Oh my goodness. I am SO tired (but happy!) and it’s only the second day! It’s been an absolute blast, and although a bit hectic, a wonderful experience. I’m gonna start right at the beginning, and work my way up to last night 🙂

DAY 1

Heading out!

Heading out!

I was one of the later delegates to arrive (because yay driving). I had waaaay too many bags and my dad wasn’t allowed to help me beyond the elevator, so that was the first of many adventures. In the main room, I was greeted with tons of girls and even more luggage. I went around and introduced myself to most of the girls only to find out most of them knew of me because of social media! From there we were called out in small groups to go meet our roommates and head to our rooms. My roommate, Emily (Miss Teenage West Calgary) is a super cool girl and we quickly found a lot of things we had in common. We also discovered a door leading to the next room… which happened to have too more lovely MTC delegates: Sara (Miss Teenage Northern BC) and Sammi (Miss Teenage South Calgary).

Eating welcome cake with Anastasia :)

Eating welcome cake with Anastasia 🙂

We all unpacked and talked but were soon called for yet another exciting event… THE WELCOME PARTY! We all went back up to the main room where we registered, got some goodies, and ate some food. We got some beautiful jewelry from Bells and Bows, some stylish pink baseball caps, and our pageant shoes! We also took a big group shot as the reigning Miss Teenage Canada (Francesca McFadden if you somehow don’t know her) cut our welcome cake! We had a lovely evening that ended with a relatively calm bedtime… but we knew the day to come was going to be CRAZY.

Day 2

Day 2 was super busy, but lots of fun! I woke up crazy early (nerves I guess?) but had to be ready for 9:30 so I took my time getting up. We skipped doing our hair and makeup because today was photoshoot day and so it was being done for us! We went for breakfast super quickly and then to the artists to be beautified. My wonderful stylist (Keisha from

My photoshoot dress :)

My photoshoot dress 🙂

Saints Cosmetics in Aurora, Ontario) did an amazing job on my makeup, and then my hair stylist did tight little ringlets that relaxed into beautiful waves. I was so impressed and happy with the turnout!

Waiting for our photoshoots!

Waiting for our photoshoots!

Next we went downstairs and changed into our photoshoot dresses. The photoshoot was a bit awkward at first as we settled into a comfortable routine, but by the end I was having so much fun! The photographer was great at giving directions, and I felt like a real model! After that we had interviews (but shhhhhhh. no talking about those!!)

The last thing of the day was videoshoots, which we did with an absolutely hilarious videographer that was quick to help us out and make us feel more natural (because there’s nothing natural about smiling and playing with your hair in dead silence 😛 ). The awkward feeling never really went away, but it certainly improved!

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My Ontario girls <3

Finally we were done for the day and had a bit of downtime to relax in our rooms and unwind from a busy day before heading down to the buffet for dinner. It was so much fun to just hang out with the girls and be regular teenagers. I hung out with my roommates as well as Anastasia (Miss Teenage Central Nova Scotia), Mackenzie (Miss Teenage Airdrie), and Hannah (Miss Teenage Halifax). They are all so cute and funny and I’m so glad to have met them <3

Overall, the first two days have been an absolute blast! Thank you to Michelle, Christi, Ryan, Marc, Courtney, Cheskie, and everyone else involved in running this/chaperoning us. It’s been a ton of fun and although the elevators are a hassle, we’re managing.

Until next update,

Xoxo, Cristina

 

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The moment I have been waiting for these last 6 months… It’s almost time to go to pageant week! This post exists for two reasons. The first is to thank everyone who’s helped me get where I am today; the second is to reflect on how far I have come in the last 7 months since winning my title.

Let’s start with the first. The thank yous.

Thank you to all my amazing sponsors for their generous contributions to help with pageant fees, to everyone who donated to Free the Children, and to every person who followed me on social media.

Thank you to my wonderful friends for putting up with my crazy schedule. I’m sorry for all the times I had to say no to going out because I had an event, and you’re the absolute best for always sharing my updates and shouting (literally shouting) my title to the world. You guys are the reason I’m still sane, and I love you all <3

Thank you to my fabulous family for all the love and support these last few months. Thank you DAddy for driving me places, editing my posts and letters, and always being there to give me a hug when I needed it. Thank you Mummy for all the shopping trips, getting your friends to like and share my page, and the encouraging words. Thanks Sorina for letting me borrow clothes, for editing things, and dealing with a very stressed out me. Thanks to Adrian for being way better at grammar and way calmer than I am. You guys are the bestest people ever and I would not have made it this far without you.

