Thursday, March 24, 2011

Catch Up

It has been one thing after another for me the past couple of weeks, but I have finally caught a break and am so excited to share some updates! So here we go....

March 13: Miss Greater Rochester Pageant
I was thrilled to be able to attend the Miss GR pageant both because I was a contestant in the past and because this was my very first time being able to sit back and watch a MAO pageant! I met the wonderful Miss Buffalo 2011, Desiree Wiley, who was a pleasure to chat with and share each of our experiences up to this point. Boy, were we in for a treat watching each of the amazing contestants compete in such a well put together event. Katie Martin, Miss GR 2010, was also a pleasure to watch and her story of her involvement in the MAO organization was truly inspirational... it gave me a lot of pride to be in the position that I am and taught me to take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way and to learn from it! As the announcement of the top 3 ladies was about to begin I watched with baited breath because I truly could not have singled out one contestant from the group to be the winner as they all did amazing. When Chelsea Prophet was crowned Miss Greater Rochester 2011 I was so happy for her and so excited to have another Buffalo Area sister join the MNY Class of 2011! Congratulations to Chelsea, all of the contestants in this year's pageant, and Katie for an amazing year.

March 20: Buffalo St Patrick's Day Parade
This year it was such an honor to ride in Buffalo's St. Patrick's Day parade which is the second largest St. Patrick's Day parade in the country! Accompanying me was the Buffalo Jills' Rookie of the Year, Gina Barbera. My brother, Tyler, was nice enough to drive us girls down the parade route (even though I think he had just as much fun as we did and was proud to show off his car more than his sister and Gina!)  It was amazing to see the thousands of people who came out to this event, their amazing reception and excitement when my float went by, and to experience  the general excitement that people in Buffalo have the ability to bring to any occasion.

March 23: Photo session with Shawn Connors
Yesterday I got to see my old friend Shawn Connors and also took some great pictures too! Thank you Shawn! If anyone would like to contact Shawn in order to set up a photo session please contact me ( and I would be glad to send you his information!

More updates to come after an appearance at the Motorama Auto Show tomorrow as a spokesperson for People, Inc. and walking for Eurostyle Apparel in the "A Year Of Inciting The Riot Fashion and Music Mayhem" show. Click here for more information on attending this event on Saturday, March 26!


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Good Luck Miss Empire Rose / Empire Star contestants!

Good luck to all of the beautiful ladies competing for Miss Empire Rose / Miss Empire Star today! I wish I could be there to cheer you all on! Be you, show the judges what you are truly passionate about, put everything you have into your talent, and smile your biggest smile possible... and you're all bound to do great! I am looking forward to hearing how well each of you did and to having a new sister in the Miss NY family!

XO, Charlotte

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Paradigm Shift

I am currently taking a Leadership & Motivation class this spring semester and so far it has proven to be very useful in both analyzing and improving upon my behavior in those two areas. We are reading the book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey and I absolutely suggest picking up a copy to anyone and everyone! Today in class we talked about paradigms, the way in which you perceive the world, and paradigm shifts. I found that one particular story in this chapter struck a chord for me... So, I wanted to share it!

"   Two battleships assigned to the training squadron had been at sea on maneuvers in heavy weather for several days. I was serving on the lead battleship and was on watch on the bridge as night fell. The visibility was poor with patchy fog, so the captain remained on the bridge keeping an eye on all activities.
  Shortly after dark, the lookout on the wing of the bridge reported, "Light, bearing on the starboard bow."
  "Is it stead or moving astern?" the captain called out.
   Lookout replied, "Stead, captain," which meant we were on a dangerous collision course with that ship.
   The captain then called to the signalman, "Signal that ship: We are on a collision course, advise to change course 20 degrees."
   Back came a signal, "Advisable for you to change course 20 degrees."
   The captain said, "Send, I'm a captain, change course 20 degrees."
   "I'm a seaman second class," came the reply. "You had better change course 20 degrees."
   By that time, the captain was furious. He spat out, "Send, I'm a battleship. Change course 20 degrees."
   Back came the flashing light, "I'm a lighthouse."
   We changed course."

The degree to which our mental maps accurately describe the territory does not alter its existence.

XO, Charlotte

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Today I read a few quotes that I found inspiring and thought I would share! What do these mean to you?

"If you want to be ahead of the competition, fearlessly be yourself"

"What defines you is who you are when no one is looking"

"The only thing that stops me from my highest potential is me. Today I will be bold and follow my bliss."