So it’s introduction time. My name is Shauna and I’m a new mom who just happens to struggle with a mental illness. I’m also a pageant girl and an avid DIYer.
A little about myself
I am married to my high school sweetheart. We met when I was 16 (over 12 years ago…eek!) and he had just moved to California from Georgia. 10 years later we moved back to Georgia to start our family. We now have a 4 month old daughter, Clare, and two furbabies, Remington and Ruger.
We love working on our house and building furniture together. Our very first project in the new house was building our farmhouse dining room table with nothing but a miter saw and a power drill. It was a blast and so we continued. We renovated our guest bathroom and I got to play with a hammer drill to rip up the old tile (which was hideous and super 90’s). We are getting ready to turn our basement from a black hole of storage to a family room, guest room, and playroom.
I was diagnosed with Bipolar II, ADHD, and Generalized Anxiety disorder in 2008. Being Bipolar has made my life a little harder than most because what I feel isn’t always rational and it doesn’t always feel natural. When I’m having an episode I know it because I get irritated or depressed at the smallest things and after a day like that I know that it isn’t logical to be so upset about something so small. I have to battle small things everyday to keep control of my life and continue living it to the fullest.
A little about the my pageant life.
The International Pageant system is about service and platform. The national directors look for a strong role model who is strengthening their community. Every titleholder needs to have a platform to promote during their reign and almost all interview questions will be based on your platform and how you have built it up and how you plan on continuing to do so throughout your reign.
As a Mrs. contestant, not only am I competing, but my husband will essentially become Mr. Georgia International should I win (and lets all pray I do 😉 Marriage and family are stressed so the winners husband will be the one who crowns her.
It is an amazing system and I am so proud to be able to say that I am a part of the International family.
A little about my platform
My platform is Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness. This cause is something that is very near and dear to my heart because I have struggled with depression and anxiety since I was 13. About 9 years ago I was diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder. It’s been hard going since then but every day that I struggle I know I’m becoming a stronger woman because of it. The stigma is real and I deal with it every time someone finds out I have an invisible illness.
Follow me here and on twitter and Facebook to see where this journey takes me. I’ll be posting updates at least once a week. I hope to see you around.