FRUIT HEIGHTS -- Carol Ann Guest is passionate about empowering women of all ages to live life with purpose and passion.
As the new Mrs. Utah, Guest said she decided to compete in the pageant as a way of helping other women recognize their innate gifts and God-given talents.
"I want to inspire others to follow their dreams, no matter their age or circumstance," she said. "I believe strongly in being a voice for my platform, 'Embrace Your Place.' I love doing workshops and helping women recall and reclaim their greatness."
Guest was crowned Mrs. Utah in March. And from March 31 to April 14 she will compete in the national Mrs. America pageant in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.
The pageant has four areas of competition. The interview alone is worth 50 percent of the score. Guest also will compete in the swimsuit and evening gown categories and finally in an on-stage impromptu question.
Guest was born in Ogden and raised in Sunset. The 44-year-old beauty queen lives in Fruit Heights with her husband, Curtis, their six children, two cats and a dog.
Guest graduated from Clearfield High School in 1985 and earned a bachelor's degree from Weber State University in dental hygiene with a minor in health education and nutrition. For 15 years, she worked as a dental hygienist and taught histology, embryology and preventive dentistry at Salt Lake Community College.
In 2002, Guest opened her own business, Embrace Your Place, an organization helping women of all ages to recognize their innate gifts, God-given talents and the power of being the conscious creator of their lives, she said. She facilitates workshops for girls ages 12 to 19, titled "Be your own kind of beautiful," as well as "Journey to empowerment and success" for women.
"I love helping women of all ages love who they are and have the desire to magnify their greatness and define their destiny," Guest said.
Guest said she has learned a lot from her journey in the pageant, including the importance of life-balance.
"Creating time for myself in a world where I serve my husband and family whole-heartedly, I have learned to take time out of my busy schedule each day to meditate, read and enjoy a few moments of stillness in this chaotic world," she said. "I have regained my youthfulness and am in the best physical shape since the age of 16 as a cheerleader at Clearfield High School."
Guest said she was raised with strong core values. Her mother, she said, always taught her that deep roots are not reached by the frost.
"My mother was right. I have had plenty of frost in my life, but I have been able to stand strong through adversity," she said. "I am grateful for these core values. They have helped me become the woman I am today."
Guest said she wants other women to know that no matter what circumstance they come from, they are the conscious creators of their lives and can change and dream big.
"The five tools include our thoughts, words, actions, attitudes and beliefs," she said. "I always teach my children that it doesn't matter what happens around them, and it doesn't matter what happens to them. All that truly matters is what's in them. They can be the conscious creators of their own lives by the thoughts they think, the words they speak, the things they do and the way they see themselves."