anxiety, depression, disney princess, mental health, Raya, Raya and the Last Dragon

Don’t Stop Searching

I planned to use Raya’s search for Sisu as a metaphor for searching for hope when depressed. Please excuse me while I go vomit-- that’s SO corny, Catie. What I do want to say is, I admire Raya and her determination to find Sisu. I think many in her situation would’ve given up. Giving up… Continue reading Don’t Stop Searching

advice, anxiety, depression, disney princess, goals, mental health, Raya, Raya and the Last Dragon

Give a Little, Get a Little

I purchased an exercise program. Yes, me and exercise. In the same sentence! I'm not this hardcore yet in my exercising skills, but baby steps! It’s more of a wellness program, though, because there’s journal prompts and a lot of talk about self-love and self-acceptance. Two things I struggle with. This month a goal of… Continue reading Give a Little, Get a Little

anxiety, depression, disney princess, mental health, photos, Raya, Raya and the Last Dragon

Raya’s Search for Sisu

In the beginning of the movie, Raya has been searching for Sisu for 6 years. I thought it would be fun to recreate some of her search. (I also have a big metaphor for it coming up too.) See below for the search with Raya and Tuk Tuk too! "A new river to check. We… Continue reading Raya’s Search for Sisu

anxiety, depression, disney princess, goals, mental health, Raya, Raya and the Last Dragon

Princessly Raya

Raya might have some trust issues and some anger issues, but she has easily become one of my favorite princesses. Raya is a princess because… She makes a good entrance, She’s a bad ass fighter, She’s got an animal sidekick And loyal friends, Well, eventually... She’s determined And she's hopeful. My goals for the month… Continue reading Princessly Raya

anxiety, depression, disney princess, mental health, Raya, Raya and the Last Dragon

Notes on Raya and the Last Dragon

Note: This whole month is a giant spoiler if you haven't watched the movie. If you haven't, go get a free trial of Disney+ (since that's the only excuse for not being able to watch it) and well, watch it! I decided to change things up this month, save my photoshoot for mid-month and perform… Continue reading Notes on Raya and the Last Dragon

anxiety, depression, disney princess, mental health, Mental Health Awareness Month

Dear Princesses

Dear Princesses, I am struggling with my depression and anxiety. I’m still able to go to work, but it’s a struggle, and doing anything else with my free time besides relaxing feels impossible. My counselor says I can do anything for 5 minutes. My support group says recovery is not a straight line. My anxiety… Continue reading Dear Princesses

anxiety, depression, disney princess, Enchanted, Giselle, goals, mental health

Princessly Giselle

Giselle is perfect princess archetype. I mean she sings, dances, she can call animals to help her clean and she even wakes up prettily. At first I was nervous because I wasn't sure if there was anything new to learn from this "basic princess". Giselle grows throughout the movie, though, and there's really nothing wrong… Continue reading Princessly Giselle

anxiety, depression, disney princess, Hercules, Megara, mental health

To Go or Not to Go (with the Flow)?

I tried going with the flow. I really, really tried. I spent the past few weeks pushing down anxiety and doubts, and floated down the metaphorical stream I imagine the flow is flowing in. Fun fact: You can’t keep stuffing things deep inside. You’ll explode. (Or drown if we stick with the flow metaphor.) But,… Continue reading To Go or Not to Go (with the Flow)?