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Dream Big, Princess

Continuing the theme of graduation advice, I’ve got another post this week.  In all fairness, you should know that this post is primarily for my own Princess who is graduating in a few days.  You may want to skip the last paragraph.

Disney Princesses are a mixed bag of characters.  Some deeply reflect outdated notions of gender roles.  Some barely register as a driving character in their own movie.  Some are extraordinary.  All have characteristics that we can admire and can use to navigate our way through life.  As you graduate and head out into the great wide world, here are some lessons from the Disney Princesses.

Be like Snow White.

Snow_white_disney

No matter what you have to do, make it fun.  You don’t have to whistle while you work, but make an effort to find the joy in the most mundane of life’s activities.  If you can manage to do that, life will be more enjoyable.  We all get stuck doing things we don’t want to sometimes.  Find a way to see the positive and you will be surprised at how that transforms your world.

 

 

Be like Cinderella.Cinderella_Photo

Be kind.  Even when it is easier not to be.  When you choose kindness you make yourself a stronger person.  Kindness doesn’t mean you stay in a bad situation when you have a chance to leave.  Your put on your glass slippers and run out of there.  Kindness means you never sink to the level of casual cruelty no matter what.

 

Be like Aurora.

sleeping-beauty

Trust in your dreams.  They might feel unrealistic, too hard, or just plain crazy but that doesn’t mean you should give up.  Adapt, change, and maybe take a nap but keep following your dreams.

 

 

 

Be like Ariel. ariel-the-little-mermaid

Be brave enough to look outside the world you know.  You never know what you might find when you step outside the things you have always experienced.  It might be scary.  It might be wonderful.  It will probably be a mixture of both.  You will never know if you don’t see it for yourself.

 

Be like Belle. 

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Don’t be afraid to look beneath the surface to see what is really there.  People will surprise you, sometimes for the worse but often for the best.  Everyone is more than they appear to the outside world.  It is worth your time and effort to find out what’s on the inside.  As an added bonus, don’t forget to take time to enjoy a good book!

 

Be like Jasmine.

jasmine.jpg

Don’t accept something just because that’s the way it has always been done.  There will be plenty of people who will want to tell you what you can and should do.  Listen to them and their reasons, but make your own decision based on what you know is right for you.  Be bold in your choices even when no one has made that choice before.

 

 

Be like Pocahontas.  

Pocahontas_Disney

Champion diversity.  We live in a society that tells us different is scary, bad, or awful.  Don’t forget that you know better.  Our world needs diversity in order to thrive and so do we.   Life is better when we see all the colors.  Use your voice to call out discrimination and hatred whenever you see it.  Speak for those who are not present and call for their inclusion at all levels.

 

 

 

Be like Mulan. 

mulan.jpg

Fight for the right to be the person you really are inside.  You have gifts and experience that no one else has.  Your perspective is of value don’t let anyone put you in a box.  Just because you might fail trying to fulfill a role that someone else assigns you, it doesn’t mean you are a failure.  You can succeed in ways that no one could have expected.

 

 

Be like Tiana.

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Have a goal.  Work toward it.  Don’t give up.  Life is not easy.  Don’t expect it to be.  It is a rare thing that you will get something without having to work for it first.  Make a plan, adapt the plan when necessary, but keep working toward your future.

 

 

Be like Rapunzel.

rapunzelSee the world with wonder.  Enjoy every day like it’s the best day ever.  Jump in with both feet.  Experience life to its fullest.  We all have a limited number of days.  don’t get so focused on goals, work, and plans that you forget to have fun.  Plus, don’t forget your frying pan

 

 

Be like Merida.

Merida_web_smallBe brave enough to change your fate.  It is hard to step out and do something different from what was always expected, not just of you but by you.  Sometimes life changes and you will have to change with it.  Don’t be afraid when that happens.  Embrace the change and allow yourself to look in a new direction.

 

 

 

Be like Elsa. 

ElsaPose

Let go of the things that hold you back and keep you from being the person you are meant to be.  things will not always be easy, but hold on to the strength you need tune out the negative.  Pain, failure, and heartache can hold you back if you let it.  Move on.  Look toward the future, not to the past.  Look to your strengths, not to your weaknesses.

 

 

Be like Anna. 

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Love enthusiastically even if things don’t turn out the way you want them to.  At some point someone will break your heart.  It will hurt.  You will feel like you never want to go through that again.  Those feelings will pass if you let them.  Don’t allow the experience of being hurt to shape how you love.

 

 

 

Be like Moana.

Princess_MoanaKnow who you are.  Listen to the voice inside.  Embrace where you came from, but find your own path.  You will do things that no one ever dreamed you could.  You will head into the world leaving what you know behind, but you will be supported and surrounded by all the people who have gotten you to this point even if you cannot see them.

 

 

 

 

Most importantly

Be like You.Disney morning

People ask me who my favorite Disney princess is.  The answer, of course, is ‘the one I raised’.

You are everything you need to be in order to succeed in this world.  Embrace it. Allow your strength to carry you through the tough times.  Allow your kindness to shine like a beacon to those around you.  Allow your joy to transform this world.

Dream Big, Princess and know that no matter where you go or what you do my love goes with you.

 

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Inspiration by Disney

We have once again entered into graduation season.  It’s a little more poignant this year since The Princess is graduating.  To begin our week long celebration I am republishing my graduation blog from last year.  Enjoy!

 

I have never been asked to speak at a commencement or a baccalaureate but it it one of those things I have thought about doing.  What would I say?  How would I inspire young people on the cusp of a new phase of life?  Here are some of my thoughts.

