The 11th Step to Fairy Tale Love is Key.

Via on Feb 12, 2012
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10 steps to everlasting fairy tale love:

1. Start out “Once upon a Time” or in a picturesque setting.

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2. Meet cute.

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3.Overcome great obstacles like evil stepmothers, ogres or a fire swamp.

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4. Kiss a lot.

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5. Be irrepressibly cheerful and attract woodland creatures to help with daily tasks.

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6. Bake something. (Singing helps too.)

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7. Have a fairy godmother.

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8. Actually, the more fairy guardians you have, the better!

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9. Perfect breasts are a good idea too.

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10. If all else fails, hire a miracle maker.

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{But step #11 is the most important}

Fall in love with the whole world.

Fall in love with the present moment.

Stay broken.

Die over and over every moment.

and perhaps most importantly for your happily ever after:

“If you want to be happy, think first of others. If you want to be unhappy, think only of yourself.”

Fairy tales are fun to watch snuggled up on the couch with some popcorn, but a well-lived life dedicated to being of benefit?

That is the best adventure of all.

About Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is the strongest girl in the world. She is the love child of a pirate and a roller derby queen. She hails from the second star to the right. She doesn't know how to behave with all the apples and ibexes. She doesn't suffer from her eight million freckles, she loves them! Like a rolling stone, Kate gathers no moss. Kate loves kale, being barefoot, Dr. Seuss, singing too loudly, gallivanting, palindromes, blackberries and has far too many books for her own good. When she's not writing, you can find her practicing yoga, running in the woods, playing with her kids, devouring a book, planting dandelions, changing the world and doing her dishes. Kate does not play the accordion. She is a massage therapist, writer and a compassionate friend to all. This year Kate aspires to finally give up on learning to knit and will instead spend that time putting a little bit more of her heart on the page. Connect with Kate on Facebook and Twitter

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18 Responses to “The 11th Step to Fairy Tale Love is Key.”

  1. karlsaliter says:

    Right on, Kate.

  2. Andréa Balt says:

    Well said!
    But right now, I just feel like doing N.5. :)

    Just posted to "Featured Today" on the brand new elephant culture homepage. Yay!

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  3. mccubma says:

    Thank you!!! Four years ago this Thursday — 16 February — I walked down the aisle to Storybook Love from The Princess Bride soundtrack (instrumental). Wonderful article to run across this week :o)

  4. janet says:

    Great obstacles like…witches? This witch is not impressed nor amused. Enough of the use of that word in a negative way!!!!! Geeze!

    • You know what, I almost didn't include that word for that very reason! Will change it right now. The fake Hollywood/Disney "witches" are obstacles in fairy tales, but that doesn't mean we need to perpetuate the idea. Thanks for your thoughts.

  5. melissa says:

    amen and amen to #11.
    warmly,
    fellow EJ contributor,
    Melissa http://www.elephantjournal.com/author/melissa-smi

  6. The Princess Bride is hands downs one of the best movies ever!
    "As you wish."

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  8. UmaSimon says:

    Loved this article. Thanks,

  9. Katy Bruce says:

    Absolutely !!

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