At the encouragement of one of my dear friends in Jackson who works with the Mississippi Arts Commission, saying that she thought that it would broaden my audience for my message, I decided to enter the 2012 Mrs. Mississippi Pageant.
At first , I thought it was a ridiculous idea because most of the girls who competed were half my age and very experienced in pageants. Most had been participating in pageants for years. I on the other had had only ever participated in one other pageant...and that was when I was 16 years old !!! LOL!! Although I didn't place, I had a wonderful time, met a lot of new friends and as my Jackson friend had suggested it did expose my platform to a new, larger audience.