The Main Event

The pageant finally happened and I have so much to share about it I don’t know if I can fit it all into one post. First of all, this past weekend was one of the most incredible of my entire life. I got to make friends with some of the most incredible women I’ve ever…

Fear Won’t Win

9 more days. Competition will begin on January 12th and last until the final crowning on the 14th. 9 more days left until I participate in what might be the scariest thing I’ve ever done. Now I’ve done scary things before. I’m an actress and every time I go to an audition it’s terrifying but…

Comparison Gets You Nowhere

Why would you ever wish for the life of someone else when your own is so unique? One of the most difficult aspects of this pageant to me is how incredible all of the contestants are. I look at all these women around me and feel so out of place. I’m just me, I don’t…

Don’t Forget Why You Started

This weekend I got my first taste of how this pageant is going to go, and man did I learn a lot. Most of the weekend was about production information, dance routines, and walking patterns. While this information is crucial to my performance in the pageant, I think the most important lesson came from the…

Don’t Ignore What Matters

“In the midst of a busy life, don’t forget to live” – Marty Rubin In my last post I mentioned that pageant orientation is this weekend. For me, finals are also fast approaching and I have many papers to write as well as exams to study for. I’m also trying to go to the gym…

Confront Your Fears

This Saturday, I’m off to pageant orientation. I’ll be meeting all the contestants, and the current Miss New York USA. I’ll be learning the dance routine for the opening number. And I’ll realize very quickly just how terrifying this whole experience will be. It’s scary but that’s one of the reasons it’s so fun. Feel…

Discover What’s Inside You

“Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.” – Kurt Vonnegut  Do you know why I began writing this blog? Yes, it’s a…

Be A (Good) Leader

Leadership is defined as “the action of leading a group of people or organization”. This is a very straight-forward definition, but there is so much more to being a leading than just simply leading. Being a leader in the first place is a feat in itself. How does one become a leader? I’ve met a…

Why Do You Want to Be Miss New York?

“As Miss Universe, you have to be confident in who you are as an individual. A Miss Universe is a woman that has overcome many fears and by that, she is able to help other women overcome their fears. She is a woman that nothing is ever too much to ask for.” – Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters,…

Bravery Is So Much Fun

“Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.” – Carrie Fisher Hello, my name is Matalin and I’m in Gryffindor House from Harry Potter. For my readers who have no idea what that means, it…

Persistence Is Key

  Hannah Lopa, the current Miss New York 2017, competed seven times before winning her title. Steven Spielberg was rejected from three film schools. Elvis Presley was fired after his first performance. He was told he was better off sticking to his day job. Marilyn Monroe was told by modeling agencies that she would be…

No Excuses

Winter is approaching at an odd rate Upstate right now but there are days when it gets very chilly outside. I’m originally from a Southern state and the cold makes me want to wrap myself up in a warm blanket next to the fire and never leave indoors. This is a problem for me because…

Stay Hydrated!

Civilizations since the beginning of time have always been built around a body of water. Do you know why? Because water is one of the most important sources to our livelihood. I know the title of this post sounds silly, but sometimes it can be hard to remember how important it is to drink enough…