Chronic Illness · Epilepsy · Epilepsy Awareness · Health · Invisible Illness · Mental Health · Uncategorized · Wellness

“A Royal Girl Talk” IGTV with Warrior Footprints

On Thursday 14 January 2021 I had the privilege of chatting with Ashley Flowers the founder of Warrior Footprints, an epilepsy nonprofit based in the USA. We had a great hour sharing our stories and talking about anything and everything- epilepsy related or not 😊

You can find me on Instagram @ms.janice_macgregor and Warrior Footprints is on Instagram @WarriorFootprints

Here’s a link to Warrior Footprints’ IGTV where you can watch the entire video:

https://www.instagram.com/tv/CKDGiUSFVL_/?igshid=qeq53ldw32hs

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Tonight was such a blast! Thank you @ms.janice_macgregor for joining me 😊. You are truly one of a kind! Make sure to catch the full live on @warriorfootprints IGTV 😊

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Merry Christmas from the Miss Regal World Family!

I (Miss Regal World 2020/21) along with my sister queens Miss Jr. Regal World (Marigold), Miss Teen Regal World (Emily), Ms. Regal World (Urszula), and our pageant director Victoria would like to wish you all a merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a happy new year. Please enjoy our brief video message:

Merry Christmas from the Miss Regal World Reigning Queens

To expatiate on my message (which I tried to keep short):

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate Christmas! Belated happy holidays to those who recently wrapped up their seasonal holidays such as Diwali, Hannukah or Yule. And happy holidays to those who are looking forward to beginning their holidays such as Kwanzaa! To those who don’t celebrate a seasonal holiday I hope you have a restful and relaxing time off.

For those wondering: The paper crown I’m wearing in my segment of the video is a British Christmas tradition and I’m wearing it as a tribute to the Miss Regal World pageant’s UK roots. My real crown is on the book shelf next to me

About 2021… Let’s remember that things won’t change on the day we put up our new 2021 calendars or upon a certain event such as an inauguration. We, as individuals, need to do our part to bring change in this world. When news fades from our social media or from the news cycle it doesn’t mean that the problem is solved.
– Covid-19 is still a problem even though vaccines are being approved for use. Until enough people are vaccinated to create herd immunity practice physical distancing, wear a mask, and use proper handwashing hygiene.
– Systemic racism and oppression is ongoing in countries around the world.
– LGBTQ+ rights are not recognized in many countries.

At the beginning of 2020 these things got media coverage that has since faded even though the problems remain. Let’s make 2021 the year of change! When individuals do their part and when we organize in SAFE, nonviolent activism our team work can make the dream work.

All the best in 2021. Janice

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About the Mask Debate…

So, I’m just going to be blunt. I know this may be an unpopular opinion, but I’m speaking my mind- you can like it, love it, or hate it.

Yes, masks are now mandatory in some public places. Not a big deal. Let’s put this in perspective. It’s 2020 and we have the option of disposable masks, reusable masks, and masks that show our personality through colours and patterns. Flash back to 1915 on the front lines on World War I where Canadian soldiers outside Ypres, Belgium were wearing urine soaked handkerchiefs to protect them from chlorine gas. We’re complaining about a minor inconvenience that protects our communities but my country’s soldiers had to use unpleasant makeshift “masks” to protect themselves from chemical warfare.

As for the complaints about social distancing and limits on how many people can gather… We have Zoom/Skype/Facetime/Messenger. We can still communicate with out friends and families. Even in places where the internet connection is shoddy, there are landlines so we can speak to our family and friends even if we can’t see them. In both World Wars our soldiers only had snail mail to communicate with loved ones at home. And as for social distancing- they had an ENTIRE OCEAN separating them from their families. Six feet/two meters is nothing compared to what our soldiers and their families faced.

Even these days when our military overseas can communicate with family at home via modern technology, they are still geographically separated by more than 6 ft.

Yeah, it sucks that we can’t see our families. My family didn’t get to celebrate my mom’s birthday together a couple weeks ago. We always spend birthdays together. And my heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones but haven’t been able to have a proper funeral. I am NOT saying that these are easy times. And I am not mitigating the hardships that social distancing and limits on gatherings are causing. I understand that these limits on how many people can assemble are causing problems for people who are already in difficult situations.

I think that before we complain about having to wear masks or having to stay 6 ft (2 m) apart we should reflect on the sacrifices that our World War I and World War II soldiers made to give us the right to whine about such trivial inconveniences. We need to step back from whining and do what other people did or are doing- put the “we” before “me”.

Those are my thoughts and opinions, feel free to disagree. But remember that the Allies served and sacrificed to a far greater extent so you have the right to complain about relatively insignificant things such as wearing a mask.

