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International Pageant

JULY 24th and 25th


The Accomplishments
Of Today's
Married Women®

Mrs. D.C. International®

Courtney Kessenich - Top 15

For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
Im committed to living a healthy lifestyle, but this is new in my life. My commitment to health and fitness began when I challenged myself to a competition at a nearby spin studio of 25 rides in 30 days to kick-off my goal to be more active. Now, Ive also revamped my diet living a vegan lifestyle. Im healthier, both mentally and physically, than Ive ever been. I wish I had gotten moving much sooner!

What is the biggest change you want to make in your life?
One in five people suffer from treatable mental health conditions, and more than half dont seek treatment. They suffer in silence, because its not talked about. An ongoing lack of understanding, stigmas associated with mental health issues, and lack of coverage for care continue to make this a major concern as we see suicide rates rising worldwide. I hope to show that through proper care and healthy coping mechanisms it's possible to persevere.

What do you think is the best feeling in the world?
Visiting new places and being immersed in other cultures allows you to experience things you cant at home. You become more understanding about other ways of life and appreciate what you have at home. My husband, Mark, and I have a rule that we will never visit the same place twice. Weve already been to 16 countries. However, we broke it to return to Aruba where we were married for our first anniversary!

What was the single, best realization you have ever had?
Ive always heard that as a woman you come into your own in your thirties but never believed it. Now that Im in my thirties, I feel so much more confident in myself, my relationship, my faith, my career and my future. Looking back, I was still figuring everything out and unsure of each step in my twenties. I have a feeling that in each decade I will continue to feel the same.


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