Girl-Power!


There are so many beautiful amazing young girls out there who are making a difference in the world. They listen to their friends and give positive advice. They compliment one another. They are a comforting shoulder to cry on and hand out tissue when needed. They remind each other how important it is to be strong and supportive of other female energy. They empower one another! They take being a girlfriend seriously.

There has been so much sadness in the News this last week with the passing of Amanda Todd. She made a mistake or mistakes that ultimately should not have lead to her death. Young girls need to know they are not alone when it come to making mistakes. We all make mistakes as we navigate through the challenges of life. With each life lesson we learn a little bit more about who we are and what we are capable of. We learn to identify a true friend as we learn to become one ourselves. We grow and unfold as we face these challenges head on. Young girls need to know they matter!

It’s hard to understand while you are in the midst of being a teen that you will one day reflect on your path and the choices you made with a smile, but you will. You will smile, you will laugh and you will even say “Oh god, what was I thinking!”

Take time to reminder the young girls in your circle how important they are. We all go through tough times, it’s not just a teen thing! Grown ups make mistakes as well, we have just leaned not to be so hard on ourselves through experience. We are given opportunities every day to reach our hand out and help someone up! It is up to each of us to stop and take the time to recognize who needs a moment or simply a smile, a kind word or a helping hand.

Be kind and supportive of your friends whether they make mistakes or not because it’s the right thing to do.

Young girls need to band together to inspire and empower one another…here is a little video that shows us how precious our little girls really are!

My condolences to the Todd Family, they have lost their Princess ;(

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Princess Reality

Bonnie Johnson's PostOnce upon a time there lived a beautiful princess….blah, blah, blah….handsome prince…blah, blah, blah,…rescue…blah, blah, blah…and they lived happily ever after.  That was the gist of most of the fairy tales I knew of when I was a little girl.

It was a lovely thought.  No matter how difficult the beginning, in the end everything worked out beautifully.  Fairy tales are a weird genre anyway when you think about it.  There is always someone quite diabolical or evil in them.  The stories are often put together in one book for children called “Bedtime Stories”.  Scary enough to conjure up some strong nightmares for the poor little ones who have them read aloud to them right before going to sleep.  Whose idea was that?  In fairness I do know that originally these tales were meant for adults as much as they were for children.

I recall putting on the Disney movie “Beauty and The Beast” to watch with our grandson, Tristan, who was only 3 or 4 at the time.  I had to turn it off when the wolves were chasing Belle and her father through the forest.  Tristan was totally freaked out!  It never occurred to me that a Disney movie could be so terrifying.  Don’t even get me started on the Brothers Grimm, who I loved reading, but those were some scary stories!

I’m getting a little off topic here, I meant to talk about the unrealistic “happily ever after” sentiment that these stories left with us as young children.  As little girls we all wanted to be the beautiful princess who was rescued by and then married the strong handsome prince.  I have a very close friend that is still hoping for a handsome prince to ride his stallion into her life, swoop her up into the saddle with him and while she clings to his strong chest they will gallop into the sunset to “live happily ever after”.  Now I’m not saying that won’t ever happen, but I just think that there is a whole lot of messy stuff that accompanies it too.  You know, like their kids from previous marriages, the exes, the money issues, etc, etc.

To illustrate my point, I recently found the following images by Vancouver photographer/artist Dina Goldstein.  I think they are brilliantly done.  These photos come from her “Fallen Princesses” project.  “These works place Fairy Tale characters in modern day scenarios.  In all of the images the Princess is placed in an environment that articulates her conflict. The “…happily ever after” is replaced with a realistic outcome and addresses current issues.” (Quoted from  http://www.dinagoldstein.com/)

sleeping-beauty

Cinderella single

Not so Little Red Riding Hood

Rapunzil loses her hair

Sleeping Beauty

How a Princess gets so prettyBonnie

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