Best Jobs in the World

When Broken Dreams Are A Good Thing

It occurred to me today that it’s been a year since I started my shortlister social media campaign for Tourism Australia’s Best Jobs in the World Contest.

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A year ago today I was named one of the top 25 out of 600,000 people for the Park Ranger position and now had to earn my spot in the final three. (Read about my 2013 Best Jobs contest here).

All I could dream about was going to Australia, becoming an Aussie expert, and hoping that I could manifest my goals into reality. More than ANYTHING I wanted to be their Park Ranger. (Plus, getting paid the $100,000 for a six month working-holiday visa didn’t sound too shabby).

It wouldn’t be until the middle of May 2013 that this dream would come crashing down around me. But I digress.

The point is, ten days from today, I give up my title as Miss Nevada. I will be passing it along to the next United States system winner, and saying goodbye to what has arguably been one of the most exciting and opportunistic years of my life.

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And I’m kind of sad about it.

But if you had told me a year ago today that I would be sad over losing a title I had not yet won, I would have LAUGHED in your FACE. Because I was an ADVENTURE girl. NOT a PAGEANT girl. And I had a job to win.

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Because in that moment 365 days ago, nothing was more important than getting my butt Down Under.

But now, 365 days later, I couldn’t even imagine growing in the ways that I have without losing that contest.

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I want to be the kind of person who believes everything happens for a reason. I guess that means I should be the kind of person who also believes somethings don’t happen for a reason.

So I’m taking tonight to honor my younger, doe-eyed self, and the broken dream of Park Ranger that led to this soon-to-be fulfilled one as Miss Nevada.

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I hope you’ll take a moment to thank the Universe for your own broken dreams. Because sometimes, they’re obnoxious blessings that later show their true colors. If you take a look back on your own last trip around the sun, you may see changes in your life due to failure. And chances are, you’re better for these changes.

But what do I know? I’m just a girl who wanted to be a Park Ranger who’s now a beauty queen. I can’t be trusted. :)

Pageant Sisters

10 Comments

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    Grandma

    April 26, 2014

    Way to go darling girl!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love, Gramps and Gram

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    Gry Ranfelt

    April 27, 2014

    “If you’re not failing you’re not doing anything interesting.”
    We’ve got to take chances to ever win and if you take chances you’ll undoubtedly lose :)
    But failure makes us better people. it makes us think about ourselves, who we are and where we are.
    Thanks for this little reminder.

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      Hilary

      June 2, 2014

      I love this! It’s true… Have you ever noticed the best stories and the best movies/television shows involve a lot of twists and turns? I remember when I was younger thinking “Gosh, if only they would have done THIS, they could have avoided that whole debacle…” But I also would have stopped watching. So go figure.

      And any time! What have you been reminded of lately?

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    Britt Skrabanek

    April 28, 2014

    I remember reading about your Park Ranger adventure and rooting for you the whole time. Although that did not work out, you seized life another way, and learned and grew into an even more fabulous gal.

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      Hilary

      June 2, 2014

      Thank you so much, Britt! I’m so grateful for your support and continual willingness to read about my adventures.

      Have there been moments in your life that have helped mold you into the person you are today?

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    Hilarie

    April 28, 2014

    Love this post! It’s so true…sometimes the things we think will make us happy aren’t at all what they seem and vice versa.

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      Hilary

      June 2, 2014

      Thank you, Hilarie! Love your name, by the way ;).

      Do you have an example of this from your life? What have you reached for that you realize now you were better off not getting?

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    Abi Paul

    May 27, 2014

    haha, so true. And I was there all the way witnessing this journey of yours. Amazing story.

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      Hilary

      June 2, 2014

      Thank you! I’m grateful you’ve stuck with me this far!! I’m very appreciative! :)

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    Troy S.

    June 28, 2014

    This reminds me of that Garth Brooks song, “Unanswered Prayers” where he sang, “Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers
    Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs
    That just because he may not answer doesn’t mean he don’t care
    Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers”

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Hey fellow adventurers, my name is Hilary! After being rejected from grad school, I took off on a solo journey around the world. Now I constantly challenge myself to take on new experiences. This blog documents my journeys from Europe to Fiji, swimming with sharks and living with tribes, to becoming an accidental beauty queen and working for one of the top national media outlets. If you like what you're reading, please subscribe! Here's to the next great adventure!

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