Thursday, July 12, 2012

Finding Neverland (Or Wonderland, whichever you prefer)

Do you ever find yourself away from that place? That place where you are happy and everything around you is content? That space where you can be your most creative, and most imaginative? And not necessarily just an actual place, but a part of your mind--a place in your heart and your brain where you find peace in your surroundings? 


Sometimes, I have that. And I love being there, where everything is perfect. But sometimes I lose myself. And then I have to find my way back. 


And that isn't easy. But I have learned one thing: Instead of getting depressed, or sinking into that funk where I just don't want to do anything or see anyone, I have to find my way back. I have to force myself to find my way back, to be confident in who I am and what I can do. And that's not always easy--underestimating yourself is something that many of us do.

But you know something I've realized? All you have to do is believe you can do anything. Be confident. That is something I've lacked in myself. And then I thought--for some weird reason--at the end of my lifetime, when I look back on everything, what am I going to remember? The test I struggled and struggled to prepare for, or the good things in life, the whimsy? The parts that matter most to me? And I realized that the latter was true. 


So here's what I think. Live your life to the fullest because you only get one chance. If you aren't confident in a situation, pretend you are. And above all, always be in that place--Neverland, Wonderland, wherever you need to be in order to create to your best ability and be the best person you can.


For me, it's Neverland. Sorry Alice, but honestly, the only part about Wonderland I love is the Mad Tea Party. I would love to visit there sometime. But in Neverland not only do you never grow old, but you can fly with pixie dust and you can sail on ships and meet Peter Pan and chase your shadow and it all sounds so much more pleasurable than Wonderland, which quite honestly scares me. But that's just Lewis Carroll's version of Wonderland. (Dodgson, whatever.) The great part about having an imagination is that you can invent your OWN Neverland, or your OWN Wonderland--put your own spin on the original. When I picture Wonderland, I don't see what Lewis Carroll saw. I don't see talking animals and creepy queens who want to decapitate you. I see rolling fields of flowers and golden afternoons galore, and a lovely Mad Tea Party just waiting for me to join. :) Tim Buton's version of the story creeps me out. I don't see Wonderland that way.

Still, I would much rather visit Neverland. MY Neverland, if you get my drift :)

I Do Believe in Fairies

I know I haven't been taking many of my own pictures lately, but I have just been so inspired by the pictures that I've found on Pintrest that I've just wanted to share that inspiration with you. Don't you just love being inspired? I know I do.

(And just for the record, I DO BELIEVE IN FAIRIES! Hear that, Tinkerbell?)

Because even in the most ordinary of spaces, they can always become extraordinary with a little imagination....

Peter Pan

So true. Don't forget it :)

"All you need is faith and trust....oh! And something I forgot! Dust!" --Peter Pan

That is all. 



P.S. All pictures taken from my Pintrest.

P.S.S. Does anyone know of any good books? I need something good! I really enjoy this genre....

(This is one of my favorite books of all time).

If you know of anything else like that, in the fairy-tale spin category, please let me know! Or just any book in general that you would like to share :) I am quite an avid reader, and may have read some of the things you suggest, but give it a shot anyway! (Haha that doesn't sound egotistical at all!)

P.S.S.S. The giveaway is still on! Okay, so if you wanna sign up, you can just leave a comment on my latest post--you don't have to go all the way down to the one that announced the giveaway, haha! Sorry if that was confusing for some of you :) I wasn't very clear. 

Let me just quickly review the terms of the giveaway so you don't have to go searching:

1. Think up a whimsical Wonderland name for yourself--a fairy alias, if you will. I listed some suggestions here

2. Become a member of follow my blog. (If you already are, then that's fine) :D

Thanks to everyone who is participating and I urge you to join in! You won't regret it, haha! Okay, I'll stop babbling now and let you get on with your lives :)


  1. Have you ever read Mercedes Lackey's 500 Kingdoms series? It starts off with the Fairy Godmother, which is an interesting take on Cinderella where Ella accidently becomes the fairy godmother. It's a great book!

  2. Whoops sorry don't think that link came out very well.

  3. Oh Jess, you are so on the right path with me this week. You know just how I am feeling. I took some time yesterday to move things about my dressing room, and add a couple of new additions, including adding stars and moons to my canopy. Like I've always wanted to do. I don't know the exact chemistry of what I did, but it made the place feel so magical again. This place, this Wonderlandy, Neverlandy place, is so findable in my personal spaces. I know it sounds ridiculous, it's just stuff, just rooms, but I almost feel like people don't know or understand me unless they've seen my space or my art. Then they kind of go "Oh, this is who you are. I understand now."

    That was rambly. I'd also like to say, that Peter Pan wall shadow in the pink bedroom, I have been looking for a wall decal like that for absolute ages. I can't find one for a reasonable price though. How amazing would that be?!

  4. wonderful post!!!
    and yes!!!i believe in fairies too!!!!

  5. I just joined your site! Beautiful photos you have, I love all your wonderful inspirations! I am joining in on the Tea Party too! It will be such fun to be transported to a happy place of enchantment by everyones photos!