I've been married for nearly five years and a mommy for three of those years. In my former career, I was an Internal Auditor for a national wireless company. I worked for the corporate office and would travel across the states every other week or so to conduct week long audits. I'm not a stranger to travel and life on the road. As a single woman I thrived with this lifestyle. As a wife and mommy - I had to come to terms with going solo. I'm glad that I did! After listening to very inspirational women speak about their journey in paving their path to success - I came away feeling empowered, encouraged, validated, and so very excited for the future!
I left my comfort zone on so many levels and am proud of myself! I made new friends, found inspiration in the success stories of the conference speakers, AND had my mom guilt eased away! I cannot possibly fit all of the awesome of the day into one blog post! There was SO MUCH packed into a half day conference! I am truly grateful for the experience.
Pictured below are my breakfast buddies! I'm so glad that I got to meet Sabrina and Dawn IRL! Thanks to these ladies - I'm getting less and less shy when it comes to networking! I have a long way to go but it does become more and more natural the more that I get the opportunity to do it.
|Sabz -The Eclectic Grab Bag & Dawn - From the Kitchen of Mama Harris|
|With Kate - San Diego Deals and Steals|
The half day conference was led by Maria Bailey of Mom Talk Radio. Right off the bat she took the sting out of my mommy guilt in sharing a story about her daughter. Maria is on the road a lot and does a lot of public speaking. Her daughter had a public speaking engagement and afterwards told her mom that she felt like her Mom up there. Wow for validation! Her daughter was PROUD of her mom and all that she does. She set an example for her daughter to follow. There is no guilt in THAT! Maria encouraged us to follow our passion. Our children will see us doing so and in turn follow their own passion.
Here are my favorite quotes from the conference:
"You inspire me Mom" - as told by Maria Bailey.
"Don't let what you don't know how to do stop you from what you want to do. You can LEARN." - Erin Kelly, MD and inventor of the Hulabye Baby Changer.
"Motherhood didn't get easier. I got better!" - Mindee Doney, Boogie Wipes creator.
"STOP talking once you have shared your message." - Michelle Stepney, PR Content Director for Disney Parks Blog.
|Maria Bailey Mom Talk Radio|
I must admit that I was a bit insecure about the event. Not only am I on the shy/awkward side (overcoming that little by little), I don't have a Disney specific blog like many do. Through a great facebook group for attendees, I have found SO MANY amazing ones out there (and the WONDERFUL women that write these blogs). As far as planning for our FIRST Disney family trip, I feel like I have so many resources for advice! We have a three year old who is SUPER ready for a Disney adventure! We thought about taking him sooner but wanted him to be more comfortable with life-sized costumed characters first. We want this special moment to be filled with magical memories instead of calming a traumatized preschooler. Seeing life sized versions of your favorite characters up close and personal for the first time can be a bit overwhelming for a little one. But now I think that we are ready!
After the Disney Social Media Moms event I realized just how "Disney" our family is. I smiled because it isn't only our celebrations that are touched by the magic of Disney... so is our everyday life. All that I had to do was take a quick look around our home (toys & movies GALORE), peek at birthday party photos, and reflect on gifts that we have given to our seven nephews and four nieces --- each has their favorite characters! I had to share some of our family memories!
|Our son in Winnie The Pooh Onesie 2010|
|2nd Birthday Cars Cookie Cake 2012|
|Buzz Lightyear! Halloween 2012|
|Turning Three with a Monster's University Birthday Cake 2013|
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