Hey y’all. I promise this isn’t just going to be another “I promise I’ll be back” update post! Honestly I don’t know how to categorize this post but I really need to share from the heart so here it goes…
I’m a firm believer in doing things that make you happy and that things happen for a reason. There starts our journey today. My love of writing and wanting to connect with and help others were the main reasons why I started blogging way back when. Things took off more quickly than I could have expected and sometimes I was spending more time just writing something so there was a new post on the site instead of something I really wanted to share. I let things slide and let myself get busy with the holidays, planning Disney trips and the million other things that pop up every day. Meanwhile new posts were floating around my head but when I’d sit down to start writing a fear of “is it good enough?” crept in and I’d wind up scrolling through Pinterest for hours (giving me more ideas for blog posts!).
As you know, I’ve had my heart set on becoming a member of the Disney Parks Moms Panel for a couple of years now (ok – who am I kidding – more than a couple!) and felt like not being chosen again last year meant I wasn’t good enough and left me questioning where I fit in as part of this big blogging world. Thanksgiving (and our annual big Disney trip) came and went along with Christmas, ringing in the New Year, our “redo” Disney Cruise, changing jobs and moving yet I didn’t share any of that with y’all. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve got lists of post ideas from it all. I just didn’t make the time to write or get over my fear and just share what was important to me at that moment.
Still being active on social media, I kept up with friends and fellow bloggers watching their true selves shine through. At times I would get myself set to restart my blog and another speed bump would pop up that I’d let turn into a roadblock. I saw talk about this year’s Disney Social Media Moms Celebration (DSMMC) and didn’t even concern myself with it. Facebook groups started chattering with excitement about what day the invitations for this year would go out. Having convinced myself I wasn’t what Disney was looking for, I didn’t even bother getting caught up in the excitement.
One Friday evening I was upstairs in our new Disney themed playroom (more on that I promise!!) doing a quick Facebook check after a very long week. Remember those speed bumps? Well I’d had a very long week and was just ready to crash for the night. As I was scrolling through, I saw a couple of friends asking who’d gotten an invitation to this year’s DSMMC. Seeing lots of nos from people, I flipped over to my email to look for my no too. There it was: the email from Disney. Before I could even decide if I wanted to open it or not, my decision was made for me because the subject line included “You’re Invited”.
I’m sure Mickey himself heard me screaming after reading the email about 100 times to make sure I understood what I was reading. Between screams, crying and just general freaking out, I was able to explain what was happening to my family. The boys were excited to go and my princess was over the moon that she was going to see Mickey and her “cackle” (castle). Within a matter of minutes I had my laptop out and was registering for the conference. Once I got my confirmation, I shouted from the mountain tops that I’d been invited and spent a couple of hours connecting with others, congratulating those invited and sending condolences to those who weren’t.
Since that invitation, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about things. People have come out of the woodwork sharing their suggestions of what I should do, what I should wear, who I should meet up with, ect. Being new to the celebration, I do appreciate tips and tricks to make it as beneficial as possible for me. What I learned most importantly is that I’m going to do me at the celebration and not anyone else. Obviously along the way I’ve done something to make Disney notice me (hopefully something good!) without even trying to be over the top and impress them. I want to be me, honest and truthful, both in reality and here online. When you read something here, I want you to know it’s because I honestly believe it, use the product, whatever not that I’m sharing something with you because it will impress someone else (it’s never been that way just to be clear!). Before I thought reaching “x” goal would make me feel like I’d “made it”. Lots of thinking over the past few weeks has made me realize I already did make it and I needed to continue for the same reasons I started – to connect and help others. It’s funny how when you’re busy with something else God drops right what you need into your lap. Countless nights I spent praying so hard for things that didn’t happen and I spent just as many nights wondering why. As Elsa said “let it go”. I did and that’s when things seem to fall right into place.
If you’ve made it this far, thank you!! For those who just skimmed to the end, I get it. Today was a lot of words. Yes I’m going to Disney twice in May – once for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration and again for Star Wars Weekend! I’m also back at blogging in my own way. It won’t be all Disney but it will all be real and from the heart. Thank you for sticking with me (or just joining in) for this very crazy ride. I’ve got so much to share with you.