And The Winner Is…..

imagesI have competed in pageants in the past but this time was very different. Although I was hoping I would be one of the lucky women to take home a coveted crown, I went to this years pageant with a different mind set. In years past I had my game face on, the actual competition was all consuming, I was worried that I wasn’t going to say, do, or be all the right things.

As a result I found myself trying to be something I wasn’t to impress the judges and the delegates. There are so many problems with that when I look back and see it now….I had a terrible time, I didn’t get to know the amazing women that I was there with the way I would have liked to and it quite honestly left me feeling bad about myself and wondering why I felt so so empty when I left.

11024640_10155327250690054_2294845770588570220_nThis time I embraced every moment tried to spend some time and meet and talk to each of the ladies sharing this experience with me and I had an amazing time. I didn’t win. But what happened was actually amazing and quite honestly better.

I was convinced that I would be taking home the title of Ms. North America Globe since I had well over 1200 votes from all my amazing friends and family and I actually nearly doubled my voted the day of the pageant. I thought I was a shoe in….I wasn’t!

My name was called for the first runner up and immediately I though, how can that be? I put a smile on my face and walked to the stage. I was still in disbelief but quite honestly was so happy for the winners. I got to see the joy of the new Ms. North America Globe being crowned as well as the new Mrs. USA Globe. Both amazing ladies and absolutely deserving of their titles in every single way.

11050166_10155287233595054_7112068528044286682_n (1)As an aside to all the excitement happening on stage, the organizers stepped up on stage and removed my 1st runner up banner and tiara and replaced it with the most beautiful custom crown a girl could want and the banner which read Ms. Canada Globe! So although I didn’t win…at least not the title that I thought that I wanted, I actually won an even better opportunity.

Because of the amazing friends and family that I have and the incredible number of voted and donations that were contributed on my behalf I won the Ms. Canada Globe title and will be travelling to China to represent my birth country later this year.

So to all my amazing friends, family, friends – my “F-clan” Thank you so much for your amazing support! It is an amazing feeling to know you are loved and supported!!!! Love you guys!!!!

Ms. Texas in 3rd Place After First Round of Voting

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Photo: J. Patrick

The first round of votes are in and Texas is in 3rd place. Thank you to everyone that has voted so far!

Virtual Voting Top 5 Mrs. U.S. Globe 2015 (2/16/2015 1:30 PM PST)

1) Georgia
2) Pacific N.W.
3) Texas
4) Minnesota
5) Washington

If you haven’t got your votes in yet be sure to vote today.

Every single person that votes for Ms. Texas will receive a FREE electronic copy of my Best Selling Book, The Pretty-Fit Lifestyle.

Each vote is $10 and is a donation that goes directly to supporting women that have experienced domestic violence. You will also get a receipt so you can use it as a deduction on your taxes! (WIN Foundation)

I would be absolutely grateful for your vote and support of the WIN Foundation and I get to share my book with you!!! Voting continues until March 7th, 2015.

Be sure to share this link with all your friends!!! Love you guys! Go Texas!!!!

VOTE FOR MS. TEXAS

Vote for Ms. Texas Globe

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Tonight is when all the fun starts!

VOTE FOR MS. TEXAS KIMBERLY CASTLE

One of the most important votes in the Ms. US Globe pageant is the People’s Choice Vote.

This is where you get to vote for your favorite candidate….Me!!!amazon_excerpt_Page_01

Every single person that votes for Ms. Texas will receive a FREE electronic copy of my Best Selling Book, The Pretty-Fit Lifestyle.

Each vote is $10 and is a donation that goes directly to the WIN Foundation. You will also get a receipt so you can use it as a deduction on your taxes…(pssst…it is tax season, we can use all the help we can get)

I would be absolutely grateful for your vote and support of the WIN Foundation and I get to share my book with you!!! Be sure to share this link with all your friends!!! Love you guys!

VOTE FOR MS. TEXAS KIMBERLY CASTLE

Ms. Texas Globe 2014 Kimberly Castle Crowned

PHOENIX TAYLOR, IVY ZEHRING AND JENNIFER READDallas, TX – January 29, 2015 – Dallas, TX resident, Kimberly Castle was crowned Ms. Texas Globe in 2014 and will be representing the great state of Texas at the Mrs. USA Globe pageant in Las Vegas on March 7th, 2015.

Kimberly’s acceptance of the highly prized crown is just the beginning of a journey that includes acting as a Spokesperson for the WIN Foundation, a non-profit organization specializing in programs of healing and empowerment and include rehabilitation for women who have suffered domestic violence, responsible drinking and dating on college campuses and anti-bullying programs.

