Many people followed my journey to Ms. World Universal and shared with me that they loved my red dress. But what they did not know about the red dress and teh shoes, was the story behind it. The evening gown that I wore at Ms. World Universal was red, and, on the bottom, it was embroidered with The Gift of Life in purple. No one saw it, but I knew it was there. It was a reminder that you do not always have to share with the world the charitable deeds that you do. Sometimes you work for a charity and help others without anyone knowing about it. That was the rationale for putting the embroidered Gift of Life on the front inside layer of my dress. After God, the Gift of Life was on stage on my dress before me.
The red shoes that took me on the walk across the stage were made for me by my sponsor Angela Nuran Shoes. She has been making these shoes for each pageant that I have been in. But this time it was different, they were red. They reminded me of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz when Glenda said to her “you always had the power to go home to Kansas.”
So likewise, for me, I had to believe in myself. As I look back, I always had the power to make my dreams come true. Many times we think we are not good enough and that we cannot shine in all that we do. But we are all winners, you may ask how, and the answer is simple. It takes a lot of courage to stand on a stage in a short cocktail dress, fitness wear, and an evening gown, with hundreds of people looking at you. It takes a lot of confidence to sit in a room with 6 strangers and share who you are and why you are passionate about your platform in 5 minutes via a question-and-answer session. Finally, it takes love, love of yourself, and love of others to be compassionate about the people on that stage with you vying for that same title.
What many people don’t know about me is that some days I lack the confidence to get up in front of an audience to dance. I have danced most all my life on and off. I was never encouraged to dance and I have had some pretty tough teachers that did not encourage me either. Most of the time you never see me dance by myself it is always in a group or at a minimum with a dance partner in a group of many.
For the past twelve years, this song has been on my heart. I was not sure why or what I was to do with it. But I kept hearing this story about Esther. Even my husband shared the story with me and encouraged me to watch the movie. I have watched bits and pieces of it but not the entire movie. I wanted to read the story in the Bible for myself. When I read about Esther’s journey, I was amazed. However, I still did not know what this song had to do with me I continued my life.
One day I was approached by someone to compete in a small pageant. I thought honestly I was done with pageants after winning Ms. World Universal Elite. But I signed up for fun. I saw that they had a talent portion and thought well I will sign up for modeling, photogenic, and costume, and that is about it as I don’t have a talent. The next day, all I could do was think of talent. I thought to myself “have you lost your mind” you don’t have the talent to dance alone. But the song “Un Viaje Largo” translated into English as “A Long Journey,” kept popping into my head. The song kept gnawing at me until I asked my dance teacher if she thought she could choreograph something to this song and if she thought I could dance it since I have not done lyrical/ballet in about 4 years. I have only been doing tap due to my busy work schedule. She said of course she can choreograph something and of course, I could learn it. She said I will teach the first 1/2 in one hour and the 2nd half in the second hour then you will have it to practice. I thought, my teacher, has lost her mind! You see, what you did not know is that there were only three weeks left before this show.
So here we go, I learned it on 7/18 and practiced with her on 7/19. Then she left on vacation but said send me videos when you practice. So I practiced three times at our church community center for 1 hour, the rest of the time, I practiced in my head. On the last day of practice at the community center, my shoe broke and I thought that is it I can’t do this. My husband was not having it, we drove to the dance store and found the perfect shoes to dance to this beautiful song in.
When I arrived at the competition, we were told that we would have practice time on stage, but it never happened they had technical difficulty with the music. So I ended up practicing on my own with another contestant playing the song on my phone so I at least had practice time. I prayed before I danced at practice and before I went on the show. One of the things a good friend of mine who watched the dance at the community center said to me was you have the dance choreography, your feet are pointed, everything is great, but I need you to dance it now. She wanted me to feel the music and share the story so that when people watched it they understood what the journey was. I prayed for God to give me this ability to express myself through dance.
That day of the show, I was backstage stretching while others with talent were just milling about. I was one of the only dancers in my group. I continued stretching and marking the dance in my head. That made me nervous and I started to hear voices in my head that said you are not good enough, you are kidding yourself that you think you can get up on stage and dance to something you have not danced to in 4 years, you will not win. I started to walk off the back of the stage but one of the ladies in another division came up to me and said I saw you practice and I felt that you were anointed by God so I am going to pray for you. Now she did not know who I was, nor what I was dancing to or why.
So it was finally my turn. I prayed to my friend’s prayer for me that I pray whenever I get nervous and want God to take the lead. God before me, God behind me, God to my right, God to my left, God above me, God below me, God surround me with peace and allow me to do Your will. As I walked on that stage, I was not looking at how many people in the audience were watching, I was not looking at how the judges were reacting to my dance, and I was not thinking about the MC and the DJ that were on the stage busy reading their scripts, I was not looking at contestants on the sidelines practicing their own things. I was thinking about the long journey that I endured in my life with, bullying, ridicule, never being good enough, never being praised, never being supported, abused mentally by teachers, bosses, kids in school, ex-spouse, and co-workers. I was remembering the journey of carrying a child in pregnancy and three months early finding myself on a death bed about to lose my life and my baby’s life. But seeing through this journey the light of Jesus that guided me, that allowed these tests to become my testimony, that allowed me to live to share this story today with you, that allowed me to have a voice for premature babies and their families through The Gift of Life a non-profit I created with my husband, and to let go of the past that made me hide in a cocoon.
