Last week I was invited to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Disney on the Road mini conference in Greater Seattle. Each year Disney hosts a group of social media-minded moms and dads at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for the Disney Social Media Moms Conference. This year, they decided to take this networking and educational event on the road, offering 4 mini conferences in select cities.
We spent half a day with the folks at Disney and other mompreneur speakers who shared their experiences and tips with us about success in business, social media and traditional media communications. And I got to hang out with and network with some of my favorite local bloggers like Leanne of @RaveandReview and Kerri @_themaven (and her adorable baby E.)
I really enjoyed the keynote speaker, Mindee Doney, creator of Boogie Wipes and owner of Juicebox Idea Consulting. @JuiceBoxIdea From a great idea/invention to a multi-million dollar business to bankruptcy. I was enthralled by her openness and authenticity through her struggle as a mom and business woman. Something I think so many of us can relate to and learn from. So I wanted to share a few take-aways that hit home:
- The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what we want most for what we want at the moment.
- Success (whatever that means to you) is a journey. We’re always on it.
- You CAN be super mom, but you CANNOT be super mom at everything.
- We don’t say NO enough. Moms can be off duty. Step away and take care of ourselves.
- Guilt trips are our gut checks. When we feel guilt, stop and think about whether or not we’re doing what we truly want and need to do.
- Take advantage of the social media space to help each other and lift each other up (as moms and in business.)
We also learned about what’s going on at Disney World & Disneyland Parks, which was really cool for me, because I grew up about 90 miles from Disney in Florida and went a lot as a kid. My parents still live there so we’re very much looking forward to taking the kids when they’re a bit older and can REALLY enjoy it.
SO much had changed!. For exampe, have you heard of the Art of Animations Resort?! Oh my gosh, I would love to go. So cool. Look at this adorable Finding Nemo family suite. The kids would fall over. 🙂
Of course I also got to have fun choosing what to wear to a conference. As a stay at home mom, its the little things, right? I did a little shopping at Ross and thrifting at Value Village to come up with this outfit that cost a whopping $19, beaded lanyard included (which I will also be using when I go to BlogHer next month.) Score.
I mixed Pantone Color of the Year Emerald cropped pants from Ross ($15) with an animal print top thrifted at Value Village. ($3) Beaded lanyard was $1. Flats (I already owned) are by Crocs.