“Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success.” -Oscar Wilde
It’s International Women’s Friendship Month and we’re thrilled to share girlfriend stories from amazing women. Today’s amazing woman is officially amazing and beautiful inside and out. Welcome Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011 to Girlfriendology. We love that you’re a girlfriend and good friend!
Thanks Miss America for this guest blog about the importance of friendship:
Over the past year especially, the truth of these words became so clear to me, as I began to recognize the importance of true friends more than ever before. This is a “thank-you” to all who have been a true friend to me, as well as to true friends all over the world; rare to come by, yet invaluable in life.
On January 15th, 2011, I was crowned Miss America 2011 in Las Vegas live on ABC, and my life was changed forever. The Miss America Organization is a non-profit organization that is the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for women in the world, and is based on four fundamentals: style, success, scholarship, and service. You can find more information at www.missamerica.org. Through my involvement in this organization, I created many life-long friendships and found numerous true girlfriends. Why? Because these women understand that a true friend will not only be there for you in hard times, but will celebrate with you in the good times as well. The women who I shared the Miss America stage with became a sorority; the Miss America class of 2011 turned into a family.
My Miss America sisters taught me so many things, especially about being a true friend. Oftentimes, in society today, it’s so easy to try to tear others down, harder to build others up. The harder you work and the more successful you become, the bigger of a target you become, and true friends become all the more important. A true group of friends builds each other up by helping each other become confident and comfortable in who they are. Yet confidence does not come from always being successful, it comes from not being afraid of failing. Knowing that your friends will be there no matter what makes it so much easier to dive into life head first, without worrying about what the outcome will be. Letting go of that fear of failure leads to true confidence, which is then shared and bred among friends.
All too often, confidence can get confused with conceit, which is never a trait of a true friend. My girlfriends have shown me that true confidence also includes humility, but that true humility isn’t thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less, and others more. A true friend doesn’t put others above them, just before them. My Miss America sisters not only exemplify these ideas of confidence and humility, but also encourage and help others to do the same. These girlfriends are truly happy for each other’s accomplishments, successes, and celebrations.
To all my Miss America sisters: thank you for being true friends, and the most amazing girlfriends anyone could ever ask for. To all my other true friends: thank you for always being there for me, rain or shine, hard times and good times. To all girlfriends out there: thank you for being examples of true confidence, sincere humility, and incredible friends. Together, we can continue to build our girlfriends up, encourage and support them, and help them be the best they can be. Then, together, we can celebrate the accomplishments and successes of life!
Teresa Scanlan was crowned Miss America 2011 on January 15, 2011 at the 90th Anniversary of the Miss America Pageant on ABC. Since her crowning, she has been traveling the country appearing on numerous national and local television programs, making corporate appearances, and talking about MAO’s national platform, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and her personal platform of Eating Disorders: A Generation at Risk. Her goal is to become an attorney and eventually a Supreme Court Justice.
Thanks Miss America, Teresa Scanlan for inspiring us on friendship.
JOIN US as we talk with Miss America on Friday, Sept. 2nd (2-2:30pmET) on BlogTalkRadio/Girlfriendology!
Note: It’s September – International Women’s Friendship Month and we’re celebrating all month long! From this interview and guest blog by Miss America, to a month of women’s wisdom and 30 guest blogs, to our Newsletter Sign-up Contest and Facebook fun, and more! Don’t miss out on any of it! SIGN UP for our Newsletter and ‘Like’ us on Facebook to stay up to date with all the fun friendship festivities and more!
Our September Friendship Month Guest Blogs so far …
- Sept 1 – MISS AMERICA, Teresa Scanlan – The Importance of Friendship
- Sept 2 – Shasta Nelson, GirlfriendCircles – Friendship in Stages – Advice for more Meaningful Friendships
- Sept 3 - Kimberly Anderson, Kim’s Closet TV – Giving back to your community with a Friend
- Sept 4 – Lynn Gasior, Cabin Chicks – Girlfriend Memories and Traditions
- Sept 5 – Rachel Awes, Artist – The Art of Girlfriends