For the past few years, I've heard that people want to know,
“So, who is this Nikki Clark? The lady behind IJM, Miss Teen America and Live to Sparkle?”
I must admit, I haven’t always been perceived to be the most approachable person, but as time went on, I began to understand how my introverted personality type could come off as cold. Don’t get me wrong, I have never been shy. I love a good conversation, but in the past, I usually wasn't the first person to start one-- especially with people that I didn’t know well.
My hope is that with this blog you will get to know more of the real Nikki. Hopefully you will come to find that I am not a robotic, IJM founding, MTA rejuvenating, LTS creating, glacial person.
I am human.
I am Nikki.
Now, a little more about the other side of me before I tell you how I got involved in so many projects. I am the wife of U. S. Coast Guard Master Chief, Matthew Clark. I will never get tired of saying that! Twenty-eight years in the Coast Guard, his diligence, and persistence will be something that I am forever proud of. I have two sons, who are both taller than I am. Sean, the oldest, will be our newest member of the US Coast Guard. While he awaits training, you can most likely find him gaming or whipping up something delicious. Ryan, the youngest, is starting his Junior year of High School. Though well traveled for his age, his love for history and knowledge of real world issues and various countries are impressive. My mother has always been my guiding force and listening ear which is one of the biggest reasons for the success of our many ventures. And although she may not know it, my oldest sister's perseverance in her determination to become a nurse was a source of inspiration.
I have two more babies and that’s my English Pointer, Mikey and my Domestic Longhair, Cammie. Mikey is white and fluffy and much like sugar. He’s the sweetest dog you could ever meet. Well, Cammie is the color of a whole bunch of spices all mixed together which couldn’t be more fitting of her personality. She is spicy. And just when she gets a little too spicy, you find out it was just cinnamon all along.
I started my journey with International Junior Miss after years of being involved in the world of pageantry as a contestant, state director for the Miss Teen America Organization, and local/state/national level judge. At the age of 17 and upon entering college, I received an offer to go to Japan to start my modeling career. This was the time of Niki Taylor and Tyra Banks. While the offer was fabulous, I did not take the opportunity since it would have been impossible for my mom to go with me. Instead, I started competing in pageants and started my college career. After studying Social Science and Political Science, I looked into law school, but the rapid growth of International Junior Miss and relocating from state to state with my military family, I decided to focus on my love of pageantry with IJM and Miss Teen America. My mother had a strong background in small business, and inspired me to follow in her footsteps to own my own business. After years of trial and errors, ups and downs, I would say that she has pushed me to be best that I can be.
I have never considered myself a writer, so blogging is coming as a new challenge for me although I have been a featured guest writer for You Be The Judge in Pageantry Magazine. I am no stranger to the world of entertainment with several guest appearances on radio shows across the country, a television appearance on the Big Easy, a USA Television Network television production, along with serving as Executive Producer, Television Personality and Head Judge Live to Sparkle Season 1 and Season 2. I have also served as Executive Producer for the three time televised International Junior Miss Pageant. My charity work includes sponsoring a young lady in Haiti with the Give Hope Global Organization, volunteering at the Food Life Line in Seattle and collecting socks for the homeless at Christmas, along with raising thousands of dollars in cash and supplies through IJM for The Ronald McDonald House.
My husband and I have traveled to many countries alone, but International Junior Miss also gave added opportunities to see the world. So, here I am, here to tell you about my experiences as a forty plus year old woman, enjoying traveling the world, eating fabulous foods, telling you my truth and having as much fun as possible. Oh, and did I mention the best part is that it's with my little sister and best friend, Jess.
Places Visited: Barcelona, Spain; Cartegna, Spain; Palma De Mallorca, Spain; Ponta Delgado, The Azores Island, Portugal; Niagra Falls, Canada; Milan, Itlay; Venic, Italy; Montenegro, Kotor; Argostoli, Greece; AThens, Greece; Split, Croatia; Falmoth, Jamaica; Montego Bay, Jamaica; London, UK; Paris France; Sydney, Australia; Melbourne, Australia; George Town, Grand Cayman; St. Thomas; Nassau, Bahamas; Freeport, Bahamas; St. George, Bermuda; Costa Maya, Mexico, Progresso, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico, Ensenada, Mexico; Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos; Tortola; Antigua; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Victoria, British Columbia
Ships Sailed: ROYAL CARIBBEAN: Quantum of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas (3), Majesty of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas; Rhapsody of the Seas; CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES: Dream, Breeze, Victory, Imagination, Elation, Glory. Sensation (2), Liberty, Fantasy (2), Fascination, Inspiration; COMMODORE CRUISE LINES: Enchantment of the Seas (2), DISNEY CRUISE LINES: Disney Wonder