Happy Saturday! You made it to the weekend! I just wanted to take some time today to say thank you. I have made it to round 4 and the top 10 of my group for the #MaximCoverGirl contest. When I first started this journey, I didn’t initially realize just how much of a marathon it would turn out to be, but as someone who has run multiple marathons in the past year and a half, I knew I’d be up for the challenge. What I also didn’t realize was just how many people would show up for me in the daily voting. I’ve been able to see the names of people who have been voting, and I’ve been completely overwhelmed at times with the amount of love and support I’ve been receiving.
Since this contest is based on votes, I literally would not be doing as well as I am without you casting votes for me. I am both overjoyed and also humbled… and often speechless. People I’ve known from childhood and boarding school, friends from Villanova, sorority sisters of Pi Beta Phi, talented improvisers from all over the globe I’ve met in New York, Chicago, LA, and while performing in Europe, friends of friends, family of friends, and my incredible family members who have been showing up to help me achieve my goals has filled my heart with so much love that no matter what happens in the long run, I consider myself a winner already simply based on having such a strong, supportive, loving network of friends, family, and cheerleaders in my corner, helping me take this Maxim Marathon in stride (pun totally intended).
I recently joked that this #MaximCoverGirl contest reminds me of the effort I put into training for running marathons without the blisters and lost toenails, but it’s true. It takes an unwavering daily commitment to my goals, as well as the support of those around me (no one finishes multiple marathons without the love and support of family and friends).
So, today and everyday, thank you. I am so grateful to you for the support, the kind words, the shares, the motivational messages, and the votes. I wouldn’t have made it to round 4 without your help, and I’m so excited to see just how far we can get in this process together. If you didn’t get a chance to read why this contest is important to me and what I plan to do with the prize money, you can click here to read the post I wrote when this contest first started. The long and short of it is this: If I were to win that money, I would use the $25k to start a foundation that helps empower and encourage young girls to embrace their authentic selves, allowing them to be comfortable in their own skin with every magical thing that makes them unique. If a girl wants to be an athlete, amazing. If she wants to be a scientist, awesome. If she wants to play video games, great! If she wants to be a cop or firefighter or nurse or influencer or yoga instructor or fitness model or QVC host or neurosurgeon or a Bard High Elf with impressive Charisma stats, incredible! Whatever girls want to do in their lives, I want to help them know that they don't have to align themselves with the expectations of what the world (or the society in which they live) thinks they should do. And I want them to know that they can be however many things they want to be without putting themselves in a box. So, please, I'd love it if you'd vote for me for Maxim CoverGirl by clicking here or on the photo at the top of this page so I can show younger girls what I wanted to see when I was their age - not just a model but a role model, too.
I am so incredibly grateful for you. Thank you.
P.S. - To make it easy, click here to vote.