Sometimes just showing up is worth celebrating. Doing something that stretches you, doing something that even scares you . . . that's character-building.
Today the judges in my room saw young women who were mostly a little rough around the edges. And many of them admitted they were there to try to improve themselves. One seemed to want nothing more than to tell someone how disfunctional her family is. So she chose us.
The important thing for me was to say "Good job!" to every girl. No matter what happens, I hope those words are what they remember when they look back at this experience years from now. I'm lucky to be empowered to make that impression.
It was a long, tiring day. But a rewarding one.