Hey guys!

For this blog post, I want to discuss my grandmother and grandfather and all they have done for me. My grandmother (I call her Nonny) took care of my older brother and I until I entered grade school. Her and I have had an amazing bond since I was born. She and I would spend countless hours reading books from the library, and learning mathematics. We also enjoyed playing memory games, doing puzzles, and of course playing Clue! She has been one of the most influential people in my life.  Even now, we are still very close. I visit her and talk to her quite often still. Nonny is the most reliable person I’ve ever met in my life. She visits my hockey games, drives in to see movies with me, and actually spent the weekend with me during the regional pageant! I can always count on her. My grandfather (I call him Pops) is another person in my life I care deeply for. He has taken me in (almost like a daughter) and shared his life experiences with me. He has taught me the value of a dollar, how to garden, and has even showed me how to hold/shoot a gun.

Both of these amazing people and I have been through a crazy experience about a year ago. I will summarize what happened below, but if you would like to see the whole story visit CTV News. On February 15th, 2012 while I was staying at my grandparents’ house, a tire came off a semi-truck and went straight into the hallway wall connected to the kitchen. Luckily, it was about 6am, so no one was in the kitchen at the time. However, this was one of the most frightening experiences of my life, and when I heard what sounded like an explosion, in that moment I thought I would not survive. This tire destroyed part of my grandparents’ house, but in reality, the incident has had so much of a greater impact on my life. I feel so fortunate that no one was injured, and this has helped put my life into perspective. Knowing that if the tire did not change directions before it hit the house, and either injuring/killing my grandparents’ or I has affected the way I live my life. I try to live my life to the fullest every day. It may sound clichéd, but you never know when it will be the last day of your life, no matter what age you are. I feel lucky to have learned this lesson early on in my life, and this incident has truly brought my grandparents and I even closer together. I am thankful to my grandparents’ for teaching me strength, reliability, and honesty. They have helped shape me into the person I am today. I want to say thank you to them, and also say how happy I am that we have been given a second chance for life. I love you Nonny and Pops, and I want to say thank you for being great role models in my life.

Love always,

Lexi Brunner

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Hey everyone!

Welcome to my blog. I am a 17-year-old student that currently lives in Calgary. I have an older brother named Cole who is 19 years old. He and I were close from a very young age. My favorite color is green because it reminds me of serenity, peace, and the wilderness. I love to spend my time outdoors as it acts as a de-stressor. I enjoy downhill skiing, and my favourite ski hill would definitely be Sunshine Village.

I am also a senior in high school and sure act that way. Meaning, I keep myself very, very busy. I am enrolled in Calculus right now, and let me tell you, this is one of the most daunting tasks I’ve ever undertaken. I also volunteer on a youth committee called YODA. The Conocophillips Youth Of Distinction Awards recognize amazing youth within their community and the ways in which they help the world. It is an honor to belong to such a committee. We are in the midst of planning the ceremony in which the youth we have chosen will attend. The volunteer committee is an amazing place to meet new people and to understand how to work in a group dynamic. Both of these skills to take into university and even more significant in leading a successful life.

Speaking of university, I am in the midst of choosing between two amazing schools. I’m looking at The University of Alberta and a private school called Quest University. It is very hard to choose between both of these schools, as they offer very different programs. I am considering U of A because they are known to be a great research school and have amazing opportunities within my field of interest (psychology.) Quest University on the other hand allows me to pursue a Liberal Arts degree, while at the same time, only having to take 1 class at a time! Not to mention it is in the beautiful Squamish, BC. I am so honoured to have been accepted into both these schools, and I will keep you posted on what I finally choose!

