My heart could not be more filled and my eyes can not be filled with more tears as I reflect on all the love and support that I received at my send-off party last night. To think of everyone who has been there for me during this experience, that has been 12 years in the making, is overwhelming! This post may be lengthy, but I want to make sure I acknowledge all those who have been such an encouragement to me.
First off, I want to thank my Lord and Savior as He has trusted me with the job of being Miss Texas International. He knew before I was even born that I would have this opportunity, and I feel so incredibly blessed by the people He has put in my life for such a time as this!
To my parents, thank you, thank you, thank you! I couldn’t have asked for better role models as I walked on this earth for the last 27 years. You both have gone over and beyond to help me be successful and I am eternally grateful. My prayer is that I can inspire my future children as you have inspired me. I love you, Mom & Dad!
To my extended family: I love each and every one of you. You don’t get to pick your family, but I’m so glad God put me in this family. From my Edwards side to my Banks side, thank you for everything you all have done for me!
The International System: To the Richardsons- You have created such an amazing and top notch pageant system. I have never felt so welcomed and surrounded with such talented, passionate and intelligent women as I have with he girls of this system!
To my director, Rachel. Thank you for all that you do and all of your encouraging words. You have guided me and continue to help me put things in perspective. I am so glad that you are my director as I couldn’t have a better person to prep me for nationals!
Savannah, Rachael, Whitney, Jahnavi & Alyssa- Y’all left huge shoes to fill! Thank you for the encouraging words you have sent me. I am proud to be in this sisterhood!
To Farabe’ & Savannah: I’m so excited to be sharing this year with you two! You are both such positive and beautiful spirits and I am blessed by your lives and what you have done for our communities.
To my pageant sponsors: Valerie Hayes- you have seen me grown from a shy 16 year old girl to the woman I am today! The foundation of my interview skills came from you and have given me the confidence to walk into any room and know how to handle challenging situations. You always keep me on my toes, and I am better because of it!
Laine Berry- thank you for helping me create the “Sasha Fierce” brand! You challenged me to step out of the box for nationals, and I am so glad that I did! I can’t wait to be on stage with the wardrobe that you helped me put together!
Ms. Rupa- You are truly a gift from God. Your talent is impeccable. You will always have a fan in me! Thank you for making sure all of my wardrobe fits me beautifully!
Sheila- I can’t put into words who amazing you are! Your talent allows me to feel confident on the outside, but you have also given me the tools to feel confident on the inside too! Thank you for always supporting me and encouraging me to go for the Miss Texas title! Love you!
Kerry Beyer- Thank you for the beautiful pictures. You are an awesome photographer! I still look at my pictures and squeal “That’s me!”
Carlotta Lennox- You are gorgeous and striking! I can’t wait to strut my stuff on the runway next week! Thank you for giving me the space to be me while demonstrating the importance of stage presence!
Juan Cao, Joe Farina & the entire staff at Satori: I always love my the days I get to come to the salon. You each make me feel so welcome, and I always know my hair is going to look fabulous!
Suzy Bootz: I really enjoyed reading your book and all of your inspirational messages! May God continue to give you the words to write to encourage others in their preparation for pageants and for life!
To NAMI, H.U.G.S. for Autism, Crisis Intervention, Family Service Center of Greater of Houston and all of the other organizations I’ve worked with, I am honored to be affiliated with such amazing organizations. My platform Healthy Mind-Successful Life is extremely important to me and I’m so glad we all get to collaborate to advocate for mental health.
To my boss, Evan Weinberger: Thank you for everything you do and accommodating my crazy schedule! The work that we do with students is a gift that I am so glad I get to give to others!
To my church family at Lakewood: Your prayers and support have given me peace and the strength to move forward when I didn’t know if I would make it.
To my Friends: You’ve seen my ups and downs but always stand by my side. Thank you for the laughs, the memories, and for everything that’s ahead!
I really hope I didn’t leave anyone out! I couldn’t leave for Florida tomorrow without saying THANK YOU!
Ok Team Texas… It’s time to bring home the crown! Let’s go!
Miss Texas International 2015
With my #1 supporter, my mom!