Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Wonders of Disney #authorrachelkaplan #disneylife #disneyforever #disneyland #myhappyplace

Ever since I could remember I always loved Disney.  I remember my first trip to Disneyland. I was 5 years old when I walked thru the gates to Disneyland.  It was as if I was in a fairytale.  I never wanted to leave. I grew up watching a lot of old disney movies.  I felt connected for some reason.  I felt like the characters would not judge me.  When I went to Disneyland for the first time I felt like I belonged and could be myself.  I still go to Disneyland.

Something about Disneyland is still full of magic and wonder.

 I have anxiety and for some odd reason my anxiety melts away when I see the characters and am riding the rides. Watching the parades is calming to me.  I guess it is because I can always be myself.  I really do not care anymore what other people think.

To me, Disney still has so much magic. Also, Disney movie helped me learn to talk and Disney books helped me learn to read.  I now have a great imagination and Disney books took me on many wonderful adventures.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Never Give Up #authorrachelkaplan #nevergiveup #beyourself

When I was born I had low muscle tone.  It was hard for me to walk and talk.  I had to go to physical therapy. I had to learn sign language.  Later in life I found out I had anxiety. Then I found out I had dyslexia. I did not learn how to read until High School. So, to learn letters and sounds I watched so many Disney movies and musicals.  I picked up letters and sounds from movies.  I was always picked on because I could not read.  In school I had to always pretend I could read because I did not want my classmates to know.

In High School I finally learned to read from my reading teacher who never gave up on me.  But, I was still getting picked on.  In my Junior year of High School I joined choir.   I felt happy because I felt like everyone else.  My last year of high school I decided to take choir, drama and film studies.   I loved film studies because I got to watch so many fun classics movies.  At the end of the year we had an award ceremony and I got an award for outstanding achievement.  I did not expect it at all.  I got a standing ovation from my whole class.

 I felt so happy and proud of myself.  I never gave up and that is the best feeling in the world. So thank you to all of my teachers for not giving up on me.  What I learned is to never give up and always be yourself .

Friday, March 22, 2019

Welcome to My Story #authorraschelkaplan #mystory #inspiration

This is my story.  I was bullied all my life.  In High School and I decided to do something about it.  I decided to write my first book, "Growing up with a Disability".  I wrote this book about what it was like to grow up having a disability.  I wanted to tell my own story and how I felt.  One day I finally found out it got published.  I was so happy because I wanted to share my story with the world and let people know that it is not ok to bully and that you are not alone.  I then decided to write a second book, "The Adventures of Smokey". This story is about friendship and a special bond you share with a dog and how important it is to rescue a dog.  I rescued Smokey and it is the greatest thing I ever did.  Not only is he my dog, but he is my best friend, too.  The third book I wrote is "Snowball 's Winter Wonderland Adventure".  This book is about climate change and how it is effecting our Earth and that we need to make a change.  It is also about friendship and working together.

 I love writing and I'm going to keep on writing. I want to be an inspiration to you and to other people.  I never thought my books would be published and I had to wait a long time.  I never gave up!  

Anything is possible, even the impossible.