Today is a very special day. A day for a doll party. A day for thinking about what we love, what we believe in. A day for reminding ourselves who we are, and what we mean to ourselves...
(wowe, that's heavy, haha!)
The girls have gathered to celebrate Alienore's birthday over at Papillon Bleu UK.
They decided to close shop early and cut out a flag banner, hanging it just for the special occasion.
They even sat outside of the Patisserie early this morning...
Waiting to purchase the most perfect cake for Alienore.
Truth be told, when I heard about a party for a doll, I knew I had to join in.
Mainly because, I wanted to jump back into that kind of magic place. And Papillon Bleu is just the spot for mini worlds of delightment!
(She once made a mini Vanessa as a birthday gift. That was so funny & sweet!!)
I needed to remind myself about that place of fun and childlike abandon nestled deep in the imagination.
It's easy isn't it? To get swept up by life.
To forget about all the things we believe in.
Have you ever been bouncing off clouds, doing all the things you love, and then have someone ask you why?
Why are you doing this?
What is your point?
Why are you wasting your time?
I bet at some point you have too?
Minding your own business, happy as can be and then POP, someone or something just comes over and bursts your happy bubble?
Sometimes it's just life that kicks you, tarnishing the glow.
But, the question is...
How do you get it back?
How do you stay strong?
How do you crawl out of that place that makes you feel rotten, and makes you question everything you believe in and everything that you are?
Mister Lovee and I were talking about this the other day.
About being true to you.
How do you stay true?
It's not always so easy is it?
I think it comes down to a golden thread.
A tiny thread of youness, that you hold onto no matter what -
That makes you say, I love my life as it is.
I love the things I love, I believe in whimsy and magic!
My belief in what I believe in, has to be good enough for me.
And me alone.
We have to say to ourselves...
I can't live the life someone else wants me to live.
I can only live what is authentic to me.
Standing up for our own little selves, inside of our own brains can be so hard.
But somehow, we have to have the strength to do it.
We just have to.
And so, I felt it was high time I jumped into a doll party.
I searched every dollhouse on our parcel of earth for these girls, which I had made a few years back.
I was so happy when I found them.
I promptly dusted their dresses.
They reminded me of a few years ago, when I started blogging.
It was so exciting to find this place!
The blogosphere, so full of sharing dreams and goodness overflowing.
Sharing what we believe in, sharing magic really, truly.
In some ways it has changed a tiny but.
Life is busy.
It is sad to seem some go.
But then -
Some come back.
And some of us, are still here.
I am so glad to be here, and I thank you for being here too.
It inspires me to keep chatting and sharing, when you come here and visit with me, and say hello from time to time.
It's what keeps the flow going, you know what I mean?
I will always try to stay as true as I can to those beautiful imaginary worlds.
What about you?
They fill hearts up, don't they?
They fill our souls.
They welcome us.
Even when we close the door, all the creatures, stories, characters & tales -
they are still there, somewhere...
Waiting for a doll party for you, a doll party for me.
A day to say, oh, I almost forgot in what I believed!
The dolls reminded me yesterday, as I brought them out to play.
They reminded me to not lose sight of what I love.
What brings me joy.
And, to not ever let anyone rain on my parade.
Or, at least have an umbrella and a dry pair of clothes handy ;)
I have to remind myself of something I once typed, which was...
"No one can take away your childlike qualities, your love for fairy tales and dreams, unless of course you let them...."
Oh yes, I almost forgot, silly me!
Even if you do let a little slip away, you have the power to always get it back.
And that, that is the greatest gift of all, isn't it?
The gift to always find a way back to the land of believe...
What a gift!
A gift for you and me.
With that I shall say....
Have fun in Paris!!!
I have a giveaway grab bag of random tidbits, some even funny, as a party favor. Just say howdy in comments and I shall choose a name in my next post ;)