Mother: Now, here is the story of the noble dog, who saved the king from the wicked wizard. Once upon a time…
Thumbelina: Oh, mother, please. Are there any stories about… about little people?


Ever get the feeling you just don’t belong? Like you just want a story to be written about someone like you – similar background, similar experiences, similar behavior? Life is hard on the unique. We’re told to act in certain ways and become like everyone else, so much so we feel slightly exiled when we stand out in any way. Truth is, the remarkably great people that go down in history are the ones who thought differently – and didn’t keep it to themselves. It’s time to be proud of our differences! Speak courageously and don’t allow others negativity to get in your way. As the wise Dr. Seuss once questioned: “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” In your bravery, you just might discover a life you’ve always dreamed of…just like Thumbelina. ©



Ohana means family, family means nobody gets left behind. Or forgotten.


Sometimes we forget just how important family is. When we think of what we’re grateful for, they typically top the list but I don’t think we fully realize why. The most common answers are: they’re always there for you when times get tough, they’re a huge part of your life especially when you’re growing up, and they always want the best for you no matter what. But there’s one aspect that ties these all together: love. Unconditional love. Sure, families fight and have disagreements, but within each family member’s heart, there is a special spot for you that only you can fill. You cannot be replaced or forgotten – you are there permanently, just as each of them fill a part of your own heart. Keep this in mind when things get crazy or you feel alone. A simple text or phone call can really make a big difference – and not only for you, but also for them. ©


But, Peter, how do we get to Never Land?
Fly, of course.
It’s easy! All you have to do is to… is to… is to… Ha! That’s funny.
What’s the matter? Don’t you know?
Oh, sure. It’s… It’s just that I never thought about it before. Say, that’s it! You think of a wonderful thought.


Sometimes when we think of achieving our wildest dreams, it may feel like we’re trying to fly. We find ourselves like penguins – strapped to the earth by gravity, even though we sometimes feel like our wings should be able to carry us high into the sky. It can feel like an impossible feat. But if you never allow yourself to believe that your dream is ultimately possible, it can never come true because it doesn’t have the power of your true belief. It takes faith and trust (and perhaps a sprinkling of pixie dust) in order for it to come to fruition. And this all starts with what Peter said: “You think of a wonderful thought.” Whether this be standing on the first place podium, receiving an A in your hardest class, performing on Broadway, or working really hard to earn enough money to purchase whatever it is you’ve always dreamed of. But don’t only imagine the dream, envision yourself actually attaining it. Positive thinking is the key to success. Just remember, your dream is only a wish away… ©


Ladies don’t start fights, but they can finish them!

Being an Aristo’cat’, Marie certainly knows what makes a ‘lady.’ With her floofy pink bows and smooth white fur, she certainly has the beauty part down! But what makes a girl an absolute lady? Manners. Marie tries to teach her brothers that they should allow her through the door first and the concept is lost on them…well, at least with her (“Oh you’re not a lady”. / “You’re nothing but a sister.”). Women so often complain about how ‘chivalry is dead’ and how ‘no guy treats them with any respect.’ While I agree that gentlemanly behaviors have certainly decreased over the years, the blame doesn’t lie solely on them. Chivalry still exists, when young women act like ladies. If you behave like one of the guys, you’re probably going to be treated like one. If you don’t have much respect for yourself, how can you expect them to respect you? In order to become a young lady, this doesn’t require skirts and heels and fancy hair ribbons. Instead, it’s a matter of conduct. Be kind to others, say ‘please’ and ‘thank you,’ dress modestly, and be intelligent about the world around you. It’s really quite easy…and worth every effort. ©


What is a baby? I just can’t understand.
It must be something wonderful. It must be something grand.
‘Cause everybody’s smiling, in a kind and wistful way,
and they haven’t even noticed that I’m around today.

There’s nothing worse than the feeling of being forgotten. Whether your parents had or adopted a new baby brother or sister, a friend started dating someone and left you in the dust, or even if you’re used to being the ‘teacher’s pet’ and they started paying more attention to another student. Any of these things and more can leave you feeling confused, depressed, and a little threatened – no one likes being bumped off their proverbial throne. You do have to realize, however, that people love new things. And so do you! It’s exciting to discover something you’ve never experienced before. And you also know that the more it sparkles, the more attention it gets. But eventually the shine gets duller and life returns to normal. Though your feelings may be hurt, it’s important to think about the excitement the other person must be feeling and let them fully enjoy their new-found happiness; some of the thrill only lasts a very short while. Respect them and their joy – and they’ll respect yours in return. ©


It can’t get any worse, can it?
[it starts to rain] Obviously, it can.