Of course through all my work, I still find time to relax. In my spare time I love playing ice hockey (I’m the goalie) and hanging out with my friends and boyfriend. I also watch hockey on television (The NHL.) Growing up, the team I loved most was The Anaheim Mighty Ducks. This was contingent on the fact that my idol from the past (Paul Kariya) played for that team. My dad even got specially made a jersey with my name sewn into the back! Now, of course my favourite team has got to be the Calgary Flames (even though we just lost Jarome Iginla). I am hoping to see a game at the Saddledome before the season closes, yet this dream of mine might have to wait until next season. Hockey has always been a big part of my life. I’ve played street hockey since I can remember, and got into ice hockey at the around the age of 9 years old. Hockey has taught me the importance in maintaining an active lifestyle, while still having time for school work and of course fun! I hope you had a bit of fun reading my blog, and enjoy the rest of your day!

Love always, 

Lexi Brunner

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Hey everyone so Monday night was our mentor night here at the Miss Teen Canada World Pageant. Our first mentor was Melani Chong who was a Ford model by age 17 and was a professional by age 18 and her career in modeling was extremely successful even became the face of MAC cosmetics, She progressed to becoming a stylist for photo shoots and makeup artist. Eventually she created an all natural skin care line called Soya Botique. She said she always saw beauty in simplicity and that was what her skin care line was based on.
One of the things she was encouraging us to do was never stop learning and doing research as well as communicating and asking questions. a quote that was inspirational to her was by Socrates – “wisest is he who knows what he does not know.”  Melani also gave us a tip to maintaining your passion, Passion leads to drive, drive leads to core action which in the end leads to longevity.

Our second mentor was Katrina Hadden is a size 12 model and proud of it. She got bullied throughout school  she was athletic and always dreamed of going into the WNBA however due to a knee injury. She showed us the importance of finding a new dream and the importance of having other interests. She got into modeling through pressure from her friends she joined an agency and tried to lose some weight in order to fit a certain modeling type and through that developed and eating disorder. Katrina stressed to us the importance of keeping yourself healthy throughout your life. Katrina wanted to change the perception of modeling and tried to create a field where normal sized models were accepted because that how people actually look. Ideas she shared with us were confidence takes time, take care of your body and health, have an interest or hobby, have an attitude f gratitude and understand how to forgive people.

Alexandra Orlando, our third mentor, is a world class Rhythmic Gymnast who competed in the Olympic games and brought home gold medals. She said that this is the time in our life where we will truly find out what our passion is and that no matter how many struggles we face we are so much stronger then we think we are. Being someone who does not naturally share personal things she decided to break that and write  tell all book about herself entitled Breaking Through My Limits: An Olympian Uncovered. When she was about 15 she discovered defeat for the very first time when she lost the shot t going to the Olympics by 0.1 of a point. and how at that time of her life she had hit rick bottom and how she got through it. Some helpful and inspirational thoughts for us were taking skills you have and transferring them to something else and taking risks in life because you never really know whats going to happen. She said its not about winning its about how it makes you feel and how you push yourself.

Natalie Archer who was our fourth and last mentor of the night, is a Toronto dentist who advanced her career while also having a family. She brought up the point of education and that education is so important and that no one will be able to take our education away from us. That is something that is extremely important for young people to her because not many people realize its importance so that was a good reminder for myself. She encouraged us to constantly be building our web of connections because we never know when an opportunity may be presented, another thought she presented was that the key for success is advanced planning and that nothing happens for no reason. She told up about the 4 things that women should do more of
1) Women need to think big and take calculated business risks
2)Since 38% of women are are bread winners in relationships they need to be sure the family is strong
3)Family is also important so make having children a priority before its to late
4)Women should always stay positive and join more groups.

Overall it was a great and informative night thank you Ladies for coming and sharing with us!

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So I made it to Toronto, it is totally AWESOME and so are all the people I have met so far. Westjet was GREAT to fly with!http://www.westjet.com

 

So I need your help everyone! I need you to vote for the PEOPLES FAVORITE award.

The winner of this award will be “fast tracked” to the top 20.

TO VOTE;. You may visit this link directly to vote for me, Stephanie Hutz Miss Teen South Calgary World 2012.

http://www.missteencanadaworld.com/mtcw-finals/finalist-details?id=78029

STEP TWO: In the dark grey box in the lower right hand corner, stating ‘Please insert email address’ Please enter your email address in the box and follow the rest of the instructions.

