I often get asked why married women would want to compete in a pageant, that is after they say “I didn’t even know married women can do pageants!”. I always offer the same answer: because competing and winning Mrs. Texas International is hugely fulfilling for my family and for me.
The role of full time wife and full time mom can often become just that, full time everyone else and very little time left for me. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t about being selfish, rather carving out time and energy for something that helps me grow, and better myself. Preparing for Mrs. Texas and Mrs. International requires that I make my health and fitness a priority. There is nothing like a clearly defined goal to make you accountable to yourself! I have to set aside time to prepare for my interview and continue to develop those communication skills. Most valuably, I have a larger opportunity to raise awareness for perinatal mood disorders and offer outreach to moms and clinicians. All of those things help me be a better wife and mother. I’m teaching my children the importance of commitment and follow-through, of time management and about giving of our gifts and talents to others.
I didn’t title this blog “A Family Affair” just to talk about how Mrs. Texas International has benefited me. My family has had some very unique and memorable experiences because of my title. My sons and I took a step back into the Old West at Wyatt Earp Days in Tombstone, Arizona and our entire family got to attend our first ever Major League Soccer game as special guests at the FC Dallas game. They have heard me talk about how “sometimes mom’s get sad even thought the love their babies” and know that even though you endure struggles, those challenges don’t define you. I look forward to husband and I sharing the moment of a lifetime when he escorts me on the Mrs. International stage.
I have the enormous honor of representing Texas as Mrs. Texas International, but all of Team Zwaagstra gets to be part of the fun.
Mrs. Texas International 2016