Life is just that way, isn’t it? When you feel that your situation really cannot get any worse, it almost certainly will. But from this dreary perspective, something positive remains: at the lowest of lows, it forces you to start looking up. Reconnect with old friends, challenge yourself to make a difficult recipe, sit down with a classic novel and learn what the hype is about – start working towards something that will make your life better. When you take a step away from the stress, you can realize all the things in life that you are truly thankful for. With Thanksgiving in a matter of days, whether you’re feeling down or at the top of your game, take a moment and write down everything you can think of that you’re grateful for. And I mean everything; large or small, meaningful or superficial, everything counts. Once you’ve completed your list, read it over once more and then hang it somewhere you can see it often: a bathroom mirror, the fridge, etc. Having this as a constant reminder of all the good things in your life will revolutionize how you see the world. It will give you that boost you need to get out of the rain and instead feel the warmth of the sunshine. ©


Tink was not all bad: or, rather, she was all bad just now, but, on the other hand,
sometimes she was all good. Fairies have to be one thing or the other,
because being so small they unfortunately have room for one feeling only at a time.
They are, however, allowed to change, only it must be a complete change.

Sometimes, we’re kinda like fairies. We get so into something that we are only focused on that one thing. We can no longer hear people speaking to us, and not even a natural disaster could distract us from it. There’s a word for this kind of determination. You know what it is? Passion. This is a feeling that goes beyond your average emotion. It’s a fire that burns deep within us that no one can extinguish. Perhaps this is where Tink gets all of her spunk. She has an attitude and speaks whatever’s on her mind – even if only one person can really understand her. I admire her for that. In fact, I strive to be like her for this reason. Besides, she’s also strong, intelligent, and pretty darn cute. So I’d like to make a suggestion: when you’re feeling a little down, throw your hair up in a fairy bun and channel her personality. A little sass goes a long way. ©


What’s happened to you? You’re not the Simba I remember.
(Adult Simba) You’re right, I’m not. Now are you satisfied?
No, just disappointed.
You know you’re starting to sound like my father.
Good. At least one of us does.

Even in Disney movie romances, conflicts arise. It’s inevitable in any sort of relationship to disagree on certain topics because, well, you’re different people with different opinions on what’s right and what’s wrong. The key is to learn how to deal with these arguments and still be friends once the storm has passed. This takes a certain level of respect for the other person and compassion in your heart. While what they may say to you could anger or sadden you, you should honor what they’re saying as valid and hear them out. Sometimes seeing things through a different set of eyes can open up a world of possibilities you never would have thought of before. But if they aren’t coming from a place of love and are instead cruel or demeaning, it’s best to walk away from the situation until that person has calmed down. With time, they will most likely be able to talk about things in a calm and controlled way. It takes a strong will in order to deal with conflict in an adult manner, but with a few deep breaths and an open heart, all will be well again soon. ©


“But I don’t want to go among mad people.”
“You can’t help that. Most everyone’s mad here.”

I’m sure I’m not the only one that has ever felt like I’m surrounded by crazies. For example, whenever I go to school, I feel like I’ve walked into a war zone. People push and shove through the hallways, students talk loudly in class while the teacher is speaking, and as they try to get to their desks, they bonk you in the head with their backpacks. On the way home using public transportation, men stay seated as women stand, people crunch their chips or blast their music, and once at the final destination, I get trampled by everyone racing to get off first. It feels to me that the world and the people living in it are just getting more and more intense. It’s all about them. Whatever happened to “love thy neighbor” or “do unto others as they shall do unto you”? Instead, it’s become ‘take advantage of thy neighbor’ and ‘do unto others as you darn well please with no consequences for your actions.’ While my initial reaction to this rude behavior is to act the same way in return, I know in my heart that I don’t want to become like one of these people. I want to inspire you to also be different. Be kind, be considerate, be patient – love people in spite of their actions. I know it’s hard, but it’ll make all the difference in the world. ©


Heart don’t fail me now. Courage don’t desert me. Don’t turn back now that we’re here.
People always say: “Life is full of choices.” No one ever mentions fear.

In chasing dreams, fear is very common; especially when you start comparing yourself to others and their talent level. When looking at whatever goal you’re trying to achieve, whether it be writing a novel, losing weight, or winning a major sports competition, analyzing how others are doing may not help you – in fact, it may hinder your performance. When you focus all your energy on other people, you lose sight of your own advancements. You start to slowly tear yourself apart by wondering why you can’t do something or aren’t already where someone else is in their ambitious journey. And this can sometimes cause you to stop and run away from your dreams, giving up entirely because of heightened insecurities. What you have to do to continue progressing is to stay focused on what you’re doing and how you can improve upon your current abilities. Be confident in all the hard work you’ve done in order to accomplish that goal. Believe in yourself and you’re more than half way there. ©