others get the best of them, how setting goals can increase esteem and more. They really opened their hearts to me and shared their passions and tasks they want to accomplish in the future. It warmed my heart!

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It wouldn’t be an appearance without some Clay Spann autograph cards and some photo ops! I recently got a selfie stick that I have had so much fun using at appearances, and so far everyone has loved it. Audiences seem to love taking home a signed autograph as a souvenir as well!

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

Blair Wortsmith
Miss Teen International 2014

5, 4, 3, 2, 1… Happy New Year!

One of the biggest events on peoples’ Bucket List is to watch the ball drop in Times Square on New Years Eve. It is something I have always dreamed of doing, and this year I had that chance.

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But it wasn’t just any opportunity to watch… We were VIP! Miss Florida International- Lyss Acosta-Millan, Miss NY International- Elaina Estrada, Mrs. NY International Marjorie Anglade-Vail, and Mrs. Connecticut International- Paula Mele celebrated with me, my mom, and my aunt as we rang in the New Year!

The Wounded Warrior Project is the organization we have to thank for this opportunity. Veterans and current service members joined with their friends and family in Times Square for the big day. Thank you so much to everyone with the WWP for allowing the International Pageant girls to join in on the fun!

me with service member pre party

The crowds started gathering at about 3 AM on NYE to get the best spots in Times Square for the event. I can only image how miserable it could be waiting nearly 21 hours for the ball drop! We were so fortunate to not have to wait in those long lines and crowds. The NYPD escorted our group to the closest area by the ball at about 8 PM on New Years Eve!

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Nearly one million people were gathered in that area to celebrate the New Year, many traveling from around the globe to see the sight. I definitely started the year off right with a big check on the Bucket List!

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mom and aunt

Thank you to the Wounded Warriors Project and some of my fellow International Pageant sisters for this amazing opportunity. Being in NYC for NYE is something I will remember for the rest of my life.

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

Blair Wortsmith
Miss Teen International 2014

Empire State of Mind

My mom, aunt, and I definitely had an Empire State Of Mind as we headed to the Big Apple for New Years Eve! After visiting NYC for Spring Break a couple of years ago I definitely left a piece of my heart in this incredible city. It was so good to be back! I don’t think it would have been possible to do more sight seeing than we did in our short stay.

We started off our trip at the September 11th Memorial and Museum to pay our respects to those that suffered on this tragic day. It broke my heart when learning about the stories of both the survivors and those that passed.

me at fountain tower

Our first night in the city we saw the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes! Even though this holiday had already passed it was still really exciting seeing this amazing show.

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It was my first time going to Liberty Island to see the Statue of Liberty up close! It was the perfect day for a photo op with Lady Liberty herself.

Lady liberty

One of my favorite places in NYC is Chelsea Market. Every time I am there I feel like a real New Yorker shopping! It is so pretty inside and has some of my favorite local stores.

me in front of market

I went to the Empire State Building during the day and Top of the Rock at night to get both the day and nighttime view of New York. There are no words to describe the beauty of the city from the birds eye view!

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Going to be a part of the Today Show was one of the highlights of the trip. We woke up bright and early to head to Rockefeller Plaza for the show. I had a huge sign that said, “Miss Teen International Loves Today.” I made it on air a few times, and I was so excited to be able to recognize the International Pageants on national television!

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Central Park is one of the most interesting parts of New York. It is literally a big park smack in the middle of a ginormous city! It was so beautiful walking through and taking in the nature amidst the hustle and bustle!

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Stay tuned in my next blog for more details about New Years Eve in Times Square for the ball drop!

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

Blair Wortsmith
Miss Teen International 2014

March of Dimes Signature Chef’s Auction

I had a blast attending the March of Dimes Signature Chef’s Auction! My friend from HOBY and the committee chair of the event, Cord Rapert, invited me to come. We raised a total of about $63,000 for the MOD! How awesome is that?

