You Know You're A Cinderella Girl When...

You Know You're A Cinderella Girl When...

10 signs you grew up in Cinderella Pageants

The International Cinderella Scholarship Pageant is one of the most prestigious and credible pageants systems available for young women aging from 4 all the way to 26 years old. Most people know Cinderella Pageants for the high quality of talent (the talent portion weighing 50 percent to the overall title) but real Cinderella girls know it for many other reasons. To further explain, you know you're a Cinderella Girl when...

1. You own every article of clothing and accessory with the Cinderella logo.

Shirts. Shorts. Socks. Shoes. Hair ties. Bracelets. Bags. You name it, we have it with a giant "C" or glass slipper rhinestoned to the front. There is nothing too strange to put the logo on. I've seen everything from bathrobes and swimsuits to lipsticks and laptop covers. If it has room for it, someone is eventually going to put that famous glass slipper on it.

2. "It's Magic!..."

Every single time you hear those words you automatically scream "Cinderella Magic!" It doesn't matter if you're at a pageant, in the middle of Walmart, going to church or by yourself in your bedroom. You hear those words and it's go time!

3. Getting sang to by the emcees for the Top Ten at Internationals is life-changing.

Whether it's Stacy, Josh or any of the other amazingly talented emcees at the pageant, your heart just melts when they reach out to hold your hand and sing to you. The moment seems to go by too fast and you can't wait to get the opportunity for it to happen again next year.

4. You will never forget the Cindy Disco.

Never. I mean never! Let's get real, you'll probably be doing it at your wedding! You'll give everybody a tambourine and tell them to "Get ready because it's time to do the Cindy Discooooo!"

5. You can never look at a frog the same way ever again.

No, seriously. Prince Gilbert holds a special place in your heart. Every time you see a frog, you are half tempted to kiss it and see if he turns into a prince! You own way too many Prince Gilbert shirts and you probably have at least one giant stuffed frog somewhere in your room.

6. You always have at least one white formal gown packed and ready for any occasion.


7. The Robes!

Not only are the beautiful to look at, but they make great blankets for those chilly fall parades!

8. You could do your talent backwards...while space...upside down.

Your mom has made you practice those two minute and thirty seconds so many times you could do it any time and any place! You have each kick, note, toss or button memorized to the point of perfection. (or as close as humanly possible)

9. Cindy Sisters are sisters for life.

After you give up your title, age out, or retire from Cinderella, your Cindy Sisters will still be some of the closest friends you will ever have. You have spent endless hours practicing, talking, and rhinestoning with them. You even hang out on the weekends that you don't have Cinderella events and text them all the time just because you miss them. Cindy Sisters are truly sisters for life.

10. You can never seem to find the words to properly say thank you to the Cinderella organization.

You've thanked your state director and Mr. Fred and everyone involved in the system, yet the words don't seem like enough thanks for all they have done. The countless hours and time they put into each girl is beyond amazing. You wish you could show them how much they have done and how much they mean to you... but you would need a Fairy Godmother to grant a wish that big!

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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A Poem: My Mother

In honor of Mother's Day, that was on the 12th, here is a poem dedicated to my mother.


To the only person who can be my mentor, friend, and leader at the same time

To someone who would make me read my own books before bedtime

And puts everything down to make sure there is a smile on my face

To the person that I find impossible to ever replace.

Somehow you are always right even when it seems wrong

And when the worst does happen, how do you still manage to stay so strong?

I'm not only impressed but inspired by you

Knowing that somehow you'll always know me better than I do.

When I'm frustrated and annoy you, you simply try to understand me

Because you have always told me that even when you can't understand, plain acceptance is the key

You have listened to all my laughs, heard me cry, and felt my emotions like they were your own

You are the only reason I am joyous and the security I need to know that I am never alone.

To the only person who has truly taught me how to live

And watched me grow and make mistakes yet still knows how to forgive

Because that's who she is, certainly not like any other

There are many women but none like my own mother.

Happy Mother's Day!

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