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Sarah Linton

Professional & Personal Coach



Never judge a book
(or an ogre) by its cover.


Shrek Adventures. In a previous chapter, both my husband and I worked in the Entertainment industry for Universal Pictures, Dreamworks & The Walt Disney Company.

When it comes to storytelling, it would be tough to find companies who could top creativity for the Once upon a time & Happy ever afters.
The magic attracts millions through the romance, the villains, the music, the songs, alluring princesses, the heroes & the Prince Charmings.

Specifically the animated movies – the buzz around storylines, the moral of the stories, always had double or triple layers for kids & for adult.
It’s what gives this longevity & repetitive entertainment.




A firm family favourite with our 2 sons was the SHREK series. Multiple viewings and fun family memories were made.

If you haven’t already – find yourself 1hr 37 mins of SELF CARE & dig this one out of the archives. SHREK sure provides some contrasts & of the “haves” and “have nots” and develops some wisdom amidst its Fairytale.




Here are 7 lessons from Shrek
that caught our attention.


1) Relationships matter to Shrek

No one likes to feel alone in the world – unexpected relationships can lead to happy endings.
Not only for Shrek & Fiona …look at Dragon & Donkey.


2) Kindness & friendship are important to Shrek

Kindness & friendship go a really long way – don’t forget all the little things that really matter in relationships.
These matter.


3) Shrek is like an onion

“Onions have layers – Ogres have layers – You get it? – everyone has layers” Everyone has a story of discovery.




Onion Layers




It takes courage to grow up and become who we really are.
E.E Cummings



4) Take your time


Don’t turn your back on people too soon because people & attitudes change – it takes time for people to reveal new layers of their true selves.

Building trust takes time.

Just because you think it – does not make it true

And don’t listen to hearsay – that may not be true either ( Shrek interpreted & reacted by only hearing a snippet of reality & made up the rest & almost lost his happy ever after)



5) Being there

Being there for a friend is often the best present you can give someone.

Even when we irritate each other!

Donkey would incessantly irritate Shrek by talking yet was the only friend that did not judge him for being an Ogre!



6) Money isn’t everything

Money cannot buy you happiness –Lord Farquard – the emotional unaware frustrated soul.

Inner beauty is more important than appearance or possessions.

Love comes in all shapes and sizes.

There is more to any individual than meets the eye.

Love of self is an inside job.


Mirror Mirror



7) Mirror Mirror


Mirror Mirror on the wall….. We often need to hold a mirror up to see into our souls to become aware of true inner self-love & acceptance.

A Catalyst Coach can help hold this safe space for discovery.

Why write around this? Far from a movie review – it’s the ONION that sings out. the relevance is the lessons & the layers.

We all have them – Lots of them.

The depth can slowly reveal the inner, true self to others once they are given a chance.

The more layers we peel back the closer we get to knowing and being ourselves.

Some reveals can make us cry yet every layer we peel back brings more awareness and discovery.




To be authentic is to create a life that feels good on the inside.

Not one that just looks good on the outside.




Current circumstances are all part of our ‘Why?’ for our Ebook as our gift to you.

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Remember, sustainable change happens one step at a time.

Small Steps Big Impact.


Have fun & take care of  YOU,

Sarah Linton Signature




Takeaways: Shrek Lessons

  • SHREK does not need all the trappings for happiness.
  • FIONA eventually stopped caring about what other people think, empowerment of full acceptance & self love when she independently  CHOOSES to live her life as her true self – set free from everything that held her back & finding her happy ever after.
  • Focus on pursuing authentic relationships with both people & nature.
  • Never judge anyone by what you first see – it takes time to form relationships, trust & truth.
  • You don’t have to censor yourself just fit in. Accept & own our differences.
  • You never know what some is dealing with.  Lead with kindness always.
  • Love can bloom in unlikely places.




Is there any part of your life where your mask is hiding an inner secret?

Or are there layers in your life that you would like to peel back & reveal for ultimate happiness & freedom?

Have you thought about what would authenticity look like for you?


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Sarah Linton

Sarah Linton is a Catalyst for change and impact specialising in making change a reality for personal and professional evolution. A former business leader at global organisations including the Walt Disney Company. A Director, Master Coach, Mum and Founder of Tides of Change & The Sarah is passionately connected to her True North as a prolific creator of new horizons & holding that as a vision for her clients partnering across time zones in the UK, USA & Asia Pacific.

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