I was able to grow through God’s mercy into the woman that I am today. He removed the shyness even in dance. I felt no fear, I finally reached the path that I was to be on. I am finally able to use my voice to help others. I may not be the perfect speaker, the perfect dancer, or the perfect anything, but I know that I am made for such a day like this.
I hope you enjoy the dance, it was recorded from the stage on my phone as the show was not recorded for us. But who knows maybe one day I will perform it somewhere and you can see it live or on a professional video. I merely wanted to share the message.
I want to thank my dance teacher Stacy for teaching me the choreography and giving me the confidence that I could do this. She believed in me and for that, I will always be grateful. I also want to thank my former ballet teacher, Ms. Trish, she was a tough teacher but she became a friend, but when it came to dancing, it was serious work, however, she gave me the foundation that I needed to learn ballet and to work hard for what I wanted, she gave me the opportunities I always dreamed of dancing in shows. Finally to Ms. Norma my other ballet teacher, God Bless her, Ms. Norma always made sure that we had valuable lessons in dance and that we looked great in all our dances. When I look back at our numbers I am proud to have been her student. There are always teachers that stay with you throughout your life and these were mine!
Thank you for supporting my journey. I look forward to seeing everyone this coming November 19th 2022 at our event Miracles of Christmas
Too many times we hear of people committing suicide because someone cyber or in-person bullied them. To me those bullies are COWARDS!! They have other issues themselves that are not resolved. Let today be the start of a new wave to be kind to others. There is too much bullying regarding race, socioeconomic status, marital status, gender identity, and a new one health bullying over mandates.
“The National Centre Against Bullying defines bullying as an ongoing and deliberate misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical, and/or social behavior that intends to cause physical, social, and/or psychological harm. It can involve Bullying is an ongoing and deliberate misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical, and/or social behavior that intends to cause physical, social, and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power, or perceived power, over one or more persons who feel unable to stop it from happening.”
Pres. Joe Biden urges unvaccinated Americans to get vaccinated: “We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin and your refusal has cost all of us.” http://abcn.ws/3BULUX6 Wowwhether I believe in vaccines or not is irrelevant, but as a healthcare provider myself I have to respect when a patient tells me, Ms. Rosie, I do not want to get vaccinated. It is a person’s personal choice. We can agree to disagree but that is the same as when I want to help my patients to quit smoking because they will develop lung or other types of cancer, or stop drinking so that they do not end up on a liver transplant list.
In today’s world, healthy people choose to do to their bodies as they please, and although some may disapprove, no mandates on their careers or privileges are taken away ( ex breast augmentation, butt lifts, transgender surgery, abortion). So why not allow autonomy in today’s world for people to choose what they inject into their bodies. Legal marijuana is a thing right? We may or may not agree with that, but no one is forcing anyone to use this as their treatment for pain.
So today let us spread kindness and respect. I say this also to our leaders in Washington, allow people to make their own choices, your political mandates will turn voters away from you. I will also leave this with you, if you are in a car accident and taken to a hospital and it is a matter of life and death and the only person who has the specialty for your type of injury is unvaccinated, will you refuse to help? I don’t think so, because at that point you are so incapacitated that no one is going to care if the person saving your life is vaccinated, they will only care that they took the hypocritical oath that they are to follow.
In 2020 a new hypocritical oath for physicians came out and it states
“The new oath asks physicians to eliminate their personal biases, combat disinformation to improve health literacy, and be an ally to minorities and other underserved groups in society. It is illegal for a physician to refuse services based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.
For nurses, they have taken the Nightingale Pledge
“I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug.”
The new version also adds
“I will hold in confidence all personal matters coming to my knowledge. I will not permit consideration of religion, nationality, race, or social standing to intervene between my duty and my patient. I will maintain the utmost respect for human life. I make these promises solemnly, freely, and upon my honor.”
So today as you go about your day, remember the things that are important to you with your healthcare and how it would make you feel if someone took those healthcare decisions away. For Example diet, do you really need to eat that piece of chocolate cake when you are overweight, diabetic, with high blood pressure? Sounds kind of harsh for someone to say that right? But people do and not with grace I might add.
Watch this video made by Ikeahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx6UgfQreYY
I meet many people along my journey of being a nurse, author, speaker, and pageant queen. One of the most common questions I get asked is what do you do? I simply say I am Just Rosie Moore and everything that I do surrounds itself around my non-profit organization The Gift Of Life. Many wonder what is that? My best response is to share my story about having a son born three months early and having a minimal chance of survival; that is how my charity came to be in 2014 officially. I have always had a heart for helping others, hence why I became a nurse. However, the other side of me that is non-medical also wanted to help women that suffered from self-esteem or confidence issues. Being a survivor of bullying as a child and living under criticism through most of my entire life from employers, family members, and an ex-spouse, I decided enough was enough! I share many of my stories on my newest venture, my podcast Tea Time With Just Rosie Moore.
