Life Through Quotes From “Cinderella”

cinderella6I just got back from seeing the new 2015 version of Cinderella at the theatre.

Let me just say I was completely enchanted and blown away by this film.

It’s not often I find a film that I would watch every day over and over. When I do, it’s usually because something that has resonated deeply with me. In this case, I saw myself in Ella’s character a lot, in certain losses and cruelties that she suffered–and in the ways that she handled them. I want to be able to handle life’s challenges with her same kindness and courage. Her sweet and giving spirit is something I think we all should aspire to attain.

I could tell from the trailer the film would be spectacular and emotional; proof was in the pudding when I would watch the trailer on repeat and just cry at how lovely it was.

But its beauty was not contained simply to the fancy dresses, the ornate carriages and castle. No, this film, this story, was alive with a spiritual beauty much deeper than that.

Allow me to share a few favorite quotes from the film, and you’ll get what I mean:


Narrator: “She saw the world, not always as it was, but as it could be…with a perhaps a little bit of magic.”

Ella’s Mom: “I want to tell you a secret that will see you through all the trials that life can offer. Have courage and be kind. You have more courage your little finger than most people possess in their whole body—and it has power.”

Narrator: “Pain turned to memory.”

Narrator: “It’s better to be alone, than be surrounded by poor company.”

Narrator: “She had few friends, but the ones she had, she treated with an open heart and an open hand.”

Ella: “Just because it’s what’s done doesn’t mean it’s what should be done!”

Narrator: “Perhaps it was just as well that Ella’s step sisters were cruel for had she never run to the forest, she would never have met the prince.”

Fairy Godmother: “What is a bowl of milk? Nothing, but with kindness, it is everything.”

Narrator: “To be seen as we truly are, is the biggest risk we will ever take. Will we be enough as we really are?”

Ella: “No princess, no carriage, no parents, no dowry. I don’t even know if that slipper will fit. Will you take me as I am—an honest country girl who loves you?” Prince: “Of course I will, but only if you’ll take me as I am—an apprentice who’s still learning his trade.”

Ella: “Why are you so cruel? I tried so hard to be kind to you.” Stepmother: “Why? Because you are young and innocent and good. And I…”

Ella (to her stepmother at the end): “I forgive you.”


The messages in the film are absolutely beautiful, and we could stand to see more of them these days, in film, books, you name it. From the theme of being courageous and kind to Ella’s unbending beliefs in the magic her parents taught her. From her innocent, sweet spirit to the way she cares for all living creatures. From the way she is so sincere and true to herself to the way she so graciously forgives her stepmother at the end–and yet has wisdom and strength to walk away from her cruelties as well.

A totally brilliant story and a must-see for all people of all ages.

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New D.N.A. Character Design: “Hestia”

Oh. My. Goodness.

I just received this completed character design from one of my brilliant artists, the lovely Aerelis. The character design is for Hestia, a very emotional fairy who can be filled with fiery passion one moment, ice cold the next–as reflected in her magical powers of fire and ice.

This is quite possibly my favorite character design of ours to date. I can’t stop looking. It is that amazing.

Props to Aerelis. Like, seriously. This is the most epically rad character design in the history of

“In the Land of Giants” First Sketches

Here is a sneak peek at some early sketches for “In the Land of Giants,” one of two fully illustrated children’s books currently in the works. It’s a fantasy adventure featuring many characters with various disabilities. Many thanks to Karla Ortega, my brilliant artist!!

“Dream Catcher’s” New Look

Hello, dearest readers!!

So I have this book-signing opportunity coming up in May 30. Part of my earnings will go toward supporting my place of work, Trinity Services. At Trinity, we provide both a day program and residential services to adults with disabilities.

In honor of this event, I’ve decided to give a whole new look to my short story, “Dream Catcher, Heart Listener,” which tells the story of a blind girl. In her dreams, she is visited by a mysterious young man who shows her colors and all sorts of things she would never be able to see in her waking hours. But he won’t show her what he looks like or tell her who he is… Hmm, like what’s up with that? Guess you’ll have to read to find out!

The story was previously available only as an ebook, but I’ll be coming out with a print version as well. Something short, sweet, and great for promotional purposes. Here’s a screenshot of me putting the cover together on Createspace. Artwork courtesy of Karla O. Thanks, Karla!!

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