In case you don't know me, Hi I'm Carly. I do pageants, which is silly. I will admit, I started doing this years ago because I just wanted a crown. Now that I'm 18, and have done more pageants than I can count on my hands.. I want far more than that. I want to be a voice. I will admit the crown is a pretty cool thing to have, and some crowns are cooler than others. The Miss Teen USA crown that our Texas girls Karlie Hay and Danielle Doty got to wear had a good message and story behind it. The interlocking circles were a symbol of friendship because a Miss Teen USA is committed to being a voice for anti-bullying. Miss USA and Teen USA state and local crowns may not have a meaning behind them, but thats the beauty of it. The girl who wears it makes her own legacy for it. Thats apart of my dream, to leave a legacy. What better way to leave one than by being a title holder? If only it were that easy. I envy girls who win on their first try because I have to accept that I will never be that girl, I am far past first tries. Thats kinda sad, but also relieving because our Texas state queens typically win on the 3rd, 4th or even more years of attempts. Or at least thats how the legacy has always led. I am not going to lie, chasing this titleholder dream is exhausting. I am still trying to get back to normal life after competing at Miss Kemah Teen 2018 and that was two weeks ago. I had a realization after that pageant. I wanted to leave a legacy, one that had more than one soul purpose or platform.. because why should a titleholder only support one cause? I wanted to tell people about Creating Your Own Success (which is my main platform). After Miss Houston Teen 2018 I made a post where I said, "Success is not about reaching the top, but how far you ran to get there." That sentence became the main message of Creating Your Own Success. I wanted to encourage others to chase their own dream and discover their passions despite who is against them or how often they may have faced failure. No one can chase your dream for you. I also encourage people to minimize their use of plastic, but if you're going to use it? At least reuse it! I even donate a lot of old gowns to a non-profit called Angel Gowns to have my dresses made into smaller ones to donate to hospitals for babies who don't live past infantry. (Check out the contact page on my website if you ever want to donate or minimize plastic in your life!)
So anyway, I know a lot about pageants. I know once you give a girl a crown that people start listening to her. I wanted a crown because I wanted a voice to talk about all these things I do and more! It wasn't until after Miss Kemah Teen 2018 that I actually realized how many of you are inspired by me. I cannot thank all of you enough for the support and prayers you all give me. I am so happy to have so many people follow my page, my blog and my journey. As well as support ALL the girls we have in Texas. I personally have officially aged out of being a teen in pageantry, but I'll be back one day. I couldn't give up on this dream, because that is not the legacy I want to leave for you all. I want to create my own success and one day share my success with you. The Road to Miss Texas USA is long, but not impossible. The word itself says I'm possible.
2 Chronicles 15:7
Lots of Love, Carly.
Miss Houston USA 2018 is around the corner and in 50 days I will be arriving to compete once again for the teen crown! I am over the moon excited and feeling 100% ready for this. After being in the Top 10 last year for my first time in a MUO local pageant and then being 2nd Runner Up at Miss Kemah Teen USA a few weeks later, I truly believe it can only get better. Preparation for this began the day after last years pageant. While pageant prep does require a lot of sacrifices, I know it will pay off. All of the workouts, all the healthy food instead of sweets, and definitely cutting out soda was a difficult one. Things like this is a perfect example of how pageantry makes you into a better person and can help you live a healthier life style. I am so excited to get to experience the pageant under Crystle Stewarts first year as a director. I know having a former Miss USA (and the last woman from Texas to win the national title) as a director will definitely bring this competition into a new era and be a breath of fresh air for the new title holders. I am so excited to see the new changes and new design of Miss Houston. I have already gathered my opening number, interview, active wear and evening gown. Only thing left to do is keep practicing and keep up the work outs. I am so thrilled to be able to bring my own personal experiences to the Road To Miss Texas USA blog and instagram. Be sure to keep following me, and contact me if you'd like to share your pageant story of creating your own success! All my love, Carly Moran
"With that being said, your first runner up is San Marcos, Skylar Bantz! That means your new Miss Texas Teen USA is Fort Worth, Brenna Flynn!"
The only thing that could make this crowning moment more intense is if I was standing up there with them! I could not be happier with the results this year. All the contestants were amazing and I couldn't agree more with the judges decisions. From Top 18 all the way up to the crowning moment I think they pretty much nailed it. Brenna was my favorite from the very beginning, she is so deserving and the most dedicated contestant I've known. Other than the crowning moment I felt like Midland County Teen Gina Campagna, very well earned her spot! I have watched her put in so much work for pageant weekend and I'll never forgot her reaction to making the final 5! As well as Capital City Teen Angelique Devine, her excitement was unforgettable and I look forward to seeing them compete in the future! There is so many others I would mention but I could go on for days! If we're being honest though there is a few girls I would have added to the Top 18 and Final 5. Although it is all apart of a greater plan right? Which reminds me of something Brennas mom had told me,
"The hardest part about pageants is that there is no formula to win. It's not like deciding you want to be great at math. You get a tutor and work work work ... the reward is a 100. There is a formula. You don't get that with pageants."
As much as I wish otherwise, she's right. I like to think pageants are like gambling. You win, or go broke trying. You can spend money to learn the tricks of the trade but it is all about timing. I am so happy that Brenna found the right timing. The thing that I saw in her performance this year that I didn't see before is hard to explain. She always had confidence, but this year she had the winning look. Watch any pageant and look at the winners eyes, you can see something there that the other girls don't have. Between active wear, evening gown and final question.. Brenna earned this title without a doubt. She can only get better from here and I strongly believe we have another Miss Teen USA on our hands.