Finally, a huge thank you goes to all my pageant sisters. You have all been so helpful in offering both life and pageant advice, and just helping out with whatever one of us may need. It has been so much fun talking to you ladies in our group chat, and I cannot wait to meet you all in person! Best of luck to all of you, because you are all so beautiful and kind!

Part 2 – A personal reflection

Wow. Just wow. Ever since the first moment I got crowned 6 months ago, I still can’t quite grasp the fact that I am Miss Teenage Southern Ontario. Yes, I have the sash and crown to prove it, but it still feels unreal. Now, an hour before I am set to leave on for one of the greatest adventures of my life, I still don’t believe it! I am so honoured to have been chosen to represent this region, and I can’t wait to see what this week will bring me.

No matter what the results may be, I know that this experience will have been worth it. I have made life-long friends without having even met them in person. We manage the timezones (9 hours between Dijon and Vancouver), our busy schedules, and all our other commitments and made an effort to keep up with one another. I may not recognize their faces when I arrive, but I still know that Anastasia loves Doctor Who, Alysha’s obsessed with Taylor Swift, Carrington is a fantastic boxer, and Angel is an amazing actress. (Plus a zillion other little facts about other girls).

The Miss Teenage Canada competition isn’t just about the nicest dress, the best walk, or the most money raised. Sure, that’s important, but at the end of the day, I’m more likely to remember my closest girlfriends’ personalities not their clothes. That being said, to whoever does win MTC, congratulations! I am so proud of you and all you have achieved, and you should know your MTC Sisters will always be by your side.

That’s all for now, as I’m about to do some last minute prep and then get in the car to go. More updates soon!

Xoxo, Cristina

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Hi Loves! Can I just start off with a HUGE apology for my lack of posts. Life has been crazy busy as I prepare for Miss Teenage Canada and live my day to day life. I finally got a chance to blog again, and today’s blog is about something very important to me – my platform.

My platform is similar to that of many other delegates: mental health awareness. Some people may wonder why I didn’t choose something less popular or common, but the answer to that is simply that I didn’t feel the same passion towards anything else. And no, I don’t mind that other girls have similar platforms – it’s actually the exact opposite! It’s so great to hear that more people are getting involved, standing up, and making a difference.

The Why

I chose this as my platform because it is something very close to my heart. Although you may not realize it (because not many talk about it), chances are you all know somebody suffering from mental health illness. It may seem that mental health problems are something that only a few rare and “broken” people have, but that’s just not true! Mental health can affect anyone and approximately 20-25% of Canadians will personally experience mental illness in their lifetime.

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*used with owner’s permission*

I know from personal experience that a mental health struggle is exhausting for both the individual and their loved ones. As an individual, you may feel damaged or alone. As a family member or friend, you may be worried or feel helpless. These are feelings that nobody deserves to go through and I want to change that.

The Meaning

Why do I want to eradicate the stigma around mental health? Because it’s tough enough for youth dealing with mental illness without the fear that they are being judged by those around them. In the past, people believed mental illness was only a problem for those who were crazy and never thought of it to be something that could affect their own family. To me, mental health awareness means making people aware of what it really means and what we can do to support one another.

The Future

The ultimate success would be achieving my platform goal – eradicating all the stigma that currently exists against mental health. Unfortunately, that will take an exceptionally long time and even so may never happen. Instead, I will gladly settle for a major improvement. Even better, I would love to be able to personally make a difference with the title of Miss Teenage Canada! If I were to win MTC, I would use my title to help promote mental health in a positive light. Social media would be a great tool in this case, and as I build my follower base I can share more information in regards to my platform.

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Finally, I would love to continue to participate in mental health awareness days such as Eating Disorder Awareness Week (February 1 to 7), Pink Shirt Day (February 25), International Self-Care Day (July 24), World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10), Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 4 to 10), and many more. Participation in these events may not seem like a lot, but it can be a quite significant contribution when you combine it with media and other tools.

