I had the honor of meeting Marina at the Miss Pink Pageant this year. Marina radiates compassion and was so sweet and genuine that I instantly fell in love with her. Don’t let the crown and gown fool you, Marina is tough as nails serving our country as a member of the Maine Army National Guard. We are thrilled to feature Marina this week as she heads into the national Miss USA pageant on Monday May 21 which will be aired live on FOX.
Q: Where are you from? Where do you call home?
A: Trenton ME, but I call Mount Desert Island my home
Q: What do you do for “work”?
A: Director of Marketing for Hair Product Company, Sergeant in the Maine Army National Guard
Q: How long have you been doing this?
A: Marketing, 1 year, ARMY 5 years 8 months
Q: How did you get started?
A: Joined US ARMY for college education. Knew that higher education would help me with a public speaking career.
Q: What inspires and motivates you?
A: To inspire and motivate others
Q: What tips do you have for anyone looking to get into the same thing?
A: Everyone’s journey is different, once you find your passion you’ll find an abundance of opportunity to develop your passion.
Q: What distracts you from your goals? How do you overcome those distractions?
A: Over thinking is my biggest distraction. When I focus to much on HOW I am going achieve something I end up getting anxious and over thinking… this takes time and effort away from me doing progressive work to get things done. When this happens, I try to look at the overall picture and trust that hard work and time will bring me where I want to be, and faith of course.
Q: Do you have any daily routines or rituals that help you to be at your best?
A: Gratitude for those in my life and for my life in general. I write in a journal every day and call/ face-time or text those close to me. To me it is important to see every single day as a blessing.
Q: What are your non-negotiables in life? How has keeping these things a priority helped you to be successful?
A: Staying true to who I am is my biggest non-negotiable. My morals and work ethic are a huge part of who I am and I’ve always tried to do the right thing. Karma is real in my world, so I always try to do the right thing even when no one is looking.
Q: What do you like to do for fun?
A: I love going hiking and being out in nature. I am from Acadia National Park so I was raised in a very natural environment. I find that hiking is the best way for me to relieve anxiety and take a break from work and business.
Q: Do you have any pets? If so, tell us about them
A: My roommate has two cats, but I call them my pets too! Their names are Harry and Dexter. We have had them for two months so they are still learning the rules of the apartment but they are very cute and love to cuddle.
A: How can our followers find you (website, social media, etc)?