Pageantry itself has greatly aided in personal self-discovery since pageant preparation is a transformative experience. When preparing for an interview, you need to get to know yourself in a completely different and unconventional way. It isn’t every day that you’re asked, “If you could enact a law tomorrow, what would it be?” Once you feel prepared and confident, interviews begin to feel like conversations, and the nerves dissolve.
BRAVE is crucial in building and solidifying personal connections. My favorite part about BRAVE is the meaning behind the acronym itself, “Building Respect and Values for Everyone,” The word “building” is in the progressive tense, which shows that this process is ever-changing and constant. It is imperative that we are continuously learning and opening our eyes to the experiences of others. It’s important to not only recognize the issues others may face, but to fight for justice and become part of the solution. In order to truly respect others, we must not only treat them kindly, but uplift them as well. We must learn we are not each other’s competition, but each other’s allies, cheerleaders, and advocates.
I promote the BRAVE platform through My Brave Blog. When I was 17 years old, I created Confidence Camp: a 7-week program to empower young girls and teach them about self-love. We played games, created vision boards, and wrote letters to Suited for Success, a non-profit that provides women with professional clothing and career development services. In addition to these activities, we kept journals throughout the entire process. This allowed for daily self-reflection, documenting achievements, and outlining future goals. Currently, I post journal entries on my blog that promote confidence and self-love in hopes of reaching more people. These entries allow my readers to reserve time during their day to check-in with themselves. My goal is to inspire someone to take the first step towards unconditional self-love. When we are confident in ourselves, we are able to uplift others, and fully embody all of the core values BRAVE promotes.
Welcome to the BRAVE Blog, I'm Carly, Miss Houston Collegiate America and I am working together with other titleholders in the MHSA organization to share the message of BRAVE and why it is so important!