 

‘I’ve got no strings’

pinocchio_got_no_strings

You are on the brink of a new level of freedom.  Your choices will more and more be shaped by your own priorities NOT what your parents, teachers, and other authority figures tell you to do.  This is good and bad.  Freedom is a wonderful thing, but it is also a little scary.  Be brave!  Don’t let your strings hold you back.

‘A whole new world’

whole new world

There is a lot of world out there that you have never seen.  Be open to new experiences.  Go new places, try new foods, meet new people.  You will not enjoy all of them.  That’s okay.  It is better to try something and know that you don’t like it then to take someone else word that calamari is disgusting (it is, BTW).  Don’t except what you are told without experiencing it first hand.  Keep an open mind.

‘I’ve got a dream’

I've_got_a_dream

Have a goal in mind.  Don’t wander aimlessly.  You can reach your goal.  You can achieve your dream.  You can even fail.  But always, ALWAYS have something to aim for.  It can be small (learn how to whittle) or large (run a Fortune 500 company) but have a goal or, even better, have several.

‘You can fly’

Peterpan

You are capable of more than you imagine.  You are not defined by what your grades were or where you’re from.  You all have vast reserves of untapped potential.  Do not listen to anyone who tells you otherwise.  Believe in yourself and you will soar.

‘Just around the riverbend’

riverbend

Life is a journey.  You need to get moving.  What you want will not magically come to you.  You need to get out there actively working and looking for the things that you want.  It may be a little further down the river than you expect.  The sooner you start, the sooner you will arrive.

‘Dig a little deeper’

Princessandthefrog_0987

Never make the mistake of thinking life is easy or fair.  It is neither.  If you want to truly succeed in whatever you chose for yourself you have to commit fully to it.  You cannot do less than your best and expect to excel.  Do not half-a@@ your way through life.  What you put in is what you will get back.

‘Let it go’

let it go

You WILL make mistakes.  They are a fact of life.  Most of them will be small but some of them will be life changing.  Accept them, learn from them, then move on.  Holding on to mistakes will only weigh you down and keep you from something greater.

‘Go the distance’

Go_the_Distance

Life is a marathon not a sprint.  Commit for the long term.  Some life goals are exactly that, LIFE goals.  You will need your whole life to accomplish them.  Settle in for the long haul.

‘Never grow up’

peter_pan__never_grow_up_by_julesrizz-d6hu4ed

You will get older.  You will be more responsible.  You will learn to do all those things that mature adults do in this life.  You will possibly even have children of your own someday.  Don’t forget to have fun.  Don’t forget to be amazed by the world around us.  Don’t lose the joy and wonder we all had as children. That is what will make life more than just living.  It will be an adventure.                   (image by julesrizz-d6hu4ed  on quotesgram.com)

 

 

 

Inspiration by Disney

Yesterday was graduation at The Princess’s school.  It is one of many that have been taking place across the country this time of year.  I have never been asked to speak at a commencement or a baccalaureate but it it one of those things I have thought about doing.  What would I say?  How would I inspire young people on the cusp of a new phase of life?  Here are some of my thoughts.

 

‘I’ve got no strings’

pinocchio_got_no_strings

You are on the brink of a new level of freedom.  Your choices will more and more be shaped by your own priorities NOT what your parents, teachers, and other authority figures tell you to do.  This is good and bad.  Freedom is a wonderful thing, but it is also a little scary.  Be brave!  Don’t let your strings hold you back.

‘A whole new world’

whole new world

There is a lot of world out there that you have never seen.  Be open to new experiences.  Go new places, try new foods, meet new people.  You will not enjoy all of them.  That’s okay.  It is better to try something and know that you don’t like it then to take someone else word that calamari is disgusting (it is, BTW).  Don’t except what you are told without experiencing it first hand.  Keep an open mind.

‘I’ve got a dream’

I've_got_a_dream

Have a goal in mind.  Don’t wander aimlessly.  You can reach your goal.  You can achieve your dream.  You can even fail.  But always, ALWAYS have something to aim for.  It can be small (learn how to whittle) or large (run a Fortune 500 company) but have a goal or, even better, have several.

‘You can fly’

Peterpan

You are capable of more than you imagine.  You are not defined by what your grades were or where you’re from.  You all have vast reserves of untapped potential.  Do not listen to anyone who tells you otherwise.  Believe in yourself and you will soar.

‘Just around the riverbend’

riverbend

Life is a journey.  You need to get moving.  What you want will not magically come to you.  You need to get out there actively working and looking for the things that you want.  It may be a little further down the river than you expect.  The sooner you start, the sooner you will arrive.

‘Dig a little deeper’

Princessandthefrog_0987

Never make the mistake of thinking life is easy or fair.  It is neither.  If you want to truly succeed in whatever you chose for yourself you have to commit fully to it.  You cannot do less than your best and expect to excel.  Do not half-a@@ your way through life.  What you put in is what you will get back.

‘Let it go’

let it go

You WILL make mistakes.  They are a fact of life.  Most of them will be small but some of them will be life changing.  Accept them, learn from them, then move on.  Holding on to mistakes will only weigh you down and keep you from something greater.

‘Go the distance’

Go_the_Distance

Life is a marathon not a sprint.  Commit for the long term.  Some life goals are exactly that, LIFE goals.  You will need your whole life to accomplish them.  Settle in for the long haul.

‘Never grow up’

peter_pan__never_grow_up_by_julesrizz-d6hu4ed

You will get older.  You will be more responsible.  You will learn to do all those things that mature adults do in this life.  You will possibly even have children of your own someday.  Don’t forget to have fun.  Don’t forget to be amazed by the world around us.  Don’t lose the joy and wonder we all had as children. That is what will make life more than just living.  It will be an adventure.                   (image by julesrizz-d6hu4ed  on quotesgram.com)