Sanah Jivani’s Natural Day

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What if a doctor told you that you will lose all your hair in a matter of weeks?

What if you’re only 3 years old and your parents and you get this kind of news?

For some of us, it might have felt like the world would fall on you completely. And at first, that’s what it felt like for Sanah Jivani. But after some struggles, and thanks to her immense bravery, and the support she got from her loved ones, she got to discover who she really was and BE her true self (wig free, I might add).

And now, Sanah wants to challenge us, ugly ducklings, to do the same! Here’s a very special message for all of you!

It’s very easy. Just leave your make up in the bag, and comb your hair just a bit, and celebrate the uniqueness of who you really are. Here’s how #NaturalDay works, in the words of Sanah herself:

Send us your photo, together with the hashtags #NaturalDay, and #TeamNatural and we’ll share them with the rest of the community.

Remember: this February 13th! 

And if you want to follow Sanah on Twitter, click here.

Message for The Ugly Ducklings by Jennifer Morrison

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A child left behind… adoptive parents… changing your life…

One of the reasons why so many people have felt connected to Once Upon a Time is because of how they can see themselves in many of the characters’ situations.

While some feel like they want to explore the world and have adventures (like Belle, played by Emilie de Ravin), many relate to Regina’s struggles (The Evil Queen, played by Lana Parrilla), and her determination to wanting to solve her problems, heal her wounds, and finally find her happy ending.

And many other people have found in Henry (played by Jared Gilmore), and his will to find his biological parents, a validation that they are not alone when it comes to knowing where they come from.

Jennifer Morrison’s character, Emma Swan, is also in one of these paths. In a matter of months she finds out that the son she gave away came back to find her, and her whole life changes completely.

If you have visited Ugly Ducklings Inc before, you will know already that this movement was born from descriptions she has made to explain where Emma’s essence comes from. At an interview on July 20th, Zach Van Norman, staff member of Once Upon a Fan, a very popular website dedicated to the TV series, got the chance to ask her a few questions, which, once again, imprint a very strong message on all of us, Ugly Ducklings.

You are not alone

One of the first questions that Zach asked had to do with how she managed to build the character. And this was her answer:

You heard right: she didn’t have a perfect social life in school! And if you check out the whole interview here, you’ll find out the constant rejection she faces in the entertainment business. She’s famous, and talented, but does that mean things are easy for her?

What if you could also have an impact on other people, even if it’s with little things? Jennifer probably never thought that her words about being a Swan, and feeling different from the rest of the world would resonate so much on so many of us. Here’s where she mentions how fulfilling it is to know that we are all coming together, and doing great things for one another:

And finally, the perfect chicken soup we all need, the perfect encouragement to keep working hard to make ourselves happy.

What do you say we add this piece of advice to all the ducklinspiration messages, and uplifting quotes we have read over the course of our lives?

What if all we need is an extra dash of bravery?

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PD: As I write this, fans of Once Upon A Time are uniting forces to help Mental Fitness Inc. (formerly NORMAL In Schools) build their first Mental Fitness institute. YOU CAN DONATE $5 for a chance to win an autographed photo as well as other great goodies. Click here to know more about #OperationNORMAL.

– Marie,

The Tail Shaker.
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