The Disney Social Media Moms Conference is one of the most sought-after conferences, and one of the few family-friendly events for social media influencers. I first heard of this event a few years ago on Twitter. The hashtag #DisneySMMC immediately caught my eye, and I had to see what all the fuss was about. After some research, and connecting with other social media influencers, I quickly realized how wonderful it would be to attend one day. I did my best to put myself on Disney's "radar" so to speak, and low-and behold, I was invited to the Disney Social Media Moms On-The-Road Celebration in 2014. The conference was everything I had hoped it would be and more...and I was really hoping it would put me one step closer to receiving that pixie-dusted email to attend their conference in Walt Disney World the following year.
Well...we all know how 2015 started off for my family. Obviously DSMMC was the last thing on my mind after the accident. I was recovering, and in survival mode. Literally. However, reality slapped me in the face when I checked my email on March 20, 2015. I was invited. The one thing I have been working at for the past few years. I did it. I was so, so proud of myself, yet at the same time, I was crushed. There was absolutely no way I was able to attend the event. I was reading the email from a hospital bed set-up in my living room. My neck was broken and in a brace. Both of my legs were in full-length casts. I could not weight bear. I couldn't even get out of my bed. As thankful as I was to be invited, it was almost like a slap in the face. I was heartbroken.
This year as March drew closer, I found myself with a knot in my stomach. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I wanted that magical invite.
And then it happened.
In the wee hours of the morning on March 3, 2016 (2:30 AM to be exact), my sweet Avery woke me up for a bottle. While I was cuddling him in bed, I decided to check my email. I really think my heart stopped when I spotted an email from Walt Disney World in my inbox. With my hands shaking, and my heart pounding, I opened it...
And then I cried. So many happy tears. I woke my husband up, shaking him, so excited I could barely talk! He was so happy for me. For us. He knew how much this meant to me, and he was proud.
The next morning I completed the registration, and booked our airline tickets. We will be spending Mother's Day weekend at the happiest place on earth! Celebrating together, as a family. I will be at the most magical conference in the world. I did it. I believed in myself. At the beginning of 2016, I chose a "word for my year." I chose Believe. I really don't think I could have chosen a more perfect word. I am overwhelmed with joy and gratitude for this incredible opportunity. I cannot wait to embark on this extraordinary adventure!