Kristen Michelle Wilson: First-Ever Female Ringmaster for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Kristen Michelle Wilson

For generations, millions of families have made the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus part of their lives.  The vibrant, live entertainment has brought joy to many.  In December 2016, the famed circus chose Kristen Michelle Wilson as its first female ringmaster in its 146-year history.

Wilson, 35 of Florida beat out 100 applicants who auditioned for the job.

“Ever since I was a child, I have loved performing and entertaining,” she said. “So, to join the ‘greatest show on earth’ is truly just the biggest thrill of my life. It’s a bucket list-level opportunity I never even imagined.” (Good Morning America)

Unfortunately, this great opportunity will end all too soon.  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will have their last show EVER on May 21, 2017.

I am happy that I was able to retrace my childhood on February 19, 2017.  I saw Kristen lead the circus for its last Atlanta, Georgia performance.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on February 19, 2017

Congratulations Kristen!  And Farewell Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus!


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Cassandra (Cassie) De Pecol: The First Woman To Visit Every Country In The World

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In a Guinness World Record Time of 18 months and 26 days, world traveler, environmental activist, women’s rights and peace activist, educator, triathlete and entrepreneur Cassie De Pecol has visited every country in the world.  Cassie embarked on her tour in July 2015 as an ambassador for the International Institute of Peace Through Tourism, but the power of wanderlust overtook her in 2010.

In the summer of 2010, Cassie saved $2000 and decided to see the world.  Along with her brother Jason, she would spend the next month traveling the walls of Berlin, the gardens of Munich and the mountains of Switzerland.

Shortly thereafter, Cassie took a 9-5 job in Washington, D.C. to experience a “normal life” for a while.  She found the corporate world unfulfilling and moved back to California to reflect on life. (

With an intense passion for travel, Cassie began planning her trek around the world, now known as “Expedition 196”.

Her goal: “To inspire young women around the world to travel, step outside of their comfort zone.  Do something that only men have done.”

Next up, Cassie has plans to race in an Olympic triathlon in San Diego in March.

Let Go!