The Holy Grail of events for Mommy Bloggers is the chance to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at Walt Disney World. While I have not had the honor of being invited to this amazing event (check out some of these recap posts by bloggers that attended this year, and you'll see why it is such an incredible opportunity!) I was more than excited to attend the new offshoot of this event - the Disney On The Road mini-conference.
Hosted by the brilliant and business-savvy Maria Bailey, the Disney On The Road Charlotte event showcased speakers that have pushed through what many of us would consider tragic circumstances to come out on top.
Our first speaker was Shannon Miller, the highly-decorated Olympic gymnast, that overcame a devastating cancer diagnosis and has now developed a lifestyle brand that encourages women to make healthy choices. Some of my favorite take-aways from her speech were:
- "You don't stumble onto Olympic gold, and you don't stumble onto success!"
- "There are NO do-overs in social media!" (Something to remember...)
- "Social media magnifies the voice of MOM."
- And my personal favorite -
- "When you love what you're doing, it doesn't feel like the hard work it is."
Our next speaker was Laura Spencer, of Disney social media fame. This lady is SO hilarious and relatable as a mom. I've had the opportunity to hear her speak twice this year, both at the Disney On The Road Charlotte event and the SheStreams conference in Ft. Lauderdale, and I just have to say it - Laura Spencer is a wonderful addition to the Disney family!
Some of her most inspiring thoughts:
- "Give of yourself... Whatever you put out there comes back to you. Blessings will return to you."
- "Don't have guilt. Be the mom that you're supposed to be!"
- And something very important for us bloggers to remember -
- "If you want to make money, you've got to have a business plan!"
I always get a lot out of hearing Maria Bailey speak. As the host of the Disney On The Road events as well as SheStreams, I'm fairly certain I would follow this woman anywhere to hear her little nuggets of wisdom. Not only is she a savvy businesswoman, but is also an inspiring mother that encourages moms everywhere to realize our potential and worth.
She posed a question that resonates with me on a very deep and personal level:
- "Are you making money, or are you moving it around?"
Hmmm... Something to think about, for sure. She also spoke about the importance of figuring out a way to make money while you sleep. If you're just focused on making money when you're awake, you are limiting your earning potential. Whether you write an e-Book or create a must-have product or idea, there is always an opportunity to benefit from your ideas (as you should).
The Disney On The Road Charlotte event also had a panel of mompreneurs that discussed their ideas for prioritizing their time, business development, and even the ways that they reach out to and encourage moms in their own communities to be the successful women that they can be! This panel included Marcelle Colins-Clyburn, Robyn Pellei, and Katie Barnes Harding, and was moderated by Maria Bailey.
I was so glad to see that Katie Barnes Harding of Charlotte Mom Favorites was inspired to clear out her inbox after speaking at the event! If this busy mama (creator of an 800+ member moms group and blogger) is able to clear out her inbox, then I know that I can do it, too! :)
The final speaker of the day was Tiffany Krumins, creator of AVA the Elephant and survivor of ABC's "Shark Tank" show. I will admit - her struggle with cancer and overcoming fears brought me to tears. To hear her story about how the AVA the Elephant product came to be was so touching and inspiring. Tiffany truly has a BIG heart, and I wish her continued blessings!
She asked us to do one thing over the weekend to face our fears. Perhaps I'll be sharing this story with you at some point, but for now, I want to ask you to do the same:
Find one thing that scares you and face it head on!
I've been around long enough to know that I cannot grow unless I am challenging myself. Some of the best things in my life came as a result of facing a fear head-on. Simply challenging yourself to be open-minded about a topic of interest or even making yourself vulnerable for a moment can make a big difference in your life.
The final stop on the Disney On The Road tour is in Long Island, NY. I will be following the hashtag #DisneyOnTheRoad all day on Thursday in the hopes of picking up some more encouraging quotes to add to my blogging notebook.
Who inspires you to be the best blogger / mommy / person that you can be?