To My Dolls,
If it wasn't for you guys, my life would have been totally different. I wouldn't have discovered any of my other passions, felt happy in the dark times I've had, or even did any of the things I've ever wanted to do.
When I was getting bullied when I was 10 years old for liking you guys, I still held true in my love for you. I immersed myself in your worlds even more, and the historical books my school library had kept me sane during a treacherous school year. Even when the only friend I had left, well, left me, I knew it wouldn't feel right to just stop because someone else did.
When I was 12, I had to leave the house I lived in for the majority of my life at that point because my parents got divorced. It was tough, but blogging about you, hanging out with you, making films starring you guys... you guys got me through it.
When I was 14, I wanted to branch out in my film career. A TV series I wrote got rejected from major networks, and I wasn't sure what to do. But I turned to you guys once again to help test the waters for my biggest project of all time, one that I really loved but wasn't that confident in at the time. And it came out amazingly, strengthened the bond that we have, and because of it, the last four months have been a rollercoaster.
One million is a big number, yet the hashtag to make Rebelle a reality has that and more on TikTok. And as I look forward to hopefully making my dream a reality with that momentum behind me and becoming the successful filmmaker of my dreams, I can't help but think about how proud I am of how far I've come and how proud I am to be an American Girl fan.
You guys have touched me and shaped my life, whether it's Kaya's adventures in 1764, Corinne's journey in 2022, Nanea's life in World War II Hawaii or beyond. Even though I'm older now, I still love you and hold true the lessons you taught and continue to teach me.
Thank you, dolls!
P.S: This is in no way, shape, or form a farewell post. Today is the second anniversary of the Rebelle stopmotion's release, so I started reflecting on how my dolls have helped my filmmaking, and then it jumped from that to how they've helped me overall.