The Fairy House

My sister and I are very close in age, growing up together was so much fun. We got into anything that we could, we had huge imaginations, and we were just very curious and mischievous.

We had a lot of interests and were always busy with some sort of creative play. We enjoyed video games and electronics also, but creative play was what we loved and what we played almost always. Recently, my sister and I were talking about childhood memories, and we let our minds wander.

We Recalled

Relaxing on the couch one summer, we came across a movie called Fairy Tale: A True Story that came out in 1997. Some of you may have heard of this movie, it was a true tale about the Cottingley Fairies from England.

We were fascinated with anything magical and mystical, so this movie was exactly what we wanted to see. Perhaps the biggest part was that this was based on a true story. Our imaginations went wild.

We sat through the movie and watched as the tale unfolded about a little group of fairies that lived in a garden in the woods in England. I remember it being just absolutely fascinating from start to finish. There is a scene in this movie of two little girls carrying a fairy house across the river. It reminded my sister and I of us. Our love and curiosity for fairies blossomed, we even found ourselves borderline obsessed after watching this amazing movie.

We Had a Great Idea!

My sister and I decided to make our own fairy house. We were beyond excited, we felt on top of the world at the thought of creating a fairy house and seeing if we could attract any fairies inside as the girls did in the movie.

My sister and I hopped onto our computer with a spiral notebook in hand and we started researching information on fairies, we took down any information that we could find. We wanted to know what they liked to eat, where they liked to live, and what attracted them. We were determined to witness a real-life fairy for ourselves.

Creating the House

We were very much into Barbie as young girls, so naturally, we had a lot of little mini pots and pans, food, and house accessories. We even went as far as going outside to collect fallen twigs from the ground and even some greenery, we wanted our fairy home to be as attractive and welcoming as possible. We got our mom’s hot glue craft gun and glued together all of the sticks to form the shape of a house.

Real food and water were the final touches that we added inside of the little house that we made and then we headed outside to put our new creation behind a large oak tree that was in our backyard. The perfect place we thought.

Waiting Patiently

Every day, multiple times a day, my sister and I would step outside and tiptoe over to the tall oak tree to check on our little house and see if there was any evidence of any visitors. The only visitors that we saw were insects. Days passed and then weeks and we started to lose hope that we were going to catch a fairy like the girls in the movie did.

As you might have already guessed, we never had a fairy visit the little home that we made, and then surprisingly years and years later it was revealed that the movie was a hoax, the title claims that the movie was based on a true story, but in fact, it was nothing more than a fabrication. We were very bummed to hear this, but being older at the time of the discovery, we had doubts about the existence of fairies at this point.

It Was Worth the Memory

Hearing this type of news didn’t take away the fun of this memory, it is something that neither my sister nor I will ever forget. The joy that we felt researching fairies and the extreme excitement that we felt making a house for them will live in. The curiosity of something this magical and the passion that we had behind making this house is something that will always remain a cherished childhood memory.

Important Life Reminder

Take time to explore the many interesting and hidden treasures in life. Find something that you are so interested in that you want to dive deep into it and fully submerge yourself, find something that sets your heart and soul on fire and gives you the drive to pursue your interests and dreams.

Summons your inner child who still believes in magic and finds a topic that you are so interested in that you feel like you have been transported into another dimension as you learn about it. Let it take you away, let it make you feel lost in a good way, let it make your world filled with awe and wonder!

Something Else to Chase

Growing up, I was always the kind of girl that loved to make others laugh and smile. I wanted to see everyone happy, and I would do almost anything to make that happen. Ironically, fast-forward to my teenage years and I was relying on others to make me happy.

As I got older, especially as a teenage girl, I started to lack self-esteem, a reality that a lot of teenagers face. I wasn’t sure what was happening to me, but I knew that I didn’t like the feeling and I was determined to make it disappear.

I started trying to make friends with other people hoping that would help me with my self-esteem. I started looking for ways that other people could bring me happiness because I couldn’t seem to find it myself.

At one point, I almost felt reliant on other people to feel any sort of peace. I felt like I needed constant contact from my friends. I would start feeling anxious and sad when I was away from my loved ones. I truly felt at that point in my life that my happiness depended on the people around me.

