Second let’s consider some of the traits these characters exhibit
In each story, the princess starts with what is the normal, and what is “expected” of her and what her role is supposed to be. Then… something happens… either a ball, her father gets lost, arranged marriage pressure, stuck in a tower, a sea storm, or unknown invaders show up… despite each of the various situations, our girl is placed into an unknown situation OR opportunity. At which point, she has a choice, to stick to what’s expected of her and her status quo, or to do something different.
Now when she makes this decision she doesn’t have it all figured out – she doesn’t know what will happen – she doesn’t spend an extra amount of time to prepare herself to “take that step” before she commits… she just does. At some point, each of our girls start to doubt their own ability to achieve whatever it is they set out to do, either because of other people’s opinions, or an external situation out of their control, and she starts to lose her confidence. Then she takes a deeper look, pulls up her big girl pants, and with determination decides to keep moving forward!
You had expectations of what you were going to do with your land (maybe your husband had always taken care of it, or your father had taken care of the management, and you expected that they always would), then a decision comes up that you need to make (maybe you abruptly inherited your land or became the primarily decision maker for the land or you simply have this inner stirring inside you can’t get rid of), you may have made your decision ready to take it fully by the reigns when you start to lose your confidence in your own ability to manage it (maybe it is simply due to the constant surrounding of men that makes you start to feel unconfident in your decisions or ability to ask questions, maybe it’s the shear vastness of acreage you are trying to undertake, maybe it’s simply because there is so much more than you expected), but like your favorite Disney princess, keep pushing forward with grit and determination, and you will reach your goals.
So, take a minute and think of who has always been your favorite Disney princess- the one that has stuck out to you more than the rest. Maybe, like me, it’s Belle. Maybe it’s Cinderella. Maybe it’s someone atypical like Pocahontas…. Either way picture your girl, and picture her as YOUR inner princess- what traits and strengths can you take from her to help empower the strengths you have ALWAYS had within yourself. No matter who it is – remember like them – you ARE capable to tackle any challenge you are handed. Don't be afraid to ask questions, to make decisions, to be in the woods.