The first time I heard about cosplay was when I was a senior in high school and my mom had attended a work conference at a hotel which was also hosting a local comic convention. Since she was already at the hotel, she stopped in and bought a few Kingdom Hearts inspired bookmarks for my sister and I from a local artist. I was completely mind blown as she showed me pictures of people’s outfits and immediately I knew that this was something I wanted to do.
Fast forward about ten year’s later and I still haven’t had the guts to dive into cosplay. Mostly due to my lack of confidence but also because I absolutely hate having my picture taken. However, the desire to express myself through cosplay has been strong and consistent. Through the many Instagram and Pinterest boards I have saving hundreds of others creations.
I found out about disneybounding a few years ago after I noticed that one of the users I follow for cosplay inspiration (@disneybound) had actually created a trend of disney inspired outfits along with a community of followers that shared their own creations. For those that aren’t familiar with disneybounding, it’s similar to cosplay but the focus is on Disney characters. The primary difference is instead of wearing an actually character costume like most cosplayers do, the wearer is creating an everyday outfit inspired by a Disney character.
I’ve been following this trend for a few years now and finally decided that I need to take a step forward and start doing things without the fear of what others think. Sure, I’m still nervous and the idea of taking a selfie everyday terrifies me but so does a dozen other things which has made me realize I need to stop letting my fears control my life.
So for the month of March, I will be participating in the #Disneyboundingchallenge as a way of slowly trying out Disney/cosplaying without diving straight in. I’m hoping that from this month, I will learn how to take a few risks and try something new but also to believe in myself and the creativity I have to offer the world.
I’ll be posting pictures of my daily looks on my Instagram (@ftwruubin) with a few weekly updates on my blog, here at FTWRuubin. I’m keeping the blog posts for this content to a minimum because I know not everyone following this blog is viewing my site for my fashion since this blog is more of a video game environment. But, I’m hoping that this challenge will also open up the possibility of including cosplay ideas on this blog in the future. Gotta start somewhere, right?
I want to encourage anyone who is interested in cosplay / disneybounding to join the challenge. The monthly challenge has already started but you can still dive right on in or just pick a few days that you find interesting. If you are a cosplayer or familiar with disneybounding and have any tips, I’m always open to hearing them. (However, if you offer constructive criticism, please keep it positive. 🙂 ).
Finally, I just want to say “Hi.” It sounds a little funny to end a blog post this way but I’ve actually been away from the blog community for a while. Which is a bit awkward to admit after posting my blog resolutions back in January. I have been struggling with major burnout (something I hope to find the courage to discuss later this month) and for the last several weeks it’s been a real struggle convincing myself to even log into my social media accounts. So, HI! I hope your year has been starting off to a great start and I can’t wait to start sharing my disneybounding adventure and other awesome content with you.