December 2018

Bachelorette of the Year Top Ten Finalist: Myranda McAfee

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

Myranda McAfee
Director of Fitness, Lava 24 Fitness

Fun fact about me:
I love to entertain friends, and I am a game fanatic—any kind of game whether it be board games, hide and seek or a made up game, so I am always having game nights at my place!

If you were the newly elected mayor of Hilton Head Island or Bluffton, what would be the first thing on your agenda?
As the mayor, my first priority would be to listen to the residents to ensure our efforts and future plans were in the best interest of this island and the community. Listening to all residents—young professionals to the people who have been here for years—will definitely help create a healthier community. As part of the young professional group, I would love to see that sector grow and make everyone feel like they are a fit and have a say here.

Favorite holiday movie:
Elf, because smiling really is my favorite.

What quality do you most admire in others?
Patience, because I wish I had more of it!

What local event is a “must-do” for you every year?
The Shop More Local Festival. I had a blast last year, and I think it is huge to support the local businesses as the Shop More Local company helps us all daily.

Why should our readers vote for you as Bachelorette of the Year?
I feel that I am the embodiment of the Hilton Head Island spirit and community. The people I have met here made me realize right away how well I fit in, and I am not going anywhere. Hilton Head Island is my true home. Every day at work and outside of work, I try to help others with their overall wellness goals—and sometimes something outside of that—by spreading more positive vibes and sometimes by just smiling. I think the magazine can help me reach even more people to do just that. Not to mention Special Olympics South Carolina, because a vote for me is a vote for them.

Charity you are playing for:
Special Olympics South Carolina

Would things get better or worse if humans focused on what was going well rather than what’s going wrong?
I originally wanted to answer this question with, “better, duh!” But I think it’s a catch-22. A key to success is focusing on opportunities over obstacles. However, with humans, if we were to focus on our shortcomings, rather than highlighting our progression, we may be enlightened to change more for the better. If we never admit there is room for improvement, we never try to improve. So, I think we could benefit from focusing on what is going wrong to make it better.

To what do you attribute the biggest successes in your life?
My entire family but especially my big sister, Candice. She taught me so much starting from how to brush my teeth to how to be a professional after college. I have always tried to follow her footsteps such as joining cheerleading, just because she did, or going to bible studies because I saw how much she loved hers. She has been a role model to me since I was born and will be for the rest of my life. She is currently going through a very difficult time with her health and has not been able to participate in some major events in my life, but I believe I am making her proud and I cannot wait for her to be able to come see all that I am doing because of what she has taught me.

How about your largest failures?
Absolutely my own stubbornness. I have been blessed with so many amazing people in my life, and I am always given great advice. If it has ever not been taken, it is because I think I can do everything on my own. I make my own limitations. I take that as a positive, though, because at this point in my life, I am learning not to hold myself back anymore.

What is your personal mantra?
Practice wellness. This is on my business card as my quote, and it is what I tell people to always focus on, because wellness has eight dimensions which are all important: emotional, environmental good health, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual. I absolutely practice focusing on all of these as it is essential for well-being.

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