STEP THREE: CLICK VOTE

NOTE; If you have never voted or been registered to the website before it will ask you to register. Simply you enter your name, username preferred and email address. A link will be sent to your email inbox in which you will click on to confirm, and then follow the steps of voting again. If you don’t confirm this step the vote will not count!

**you can vote once a day each day on each email address until the pageant July 21

Thank you for all of your support!

For the first time ever, a free live webcast of the event will be shown online at www.missteencanadaworld.com to allow fans and family from a cross the country to tune in. So please watch if you can!

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Yesterday there was a customer appreciation barbecue at Superior Propane. That’s right my last event before I leave for Toronto! Staff and customers of Superior Propane got together there was a huge barbecue, a live band and even a Frosty truck. I got to serve burgers and check people in as they come. It was a fun and successful afternoon and I am thankful I could be apart of it. I met a bunch of great new people and I was always happy to help out.

Like I mentioned earlier this was my last event before I leave for my trip. In fact I leave tomorrow morning bright and early at 7:00 am I am so looking forward to my week there, It will most certainly be a life changing experience. I want to give one last thanks to all of those who have supported and encouraged me in any way you guys mean the world to me. Wish me luck!!

Just a reminder voting is almost over for the Look Good, Do Good, Feel Good video challenge so be sure to go to my video http://www.missteencanadablognetwork.com/video/miss-teen-south-calgary-world-2012-look-good-do-good-feel-good-video-2012/ and click the heart! the more hearts the better!!

Also when the public voting is opened be sure to vote for me as well it is part of our score towards winning the title. the more votes the higher the score! Thank you for the support. The pageant will be web-casted on http://www.missteencanadaworld.com/
I will still be keeping you updated from Toronto!

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Around the World is my own TV show starring myself, the show will entail me traveling the world visiting different places and and showing the viewers what life is actually like in their rural and urban areas, exposing the difference between tourist life and real life. Throughout the show I would take part in, and show the audience their culture, food, rituals, land and all the things that are unique to the people and their country. Places we would travel would be Mexico, Brazil, Africa, Asia, Australia all around Europe and everywhere else in the world. Me being a Canadian city girl sharing stories and living the life of an ordinary citizen in a foreign land would show what others lives are really like Around the World.

When most people think of a place they usually think of a few tourist destinations. My hope with this show is that I will teach viewers that life elsewhere isn’t always how it may seem. I feel the viewers would connect with my TV show because travelling is an important part of a lot of peoples lives and is also a lifelong dream for many people. Viewers would gain a deeper knowledge about life outside their own and a whole different perspective on life itself.

My potential sponsors could be S-Trip! because travelling is the main concept of S-Trip! it would seem like a good fit, also I could provide advertising for their trips when I am at a destination that they travel to. I can also promote their events that they hold while on trips. Another sponsor could be Goody hair products, I could promote and use their products throughout the show. Everywhere has different weather and that means some crazy hair days but its all manageable with Goody hair products.  Me to We style would be another great sponsor because they are helping Free the Children charity which people greatly respect and my show could provide them with advertising of their product through placement and me wearing the clothing throughout the show. Other sponsors could be Sallazzo and Christina swimwear and their product will be worn and advertised in various episodes of the show. The other benefit these businesses would get from funding and sponsoring my show would be the first hand international awareness of their product which means more potential buyers.

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This year Miss Teen Canada World pageant and the people at S-Trip! have created the Social Media Queen award based on creative and intelligent blog posts, and this one in particular. They have asked us to blog about our dream vacation with friends. The winner of this assignment receives a grad trip courtesy of S-Trip!

