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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Former Miss Kansas speaks about self-struggles

  • For Miss Kansas 2005 Adrienne Rosel Bulinski, the message she set out to deliver to the young members at the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) conference was simple — "Work towards your dream and don't let anything or anyone get in your way."
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  • For Miss Kansas 2005 Adrienne Rosel Bulinski,  the message she set out to deliver to the young members at the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) conference was simple — "Work towards your dream and don't let anything or anyone get in your way."
    The nonprofit organization whose goal is to promote "personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education" held its Fall Leadership Conference for the first time in Dodge City, Wednesday, Oct. 23, with Bulinski as their key speaker.
    "If you could be anything in the world, what would you be?" Bulinski asked her young audience.
    She made her way down from the stage to hold the microphone for three students who each responded, "I don't know."
    Bulinski helped the students identify what it is they enjoyed doing in school. One student enjoyed health class, she suggested careers such as dietitian or nutritionist.
    Bulinski recalled being younger and being asked the same question by a teacher, except her answer was a little different. She wanted to be a dancer on Broadway.
    So everyday, Bulinski set out to achieve little goals that would propel her towards her dream. — like practicing how to do the splits every single day in her room.
    "After three years of going up to my room everyday to practice the splits, I finally did it." She said.
    "Learn everything you possibly can about everything it is that you do," Bulinski said. "I challenge all of you to spare five minutes out of your day, for one year, to practice something you like doing."
    She took to heart that advice growing up. She took dance classes, followed by acting classes and vocal training after being told that would help her career as a professional dancer. Bulinski's hard work soon paid off and she went off to work for stage musical Texas Legacies in 2003 and an acting role at Discoverland! in 2004 and in 2005 was crowned Miss Kansas.
    In 2007, while in Texas, she listened to a friend's advice to learn bareback riding — a decision that almost cost her not only all her years of hard work but her ability to walk.
    That day, before calling it quits, Bulinski was encouraged to try to jump on the horse one more time. After doing it successfully throughout that day's riding session, she agreed, only this time the horse bucked Bulinski and the land took a toll on her right foot. It rolled inward and snapped completely.
    "I lost sight of my goals," Bulinski said. "Did I need to learn how to ride bareback? No. You are not invincible! and today I want to help you avoid going through what I've been through."
    "While in the hospital, my dad said to me, I am the keeper of my success," She said.  "I realized that while I may had lost my old dreams, it was up to me to find new dreams."
    Page 2 of 2 - Bulinski since then, has proved doctors wrong by walking again and says although she still faces daily obstacles her message to herself and to others is to never give up. She is scheduled to undergo another surgery Monday and three weeks later she will undergo another surgery for a total replacement of her ankle.
    Still, the former Miss Kansas, stands before her listeners with a big smile and leaves them with another powerful message, "Be the encourager, not the discourager."

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