Mental health awareness is dear to my heart and something I will continue to pursue regardless of title or not. It’s important for us to all work together, and I can’t wait to see where the world will end up in the future 🙂

LOL (Lots of Love!),

Cristina

P.S. Check back in a couple of hours for a last minute blog before I head off to nationals!!!

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Here’s Ottawa!

To me, Canada is the reason I am who I am. It is a country that gives me the rights, freedoms, and chances of a first world country but does so without stripping me of my personal culture. Canada is a mosaic, where different cultures combine to create something beautiful rather than blend into one thing.

Here's Romania.

Here’s Romania!

For those of you that don’t know, I was born in Romania and moved to Canada at a young age with just my parents, my sister, and our four suitcases. My parents did this for their two little girls because they knew that Canada was a land of opportunity, a place where we could grow up and achieve things that would never be possible otherwise.

Throughout the years, I’ve learned to truly appreciate the sacrifice my parents made when they moved here, because Canada is without a doubt worth it. Other than the culture, one of the things I love most about this country is the natural beauty that fills it. The arctic, mountains, prairies, and lowlands – all can be found here! In my opinion, it’s one of the most stunning places in the world, and I can’t wait for the opportunity to travel and see more of it (something I will certainly do if it become MTC 2015!). Many people take our natural beauty for granted by saying Canada is too big, or there’s too much tundra, or whatever else. I can’t say I agree. Canada is beautiful no matter it’s size, and the tundra may be cold, but it’s still a stunning sight.

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The CN Tower – View from a boat on Lake Ontario!

Another reason to love Canada is the landmarks we have all over the country. Just in Ontario we have Niagara Falls, the CN Tower, Parliament Hill, and many other points of interest. The girls coming to Ontario for the first time in just a few weeks are in for a fun time! Of course, Ontario isn’t any more important than any other provinces. There are so many other museums, parks, malls, churches, and other places all over Canada. One place I hope to be able to go to soon is the Halifax Harbour, which is where the Halifax explosion took place 70 years ago.

Just once.. I want to win JUST ONCE.

Just once.. I want to win JUST ONCE.

The next reason to love Canada is a more fun aspect. The FOOD and ENTERTAINMENT! From poutine, to maple syrup, to Tim Horton’s, we have a lot of delicious foods here. I know for a fact that exchange students love our food 😉 but then again, who can blame them?! Personally, I’m known to drench my Saturday morning pancakes in syrup. As for entertainment, we have some pretty cool people and things from around here. We’re famous for sports like lacrosse and hockey, and people like Jim Carrey, Wayne Gretzy, and as many girls have certainly mentioned, RYAN SEACREST.

Finally, one of the reasons Canada is amazing is because of how accepting and loving we are (and no, I don’t mean our stereotypical politeness). What I mean is that we (at least the majority) accept all cultures, races, genders, sexual orientations, etc. Acceptance is one of the best things a person, country, or group can be and I am proud to say that we are.

When I travel and someone asks me where I’m from, I will always proudly tell them. I am Canadian, and it’s great.

Cristina

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Hey loves!

Let me just start off with a HUGE apology for the lack of posts lately. I don’t want to make excuses, but I have two anyways. The first is that the blog network’s been kinda silly, and the second is that I’m in school over the summer (first exam’s tonight! wish me luck!)

That aside, I wanted to tell you all about two events I went to a littlewhile ago. So as Shay (Miss Teenage Durham) says, let’s hop into the time machine real quick.

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Princess Anna aka ME!

The first event was Stouffville’s annual Strawberry Festival. It’s a pretty huge deal for a little town, and I had the joy of being the guest of honour at the pancake breakfast! I helped hand out pancakes, took pictures with kids, and got to talk to all sorts of people about who I am and what I do. Many residents had heard of me through the local paper  or from past events, but a lot were still surprised that a girl from such a small town could do such big things!

