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I am Lisa Bluhm Mrs. Pacific Northwest 2010-2011. I am competing in March for the title of Mrs. Washington. The Mrs. Washington Pageant is about making a difference. As a contestant I volunteer my time and talents to serve charities and organizations. I am also an active participant in my community. I am passionate about many different organizations and leave myself open to be able to support or participate in as many as I can.

My platform is called "Unlock Your Potential". It has always been my passion to inspire and encourage others to discover their goals or dreams and then teach them the steps to achieve success. When I hear people say I could never do that, I am not talented or anything that is negative towards their capabilities I feel called to action to help them see they have the potential to do or be anything they want to be. It may not be the same goals or dreams someone else has but their own personal challenges that lie within them. Once they realize they have the potential and they can achieve their dreams they are on their way to achieving success in their life. It can be as simple as getting their house organized or running a marathon. I am able to use my personal experiences in trials and triumphs as examples to encourage and inspire them on their journey. Throughout the year I will be featuring different peoples stories and sharing how they have unlocked their potential. Will you be one of them? Contact me with your story I would love to hear about it!

It is my desire to be Mrs. Washington so that I may represent the married women of our state. I consider it an honor and a responsibility. I take this role seriously. With my 22 years of marriage and a lifetime of experiences I am ready to continue fulfilling my role as a leader and a mentor. As Mrs. Washington I will have the opportunity to reach out to even more people in our state sharing my platform and have more opportunities to volunteer and bring awareness to non profit organizations that make our state so great.

I have unlocked my own potential in many areas of my life. Competing in marathons and triathalons, leading women's groups, leading children's groups, coaching teams and starting my own business. After being a stay at home mom for several years I took my passion for creating soldered art and shared it with others. My company Simply Swank llc was born! I developed my own technique and product line that is now sold in stores globally. I am also the author of Simple Soldered Jewelry and Accessories, the host and instructor of Simply Solder DVD and am currently writing a new book.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Capital City Marathon, 1/2 Marathon & 5 Mile

Today I volunteered for the Capital City Marathon, 1/2 Marathon and 5 mile race. I had the pleasure of running the marathon twice and now it was my turn to help out. I have to say I was completely jealous of all the runners. I have been dealing with a knee injury and it is slowly getting better but I am not sure if I will be able to compete in long distance events anymore. It is an amazing accomplishment for these runners. It was great to get to be right there at the finish line cheering them on and handing out their commemerative coaster. Yes, a coaster they thought they would try something new this year instead of medals....it didn't go over very well! Next year I think the medals will be back. It was kind of awkward to hand someone a coaster after running so far!! It isn't about the prize though it's the satisfaction of knowing you made it!

I had many friends who ran in the race. I am pretty sure some of these friends called me crazy when I trained and ran it! I am so glad to see they are choosing to exercise and challenge themselves. Irene Schade Mrs. Olympia ran the 1/2 marathon with her daughter. We posed for a photo together, she said I was looking prettier than her right then but I told her I would rather be sweaty and ran the race!!

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