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Monday, February 25, 2013

Beautiful Bravery

I am reposting this in honor of Brave's Oscar win last night!

I'm taking this Wordless Wednesday post and veering off course to a place where I am led.  My mind and my heart still hold onto the amazing new Pixar Movie, Brave.  For the first time, perhaps in my life, I have experienced a story directed to young girls that celebrates their innate character and not what society deems important enough for celebrations.  As a mother of growing daughters, I have always taught the importance of being true to yourself.  This, unfortunately, has seemed like such an uphill battle do to the competition with today's media and the various social interactions girls face everyday.  I have a note, written in love and punctuated with pictures, for all the confused girls out there who are receiving mixed messages.  It is about beauty, and I hope they take it to heart.


Beauty lives in the element of surprise!

The most beautiful, is the girl who follows her heart and lives fully in her own element, shining her kind and happy light that only grows pure when she truthfully embraces her God-given place in this world.   

This girl is brave.  Brave is beautiful.  
Truth is beautiful.
She wins.

XO, Ami

Focused on the Magic


  1. Reminds me of Mulan a little, and Belle too. :) Love it!

  2. So true! The struggle girls face today is daunting! Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop today.

  3. My daughter herself pursued her dream to reality - and has been a WDW CM for a dozen years now ... bringing things full circle!

  4. Agreed Ami. My family is countercultural in most every way, and it is certainly not the easiest path. As non-Type A males, it also can be a bumpy road. Keep the faith!!

  5. Very true. I got to interview Ron Schneider (Dreamfinder) a couple of weeks ago for my podcast, and one of the topics we discussed was the incredible lessons & examples that "Brave" provides, and how Merida can pay off the promises made by the story in the parks. If you'd like to listen, it will be posted tomorrow (http://storiesofthemagic.com).

  6. Thanks, Ami! I just approved your blog claim. Now your Urbanspoon profile picture is displayed on your blog page. You can upload a blog-specific photo if you prefer, and can change a few other blog settings there. Also, if you vote for a restaurant that you've reviewed on your blog, we now show your vote next to your post everywhere on our site.