During Strawberry Fest, I also had the chance to fulfill my childhood dreams of being princess (although I do already do so with my current crown!). I got to dress up as Princess Anna from Frozen and spent time with Queen Elsa and Olaf, entertaining hundreds of adorable kids and their families. A lot of girls (and boys) had Frozen themed clothing or toys with them and they were all so excited to show us! I had so much fun, and I would totally consider doing this for the rest of my life :p

1951 Chevrolet Torpedo Back :)

1951 Chevrolet Torpedo Back 🙂

The second event was Aurora’s Canada Day Festivities! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some photos of me at the petting zoo, but that’s not how I spent most of my day. I was a part of the Classic Car Show, where I saw some beautiful cars. My favourite was a 1951 Chevrolet Torpedo Back that was a beautiful Tiffany blue. I also watched the Aurora Teen Idol competition, talked to residents of the town, and played with the adorable animals of the petting zoo.

The cutest donkey there ever was!

The cutest donkey there ever was!

Both of these events were a ton of fun, and I want to say a huge thank you to both towns for allowing me to participate in these events, especially Peter from the Aurora Car Club!

Until next time (which will be really soon!),

Xoxo,

Cristina

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Hehe. We're almost the same height (when I have heels on)

Hehe. We’re almost the same height (when I have heels on)

Let me just start off with a quick little intro for the rest of you! For those that don’t know, today is my dad’s birthday! (I had to decide if I wanted this posted for father’s day or his birthday, I went with the latter). Dad’s also one of my biggest pageant supporters, and I definitely couldn’t do it without him. Moving on…

Dear Dad,

Let me just start off with a thank you. Thank you for teaching me all that you have and making me the person I am today. Thank you for always tucking me in, helping me with my homework, driving me everywhere (literally everywhere, since nothing’s in walking distance), and being a pretty awesome pageant dad 😉

 
11535424_1018804764798407_365302646_oI always joke that having Father’s Day and your birthday so close to each other is so annoying, and in way it is. But at the same time, mum, Sor, and I get to make this week extra special to you, because let’s be honest – you deserve it. Not many dads are so involved in their daughter’s lives as you have been with me and Sorina. Growing up, you were always there for us and you continue to be everyday.

Some of my favourite childhood memories are spending time with you. My window sticker collection from ballet class, bike rides around the block, endless games of Dominoes, Mastermind, and Connect4. You were always there to support me, but you were also there to make my childhood the best you could.11642043_1018804814798402_243257254_o

I can’t even begin to explain how much I appreciate all the you and mum have done for me, nor will I ever be able to thank you enough. Just know that I love you to the moon and back. And that your dad jokes are absolutely terrible. And that I will never stop correcting your pronunciation.

Xoxo, Prichindel/The favourite child/Cris

Someone's a little rascal...

Someone’s a little rascal…

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Almost half of all Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their life, and almost if not all Canadian know someone who has or had cancer. There are over 100 different types of cancer and no definite cure. This is why I relay.

I know several people who have survived cancer. But I also know just as many that have died. To make it even worse, there will be others I love that will get diagnosed in the future. This is why I relay.

Accept the baton. That was the challenge posed to everyone at Toronto’s Relay for Life event which took place at Fort York on Saturday. I was a crew member and volunteered for most of the day, which was such a rewarding experience.

Starting at 4:00 I stood on the corner outside Fort York directing people to the event and answering questions of pedestrians. At 6:00 I returned for opening ceremonies and walked the first lap with everyone else. After that I settled into my position in the activity tent, helping run fun and active events such as Zumba, yoga, and belly-dancing. I also worked in the relayer’s holding area, handing out freebies.

For those that don’t know how relay works: Every hour or so there is a theme lap, such as Mardi Gras, Beach Party, Cowboys, Hawaiian, and others. During each lap the relayers get little freebies such as beads (Mardi Gras) and beach balls (beach party). Everyone loved playing with them, and it made the repetitive circuit a lot more fun. Everyone was so friendly and there was a lot of dancing!

I also saw a few of my pageant sisters at the event, because there was a Miss Teenage Canada team! I’m so proud of Neha (Miss Teenage GTA), Sam (Miss Teenage York Region) and Shayna (Miss Teenage Durham Region) for coming out and participating! I loved getting to see them and spend time with them lapping. The biggest thank you goes to Shay for supporting me during the luminary walk. Love you girl <3

Speaking of that, the luminary walk. A luminary bag is decorated in honour of someone and a candle is placed inside. They light the track. The luminary ceremony is the most emotional part of the night as everyone stops walking to take a moment of silence for those we have lost. Next, everyone takes a silent lap around the track with their teams, often holding hands and supporting each other. Almost everyone participating has lost someone to cancer, and it is in this moment that we sit and reflect.