Bullying · Health · Mental Health · Relationships · Self Acceptance · Uncategorized · Wellness

Jasmine Pearce (Miss Teen Global Darling) on Her Journey with Anxiety and Bullying- Skype interview

Janice MacGregor (Miss Regal World 2020/21, left) and Jasmine Pearce (Miss Teen Global Darling, right)

I first met Jasmine Pearce through the Miss Regal World pageant system. Jasmine lives in England and was in the Miss Teen division and made it all the way to the finals of Miss Teen Regal World! Since then she has competed in a different pageant… and won Miss Teen Global Darling!!! πŸ‘‘

Jasmine wanted to do this interview to raise awareness about mental health. In this interview we discuss her journey with anxiety and panic attacks and the bullying that exacerbated them.

… And we spent a lot of time at the end laughing and giggling 😁 😍 😊.

It seems that the video won’t upload on my blog but you can view it on YouTube. Here’s the link to the interview: Mental Health, Anxiety, and Bullying.

beauty · Canada · Clothing · Community · Cultural Appreciation · Culture · Fashionista · First Nations · Heritage · History · Indigenous · Media · Modelling · Pageants · Uncategorized · Western Canada

Toast… Honouring the Past. Inspiring the Future.

I’m so excited to share with you the interview I did with Toast! The article is part of a throwback series done by Bill Stevenson (who doubles as the photographer). You can find the entire article on the Toast website by clicking HERE.

This shoot was done in June 2020 (following Covid reopening guidelines). I did not win the Miss Regal World pageant until August 2020 but Bill proposed the idea of having a Miss Regal World interview as a standalone segment of the throwback issues. I was honoured to be a part of this and to share about my Guyanese heritage, what I’m up to now, and my plans for the future.

In this interview we touch on the societal perspective on pageants, racism, and the importance of personal authenticity and how that is the key to success.

The featured outfits in these photos were created by Indigenous designer Faye Thomas. I encourage you all to research the origin and significance of First Nations ribbon skirts. They are rich in history and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of such a relevant photo shoot.

COVID-19 · Health · Mental Health · Quarantine · Relationships · Self Acceptance · Self Improvement · Uncategorized

Quarantine Convo’s

Some of you reading this might not believe this right now and may just chalk my words up to the sad element of the country music I’m listening to as I write this (yes, I’m listening to classic country at 2:30am). The truth is that this is a topic I’ve been thinking about for a few months… besides, I’m constantly listening to country music so I’m somewhat immune to the sadness in country songs 😊

So, about these “Quarantine Convo’s”… I hate to say this but more often than not these conversations are distractions and not real relationships. I’ve seen people fall in love with their neighbours or with online matches. But few people stop and think “Would I feel this way about this person if life was ‘normal’?” The answer in these cases is more than likely a hard pass.

With quarantine and lockdowns due to COVID-19 people are being forced out of their normal lifestyles. For some people that means that they are ending long-term relationships. For other people that means starting relationships they would normally never consider.

I think it’s important to remember that these “relationships” are likely not going to last once people’s lives are back to normal. With Coronavirus putting us in these situations that are abnormal to humans, people are reaching for whatever human interactions they can find. IMO, that means that people are reaching out to people who they would normally not be interested in.

I’m not judging or looking down on anyone- we all have the right to live our lives as we please. But I think it’s important to realize that these “quarantine conversations” are just a distraction. Under normal circumstances this would be considered a distraction from the boredom between relationships. People need a distraction from feeling imprisoned in their homes so they are reaching out to neighbours or online relationships. It’s important to stop and think about whether one would have been interested in this “relationship” under normal circumstances.

It seems that more often than not one (or both) party is in this “relationship” simply to fulfill the normal human desire for contact with other humans. Normally this would be considered having a distraction from mundane day-to-day life but considering how online dating and relationships have proliferated during quarantine/lockdown/social distancing it seems that people are looking for extreme distractions. That is, rather than just seeing these “relationships” as stopgaps they are seeing them as something more than that and ascribing meaning to them.

I guess what I’m saying is to just guard your heart and be smart. Don’t fall in love with someone you normally wouldn’t be interested in just because that person is convenient and pays attention to you. When things get back to normal will this person still invest their time and energy in you? Before starting a relationship ask yourself if you would be interested in this person if you weren’t locked in close proximity.

And for goodness sake, do not settle for less than your worth just because you’re lonely or bored. There will be a COVID-19 vaccine soon enough and things will be back to normal. If you’re not really in to the person you suddenly find yourself attracted to, rather than investing your time and energy in to that person spend that time investing in yourself. Read books that expand your knowledge in to areas that you’re not familiar with. Learn about historical events. Explore other perspectives in to issues that you have already made up your mind on. Learn a new skill. Take up knitting or crocheting. (And don’t mock either of those- knitting is one of my favourite hobbies!) With winter rapidly approaching knitting blankets or mittens for homeless people would be a better investment of your time and energy than spending those resources in a man or woman who wouldn’t typically be your person of choice.

Yes- you are just human and have a need for human companionship and interactions. Use this time to connect with friends and family via video calls. Use it to invest in your community by helping the less fortunate, especially as winter approaches. Do things that are spiritually, mentally, and emotionally fulfilling. If you’re meant to be with a person, that person will still be around even after quarantine/lockdown is over.

