On the eve of my interview for Round 3 of the 2015 Disney Parks Moms Panel search, I took time to review a post I wrote last year, when I found out that my journey had ended, entitled Dream to Achieve. Here is an excerpt:
I had been feeling quite weary and for no good reason. Life was good; my boys were keeping me busy, my husband’s business was doing well. However, I realized recently that I had stopped setting goals for myself. I had stopped dreaming. I was only half-heartedly going through the routines. For some reason, when I left my sales and marketing job of eight years to become a stay at home mom in March, I left my motivation behind. I grew, dare I say it, complacent.
It wasn’t until I applied for the 2014 Disney Parks Moms Panel that I realized I was hoping again. Yet it was so far-fetched and I knew it. Why? Not because there were 10,000+/- applicants and this was my first time applying; but because I hadn’t really committed to anything in a long while. I hadn’t dared to dream; and when you don’t let yourself be free to dream and believe, you stifle a very core part of yourself.
I had fun with the process. Even made it to Round 2! But I was only about 80% there. I didn’t dare to dream beyond Round 2 and I think that in and of itself kept me from moving on to Round 3.
What did the Disney Parks Moms Panel journey do for me? It INSPIRED me and reminded me that there is, “a great big beautiful tomorrow.” I had all kinds of goals when I left my paid job in March. I had dreams. I had aspirations. And I grew complacent.
It is time to dream again. It is time to believe. I need this as much as I need air to breath and water to live.
I can not even begin to explain how good it feels to have worked hard towards a goal. Not making Round 3 last year was just the kick in the pants I needed to commit to something. I’ve spent a year on this blog, and while I am not a consistent poster, I have fun. I have had a blast planning field trips for my kids and then writing about them and giving tips for others to enjoy. I also now contribute to an amazing blog, Magical DIStractions.
Here it is, less than 24 hours away from an interview that a year ago was not within reach. Here it is, 6 days away from finding out if a dream will become a reality. And here I am, a content mom, who has tossed aside complacency and is truly dreaming to achieve.