The face of the modern fairytale 👑

Happy birthday HRH Duchess of Sussex 🌸💗🌸 ~ the ultimate inspiration of this day ~ 👑 ~ I just love this picture. The characters of my story will have the same authenticity Meghan shows. She really is the face of a modern fairytale: with love and self empowerment as a woman. Yes you can marry, you can even become a Duchess and be part of a traditional institution as the royal family, but in this role you can create new pathways for the current and the new world that is yet to come. At this moment the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also get a lot of criticism. Unfortunately that is how it goes when you enter the new and unfamiliar. For me and so many others it’s an inspiration that our lives matter as well and we can create something beautiful when we put our heart and soul in it. So thank you so much 🙏🏽.

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Believe in each other 💚

We all have those moments we lose the ability to believe in ourselves. To keep going and show the world our worth. Sadly on those days, we just can’t see what we are able to, even if there is so much to give. Luckily there are organizations who help those people, in this case women, who have lost their worth due to various reasons and circumstances. The Duchess of Sussex has taken her role to support this organization who helps this group of women to find their way back in society again. By dressing and coaching them, they make sure the women feel better about themselves and to find a new job that makes them happy. We should do this more often. Encourage each other. Help each other find ourselves when we lost it. It’s not easy, but sometimes we just need a friend or family to say: you’re great, you look good, take care of yourself and what do you need to get back on your feet again. Of course I have those days myself. I try to be positive and to be hopeful, but trust me, it’s not a natural thing to do. At those moments I have people around me who encourage me, love me and believe in me. If you don’t have this support system, it’s very difficult to find your strength again. That is why organizations like Smart Works are so important. Because we all are and they make sure we all can contribute to this world in the best way we can. ~ 💗🌸~

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Watching ~ The Last Czars

This week I discovered the new Netflix serie The Last Czars. It immediately took me in the world of the Russian empire and their aristocrats in the beginning of the 20thcentury. The term ‘czar’ or ‘tsar’ was known for me, but I never really understood what it really was. Now I know the tasr has the ultimate power over everything, church, politics and army. The tsar title was usually used in the Eastern European monarchies like Bulgaria and Russia. 

The Last Czars tells the story about the late tsar Nicholas II. He and his family are known for their tragic death in 1918. An execution performed by the Bolshevik guards of the house where they were imprisoned after Nicholas II abdicated in 1917. It took almost 7 to 8 decennia to find all the remains of the imperial family.

Now writing this story it still gives me the chills, for many reasons. Next to Nicholas himself, also his wife Alexandria and their children Olga, Tatjana, Maria, Anastasia and Aleksej were killed in 1918. I have seen movies and documentaries and the reconstruction of their execution always scared me. 

Watching the Netflix series also taught me more about the history of Russia and gave me an insight of the aristocratic environment in this country during that time. It was really interesting and it is a show I can watch repeatedly. Not because of the beauty of the palaces or the great dresses the women wear. It also teaches me about society. How necessary it is to change, for all of us. Even though people around us don’t understand this change. 

When I watch this show, I believe Nicholas trusted the wrong people and held on to tradition because those people and traditions were all he knew. We fight change, but sometimes change is improvement to keep what’s so important. For that reason, this is a show that must be seen. We all go through changes, sometimes without even wanting them. Watching The Last Czars made me realize that living in a palace isn’t a guarantee for happiness and we need more than wealth alone to survive in this world, rich and poor.

Source image: Netflix

Royal escape to fairytales

There are more ways for me to escape from my own life when I need to. One of those things are royals. We always describe them as fairytales. They are expected to fulfill a picture we only know from stories. The prince and the princess. King and queen. And love, lots and lots of love. However, history has shown that it wasn’t always love between these characters. Money and power were mainly the reasons for royal marriages. This changed a little bit in the 20th century and more in 21st. Actually, the 21st century shows us that love can conquer all.

Our own king Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima are a great example of love, the fairytale and the dream. Their picture of them together at Royal Ascot and the Garterday is new proof that they still enjoy being together. Before this event, other special moments of them were shown at their state visit in Germany and their visit to Sevilla. In Germany they were pictured holding hands, which is apparently unique for royals. Sevilla was a special occasion as they visited the Feria 20 years after the Kind and Queen met each other. This year they visited Sevilla with their three daughters, Amalia, Alexia and Ariane. What a great way to celebrate love!

These are the pictures I enjoy watching all the time. Just to see two people, being in love, even after all those years. And thinking that fairytales do exist, even if it’s just in a picture.