Being crowned the new IJM International Teen was truly a dream come true and while there is a lot of adventure ahead, I am still just a teen like many of you and I thought I'd share a little more about me and my daily life!
I'm not sure if my fabulous director, Ms Nikki, is aware just yet - but I am the BIGGEST Disney fanatic you could meet. Specifically - Sully and Monsters, Inc. It was the very first movie I ever saw in a theater, at the age of 1 1/2, and is still my favorite today. I have Sully memorabilia of all kinds - hugging Sully and trading Disney Pins is my mission every time I visit Disneyworld. I've been 3 times and this year, thanks to IJM I'll get to have my first Disneyland visit & the Disney Cruise. Can you say HAPPY GIRL?!?
When I was little, I wanted to be a Veterinarian. Then I learned about the surgeries they do and I can't handle that. But I still love animals & am always bringing something home but my mom reminds me we already have 5 cats so we can't keep anymore. Yes, 5 cats! Three are indoor kitties and two are always outside, except when the weather is bad. Any bad weather and my mom lets me keep them in our garage where we take very good care of them. We have soft hearts for all furry creatures!
Growing up, I spent my summers at the beach. My Nannie & Poppie live in Kill Devil Hills, NC - the Outer Banks. I learned to swim, fish, go crabbing, and even surf while spending week after week at the beach. Life is much busier these days but the beach is where my heart is and if you don't see me at home or traveling, you'll find me with my toes in the sand in North Carolina.
I LOVE make-up!!! The latest trends always keep me up late into the night. My dad helped me set up part of my room just for make-up and on our last trip to Ulta & Sephora I think he went into shock at the register. I've had lessons with Austin Ryde and learned so much in the last 2 years - I'm always up for helping friends with their make-up too. Have fun with your make-up, I know I do!
Lastly, you've heard that I love dance and to share dance with students who have special needs. I had dreams of being on a college dance team. But in 2014 I suffered a dance-altering injury. During a performance, I landed badly and my ankle snapped.
I tore the ligaments, cartilage and severely sprained my ankle. After a year of physical therapy, I could dance but no longer able to confidently dance en pointe. My spirit for dance/my confidence in dance was as badly injured as my ankle. It was then I knew what I wanted to pursue for a career so that other competitive and/or professional athletes wouldn't be adversely affected by injuries. A confident spirit can accomplish great things!
I hope you've enjoyed getting to know more about me! I'll be sure to share more during this year and hope you enjoy this journey as much as I do!