“Raising funds and awareness for the charity is important to me and as a result I am donating 100% of all profits from the sale of my book The Pretty-Fit Lifestyle for the month of February directly to the WIN Foundation”, says Kimberly.

Castle is a force to be reckoned with and will make an impeccable Mrs. US Globe according to her supporters across the nation. She is a published author, an Oxygen Magazine Cover Model, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Weight Management Coach and Interior Design. One of the visionary founders of Oxygenfit, David Griffin endorses Kimberly by saying, “……women like Kimberly Castle are very rare and should be paid close attention to on a number of levels!” she is one of my most trusted confidants, most admirable, dedicated and self-made women I have ever met.”

When asked to describe her involvement with the Mrs. Globe organization, Kimberly stated,  “I am so proud to be a part of the Mrs. Globe Organization. The vision and goals of the organization align directly with the message that I have been sharing in creating the Pretty-Fit Lifestyle brand. Like The WIN Foundation, the Pretty-Fit Lifestyle is committed to the emotional health, personal self-esteem and empowerment of women all over the world.”

mstexasThe Mrs. Globe pageant is the largest international pageant for Misses in the world, as well as the largest charitable event for the WIN Foundation, a non-profit outreach that specializes in abuse and self-esteem recovery. People’s Choice votes for the Pageant is open now and Castle urges you to vote for Ms. Texas. The Virtual Voting portion of Ms. U.S. Globe contest is the charitable fundraising arm for the pageant. The winner of Virtual Voting is crowned by the people’s vote and wins the title of Ms. North America. and will receive an all-expense paid trip to Mrs. Globe pageant in China later this year. All proceeds from Virtual Voting are donated to charity (Women In Need, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation). Virtual Voting will open on February 1st, 2015. It will close on March 7th after the top 5 are selected.

To vote for Kimberly visit: Vote for Ms. Texas: Kimberly Castle

The prestigious Mrs. U.S. Globe pageant will take place at on Saturday March 7th, at the beautiful Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, NV.

Pretty-Fit LifestyleAbout Kimberly Castle  Kimberly Castle is Ms. Texas Globe 2014, a Published Author, Fitness Model, Certified Personal Trainer, Interior Designer, Business Analyst, and NCIDQ Certified. Kimberly’s weight and fat loss success story has been featured on the cover of Oxygen Magazine and in FitnessRX for Women just to name a few. Castle is a health and wellness coach, national level figure competitor in Canada and the USA and created the Pretty-Fit Lifestyle brand to promote a healthy lifestyle to women around the world. For more information, you can visit:

Interested in being a sponsor or a prestigious judge for the upcoming event? Mrs Globe Texas Sponsorship

Ms. USA Globe 7 Weeks Till Showtime

mstexasIt is just seven weeks until I will be in Las Vegas, NV competing along side women from all over the USA for the title of Ms. USA Globe. There is a ton of preparation happening including early morning workouts, lots of meal preparation, finding the perfect evening gown which is always a challenge but even more so is finding the perfect swimsuit! No woman likes swimsuit shopping and it feels even more stressful when you know you will be on stage wearing that bikini in hopes of becoming the next Ms. USA Globe.

Besides all the physical preparation there is preparing for the interview portion of the program – I have decided all my answers should be “World Peace!”

And last but certainly not least is securing sponsorship and raising money for my charity, the WIN Foundation.

What many may not know is that the Mrs. Globe organization was created for and is in existence as a charitable event to raise money for the WIN Foundation. Which is amazing for any sponsor that is generous enough to help support my quest for the crown. All donations are 100% tax deductible. Which couldn’t be better timing as it is tax season and we all need a little tax break.

But one of the coolest things that is available to sponsors is the opportunity to sit on the judging panel and help select the next Ms. USA Globe. This is your opportunity to check this off your bucket list. I would love your support but even better I would love to see your smiling face on the judging panel making your own dreams come true!

Every little bit helps and I would love your financial support and well as your moral support by cheering me on from the crowd, facebook, email, virtual voting or whatever way you can! Love you guys! Until next time you will probably find me on the treadmill. =)

Click on the link below to see the sponsorship opportunities available.

Mrs Globe Texas Sponsorship

Things Are Not Always What They Seem

IMG_0597It has been three years since I last stepped on stage as a bikini competitor. 2011 was a big year of competitions for me. One where I competed in nearly ten shows and missed my IFBB Pro Card by one placing at North Americans and that was a tough pill to swallow given that was my big dream at the time. I felt like a complete failure. I had dedicated the better part of 4 years working to get there and “now what was I going to do?”. I found my whole identity was wrapped up in being a competitor and I didn’t really know who I was or if I even liked what I had become.

