New Year, New Habits from Miss International Elise Banks

Happy 2016, Everyone! I always love the start of a new year! January comes with new goals, a fresh start, and my birthday! Hehe!

I always think it is important to start the new year thinking about what you would like to accomplish for the next 12 months. What better time to start then at the beginning of a brand new year! However, sometimes some of the goals we need to work on most are those that may be our struggles and weaknesses. We all have bad habits that we need to break. Some may be more intense than others, but there is no one on this planet who does not have something they could change for the better. I have heard all types of myths that it can take 21 all the way up to 66 days to break a habit and form a new and healthier one. I worry less about the amount of days, and more on making a conscious effort to work on my new habit given that I am not perfect and will make mistakes. There are a few thoughts I had as I was thinking about forming new habits:

– Specify the habit you are wanting to work on. When we blindly work on our goals, it is hard to see when we are making any progress. I know one of my weaknesses is drinking enough water every day. Instead of just saying “I’m going to drink more water this year!” which is hard to measure, I have committed to drinking half of my body weight in fluid ounces of water (I hear this recommended… But it sure is a lot of water!) Not only have I specified my goal, but I have made it measurable to make sure I am working towards the end result!

– Recognize the intent of your habit. Why are you breaking this habit and forming a new one? Are you always late to work and need a new plan as to how to be early? Have you been a smoker for years and are wanting to create a healthier lifestyle for your future? Knowing the reasoning behind the change will help you stay focused… Especially on those days when you want to give up.

– Mistakes will happen… And that’s ok! You are not a failure if you eat that piece of cake when you are trying to lose weight. You are also not a failure if you don’t have time to work out one day when your goal was to go to the gym 3x a week. The important thing is to begin each day knowing you have a fresh start to working on your new habit. New habits take lots of repetition before they become a part of a lifestyle. So the more you implement your new habits, the easier it will become!

I am so excited to see what 2016 brings for everyone! Just take one day at a time, and before you know it, we will be at the end of another year looking back at all of our accomplishments!

Continuing to break the stigma,

Elise Banks
Miss International 2015

Miss Texas International 2015


The Countdown is On for Texas International

Happy New Year ladies of Texas International! I personally cannot believe how fast 2015 flew by! It truly seems like yesterday since I decided to compete for the title that you are about to compete for (and the one I’m about to give up). So much has happened in what feels like only a week! I know everyone is getting excited and nervous, too! Nerves are good, just don’t let them get the best of you or steal your joy and reasoning behind competing in the first place.

The great thing about living in THE best state in our great nation is that there are so many opportunities for you to volunteer your time. Remember, you don’t have to limit yourself to just your platform! It is great to get as many organizations on your paperwork as possible, but do remember the majority of it should be applicable to your platform. With that being said, also remember you aren’t limited to just the town or county you reside in. Reach out to your Mrs. sister queens (and the Miss and Miss Teen queens) to schedule appearances together. Your weekend together in April will be that much more fun when you already know a few of the ladies.

Between now and April, each month I will focus on each area of competition and give simple suggestions or things to think about as you prepare to compete for the most beautiful crown in the Lone Star State. I’m so excited to follow your journey to the crown.

Farabe Algor Crown Shot Mrs. International

Until the Mission is Complete,

Farabe’ Algor

Mrs. International 2015

Mrs. Texas International 2015

Miss Teen Texas International Urges You to Keep Your Pets Safe


There are so many ways to prevent a missing pet. Here are some good prevention tips!

1. Be sure to collar, tag, and chip your pet.  Even if your pet is never out of your care, it’s always a good idea to make sure they can find a way home if they get lost.
2. This may be something you’ve never thought about but, safe transportation of your pet is important too.  Some animals can become lost during traffic accidents and you’ll never see them again. It has also been known for some cats to claw their way out of cages and other things.
3. Keep current photos of your pet on hand and ready just in case they get lost. Be sure to also prepare a lost pet kit to have ready (including flyers).
4. While you’re outside with your pet, be sure to show your neighbors. If your pet gets lost and they find them, they can return them to you.
5. Train your pet to stay inside or to stay in your front yard. You can do this yourself or for more stubborn pets you can hire a dog trainer.

Savannah Wahrer

Miss Teen Texas International 2015