Be Your Own Princess!

Ok, lets chat about something really quick.

Growing up, we all at one point or another were introduced to the Disney Princesses. Those sweet caring little delicate creatures who somehow always wound up in some kind of danger and needed to be saved.  Some of us, I'm sure, owned dresses that looked like their favorite princess or your children do currently.  Regardless, we all had a favorite princess who we admired and wanted to be like her. 

(In case you were wondering, mine is Jasmin. She was pretty badass for a Disney princesses if you think about it. She didn't just sit around and wait to be saved. She took several hits for the team. She even had to deal with Jafar who was a super creep and basically had to seduce him to save Aladdin's butt. Pretty badass in my book) 

Jafar is a creepy McCreeperson!

Jafar is a creepy McCreeperson!

... Back on topic :) 

I however have personally always had an issue with the idea of wanting to be like one of the princesses.  I loved the movies for what they were and don't get me wrong, its ultra adorable when little's are running around in their princess dresses but I always want to pull them aside and ask " Ok, but if you could create your own princess, what would she look like?" 

Actually, knowing me I'd ask way more than that. I would want a full detailed description like, What is her favorite color? How long is her hair? What does her ballgown look like? Does she even wear a ballgown? Is she a modern princess who listens to punk and rides a dirt bike vs. kissing frogs to find her prince?  Is she an astronaut from another planet? ... My question list could go on forever.

Chances are she would have one amazing answer that would top any Disney princesses theme. Perhaps its the part of me that is always striving for uniqueness and originality but I always want children to run with their own ideas and not get boxed into someone else's description of something.

With this being said, I've put together a character building sheet to do with your own children (or yourself, because it's fun and really gets your creativity going.) Once you get it all filled out share your answers with me either here on the blog post or send it to me in a message.  I may or may not be planning a big surprise for the person who has the most well thought out princess. 

So print that bad boy out and get to working on the ultimate princess description. I can't wait to see them! 


Why I REFUSE to compleatly grow up.

Have you ever watched the movie Hook?  The fantastic story about Peter Pan(ing) coming back to Grandma Wendy's house with his kids to visit for Christmas and then all hell breaks loose?

**If you haven't, we really need to have a quick chat ... and a movie night because It's important that you watch it. **

Basically, Peter has spent the past 20 or so years working as a big shot at a company that is sucking his soul away. He is not giving his kids the attention they want, he is not happy, his marriage is failing and has lost touch with his inner kid.  (ring a bell for anyone?) 

Hook realizes Pan is back in town and steals his kids while the family is out receiving an award for Wendy's amazing work with foster children.  During Peter's adventure back to Neverland and after a bunch of *Hilarious* training and several rude awakenings later he starts to remember what makes him feel alive and makes him happy again.  Long story short he saves his children and brings them back home and is a changed man.

So why am I telling you this? Why is Hook important and an valuable lesson to literally everyone?

As adults it is WAY to easy for us to get bogged down with day to day nonsense that fills our hearts, souls and stresses us the hell out.  This makes our quality of life suffer and we lose so much when this happens. 

It's easy for anyone to say "Just shake it off like Taylor Swift"  but life gets really stupid sometimes and it's just hard to keep your chin up.  It is times like this when I come back to this movie.  I may even watch it when I feel the struggles of life crushing down on me and I instantly feel better.  It allows me to remember not to take things too seriously, have fun whenever humanly possible, feel grateful for all the awesome in my life, take care and help others when you can, be curious, have stupid amounts of fun, be creative, have confidence, don't be afraid and find adventures where I can and act on it. 

These are the things that us adults easily lose sight of but they are and will forever be the things I value most in life. It is because of these things I feel free and will never ever ... never ever ever ever ever grow up compleatly. 

So the next time you think you feel the world crashing down on you and you feel your inner child clawing to get out have some fun think of the movie Hook.  Dance when you hear a song you even if you're in public. Let your mind race with exciting ideas for after work activities, volunteer somewhere that makes you feel amazing. Laugh like a child. Let your heart feel free and never ever stop "living" because in the words of Peter pan " To live, would be an awfully big adventure!"