My reign as Miss Nevada

When The Reign Ends

As all good and uncertain things do, my reign as Miss Nevada United States finally came to an end. Turns out they only give it to you for a year, regardless of how impressive you were as queen. Also, you cannot be voted in for a second term. I should know. I tried lobbying.

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I’ve spent the past month hiding under a rock, ingesting every carb in my path and doing my hair and makeup as little as possible. In fact, if something involves putting on a dress, it’s at high-risk of getting cut from the to-do list.

As much as I didn’t want them to be, my former queen mentors were correct. After passing over my responsibility, notoriety, and crown, I slipped into PRD (Post-Reign Depression).

A number of variables determine how long the PRD lasts (including attachment to the title, investment in your organization, current titleholder, feelings toward your year, and future projects). But I’d been told by many a former Miss Nevada to expect at least a month of sadness and at least a couple, “She’s not Miss Nevada… I am!” moments.

Now that the thirty days in question have passed, I finally find myself finally (but reluctantly) letting go of my tight grip on my crown, setting it aside for future opportunities.

Lucky for me, I adore my successor. And she’s already proven herself to be a tough competitor and inspirational leader. So I know my hard work and legacy are in good hands.

Lisa Song Sutton

But still, it’s hard to put aside something you’ve spent a year of your life embracing, representing, and working towards for someone else to take over. And I find myself once again looking for a new adventure and challenge. Which is both exciting and exhausting.

But as I pull myself out of my sloth-like tendencies and re-enter the world as a civilian, I’d like to take a moment to honor my year, as well as everyone who supported and took part in my pageantry journey. No, I don’t know if I’ll ever compete again, as I never anticipated doing this in the first place. But given all the amazing moments I was able to experience, I wouldn’t rule it out.

Though I will say looking back… It was Pretty. Freaking. Amazing.

Here’s to 2014’s adventure being even more epic than the last. I’m honestly terrified I won’t be able to top this . But then again, I didn’t think I’d be able to top my year when I went to live with the Firewalkers. And I guess the only way I’ll find out is to live it.

So cheers to the next chapter. Here comes the sun. :)

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    Gry Ranfelt

    June 23, 2014

    With the right attitude the next adventure will always be better. Why?
    Because you carry all those other adventures within you. It becomes a part of the new one and everything you’ve learned becomes a higher unit.
    Will you go do some solo traveling again? Do you miss the nomad lifestyle? :) How about your job as a reporter?
    You realize you’re a perfect example that people don’t need to have an education to live fulfilling lives … scary ;)

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      Hilary

      June 29, 2014

      HAH! I don’t know if I’d say I’m a perfect ‘example’… Especially since I’m still such a fan of education and the opportunities it presents. (Ugh- getting off my soap box now. Sorry!) But I’m glad that someone thinks I’m

      I do miss traveling and the nomad lifestyle. My work with USA Today as well as my being Miss Nevada have kept me USA-based, but who knows what will come my way? I’ve given up guessing, even though it kills my Type-A side.

      But you’re right. Everyday we just grow and become an even larger part of the picture. Cheers to creating a masterpiece!

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    Awww this makes me so nostalgic for my pageant years! The Miss California pageant (the state I competed in) is going on this week so my feed is blowing up with pageant stuff, and now this! I remember after giving up the crown my friends and I all cried about being “has-beens” haha… But it looks like you had such an amaze balls year!!! And now you have tons of great memories and I’m sure it’s opened a lot of doors for new opportunities… can’t wait to hear what’s next! :)

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      Hilary

      June 29, 2014

      Aww, I bet it’s making you nostalgic! What a crazy time, yeah?

      And thank you! It was a great time. Different, for sure. What do you remember the most about your year? Would you do it again?

      Here’s to BOTH of us having more opportunities!

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    You’ll do just fine and better… you always do! and you will surprise us again!
    Cheers to 2014 and everything else that remains in store for us to enjoy unexpectedly!

    Jul’

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      Hilary

      June 29, 2014

      Thank you, Juls! It’s always the best when I am surrounded by fellow adventurers! Thank you for your encouragement and kind words. Let’s enjoy the rest of 2014 together!

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    Troy S.

    June 28, 2014

    You will ALWAYS be my favorite Miss Nevada. Hugs!

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      Hilary

      June 29, 2014

      Thank you, Troy! I so appreciate that. :) Thanks for following the journey!

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    […] then I smile, and calmly explain that while I may have given up my title as Miss Nevada, I am currently working on pursuing many new projects that I’m not quite ready to reveal. But […]

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