Have you seen the #describeyourselfin3fictionalcharacters meme? As I often live in a fictional world of my own making (my mind!) I knew this would be a fun exercise to take on. We all need a giddy escape now and then, right? I rounded up a few friends and we all did the exercise together, quite the variety of characters were chosen, I hope you enjoy their fictional character choices and reasonings!
Lizzie Scruggs AKA the world’s best hugger, pro yogi and now life coach of BlissBound Body & Life
I often find myself fantasizing that I’m a fictional character, so this 3 fictional characters viral sensation is right up my ally. First, I am Pocahontas. Why? The woman lives in nature, talks to animals, canoes like a badass, and her name means ‘naughty one’. Second, I am Polly. About once a month, people tell me I look like Jennifer Anniston. I’m pretty sure I act most like her spacy, cheerful, dance loving, all over the place but always in the moment character in ‘Along Came Polly’. Third, I am that girl from the Billy Idol “Rock the Cradle of Love’ video. I used to sneak watch this video on MTV as a kid and then head up to my room, close the door, turn the music on LOUD and pretend to be her. I credit my dance moves to this video. There we go! Me in 3!
Lauren Lococo AKA the fun, fitness barbie herself of Lauren Gleisberg
Olivia Benson from Law and Order SVU, Elle Woods in Legally Blonde and Phoebe Buffay of Friends are my trio of fictional characters that best describe my personality. Phoebe’s quirky yet confident self aligns with my inner desire to beat to my own drum and feel good about it. Life is too short to be anything but yourself! Elle Woods fits perfectly with my go-getter yet do it your way approach to life and business. Who says you can’t be a serious girl boss and wear pink?! Finally, Olivia Benson is one part sweet / want to save the world and one part total bad ass. Strength and confidence is her backbone and is foundational for me as well!
Ashley Takacs AKA the sassy gem of a jeweler behind A. Tak Crafts
All three women are pretty strong willed and fight for what matters to them!
Kate Beckett from Castle – First off I wish I had a coat collection like hers! If you haven’t watched Castle I highly recommend! She’s a beautiful woman who still means business (she’s a cop) and can still goof around or put up with her adorable silly husband (played by the wonderful Nathan Fillion). My husband and I always were delighted by their playful banter and their loving relationship. She’s the fun, lighthearted, spirit.
Sally Owens from Practical Magic – Her insecurities about fitting in and depth of emotion resonate with me. She still has her wit and fun moments (midnight margaritas!) but she fiercely loves those she cares about and even after heartbreak she still has hope for love and feeling fulfilled. She also has the cutest little shop that she runs (entrepreneur!). She’s the emotional mother who yearns for love and a place in society.
Sansa Stark from the last season of Game of Thrones – her path from childhood to now is what I can identify with. I can’t deny fighting with my younger sister and having lots of ‘it’s not fair’ fights but now she (and I) have grown up and handle ourselves differently. We’ve grown to see the world a bit more as it is and maybe both hold grudges too (I am a Scorpio after all) but still fights for what is right. She’s the growth and lessons learned from childhood.
Melissa Williams AKA the sweet and timeless fashionista with Style Revival
My life is a fairy tale…. Like Cinderella I married my Prince Charming thirty years ago and he loves that I’m a little quirky and funny and think I can sing like Phoebe. I relate more to Monica, OCD about cleaning, high energy but could spend everyday in my PJ’s with a cup of coffee in hand.
Tawny Lara AKA the reigning queen of all things sobreity behind Sobrietea
Chris Traeger – Parks & Rec / I relate to him the most. As someone who suffers from depression and anxiety, I appreciated his character development throughout the series of the TV show. Traeger is first introduced to viewers as a blindingly optimistic fitness freak who’s eager to help anyone who crosses his path. Over time, we learned why he acted that way: he was depressed and staying too busy to think about it was how he chose to self medicate. Towards the end of the show, he becomes an advocate for therapy and identifying his mental health issues. Cheers to Amy Poehler and her stellar writing crew for finding a way to embrace mental health in a comedic, relatable way.
Tom Haverford – Parks & Rec / Tom is a pop culture and social media obsessed entrepreneur. He’s constantly looking for ways to reinvent (rebrand) himself and become the person he knows he can be. Sure, his ever-changing business ventures can be annoying as hell to those around him, but at the end of the day – he’s just a bad ass dude who never lets himself get complacent. Also, his character is an advocate for the Treat Yo’ Self mentality that I’m such a fan of. Life is way too short to not treat yo’ self!
Carrie Bradshaw – Sex and the City / Carrie is a narcissistic writer living in New York City who loves shoes. She loves talking about herself, overanalyzing past mistakes (often with men), and being fabulous with her girlfriends. I identify with her solely as an exaggerated version of myself. I’m a semi-narcissistic writer living in Jersey City who loves sneakers. I love learning about myself and being transparent about that information so I can help, reflecting on the past (often it’s relationships with men), and being fabulous with my girlfriends. Sometimes I relate to the Carrie Bradshaw in The Carrie Diaries more than I relate to the Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City. She’s not as whiny as adult Carrie because she’s confident in herself, her writing, and being a feminist. And I think that younger Carrie would have stayed with Aidan.
Rachel Green of Friends, played by Jennifer Anniston, is the all-American girl-next-door who has to deal with the pros and cons of being the privileged pretty girl. Plus she’s funny and quirky. I can definitely relate to her because I was bullied growing up based on my looks and parents’ stature in our small town community. Nancy Botwin of Weeds, played by Mary-Louise Parker, is suburban widow whom literally takes no BS. She does anything and everything she can in order to provide for her family. This is me to the core. I would do literally do whatever it takes to make sure my family (especially child/children) had their needs met and some of their wants. Lastly, but not least, Liz Lemon of 30 Rock played by Tina Fey, is as close as a natural disaster as they come. She is juggling too many things between work, home , and self and I can relate 100% with that. She has food on the mind and can’t get out of her own way. That is so much me (between running my own business with my husband, taking care of the dog and baby, trying to have ME time) that it took me 24 hours to get this in to Alli!
Mrs. Giddy herself couldn’t help but get in on the fun of course!
Clarissa, the eponymous character and 90’s Nickelodeon royalty of Clarissa Explains It All. She had style, an attitude AND a bright future! Plus, she had that see through phone with all the colorful cords and gadgets…cool points times one thousand. J.D. from Scrubs is dorky, sensitive and has a serious head of hair. Sound like anyone you know? #wink Allison from The Breakfast Club, why am I not surprised we have the same name? We Allisons are misunderstood, screaming inside our own head and are just waiting for someone to see how magnificent we are. Oooh, that one cuts deep. Oh, and who also gets the cute, all american boy at the end! I had a close fourth place character in mind…I’m kind of sad that Fanny Brice (played by one of my personal heroes Barbra Streisand) of Funny Girl is not in my collage. I’m afraid I rained on Fanny’s parade. Sigh.
What do you say, give this exercise a try? Take a little time for some self inflection today and share your collage with friends!