Overall, this event was absolutely amazing. I’m so glad I got to volunteer, and I can’t wait to go again.

Xoxo, Cristina

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I walked in honour of my Aunt Luci and Uncle Ghita. Who will you walk for?

 

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Let me just start off with a quick life update. First of all, I have to apologize for my lack of posts in the last week, as things have been quite crazy. My end of the year exams are next week, and I’m quite sick right now 🙁 Second thing is that later today I’ll be volunteering at Relay for Life! If any of you guys are there, I’ll be at the Activity Tent from 3:30-7:30 and the Relayer’s Holding Area from 7:30-10:30!

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Sweet baby girl <3

Anyways, the point of this post is to tell you all about the event I had the honour of attending last weekend! This event was a charity soccer tournament done to raise money for a little girl named Julia. Julia is 4 years old (turning 5 in just over a week!) and has a genetic disorder called CDKL5. This means that she will reach very few, if any, of the developmental stages most children do. CDKL5 is a very rare disorder that not many people know about, which is why the Romanian community of Ontario hosts events such as this.

If you want to learn more about Julia and CDKL5, click HERE to go to her website.

During this event, I got the chance to meet lots of people and watch the soccer games going on (Romanians reaaaaaally love soccer), as well as meet a (retired) professional Romanian soccer player! His name is Gabi Balint, and he played for the Romanian team in the 80s, including the 1986 game against Spain when Romanian won the European Cup Final! It was a really fun time and everyone was so friendly! I also had the opportunity to meet Antonella Marinescu, the Romanian General Consulate of Toronto and speak about what I was doing as a finalist for MTC.

I had a great afternoon with the Romanian community as we all worked together for a great cause, but my day wasn’t over! That evening was the Ed Sheeran concert and my sister and I were fortunate enough to have tickets! The show was aaaaaaamazing!!! 😀 Ed’s voice is just so beautiful and I really liked the simplicity of his show!

Well, that’s all for now. Check back on Monday or so for another blog post about Relay for life! (I promise not to take as long a break as I did this time!!)

Xoxo, Cristina3

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Good evening everyone!

I’m back from camp and already into full pageant swing! I’ll be making a post about camp sometimes this week, once I get all the pictures uploaded onto my laptop (which will take a pretty long time because there’s so many!) In the meantime, I wanted to tell you guys about an event I went to on Sunday (May 31st).

11390232_439682022867290_3924262707822123330_nThis weekend I had the amazing opportunity of attending a fundraiser for a little boy named Luca. Just over a year ago – when he was only 21 months old – Luca fell into a pool and nearly drowned. He spent several months at SickKids Hospital (one of the charities MTC is fundraising for), but he was such a strong little boy and he pulled through.

Luca lives with his parents, Danny and Laura, and his two older sisters. They are such amazing, loving people who work so hard to do the best they can for their little boy. This weekend’s fundraiser included a walk around our town, breakfast/lunch, and event for the many kids that attended. Although the weather wasn’t the greatest, everyone’s happy spirits certainly made up for it!

Throughout the morning I spent there, I got asked multiple times if I was a princess! Many parents didn’t know how to explain what pageantry was, so we kept that story going. One little man, W, came up to me and told me that his middle name was Knight, and that he wanted to give me a hug! (Haha get it. Princess. Knight. LOL)

Anyways, this event really made me appreciate life and all that it has to offer. You never know what might happen, and although Luca and his family are doing the best they can, it’s a tough situation. I am so proud of my amazing community for coming out to support one another, and I hope we can continue to do so.

Xoxo, Cristina

P.S. I have many more events coming up, so check out my Facebook page for more info!

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Hey lovelies!

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m heading to the YRDSB Arts Camp! This means no internet and minimal communication with the outside world, which I’m actually super excited for!

Be sure to check out my blog next week for a post all about it (with lots of pictures), and from now on my blog will be about appearances and other pageant stuff!

Also, if you don’t already follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, be sure to do so! It’s where all the behind the scenes information is posted, and it’s a lot of fun (n my humble opinion, and those of all my followers).

I love you all, and will miss chatting with you!

Xoxo, Cristina

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