Since then a lot has changed in my life.

  • I was married and now I am single.
  • I was living in Evansville, IN and now I am living in Dallas, TX.
  • I was at the end of a very long year and really wondering how I had found myself right where I was in my life.
  • I was very unhappy, over worked, travelling over 200 days that year for my day job, wondering how I could possibly have a failing marriage?
  • I was struggling with sever body image issues and found myself in a very bad cycle of binge-ing and purging and doing cardio for ridiculous amounts of time.

At the time I felt like everything around me was crumbling away and I had no control over any of it.

I finally woke up and took control over my own life at the beginning of 2012. I realized that only I was going to be able to actually fix my life. The unhappy, empty life that I had actually created. It’s funny, but not funny, how we might think to ourselves, “How did I end up here?” not really aware that it was a long line of decisions we made about our lives that put us exactly where we are at any given time.

A lot of this story I have not shared with anyone except one or two people that I love and trust very much. I was afraid of what people might think about me. That I was such a failure. I was, after all, on the cover of some major magazines, appeared to have the perfect marriage, appeared to have a glamorous job “jet setting” around the world. Appearances really are not everything and I wasn’t fooling anyone, especially those who knew me best.

The last three years I have done a lot of soul searching and I know my decisions are getting better. For one, I am the happiest I have been in years. I have learned that saying NO sometimes actually contributes to my happiness. I know that I have some of the best friends and family that a girl could ask for. I know that I can do anything I put my mind to and I know that I can recover. I have recovered from heartache. Come to terms with the idea that I am a single woman again when I thought I would be married for the rest of my life. I am strong and smart enough and resourceful enough to take care of myself. I have a healthy relationship with food again thanks to a really amazing support group who really helped me put everything that seems so messy and insurmountable into perspective.

1656334_10153811445865054_451545198_nI know that I love fitness and I love to run and bike outside and lift weights and go for walks. I love fashion design and I am amazing at sewing and want to start my own clothing line. I also know that I would love to be married again someday and have someone to share my life with and travel the world with and own a dog and maybe if it’s still possible I would love to have a baby too.

I am turning 40 in April and I am excited for what 2015 has in store for me.

I will be representing Texas at the Mrs. US Globe Pageant in March 2015 in Las Vegas, NV. and I will be working hard to raise awareness and funds for our charity, the W.I.N. Foundation which has brought so much good to the very dark subject of domestic violence. I also will be working on a healthy mind and a healthy body as I prepare in the coming months to spend 4 amazing days in Las Vegas with all of my “Globe” sisters.

mstexasI would love to share my journey with you along the way including:

  • what I am doing to raise funds, I have some charity events in the works that I am excited about
  • what I will be doing to get physically fit, I have some great workouts and tips and tricks that I can’t wait to share with you
  • what I will be doing to improve my mental fitness, there are some great programs like the whole movement about being “mindful” which my best friend has had first-hand experiencing and I am excited to learn more about

You will see me on stage at the Ms. US Globe Pageant the best me that I can be and you will see me in the pages of Maxim Magazine which is also an incredible dream come true and you just might see me on stage in a bikini to celebrate my 40th birthday.

Why am I doing all this? Mainly because I can and it is never too late to start now!

I would love to hear from you!

Make-up Tips from a Princess

10455860_10154309787675054_5543469829758259567_nI posted the other day about my skin care routine and products that I use. This is a follow up to that post and covers the make-up that I wear on a daily basis. So here is my list….