If you would like to be a part of my Facebook group called Empowering Girls and Women, feel free to join there for inspiration on many topics. I also have my group Just Rosie Moore’s VIP Boutique. You may be wondering what does a VIP Jewelry and boutique have to do with empowering women? I can tell you, this is where my work happens. Some women normally would not reach out to me because they either do not know I exist, feel embarrassed, or are scared to share things with a stranger. When women see the jewelry it attracts them to ask questions for help with styling and seek me out. But then something happens, as I start to develop outfits in fashion and accessories when they are shopping; I receive private messages. These messages are from women who initially start to ask about helping them style an outfit for an occasion or just everyday life with the jewelry. Then, the question may come up about an outfit, that leads to a subject about situations in their life. I have received questions and stories from women that just want to wow their husbands, stress over bullying in person or cyberbullying, to the most fearful one of all, suicide. I pray before answering anyone’s questions that I may be a positive influence in their life to really help someone.
These past two years have changed my perspective on things as my appearances for Ms. Puerto Rico World Universal became less and less during the pandemic, I had to realize that to continue helping our families and connecting with the community I had to get creative. I had to get comfortable with Zoom meetings and other social media platforms for ways to connect. Once our state opened up, then it was a bit easier. But what I took away from this pandemic and isolation from people, was that I cared even more about the person. It is not important to me in the grand scheme of things how many people are following me on social media or how many likes my posts get. What is important to me is, have I made a difference today in someone’s life? Was I kind to someone despite them being unkind to me or someone I know? This was a bigger growth moment because it made my already big heart of caring even bigger to be moved to tears when someone else is hurting or needing my support.
Today I want to share this photo montage to give you a small glimpse of who I am. There are so many layers to me like an onion, but we would need an entire day to sit and peel them back. I think when you watch it, you will understand.
One of my favorite phrases from the movie The Wizard of Oz is “A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.” Take a moment to read the sponsor list who helped me on this pageant journey to give me visibility and bring more awareness to The Gift of Life. Without them, I would not be where I am. I am sold out for Jesus and my beloved charity The Gift of Life . But I am also passionate for women and girls that need that extra support and positive word that I believe in them and they can make a difference with anything that they set out to do.
In the words of Helen Keller: “Alone We Can Do So Little. Together We Can Do So Much” is another one of my favorite phrases. Without the help of my community, which extends worldwide, I would not be here supporting The Gift of Life or interviewing for the biggest spokesperson job for Ms. World Universal.
With the coronavirus amongst us, so much has been affected. The way we conduct business, attend school, socialize with people, and just in general we have been pushed into more of a virtual world than we are used to. The virtual world has always been around for the business world, but with the pandemic, we are faced with this virtual form of conducting business now more than ever.
For many people that were already working from home, this was not new to them. They already had their routines established and were already aware of the dress code that they needed for working at home vs working at home in front of a screen with others.
So styling our clothes has been a challenge lately because we think we are home and shorts and flip flops (my favorite outfit) would be great. Well if you are not in front of a zoom with others that may work. But what I have found is that even when you are not in front of a zoom meeting, getting dressed for work is important. With the mental health issues that people have been dealing with due to social isolation, keeping a dressing routine helps to lift up our morale and spirits.
If you are sitting down for a zoom, then yes it is okay to have your shorts, sweat pants, jeans, or yoga bottoms. However, the top should look and feel fabulous to be ready to work. Finding tops that are light in color and adding jewelry to match the outfit helps to give you that overall polished look. Dressing for work helps to uplift your spirits, but also the spirits of those that you are speaking with on teh zoom. Here are some ways that sweater dressing for our ladies in the cooler climates can enhance that professional look for you.
Now if you are speaking on the zoom and you are standing to do your presentation, then by all means the bottoms count. Wearing dress slacks for the presentation is appropriate with some flat shoes for comfort. This is the one time that the heels are not necessary. My favorite flats that are not only comfortable but pair well with skirts, slacks, or dresses; they are Tieks by Gavrielli. They come in many colors, they are comfortable, and they have a great track record for lasting many years. A shoe that never goes out of style.
Here is a look that can take you to the daytime or evening meeting
And you can see how I tie in some of the same accessories but change out the dress for a different look in the daytime as opposed to the one above for a later evening presentation. So my jewelry is very versatile because it can be dressed up or down for any occasion.
Now here is a look for an early morning or aftermnoon presentation.
So as you can see whether your climate is warm or you are in a climate that has fall cooler weather, there are many different looks that you can wear to enhance your mood and look professional for work. Once you are ready to go back to face to face work, you will already have the styles that you worked on during the pandemic so that you don’t have to ask yourself daily, what should I wear and does this go with this or that.