Guest Post: Angie Breidenbach


Angela Breidenbach is Mrs. Montana International 2009 working with the American Heart Association, the Jadyn Fred Foundation, Hope’s Promise Orphan Ministries, and drawing awareness to Fair Trade practices. Full Spirit Magazine’s president, Angela also teaches online classes in personal growth and powerful living. She’s certified in mentor/peer counseling as a Stephen Minister and Assisting Minister. She is a multi-award winning inspirational speaker and author, writing freelance and non-fiction. Not only did she walk the hard line of deciding to donate her mom’s brain, but she is also on the brain donation list at the Brain Bank-Harvard McLean Hospital. She has a combined family of six grown children, one grandson.

I began blogging exactly 3 years ago this month. At the time, I wanted a creative way to reach out and touch the lives of others. I had no idea I’d become Mrs. Montana International on the journey. But as Mrs. Montana, I’ve been placed in the unique position to connect into the sisterhood of beauty queens. They are trusting me to treat them with respect, courtesy, and understanding. I’m being given a special insider’s view. I’m being given the opportunity to help them all shout a little louder in the world.

I’ve been researching Courageous Beauty, a book about courage, confidence, and inner beauty. In the process, I stumbled on the realization that beauty queens have amazing stage presence. I wanted to know why and how they’d all managed to tackle that sense of self-confidence in front of crowds~while being judged in swimsuits or public speeches! Most people would rather die! So how could so many women do this on purpose? What was so unique about these women that other women could learn?

As I contacted each queen, the interviews have been nothing short of spectacular! Each woman is changing the world around her so substantially that I decided to begin sharing the ladies on my blog in the hope that we could inspire other women. And it is working!

I’m getting up to 3 times the blog traffic as well as the networked blogs traffic on Facebook. Women want to know what the interviews are uncovering. I’ve more than doubled my blog followers with this interview series. But ultimately, each woman’s uniqueness shines and draws in new readers. I hope that it transfers into the reader’s heart. Several themes have emerged such as passion trumps fear, practice trumps nerves, and focusing on your goals trumps jealousy.

Courageous Beauties Interview Series may continue in a few different formats. I think that the 30 beauty queens definitely have a voice and stand out as public servants. I’ve been asked to tally their volunteer hours, but even the queens often have no idea. They’ve lost count years ago. The range of volunteer hours is usually from hundreds to thousands per year. AND that is on top of “day” jobs. There are other women that are courageous beauties too. I’d like to highlight different women from various occupations and hope that each interview brings out a new voice to encourage and empower another.

I heard once from stage, “Though all I say is a repeat, the way I say it might just click with you more than what you’ve heard before.” I think that is a wonderful reason to keep speaking out, keep sharing our stories, and keep inspiring one another with our achievements.

Blogging on God Uses Broken Vessels with the Courageous Beauties Interview series allows me to expand my reach beyond Mrs. Montana to partner with women I admire to inspire.

You never know, something one of these beauties says might just click with you :-)

Angela Breidenbach

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#1 Tina Dee on 11.18.09 at 9:01 am

Love how you’ve gone beyond skin deep to go heart deep. That’s loveliness.

#2 Angie on 11.18.09 at 11:12 am

Thanks, Tina :-) I have to admit it bothered me when I heard statements over the years and even the commercials about silly beauty queens. Talk about way off the mark! I’ve been totally stunned by the education level and passionate volunteerism of these ladies. On top of that, they get out there day after day and really change the world. I’ve gained such a huge admiration for them!

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