  • Artistry Tinted Moisturizer with SPF15 – I don’t use foundation. i just use this tinted moisturizer. I find in the Summer a 6 works as my skin is a bit more tanned than in the winter when I would use a 5.
  • Artistry Essentials Concealer – well I was using this in the Light and I was ready to place a new order because i am almost out and I learned that it has been discontinued =( I liked how it covered my dark under eye circles. So now I am trying out a new product just started this week…Benefit Boi-ing (2) – so far I like it but I think that the 2 is a bit darker than I would like and next time I order will order a 1.
  • MAC Powder  – I use MAC powder and have for years, I love the consistency of it and always looks great. I use the Medium tone.
  • Quo Bronzer – I love this stuff and it lasts forever! I buy this in Canada when I am home and use it for contouring to get a little color on my pale face
  • Hot Mama – this is one of my fav’s and I was introduced to it with a sample that I received in Birchbox. I loved it so much that I ordered the full size product. This is a blush and eye shadow all in one. It has a bit of shimmer but not too much. Perfect little case for when I travel to keep things compact and it is a two for one!
  • MAC Neutral Eye Shadow Pallet – Love this little kit – includes every neutral shade a girl might want. I stick to neutrals for the most part as I find any other color that I wear makes me look like I walked right out of the 80’s….and not in a good way.
  • Stila Eyeliner – this is a liquid eyeliner also courtesy of Birchbox. I only ever used to wear a pencil eyeliner but now that I have figured out how to wear a liquid liner, have a steadier hand and with some practice I love the look of the liquid liner. I will still use a dark brown or black pencil liner for my waterline as I find the liquid liner would just smudge too much.
  • Mascara – I don’t wear mascara mainly because I wear eyelash extensions and it isn’t needed. I love my lashes. I can actually leave the house without make-up and look bright eyed. I did stop wearing them for a while recently and tried to use just mascara and also attempted the Fiber Lash Mascara that is so popular and although I thought the look was nice what I didn’t love was the fibers were constantly falling into my eyes so they would water and I would be rubbing them all the time not to mention the fibers also would fall off and would be under my eyes – the last thing I need is a bunch of dark black fibers under my eyes when I am already battling dark circles. If you are in Dallas and looking for an amazing lash lady let me know. I can make a great recommendation.
  • Honey Bronze Lip Nectar – I love this lip gloss from the BodyShop. Light color and nice amount of glossiness and tastes like honey!
  • Lise Watier Lipstick – also a favorite of mine from Canada. I don’t wear lipstick all the time but when I do this is my go to.

These are a few of my favorite things! I would love to hear some of your favorite products too!

Skin Care Tips from a Princess

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I have received a lot of questions lately about what skin care I use. Thank you to all the very nice folks for the very kind compliments about my skin. I have to admit I am very lucky and part of having the great skin I do have is genetics. My mom has beautiful skin, so does my sister and my cousins all are beautiful and have great skin too. But there are also some things that I do and use to keep looking young.

  1. I workout! I know that doesn’t seem like “the fountain of youth” but honestly I really believe I look and feel younger than I am because I work out regularly. Weight training and cardio training.
  2. Sleep – I get a lot of sleep. I never quite understood how so many can get by with just a few hours of sleep. I need 8 hours to be at my best, otherwise I find myself really tired and have a hard time focussing! What does that have to do with my skin? I am really prone to dark circles under my eyes and with little sleep they get really dark and really big! I once was asked if I had a black eye when I wasn’t wearing any make up. According to WebMD “Beauty Sleep” is a real thing! Check it out here.

Okay finally getting to the good stuff. Here is a list of what I use each day and I have included a link to each where possible. It is also important to note that I am not paid by any of these brands to promote their products. I use them because I love them. Also I buy my stuff on Amazon if I can as they typically have the best prices – rarely to I go into a store and buy it off the shelf.

  • Neutrogena Oil Free Make-Up Remover – there are a couple of reasons I use this 1) to remove my eye make-up specifically eyeliner but 2) I use Oil Free because I wear eyelash extensions and using Oil Free prevents them from all falling off
  • Neutrogena Oil Free Make-Up Remover Wipes – I mainly use these when I am traveling so that I don’t have to worry about getting a bottle of remover through security
  • Face Scrub – I use this about once a week or whenever I remember. And this container has literally lasted me almost a year and a half. I purchased it in March 2013 and I am just now out so to me it is worth the cost.
  • Youth Extend Enriching Lotion – I put this on after I clean my face in the morning. 2 – 3 pumps in my finger tips and then all over my face and neck
  • Skinceuticals A.G.E. Eye Cream – For under my eyes to combat those dark circles I mentioned earlier
  • Artistry Tinted Moisturizer with SPF15 – I don’t use foundation. i just use this tinted moisturizer. I find in the Summer a 6 works as my skin is a bit more tanned than in the winter when I would use a 5.
  • Artistry Essentials Concealer – well I was using this in the Light and I was ready to place a new order because i am almost out and I learned that it has been discontinued =( I liked how it covered my dark under eye circles. So now I am trying out a new product just started this week…Benefit Boi-ing (2) – so far I like it but I think that the 2 is a bit darker than I would like and next time I order will order a 1.

Next time I will share the make-up that I use. I would love to hear your comments about the products that I am using and would love to hear about any awesome ones that you want to share with me!