6 Things I Learned at Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2014 – #DisneySMMoms

Receiving the Pixie Dusted email with an invitation to Disney Social Media Moms Celebration was a dream come true. I am grateful that I was asked to attend such a prestigious celebration of Bloggers. Disney Social Media Moms Celebration Invitation - #DisneySMMoms However, just like any “conference” you get out of it what you put into it. I had some big personal goals that I wanted to achieve while at the event and one of those was to talk to people and really connect with them. Overall I had a fantastic time at the event and here are the 6 things I learned.

1. Blog for a Reason

Photo Credit Josh Hallett

Photo Credit Josh Hallett

Former NFL Player and author Donald Driver spoke about interactions online and how they matter. While playing football he wasn’t interested in being on Twitter. However, since appearing on (and winning) Dancing with the Stars season 14 he fully understands the power of Social Media.

 

Donald proposed an interesting question “Why do you blog? Are you blogging just so that you can have people look at you; is it for attention?” His question had me thinking, “why DO I blog?” I’ve been blogging since 2004 and I started doing it as a way to chronicle my pregnancy with my first daughter. Over the years “mom blogging” has evolved and brands work more and more with bloggers to help promote their products. In the end; blogging has given me a chance to have my voice heard about brands I believe in as well help provide income for my family. But overall; I blog so that if someone else is experiencing the same issue that I am having or has the same question about a brand or product I can help them find a solution. I am a helper and I like to connect with people though my blog.

2. Be Yourself

Leslie Kay - DisneyBound #DisneySMMoms Leslie Kay is the creator of “DisneyBound: Where Fashion Geeks and Disney Nerds Collide” and she has created a new movement in Disney fashion through her hobby. During the Social Media All-Star Panel led by Disney Parks Blog Social Media Director Erin Glover, Leslie revealed that while in High School she was bullied. She said that the comments from people where the last thing she thought about at night and the first thing she thought about in the morning. She finally realized that she needed to be her own person and surround herself with people that appreciated her. Sometimes being at a conference can be very stressful because you end up comparing yourself to the other people in the room. I really listened to Leslie’s statement and told myself to just be “me” and have fun. Leslie ‘s DisneyBound creations can be viewed on Polyvore. This is one of my favorite outfits that she has put together. DisneyBound Anna by Leslie Kay

 

3. Be Creative

Gary Buchanan - Disney Social Media Moms #DisneySMMoms Disney Parks Social Media Manager Gary Buchanan really provided me a lot of content to think about. I have always known that he was a good speaker and gave great presentations but I had never seen one before. His presentation was about being creative and what I learned from Gary is that I need to be more playful and relaxed in my life. Sometimes when we work hard at trying to come up with the “next big thing” it doesn’t come naturally. However; when we relax and let ourselves be playful you will be surprised at how much more receptive your mind is to being creative.

 

This new Disney Parks video was born from a typo that Gary made when he accidentally typed “Diaper” instead of “Dapper”. He came up with the brilliant idea with out even trying!!!


 

4. Follow Your Heart

Photo Credit Josh Hallett

Photo Credit Josh Hallett

Maxine Clark is the founder of Build-A-Bear workshop and I am happy to say that I have spent a lot of money in her stores. 😉 I absolutely love taking my girls to Build-A-Bear and getting new friends and outfits for them. I have a soft spot for bunny rabbits so whenever there is a new bunny in her stores I have a hard time saying “no” to making a new one. Did you know that Maxine started Build-A-Bear when she was 49 years old? She had already enjoyed a very successful career in the retail industry and was the President of Payless ShoeSource but it was the idea from her friend’s 10 year old daughter that sparked her greatest idea. Maxine listened to her heart and knew that her idea of creating a store where people could make their own custom stuffed animal was going to be a success. She has taught me that no idea is too small, silly or irrelevant. In order for me to keep moving forward I need to think about the future and execute on my ideas.

 

5. Go with the Flow and Be in the Moment

I am a planner and a Type-A person. Letting someone else plan activities for myself or my family can be very stressful on my personality. When I arrived at registration day I was given the itinerary for the weekend and I had mixed feelings. While I was excited about all of the events that we would get to take part in I was also a little nervous that there wouldn’t be any flexibility in the schedule. However, I was wrong because the weekend was the perfect mix of family time, networking, learning and fun. I told myself to just relax and try to go with the flow and it will all workout. There was a time on Saturday afternoon where we had family time and we decided to have a late lunch and do something we had never done before. We did a character lunch at Ariel’s Grotto in Disney’s California Adventure. Normally we don’t do character meals so this was a treat for our family. Ariel's Grotto - Disney's California Adventure

6. Have Faith when doing runDisney

I have been training for my first runDisney 10k in August and honestly I haven’t been a good girl about training during this last month. However, I signed up for the 2 mile fun run that took place on Sunday. I knew that it would be hard but I had confidence that I would finish the race. Well, it was a lot hard than I thought. Somehow I got tripped up and wound up at the back of the pack and then my pants started to fall off (no lie) and then I slipped on some wet pavement. Sometimes my life is pretty comical. When I was running through Disneyland I was doing ok, still at the back but I knew that I could do it. When we ran into Disney’s California Adventure that was another story. Once we got into Paradise Pier I was ready to give up. “Someone send me a golf cart” is what I wanted to say but instead I kept on running and tried to do 30 seconds of running and 30 seconds of walking. I was about ready to sit down on a bench when there she was, a pixie dust blast of energy and she came bounding out of Cars Land up towards me. It was Faith D. and she is the runDisney Mom for the Disney Parks Mom Panel. I was so happy to see her. She came running up to me and said “You can do it, finish strong.” She helped me run to the end and all I could think about was “I just needed a little bit of Faith” funRun with Faith - #DisneySMMoms #runDisney I will be writing more blogs about my exciting time at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration so check back often for new posts. Disclosure:I was invited to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration in Disneyland. I paid my own conference fees and received gifts during the conference. All opinions, experiences and thoughts are my own.

Read more posts here about my experiences with Disney Social Media Moms.

About Dawn

Dawn is a social influencer and has been writing about her nerdy side since 2004. She enjoys writing about Entertainment, Travel, Disney, Star Wars and life with two little girls. Her advice is to keep on dreaming, do what you love and life will lead you a path to your happiness. Dawn also writes for 5 Minutes for Mom.

Comments

  1. KiaMorganSmith says:

    Such great lessons were woven throughout the fabric of the conference. I had a great time there. Hope to meet you next time!

  2. I love these takeaways! What a great overview of some of the things you learned. You were there for the right reasons! Can’t wait to read your other posts.

  3. LAURA CHRISCO says:

    Love the lessons . Great job.

  4. Dawn, what a great post of takeaways from this incredible conference! It seemed to me that in years prior to this one the grumble was that there were so many bloggers who didn’t give a hoot about Disney going to the conference, but this year that didn’t seem to be a focus from what I saw. I would love to be invited to this one year, but until then, thanks for sharing some of your insights from the conference!

    • Hi Mike,
      I think that being at Disneyland was awesome this year because a lot of the bloggers hadn’t been before and they were loving it. Also, there seemed to be a nice mix of Disneyland “locals” to help them out. I think that overall it was a very successful event.

  5. bonggamom says:

    What a great post, Dawn! I love your story about finishing the run with the help of a little bit of Faith 🙂 She is awesome, and so are you. Congratulations on finishing the run!!

    • Finishing that race was awesome with everyone at the finish line and Faith there to help me make it to the end. Certainly will be a memory for a lifetime.

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