A couple of months back, I reached out to a couple of people looking for some inspiration, encouragement and guidance. I was struggling to see how my little blog and posts fit into the “big picture” of the Internet, Disney community, blogging community and how to keep going when it feels like you’re writing to yourself every day. These were people I looked up to, respected and truly worked to become more like each and every day. While they’re not famous movie stars or “big names”, they are friends who are well liked and well respected in their lives and professions. It takes a lot of some people to ask for help (and I happen to be one of those people) and it also takes a lot to reach out and offer assistance to others-especially when you’re humble enough to not think of yourself as a role model to another person.
Out of one of the conversations came several questions about what I was trying to accomplish and where I was trying to go on my path. This was a hard answer for me because I didn’t really know where I wanted to end up but I knew I needed some help and motivation from people who started out as a small fish in a very large pond and grew to become bigger fish in an ever growing pond that manage to still find a way to be unique and stand out. During one of the exchanges, my friend suggested I just continue to be myself and help others. At that moment, it was almost like someone turned on a light bulb for me. That’s the part of Disney I enjoy so much – helping other people plan their trips and make their experiences memorable. It’s very likely that person doesn’t realize it, but he helped me keep blogging and doing what I love and what makes me happy. No, there’s not fame and fortune in it, but that’s not what I’m about.
This morning while I popped over to Twitter for a minute to check in and say good morning, I saw a tweet about the Disney Moms Panel and people finding out if they’d made it to the next round of the selection process. Immediately I checked my email and my heart sunk seeing there was no email from Mickey in my inbox waiting for me. After trying to get back to work, and refreshing my email about a thousand times, I gave up the hope that I’d moved on. I congratulated people that I knew that had gotten the fantastic news that they’d moved on and shared sad feelings with a few who didn’t get the lucky news. Later in the day I saw some tweets that a decision isn’t being made until Friday, when an official email is going out. In the couple of hours I had to think about it, I realized how much I truly wanted to be a member of the Moms Panel this year. It just felt like this was *my* year but for some reason it wasn’t meant to be. When I learned there was still hope, the flurry of excitement came back full force. Then I stopped and thought for a second. What would change if I became a member of the panel? Not. A. Thing. I’d still help my co-workers that stop by my office looking for Disney advice, friends who send Facebook messages about where the best character meal is or when the best time of year to visit it, friends who stop me in the grocery store to find out where to even start planning a Disney trip or girlfriends at the pumpkin patch sharing Disney stories while we chase kiddos around – I’d just be doing that on a much larger scale. That’s me and it always will be-willing to help anyone have the best possible Disney experience ever. If it’s here on this blog, through social media and emails or as an official member of the Disney Moms Panel, that’s what I plan to keep doing.
Thank you Mickey and my good friend for teaching me and reinforcing a very important lesson – always be yourself; that’s what you really want in life. Good luck to everyone participating in the Disney Moms Panel search this year. There are some amazing moms (and dads!) who have applied.