Brandi is a true St. Paulie girl and loves the city with all her heart. She grew up in Mahtomedi with a very lively mom, dad and three fur brothers; most recent being Kopper Boady – the most adorable fellow-redheaded Brittany. Oh, she does also have a younger human sister whom she loves. Brandi enjoys gallivanting throughout the world catching herself some adventure; be it traveling, trying new athletic endeavors, song-writing or being with friends. She also hates cheese, please don’ t hold that against her. Honored to be a Miss Shamrock Princess this 2018, some may say she is tickled “green” with excitement!
Why do you think you would make a great Miss Shamrock?
With my newfound knowledge that my family does in fact hail from the Emerald Isle, to say my world has become a tad brighter is an understatement. I have always had a deep love and appreciation of the culture, people, and music of Ireland and for the longest time, have held an Irish pride and energy bottled up within me. I cannot begin to express how excited I am to let it all rise to the surface and live out my best, and most Irish life. The best part, I get to share it with such a large and equally passionate community of people.
A little about me. I consider myself to be a social-introvert. I am an internal thinker and deeply ponder my thoughts and often find myself hyper-aware to observe my surroundings and the people around me. I enjoy filling up my life by meeting new people and getting to know what makes them tick. Finding out what brings them joy, where they struggle and working to figure out how I can help is how my brain works. I adjust well to any situation and keep a cool head and an open ear, always respecting and valuing people’ s perspectives. I always find myself learning and growing after each interaction I have.
Why do I believe I would make a good Miss Shamrock 2018?
The SPA was started as a spirited tribute, and I believe that Miss Shamrock should be the embodiment of that spirit to honor that foundation in which the SPA and parade have been built upon. I believe it is so important going into year 52, that the community continues to feel like they can approach Miss Shamrock with ease, together celebrating all things Irish love.
I represent both sides of the lucky coin. I understand all of those who stand along the side of the parade year over year, adorned in all their green, without a drop of Irish in them yet still full to the brim with joy and Celtic energy. I am now also getting to know a life where I can claim I have Irish heritage, now truly understanding the joy and pride of being able to celebrate that.
With me, everyone can be Irish. Not just for a day, but throughout the year. Because it is about the spirit that Miss Shamrock and many others help to portray, that emerald beacon of acceptance, love and shamrocks! To me, Miss Shamrock is the embodiment of inclusion, respect, and camaraderie – all things I strive to implement within my daily life and self.
I have had the pleasure of being involved with many great non-profit organizations and I can think of nothing better than becoming part of an organization which helps to support so many in my very own community and beyond. Not to mention, I am traveling to Ireland this summer and what better way to represent Miss Shamrock than to return to the motherland!?