When I was in the gift shop in Japan at Epcot in Disney World, I bought a doll named Tsukiko.  She is a Japanese Confidence Doll made by Kimmidoll.  They had a lot of dolls that represented different emotions and feelings, like Happy, Love, Brave, Gratitude, Creative, Adventurous, Kindness, Laughter, Joy, Wisdom, and a bunch of others.  I chose Confidence because it is something that I have struggled with from time to time.  Today was a big day for me.  It was my last day at the studio that I’ve been dancing at for the last five years.  I was sad to be leaving all the other girls and my teachers, but I am excited at the same time.  I want to spend more time working on ballet and perfecting my technique and to take some time off from doing competitions, at least for a while.  It’s scary to be going to a new studio, so when I saw the Confidence doll, I knew I had to have her.  Whenever I am feeling discouraged, I will remember my doll.  Whenever I feel like there is something that I can’t do, I’ll remember my doll.  Whenever I feel like I want to quit, I’ll remember my doll.  Whenever the mean girls start talking, I’ll remember my doll.  Whenever, I need to stand up for myself or for somebody else or for something that I believe in, I’ll remember my doll.  She came with a note and it says:

My spirit is bold and courageous.

By believing in yourself and staying true to your convictions,

you show my courageous spirit.

May your self-assurance boldly lead you,

so you may do everything with calm confidence.

 For all the girls who sometimes feel like I do – BE BOLD.  BE COURAGEOUS.  BE CONFIDENT!

Tsukiko, Japanese Confidence Doll

The Best Vacation EVER!!!

It’s been exactly one week since I posted to my blog.  Sorry I’ve been away for so long everybody, but I was on vacation, you know.  Well, I’m back home now.  We got here last night and without a doubt, I can say that our trip to Disney World was the best vacation EVER!!!  My parents might not think so, but as for me, OH YEAH!!!  I am going to pick up where I left off last week.  I told you about my first day at Disney, last Wednesday.  We spent the day at Animal Kingdom.  It rained cats and dogs and we finished the day by eating a delicious dinner at Tusker House.  On Thursday, I got up bright and early because I had a dance workshop at Epcot.  We were over by Italy in a dance studio.  It had dance floors, mirrors, and a ballet barre.  I think it is where people who work at Disney rehearse for shows.  The lady who taught the workshop was a former member of the Radio City Rockettes.  It was a fun workshop and I learned a lot.  After the workshop, my parents, my brother, my sister, and me walked around Epcot visiting all the countries in the World Showcase, which includes 11 countries – Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, the United States, Japan, Morocco, France, the United Kingdom and Canada.  There were so many neat shops in each country and so many cool souvenirs to buy!  I especially liked Japan.  I rode Space Mountain with my brother and my sister and my mom and dad got on Mission:  SPACE and Soarin’ with us, and that’s saying a lot because my mom hates heights (Soarin’) and she’s claustrophobic too, so her getting on Mission:  Space was a BIG DEAL!

We also met lots of characters at Epcot.  I actually chased around all of the Disney princesses from park to park and got them to sign my autograph book and take a picture with me.  In the afternoon, we went back to our hotel room because we were exhausted.  It was so hot and we were so tired from all that walking.  On Thursday night, we returned to Epcot, where we went to the Princess Dinner at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Norway.  We chose to go to this Princess Dinner instead of the one at Cinderella’s Castle in Magic Kingdom because we read a lot of comments on the Internet where people recommended this dinner and said that even though Cinderella’s is more popular, this one is often better.  And let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint.  I dressed up in my Tiana shirt and my green tutu.  You know I had to dress like a princess to meet the other princesses.  I met Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Ariel from the Little Mermaid, Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White…..all in one place.  The food was super good.  I had salmon and garlic mashed potatoes.  We had the best time!  Epcot rocks!


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