There’s no rush to get in to a relationship and a pandemic is no reason to mess up your personal life. Don’t settle. Focus on things that improve YOU for your own sake- you’re the person you’ll be spending the rest of your life with! Check out musicians you’d normally never consider. Between books, podcasts, and calls with your friends and family there really is no time left over for either being someone else’s distraction or for using someone as your distraction. This is the time to be focussing on growing yourself and helping your community.

The world is on fire- don’t do anything that will add to the negativity in your personal life.

I mean this with your best interest at heart. Janice πŸ™‚

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Miss Regal World πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦πŸ‡¬πŸ‡ΎπŸ‘‘

Last month (on 7 August 2020) something amazing happened: I won an international pageant! I am your reigning Miss Regal World! Yeah, this girl from a town of 700 people in rural Saskatchewan won an international pageant!!!

Miss Regal World 2020/21 (Dress: Armando Medina; Makeup and photography by Hazel Envoy)

To say I was/am honoured is an understatement. The finalists in the Miss division were all remarkable women and I was honoured to be grouped as a finalist with these ladies. There were 56 of us from around the world in the Miss division and I was honoured to be a Top 8 Finalist. The finalists included an NHS nurse, a full-time pageant coach, a NYFW model, and a wide range of diverse individuals from different career paths and countries. The one thing we have in common is that we’re all passionate about our respective platforms.

The Top 8 Finalists (I’m in the middle row, on the far right. Recognize the dress? If not, see my other blog about upcycling clothes.)

My platforms were epilepsy awareness (surprise, surprise πŸ˜‰) and education for girls especially those in developing nations (also not a big surprise). I intend to continue to act for anti-racism during my reign (no surprise to anyone who knows me in real life or anyone who started following me because of my platform as International Ms Canada 2018) and to support small businesses especially those hit hard by COVID-19.

I guess it’s taken almost a month to write about this because I’ve been busy and not sure if this is reality or a dream. I’ve won local, provincial, and national pageant titles in Canada before. I even represented Canada when I placed in the Top 10 at an international pageant in the USA before… but winning an international pageant is completely uncharted territory for me. I have fantastic sister queens in the Junior Miss, Teen, and Ms divisions though and our director is a wealth of knowledge and support. ❀ But any readers who have experience in pageantry at the international level please feel free to contact me with advice or pointers! I need to utilize this year with an international platform to the fullest extent.

Halter and skirt: Armando Medina; Makeup by Hazel Evoy; Photography by Ezra Aleczander.

Ultimately I want to use my crown and sash to bring smiles to people through either in-person or virtual appearances especially for epilepsy groups and small businesses. Even more important, I want to make a difference in the civil rights movement. I want to be on the right side of history.

I can’t wait to write another blog and spill the tea on some of the different delegates I formed relationships with through this pageant! I have so many happy memories from the day I was first welcomed to the fold back in April and new memories with these ladies are continuing to be formed. Actually, just a couple days ago a delegate in the UK messaged me to let me know that she was listening to Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) by the Backstreet Boys and thought of me! πŸ₯° I felt so special that she thought of me, all the way across the Pond πŸ’•

If you’d like to watch the crowning moment announcement it can be found on the Miss Regal World facebook page. The Miss division announcement starts at the 7:15 mark. Crowning Moment Announcement (7min, 15s) And yes, you heard that correctly, I was privileged to represent my parents’ homeland of Guyana in the pageant. They both became naturalized Canadians years before I was born but I’m still proud to be Caribbean-Canadian and Guyanese-Canadian.

Disclaimer: Don’t @ me! Due to COVID-19 we did *not* have 125+ delegates (across the four age groups) fly in to the UK from across the globe for an in-person pageant. The pageant was completely online this year. Next year the pageant will be in-person. I can’t wait to meet this year’s delegates who will be competing again next year and next year’s new delegates!

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Interview with Janice MacGregor – Miss Regal World Delegate and International Ms Canada 2018

Thanks to the beautiful and inspiring Charlotte, Ms Diamond South Yorkshire 2020, for this interview. I appreciate you valuing my opinions and making time for this. I’m so thrilled to have you as a Sister Queen ❀

Pageant Lockdown Blog by Ms Diamond South Yorkshire

Firstly thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions about your pageant journey. It’s lovely getting to know fellow pageant queens and more about the systems that they represent.

Can you introduce yourself ?

Name: Janice MacGregor

Title:

Miss Regal World Delegate
International Ms Canada 2018

Age: Sorry, there was a glitch with my phone. I didn’t hear that. πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

What made you enter pageants ?

Pageants seemed (and proved to be) a great way to meet and connect with women of different backgrounds and to spread my messages of epilepsy awareness, anti-racism, and civil rights.

Can you tell us about your journey so far including previous titles ?

  • Miss Saskatoon 2007
  • Miss Saskatchewan 2007
  • Miss Canada International 2008 (I didn’t place but I left with dear friends with whom I am still in contact.)
  • Miss World Canada (I didn’t place but I value the experience…

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