It’s been over a year now since @JSaggau and I decided to procrastinate on some final journalism-related assignment by surfing the Internet in search of some cool things we’d like to do, some time in the next decade.

After several hours, both at school and then on our own, we had compiled two similar, yet unique, lists of 101 things we’d like to do/see/visit/eat/accomplish/attempt/survive in the next 10 years.

I don’t know about him, but I thought that this would be a relatively easy long term set of goals to achieve. Logically, I only have to complete an average of 10 items per year. I also reasoned that when I travel, I’d have the opportunity to visit several places on my list, and kill a two birds (or three, or four…) with one big stone.

I’m on track right now, so I’m doing okay. I have 13 things down, and so have only seven more to complete before April next year.

But “being on track” isn’t my problem. It’s that @JSaggau has 16 down. Dinner is on the line here people, and I want to be the first to reach 20.

Now I know that we didn’t create these lists to finish them as quickly as possible. The purpose is to constantly strive to be a better person, whether by trying different things, or gaining new experiences. It’s about setting goals, but not forgetting to live in the moment. It’s about enjoying life.

One could even say that, in a sense, it’s about learning to “win” at life, through achievement and attaining happiness. And if you can’t win at a list you’ve created yourself that comprises entirely of things you want to do, what can you win at?

I’m throwing down like Bobby Flay. It’s time to start accomplishing some things that I’d like to accomplish.

And that’s the reason for this post: A public announcement to @JSaggau that it is ON!

(I am also making an effort to update my site more often, and I really have absolutely nothing else to blog about.)

Tweet me! (Please, please tweet me. Because I also have nothing to tweet about.)

@HayleyWoodin

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My very last pageant, my own retirement pageant, took place this past weekend in Merritt.

I drove up early on Wednesday, my first time driving on the Coquihalla highway.

The 2010 B.C. Ambassador candidates had already been up in Merritt all week rehearsing and preparing for their events on Friday and Saturday.

Wednesday evening, I met the cameraman from Shaw Cable who would be interviewing us the next day.

It’s a small world: turns out he lived in White Rock, graduated from my high school several years before me and graduated from BCIT’s broadcast journalism program, the school I am planning on transferring to.

Thursday morning was our designated “press day.”

We were interviewed on the Kamloops Midday Show, and did a segment with Shaw Cable. The three of us did two newspaper interviews with local Merritt papers: the Merritt Herald and the Merritt News. Our final interview was with the Merritt radio station.

Friday, I co-emceed the candidates’ personal speeches in the afternoon, and their community speeches and talents that evening.

Saturday morning and afternoon were dedicated to hair appointments, rehearsals and a visiting royalty luncheon.

Finally, the pageant night had arrived.

The slideshow I’d spent hours working on displayed hundreds of photos of the 2009 Team’s past year and went off without a hitch. I received many bouquets of flowers, and walked through the audience in a brand new gown. I gave my retirement speech without blubbering, and I proudly crowned one of the three 2010 British Columbia Ambassadors.

It was a great night.

And even though the week leading up to it had been dramatic and stressful, the evening was nothing but positive.

I will miss being an ambassador, but I am looking forward to what lies ahead.

Equipped with many memories, friends all over the province and the skills I’ve learnt over the past year, I am ready for the next big thing.

I am, and forever will be, @HayleyWoodin, Miss White Rock 2008 and British Columbia Ambassador for 2009/2010.

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