This day was one of the most exciting days of my life, however it was also completely nerve wracking.
Of course there were times when I was little (and even as an adult) where I got to dress-up as a princess, but this was the day I was going to see if I could really pull off the transformation.
Here in Colorado, we are lucky enough to have one of the nation's best zoos and each Halloween, the Denver Zoo has special weekends dedicated to dressing up and visiting trick-or-treat stations. I chose the Denver Zoo's Boo at the Zoo 2017 to be my official royal debut.
Fully dressed as the Little Mermaid, I started to get incredibly nervous on the car-ride there.
What if I just look like I'm wearing a costume? What if my princess impression isn't spot-on? What if children walk right by me without a second glance?
The exact opposite happened and I was over-the-moon.
The moment I exited the car, little girls were already calling out my character's name! And by the time I arrived at the entrance, many little ones were pointing and excitedly coming over to visit.
More mermaids came over for hugs and I felt - ironically - more 'myself' than I ever had before.
At one point during the day, I even had a line like the official princesses at the theme parks! I couldn't believe it. My heart was so incredibly happy and I had the most fun I'd had in a very long time. This day was one of the best of my entire life.
This was the day I truly found my calling.
This was the day that Party Like a Princess was born.
This was the day my dreams came true.