I am so excited to share the past week with you! With the nationals and university fast approaching, I have had some personal, educational, and pageant related milestones!
First, I graduated from High School!! After spending 5 years at my school, I have grown in faith, friendship, and intellect. I am pleased to say that I have not only graduated with honours, but that I have graduated from the school with the 2nd highest academic average in all of British Columbia! My alma mater, Little Flower Academy, has been a place where I have discovered aspect of my passions with freedom and openness and I will be sad not to see all the friendly faces in the hallway. However, I am overjoyed by the memories of countless laughs, life lessons, and life long friends I will have all my life.
Being educated in an all girls, catholic private academy, I have become part of a community which has allowed me to mature from a young girl, into a young respectful lady with the rest of my peers. School can only teach someone so much knowledge, however the wisdom my school has given me is truly a blessing that I am eternally grateful for. Now that school is officially over and summer has started, I am even more excited to throw myself even further into my community!! I have something special planned to come in a couple weeks!!!!!
My most special memory of all my 5 years at my high school has to be of my graduation liturgy. Despite all of the fantastic events to take place since grade 8, the ceremony held such beauty in many aspect, particularly close to my heart. It is school tradition for the graduates to sit on the stage where liturgy takes place and the grade 11’s to sit in the first few rows. Part way through the mass, each graduate receives a candle which will be given to a grade 11 as each pairs off one by one as the grade 11’s take the graduates place on stage. This symbolizes the graduates passing down the ‘light’ of God and of their true potential to shine as graduates in the following year. In return, each grade 11 hands their graduate a single rose to represent the beauty and virtue that Little Flower Academy has instilled in us, and how it will forever be apart of us as we embark on our journeys in years to come. This candle-rose ceremony has been a tradition my older sister, Bianca, and I have looked forward to since we first saw it. As she is only a year ahead of me, we would be matched off for the exchange. However, in my sisters graduating year, complications lead to her finishing her education elsewhere and we were never given the opportunity to fulfil our sisterly goal. This being said, after I exchanged my candle for a rose and walked off the stage, I found my big sister waiting with a rose in her hand! This experience has touched my heart in such a powerful way because my sisters have been such an important part of my life. To see their unconditional love and support in ways like this surpasses any other amazing memory I have had in high school as I will never forget it as long as I live.
Hmm what else….? Oh that’s right — I turned 18!!! Last tuesday I celebrated my 18th as my best birthday yet! Thank to my best friends, I not only had an amazing day on the beach after finishing my last two high school exams ever, but was also thrown a surprise birthday party!!
This mile stone has shone light on so many important aspects of life for me. There are always moments in life when you realize things in different extremities, and on my birthday, I felt the most immense love from my friends and family. Each of them had planned out the whole day to make it special for me, and it truly was! Since then, I have been overwhelmed with gratitude and love for those who make my life better by just being in it. Whether their role be big or small, each of my friends and family worked in ways to pull together a fun-filled day and I am so thankful!
Last but most certainly not least…..I GOT MY NATIONALS DRESS!!!! Yes, it finally happened after endless days of searching both online and in stores (all over BC!) to find the perfect dress. I could not possibly be any happier with both the dress and in store experience I had at Lisa’s Bridal Salon! Unlike many other stores, it only took 10 minutes to pick out the dresses I wished to try on. I wish I could just post a picture of my gown right now but it’s better as a surprise!! I honestly cannot wait for you all to see it! To walk across the stage at nationals in this dress with truly be a dream come true!!
Speaking of nationals….THATS IN 1 MONTH AND 3 DAYS!! The countdown to the biggest week of the year begins!!
Chin up and smile bright! 🙂 Until next time — Tiara xoxoxo