I’m still riding the high of attending the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, and have lots of posts to share with you. But, I decided that it would be best to share just a few of my favorite personal experiences of the conference.
My Mom giggled
It was almost 1 year ago that my Mother lost her Father, and became an adult orphan. These past 11 months have been tolling on her, and she’s experienced so much grief, stress and heartache. This experience released the Mom I remember from my youth; quirky, funny, and ready to enjoy whatever came her way. I heard her giggle at least 100 times during those few days. I could tell this was something she’d needed for a long time.
My sister went from 17 to 7
My sister has never been to Disney. Due to her arriving 14 years after me, and my parents taking me on many a vacation to Disney World, she just ended up missing out on the experience. This trip not only bought out the kid in her (she waved, yelled, and took pictures with as many characters as she could) but she finally saw how all of my hard work online, great work ethic and attitude has blessed all of us.
There was Lady Gaga overload
Speaker Jackie Huma dedicated most of her session to Mother Monster who is also the Queen of social media. You may not have known this, but I am a Lady Gaga uber- fan. This Little Monster was geeking out with the constant mention of the Lady Gaga. Also, Jackie Huba ended up giving me Lady Gaga’s new perfume, Fame. I’m not ashamed to say that I cried. I’ll write about Jackie’s session and my geek moment a little later in the week.
My son learned about the power of writing
My first born is a big fan of all things science. We joked that he would rather learn how to build all of the Disney rides than actually ride them. He knows that Mom writes on her computer for work (and that she goes off to do military “stuff” one weekend a month) but he’s never gotten into writing. Once he saw all of the other Moms and Dads at the conference, and realized that we were all chosen because of the work we do online, he had tons of questions. I basically had to explain what I’ve done on my blog for the past 6 years in a matter of 3 days. Also, he held my hand while we talked. He hasn’t held my hand in ages. Thank you Disney Social Media Moms Celebration!
My kids met my Great-Grandmother for the first time
While this wasn’t officially part of the festivities, we took advantage of how close we were to Georgia and visited my Great-Grandmother who lives 4 hours from Disney World. She’s 98, and not in the very best health. She’s also never met my husband or children. This trip just might have been the best part of this experience and out of everyone, my husband was the most affected. I’ll be writing about this as well, so stay tuned.
R2D2 is my homeboy
As a Sci-Fi geek, it was heart-warming to not only see one of my favorite Droids zooming around our conference room, but to film a Vine of him AND take a picture with him! He whistled at me too. Cheeky, cheeky robot.
Dreams do come true
When I first wrote about our family being invited to Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, I still thought that it was some type of fluke. As a “small blogger” I still have a hard time realizing that just because you are small, it doesnt mean that no one is reading or paying attention. I’ve found that being positive, helpful and supportive to others has gotten me to places and situations. I firmly believe this is why I was included on the invite list to the most magical conference on Earth. I dreamed of being invited and put in on my dream list last year. It’s amazing to see that dreams really do come true, especially for those of us that work hard and praise others that do the same.
Thank you so much to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration team for creating this amazing event and experience for us. We feel blessed beyond words and can’t wait to see what other magic you have in store for years to come.
Disclosure: I attended the Disney Social Media Moms Conference and received discounted rates and tickets for particular events, attractions and other fun. All opinions and experiences are my own.