How to Start Everyday Like a Disney Princess

Hi, I'm Maria Elena and I'm a princess. Well, no, I'm not literally a princess of my own country or anything. I will never be royal, as Lorde so famously stated. However, I am the princess of my own little world. It's funny, the actual dictionary definition of 'princess' is "the daughter of a monarch or the wife / widow or a prince." Yet when we hear the word 'princess,' we think of so much more.

Personally, whenever I hear the word 'princess' I think of a strong, unique, all-around beautiful woman. (like my lovely Disney ladies, holla.)
It's my life goal to take a selfie with all these ladies. UGH. Also, artwork by the AMAZING Kristina Webb.
When you look at all those women up there, think of everything they did. They all come from different places and they all have different stories. Essentially, they are all totally different. You and I, as princesses of our own little worlds, need to realize we're all different. And that's what makes us beautiful. So when you start each and every day, don't drag your feet to the door. Don't put on your clothes while groaning. Don't force feed yourself mediocre cereal. LIVE, as a princess would.

1. Wake up with a smile on your face, because, IT'S A NEW DAY.
It doesn't matter who you are or what you are doing. You could meet your one true love. You could get that awesome job. You could run into your celeb crush on the street. You can eat an asiago cheese bagel. You can see a french bulldog in the park. Possibilities are endless, right? The thing about a princess is they welcome each and everyday. A lot of them came from places of hardship, but they never let them ruin their day. You may be waking up for school, work, or some other dreaded place - but stay positive. 
"For with each dawn she found new hope that someday her dreams of happiness would come true..."

2. Be a warrior, even if you aren't physically fighting.
Is it just me, or is Mulan literally more badass than anyone you've ever met? While I would love to have a fight scene like her, that's quite unlikely. Everyone deals with pain and everyone has hardships in their life. Be a warrior. Us women are created to deal with physical pain and emotional pain. So let's FACE THE PAIN LIKE WARRIORS. GRRRRRR. WATCH US ROAR. I mean, seriously though. Don't let anyone cross you and fight for what you believe in. I don't care if you're dealing with stomach cramps or a break up, face it like a warrior, you feel me?
"The flower that blooms in adversity is the most beautiful of them all..."

3. Find yourself, and be that.
What I always loved about Belle is how she would fearlessly be herself. Forget rude townspeople, she would happily live her life. She has the ability to see beyond the veil of people, which is something I can relate to. Soul search, find out who you are! And every morning, wake up, and be that. What's your favorite breakfast foods? Make that. Wear your signature hairstyle and scent. Wear clothes YOU like. Be yourself because that's what princesses do!
"People think I'm odd. So I know how it feels to be different and I know how lonely that could be..."

4. Don't get caught up in autopilot. 
Pocahontas is known for following her own spirit and embracing the beauty around her. We can easily get caught in autopilot, ignoring the beauty around us. I love the spirit of Pocahontas because she ALWAYS stops and smells the roses. She's always up for a new adventure and she loves the world around her. No matter where you live or the weather, that doesn't change the fact that the world is beautiful.
"But I know every rock and tree and creature has a life, has a spirit, has a name..."

5. Never waste a moment.
I mean, come on. Rapunzel was trapped in her room for years and she still made the most of her time, no matter how old it got. There's nothing wrong with social media, texting, TV, and video games...but do things. Create art, read books, learn a language, something! Never waste a moment because you never want to miss what could be a beautiful moment.
"And so I'll read a book or maybe two or three. I'll add a few new paintings to my gallery.."