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.
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.