It’s the last Wednesday before Miss Tennessee.

It’s the last Wednesday before Miss Tennessee.

It’s the last Wednesday before Miss Tennessee.

(emphasis is everything, right?)

This week’s Power of One Wednesday is a little different. I wanted to take some time and reflect on the past eight months before I head to one of the most exciting weeks of my life. Since I studied business in college, I have a little bit of a fascination with numbers. So, I did some calculating.

Between the beginning of this year and the Saturday that I leave for Miss Tennessee, I will have…

  • Eaten 1,312 eggs. (That’s 110 dozen eggs. And a lot of chickens I am grateful to).
  • Run about 656 miles. That’s as long as running the entire state of Tennessee 1 and a half times.
  • Traveled 1,781 miles in Little Red on appearances from Chattanooga to Jackson and everywhere in between.
  • Spoken with, interviewed, or otherwise interacted with 55,491 people as Miss Nashville.
  • Directly raised or participated in events that raised over $3.5 million dollars for organizations like Children’s Miracle Network, the American Heart Association, and HandsOn Nashville.

Those numbers are pretty crazy, huh? The journey of being Miss Nashville and preparing for Miss Tennessee has stretched, molded, and shaped me in more ways than I could imagine. But what does it all mean? Why put in all this work?

There is a 1 in 36 chance that I will be Miss Tennessee next Saturday. The good thing is, I was never counting on those odds. Yes, the opportunity to take my platform and work to the next level has been such a great source of motivation to push myself. But it’s never been my raison d’etre.

This morning I walked into Glencliff High School to speak to a small group of students about their dreams. It wasn’t my biggest audience, my most engaged crowd, or my best presentation. But it mattered. It made me come alive. And it made every egg, mile, and moment worth it. Fredrick Buechner once said “your calling is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” Any time I have an opportunity to meet the world’s hunger for hope, whether through an encouraging word or maybe just a laugh shared, there’s a real and genuine joy that I know means I’m in the right place. Those are the odds I’m betting on.

A lot of people ask me what “The Power of One” means. I’ve still been figuring it out myself. As of now, I would say that it’s the moment when an ordinary person is presented with an extraordinary opportunity to make a difference. I’ve had that opportunity as Miss Nashville, and for that, I am so grateful.11232183_542431662586089_669364424489279525_o

Thank you for all of your love, support, and kindness. With it, you have fueled me to reach a place of complete peace and joy for what’s to come, regardless of outcome. This will be my last blog post before I leave for Jackson, so I am leaving you all with a full heart and everything to gain.

With All My Love,



2 thoughts on “Power of One Wednesday: Parting Thoughts

  1. The Power of THE ONE is what Bonnie and I have seen through your life! We are praying for you!Eph.3:19-20

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