Disney Dreaming

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Nearly a year ago, I had the pleasure of (virtually) attending American Express/Open Forum CEO Bootcamp. I know I’m not a CEO, but at the time I was helping a friend on some projects with her production company, and I figured I might be able to pick up some great tips from women in leadership.

Diane von Furstenberg was the main event, and there was a great social media panel, but where I really got the most was at a session with Maxie McCoy of Levo League. In that session, she encouraged all the women in the room to write down what their ideal life will look like five years from now. Simple enough. The challenge that followed was less so. 

Let everything you do and every decision you make be something that brings you closer to your dream life.

Let’s give that a moment to sink in. Every single little thing that you do. I suppose in a way that makes perfect sense, but it really struck a nerve when I heard it explained in that scenario.

Fast forward to last week. I was checking up on some of my old co-workers from my Disney days. If you’re anything like me, one Facebook profile leads to another to a one to a YouTube page and so on… Well, at one point I wound up here:

Cue: weeping. That’s not normal, right?

Throw in the excitement and all the announcements coming out of the D23 Expo right now, and I’m just a big, teary-eyed mess. I mean, the things they have planned for my old stomping grounds, Disney’s Hollywood Studios alone!

Having worked for the Walt Disney Company for several years, I have definitely met my fair share of Disney fanatics, and I’ve never considered myself one of them. I couldn’t name every animated feature or get a perfect score on a Disney quiz on Buzzfeed. I’ve never even been to Disneyland! But something about the magic of Disney has always plucked at my heartstrings.

So, how are those two stories connected? Honestly, I’m not sure yet. Do I think I would ever work for Disney again? I’m not opposed to it, but I’m not actively searching for a way back in either. I do know that Disney will always be a part of my life.

I’ve already gotten my husband to agree to a minimum of one visit every four years – like presidential elections and the Olympics. I hope visits happen more often than that, but it’s a good place to start. My hearts aches a little every year we miss the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, but the next couple of trips are all about Miles. Our first trip with him was amazing, and I’ve already started thinking about our triumphant return in 2018.

Until then, I just have to keep trying to figure out how to keep Disney in my life and what I should be doing right now to make it happen. #GOALS – it’s a good place to start.

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