I felt like a chaser. Sometimes people were there and sometimes not.
My mood would fluctuate according to this, and I was tired of relying on this unpredictable way of feeling peace.

When I became older, I was wiser and able to realize that happiness and self-worth need to come from within. While other people do bring lots of joy, it needs to start from the inside. True happiness cannot be obtained if you aren’t happy when you look in the mirror.

With this new knowledge, I started doing everything that I could to promote my happiness and sense of well-being. I started a gratitude journal, I started painting and writing, and I found other ways that made me happy like nature walks. I looked at myself in the mirror every morning and said one thing that I liked about myself. I watched my self-esteem and happiness soar.

It is natural to look to others for happiness and a boost of confidence but finding that within yourself is the greatest gift and will help you see the world around you in a different light. You will feel more in control of your well-being. I used to chase people and now I chase my dreams and goals!

Fall Poem

When asked what my favorite season is

I will tell you fall

Although I enjoy the variety

It’s the one that I love most of all

Walking through nature

Breathing the crisp air

Is one of the most freeing feelings

I walk without a care

The beautiful leaves crunch beneath my feet

With every step that I take

A warm drink cupped in my hand

A state of bliss that I can’t shake

The time has come for me to head home

Fall baking is up next

Pumpkin spice and candles make my mind roam

To places that make me happiest

A Comforting Word

I was talking with my mom the other day letting her know that I had some concerns about the future. Normal worries like where we would all end up living, worries about family, just the uncertainty of the future in general.

That’s just it, the future is uncertain for everyone, nonetheless, my mother was a listening ear for me as I vented my worries. She listened carefully to what I had to say and then her response left me instantly feeling better.

My mom told me two things. One, “try not to worry about the future, we need to focus on the here and now.” Two, “everything is going to work out and it will be okay.” The first reply is something that we all know to be true, yet sometimes we need a reminder. The second reply is something that we don’t know for sure to be true, so why was it comforting?

Words have so much power over us, they can make or break us. When we are spiraling down and overcome with emotions, we look to what others have to say to calm our deepest fears. Those little words, “it will be okay,” meant everything to me at this moment.

Our brains work in mysterious ways, if we think logically, we know that it is not certain that everything will be okay. We can be positive, and we can look back on past experiences and realize that most of the time everything did end up being okay, but we know logically that this may not be true.

The words were comforting regardless. Why? Well, because someone told us so and we are more inclined to listen to others than we are to ourselves. Hearing it from someone else makes it a reality and brings back that hope that all is not lost.

For those of you struggling to make ends meet, struggling with mental or physical health, finances, feeling burned out, relationship issues, or issues related to work and unemployment, I want to be that person that tells you that it will all be okay, keep shining and going strong, it will all work out in the end. This is just a little roadblock and what is beyond this bump in the road is more beautiful than we could ever imagine!

Before the Storm

The sun was shining, and it was a very hot and humid summer day. I decided to take my children outside to play before a huge storm that was expected that afternoon was to arrive. We all went outside to get a little fresh air before needing to come back inside.

As we played outside, the wind grew stronger and stronger, the sky started darkening up and the sun and white fluffy clouds slowly faded out of sight. The trees started swaying and the leaves were flying with great force down the sidewalk.

Usually, when there is any indication that a storm is coming, I take my children inside. My anxiety takes over me that the wind may cause something to fly and hit us, or that lightning may strike. For some reason today, I decided to live a little and see what this storm had in store for us.

The winds picked up to great speeds, and my children and I were running through the neighborhood with no shoes on, feeling as free as a bird. To see the laughs and excitement on my kid’s faces was more than enough to quiet my anxiety. I felt so light at this moment with not a care in the world.

The world grew dark as we were surrounded by storm clouds, high winds, and sprinkles of rain that were slowly turning into large raindrops. I am a huge fan of the rain, I could watch it for hours, I find it so relaxing and therapeutic. With no thunder or lightning present, we continued to run up and down the sidewalk, my kids laughing and squealing with delight, we must have looked like we lost our minds, but what a freeing moment this was.

I highly suggest that you take some time to act like a kid again and take yourself back to a time when life was less complicated and stressful. Run wild and carefree. Allow your inner child to enjoy life and not worry about what anyone thinks of you in the meantime. Free yourself from the restraints of life and see the world through the eyes of a child again!