Deciding a dream destination would be tough. There are so many places I would love to go, travelling the world is definitely a dream of mine however right now the first place I would go to is Jamaica. I would choose Jamaica because it is a beautiful country with a lot of culture as well, it has beautiful beaches which is definitely something we lack here in Calgary. As well as meeting people there you would really get to see what life is actually like while taking a look into their culture. I think what really fascinates me about Jamaica is that yes obviously its warm and Tropical, but I really don’t know much about it which sparks my curiosity. Exploring Jamaica with all of my friends would be the time of my life, I would bring everyone who is close to me like Zach, Brittany, Sarah, Rebecca, Taylor, Stephanie etc. I would like to go swimming in the ocean, relaxing on the beaches and swimming with dolphins. Some other things we could do is go on a zip line through the rain forest or go hiking and explore the waterfalls. The best part about going on this trip would be to share these memories with my friends for the rest of my life. Experiencing a new place with my closest friends would be the highlight of my life and I know that we would have a blast! Travelling with all of my friends would be great, we make humour of any situation so I’m sure we would be fine no matter where we are as long as were together!

S-Trip! takes student travellers on unforgettable adventures around the world. Celebrate the exciting conclusion of high school in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica or Bahamas with all your friends on Grad Trip. Spend a weekend skiing or snowboarding at one of Canada’s premier mountain resorts on Ski Trip. Experience culture, sightseeing and events in Montreal or Quebec City on Busaway. Make a difference in an underdeveloped country on an impactful student Volunteer Trip. Explore the culture and history of Europe on Euro Adventure. For more information visit www.s-trip.com.

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This past Friday I was privileged enough to participate in this years Giddy Up Cup

I was waving I swear!!

Soccer tournament kick off. The Giddy Up Cup is an annual provincial soccer tournament for youths hosted by Calgary Minor Soccer Association. http://giddyupcup.goalline.ca/

It was a fun eventful day, I had the honour of leading the parade of teams onto the soccer field along with two lucky players who won the SUBWAY Scholarships towards university, therefor congratulations. Also I lead everyone in the Giddy Up Cup Pledge which goes as follows;

I pledge my devotion to the most beautiful game.
I will respect my teammates, opponents and the dog gone officials.
I will do my best off and on the field be scoring goals, playing a great defence and playing with all my heart.
In unity, we pledge our love for the rootin’ tootin’ game of soccer.

Afterwards there was a gun show, and I mean that quite literally, by a group of cowboys that perform at the Calgary Stampede. They did trick shots and demonstrations by shooting blank caps, which are filled with gunpowder, at balloons and even shot one right through a phonebook. The phone book got completely obliterated by the way which goes to show you that even those blank caps are very powerful.
Then there was a dance for all the players and there was also popcorn and cotton candy and even a live DJ. I was able to set up a table where I could sign autographs and talk to players which was fantastic. I got to

meet and talk with a lot of kids there, a group of girls even asked me to sign their legs which was cool. There were even things that I learned and took away from this experience; seeing these young kids have such dedication to something they love is amazing, and I hope I am able to inspire them to reach for their dreams as well.

I was to thank everyone for giving me this oppourtunity to be a part of this awesome event!

If you would like to learn more about the Calgary Minor Soccer Associationfeel free to visit their website at:http://calgaryminorsoccer.com/

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Well only 9 more days left before we all pack up and leave for Toronto. I have to say I’m kind of nervous but it will be an amazing experience for sure. Spending the week packing, getting clothes ready, getting hair and nails done as well as attending some last events. This friday actually I have an event for a Provincial Soccer tournament and I get the privilege to lead a parade onto the field and recite the Athletes Pledge.

 

I am extremely excited and I can’t wait to meet all of the girls that are competing. I want to say thanks again to all of my friends and family who has been supporting me throughout this whole adventure I know with out you guys I probably wouldn’t have made it here.

Also a reminder to everyone don’t forget to watch and “heart” my Look Good, Do Good, Feel Good Video. The more hearts I get the better chance of me winning this challenge. Thanks again! to watch my video just follow the link!
http://www.missteencanadablognetwork.com/video/miss-teen-south-calgary-world-2012-look-good-do-good-feel-good-video-2012/

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