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4 Thoughts You’ve Had While Wearing the Red Blazer
By Monica Jones, VP of Development
Wearing the red blazer for FCCLA is not only an exciting journey with unexpected twists and turns but it is also a time that is filled with honor, humility, and education. Although each FCCLA member has a different experience throughout the years while wearing the red blazer, there are thoughts that I think we can all relate to.
- “Wow, it is hot.” More than likely you have felt the heat rise while wearing the red blazer in the middle of a hot day. Whether it was at a National Leadership Conference or any other time that took place in the middle of a spicy month, it can get a little warm. Most of us have experienced the all-too-familiar sweaty goodness while having a conversation with another member about where to go and how to get there.
- “Why are they looking at me?” You know what it’s like walking into a restaurant for a celebration meal when suddenly you look up to find everyone staring as you walk by. This causes you to look down and be reminded that you are wearing a bright red blazer. So you pick up your step and walk with even more confidence because you know you represent a fantastic organization.
- “Looking good. Feeling good.” Admit it. We have all put on our official uniform and looked in the mirror and thought to ourselves, “I am looking good today!” Not only does our uniform make us look more professional, but it also helps us feel energized and excited to be representing an organization that is focused on student leadership and helping our communities.
- “I am powerful.” So often we fall into the trap of thinking that as students in middle and high school we have very little power when the fact of the matter is that we have as much or as little power as we tell ourselves. We can make a difference. One of the very first times I felt this power was while wearing my red blazer. I was a part of something bigger than myself and I knew that together we are empowered to make a difference in our families, communities, and careers.
The red blazer is not only a jacket or simply a piece of our uniform. It is the central unit of our uniform and from it stems confidence that some members have never before experienced. At the end of the day and in the midst of whatever weather forecast, there is nothing quite like wearing the red FCCLA blazer and knowing you are loved by the 150,000 extended family members you have with FCCLA. The memories made and life skills learned while wearing the blazer will last a lifetime, and you’ll find yourself referring to these memories often. So enjoy wearing the blazer. I know I do!
Monica Jones, VP of Development