Cord

The best part of the night was definitely the food. A dozen restaurants in the Northeast Arkansas area brought their chefs and some of their awesome food for all of us to try. As I continued to load my plate I reminded myself that we were feasting for a good cause;) It was all so delicious!

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I road tripped to the event with the Arkansas State Director, Mrs. Bernee! We had a great time together. Luckily I had a four day weekend so I did not miss any school. Thank you Mrs. Bernee for being my chaperone!

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Events like this are doing amazing things for premature babies. The March of Dimes has been working to have stronger and healthier babies for 75 years. It was an honor to be a part of this year’s celebration in Arkansas to help provide funds for research and care.

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I absolutely loved the Jovani cocktail dress that I wore from the Competitive Image! Thank you Joey for making sure I look my best all year long. Check out this fabulous sponsor’s new account on Instagram- @competitive_image.

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

Blair Wortsmith
Miss Teen International 2014

Elementary School Tour

As Miss Teen International I have some incredible opportunities, and visiting students at elementary schools is definitely one of them! During the week of my semester exams in December I got out of school early, so it was the perfect time to present at some schools. I started at Don Roberts Elementary, went to Fulbright Elementary the next day, and wrapped it up at Williams Magnet.

Everywhere I went I was welcomed with warm hugs and dozens of compliments. If you ever need a boost, put on a crown and walk into a kindergarten classroom, haha! I was asked if my crown is made of real diamonds and if I live in a castle, told how beautiful I was, and at any given moment had about 15 little ones grabbing for my hands to hold. One even said that it was the best day ever! It is so special being able to serve as a positive role model to some really sweet children!

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My presentation about healthy living is really fun! I start by reading a book titled “IQ Gets Fit.” It is about a mouse that is a class pet, and he wants to participate in the school’s Health Month and win the Student Fitness Challenge. It teaches about nutritious eating, physical activity, drinking plenty of water, and sleeping.

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After that, we do an interactive lunch packing activity. I have two lunch boxes- the healthy and unhealthy one. I bring a variety of foods, and have the students tell me which lunchbox the foods should go in. This is a great way for kids to learn what is nutritious and what isn’t so they can help their family members pack their lunches.

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Next I speak about the NFL and National Dairy Council’s Fuel Up to Play 60 Program, the resources it provides to schools, and the cool opportunities it offers. Then I introduce one of the “plays” from the “Playbook” (Get it? It’s like football!) This week we did the In Class Physical Activity Break play. We danced and exercised to Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off! It was a blast.

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A visit wouldn’t be complete without passing out autograph cards and a few photo ops! They were excited to have a signed picture of a real-life princess! :)

I highly recommend titleholders visit schools to promote her platform, no matter what cause you promote. It is a great time and a great way to spread awareness of your passion to a younger generation!
If you believe in something, believe in it all the way!

Blair Wortsmith
Miss Teen International 2014

Dancer Nutrition

Skips breakfast, heads to school for eight hours, goes straight to dance for five hours, and doesn’t get home until 9 PM most days. This is a very common scenario for dancers not just at my studio but around the world. One of the biggest obstacles these performers face is when and how does one eat healthy in the midst of this busy schedule?

Luckily, I had the opportunity to speak to some of my fellow dancers at Rock City Dance Center about nutrition! I was able to highlight the importance of eating healthy and drinking plenty of water, and I got to share some great meal and snack choices for dancers on the go. It is so important for athletes to fuel their bodies properly so they can perform to the best of their ability.

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me presenting

After my talk with the class, we had some fun in the ballet class! We had a mini photo shoot. There were definitely some “future Miss Teen Internationals” in the room. We had a great time!

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Thank you to my fabulous ballet instructors, Mary Beth and Gracie, for having me to speak! I am very thankful for the two of you!

Mary Beth and Gracie
If you believe in something, believe in it all the way!

Blair Wortsmith
Miss Teen International 2014