Thinking Back On My Moms Panel Journey

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Thinking Back On My
Moms Panel Journey

 

Well, today is the day that so many of my online and real-life friends will find out some very important, life-changing news on whether or not they will advance to Round 3 of the search for the newest members of the 2014 Disney Parks Moms Panel. In fact, today at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time to be exact, according to Gary Buchanan‘s very clever tweeted pic of his score on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin yesterday! Nicely done!

I sincerely hope that you are all finding ways to keep busy today and that you are able to relax. And BREATHE! The 3 o’clock parade starts in just a couple of short hours and we must all be neat and pretty!

I have met so many of you over the last 5 or so years through our mutual love of Disney Parks. I’ve been through this process together with some of you for so many years now that it’s surreal. Today, I’m so full of many emotions, as I have been for nearly two months when the search first began. I can barely concentrate on a single thing other than holding you all close and sending as much Pixie Dust as I possibly can to you all.

See, each Fall since 2008, I would stalk the Moms Panel site. You know, by clicking the little button on the lower left corner that says “How to be a Panelist” like 5 million times a day. Just kidding.

Not really.

My point is that I have been exactly where you are right this very minute. I was there myself each year in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Each of those years that I wasn’t chosen were hard. Really REALLY hard. I questioned myself constantly and each year after the disappointment faded, I felt that my confidence grew. Looking back, I feel like those years that I wasn’t chosen to advance were somewhat of a training course, if you will. I don’t even need to imagine how excited and anxious you all are because I know. I know how very important this is to you all because it was [and still is] just that important to me. It’s a big deal.

It’s an even bigger deal to keep on chasing your dreams if at first [or second or …] you don’t succeed. I did. And then I was finally able to share My Most Magical Moment with you last year! Having you all by my side year after year made it easier to keep my chin up and to keep on keepin’ on. We’ve formed some pretty awesome friendships too! <3

I watched Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure with my daughter the other day and I keep thinking about that scene in the Pixie Dust Tree. You know the one? Here’s a little peek just in case…

 

Tink needs to listen to herself and take her own advice, right?

You are all amazing, talented people and you all deserve to be a Part of the Magic but as we know, there isn’t room for everyone.

Be proud of who you are and know that even if you don’t receive the news you want today, there is always next year. There was a “next year” for me and there will be one for you too!

My Disney Dream Come True!

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Wordless Thursday…Because I Feel Like It!

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My MOST Magical Moment!!!

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My MOST Magical Moment!!!

 

It was 3:16 in the afternoon on Friday, November 9, 2012 when my phone rang displaying a 407 area code [the MOST magical area code on earth, by the way]!!! I had been wondering what was happening because my phone had been making all sorts of noises for the past half hour or so prior to it ringing. See, I was teaching an online class at the time so I was really focused on what I was doing. So, here’s the thing, when I answered my phone, it was Leanne Jakobowski from Walt Disney World on the line and hearing her voice made my heart skip a beat!!! She was sort of thinking that I might know calls were going out and it was fun, because while I wasn’t sure exactly what was going on with my phone, I knew there weren’t any emergencies because there are special tones for that!

So, we chatted for a few moments and Leanne let me know that her and her team had made their final decisions for the 2013 Moms Panel and I think my heart skipped another beat!!!!!! The next thing she said was that she’d like to invite me to be a 2013 Walt Disney World Moms Panelist and to come down for training next month!!!!!!! I tried really really hard not to blow her eardrums out with my excitement!!!!!!

You guys, I’m seriously over the moon with excitement!!!!!! I have been chasing this dream for so many years and the thought of running down Main Street with a giant butterfly net above my head was looking sort of comical so I just couldn’t be happier to announce to you all that I am officially a 2013 Walt Disney World Moms Panelist!!!!!!!!!!

All of your tweets and Facebook messages since my official announcement last night at 8:03 PM EST absolutely mean the world to me!!!! You must know that I appreciate each and every one of your messages!!! Thank you so very much and I’m going to do my absolute very best to make you all proud!!!!!

P.S. I took the picture above from an ad in the Sunday newspaper two weeks ago!!! I had just started subscribing to it and I just about fell off my chair when I saw that OPI had an actual Pixie Dusted color named “It’s MY Year”!!!!!!! I’m in search for it now because OPI says it’s been discontinued and it REALLY IS my year, so I MUST have it!!!! #AAACK

Pixie Dust in my Mailbox Today!!

You guys, I’m so excited that I can hardly even contain myself right now!!!!! Woo Hoo!!! Can you hear me screaming?!!?! I may just explode into Pixie Dust right here!!!!!

I Made It To Round 2 of the 2013 Disney Parks Moms Panel Search!!

Here we gooooooooooo!!! Off to Neverland!!!!!! So excited!!!!!!!! Could my third time in Round 2 be a charm? :)

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2012 Walt Disney World Moms Panel Search

You will probably all laugh at me, but I’ve become somewhat of an email stalker during the last few weeks. There have been so many really exciting events and such going on that I’ve hardly been able to contain myself!

I knew that emails would be going out any time to those who made it or didn’t make it to Round 2 of the 2012 Walt Disney World Moms Panel selection process. Lots of my friends started tweeting this afternoon about it and I started getting really anxious/excited! At 3:27pm EST I received an email from the Mickey Moms Club and it was a newsletter. I think my heart skipped a beat! So, I went back to my writing when I saw my gmail tab receive another email at 3:46pm EST. It was from the Walt Disney World Moms Panel and in the subject line, it said “Congratulations! You made it to Round 2!”!!! Here’s a small excerpt from my letter…

I am so insanely excited that I can barely describe it to you! I’ve been applying for the Moms Panel every year for four years now. This is the second year that I’ve made it to Round 2 and I’m really excited about it! I want you all to know that I’m so glad you’re taking the time to read this right now and I appreciate the support of each and every one of you! You all mean the world to me! Thanks for sharing my Pixie Dust!

This video pretty much sums up what I love about Disney!

I’m so glad to have watched this video! It’s nice to know that people like Whoopi actually “get” Disney! Love it!

This video pretty much sums up what I love about Disney!

2011 Walt Disney World Moms Panel

Well, today was the much anticipated first day of the application process for the 2011 Walt Disney World Moms Panel. I really liked the questions asked this year and it was rather a refreshing experience for me to sit and ponder what I would say. When the questions became live on the Moms Panel site, I copied them into a word document where I could just type whatever came to mind immediately with no restrictions. I already had my first cup of coffee and after I answered all three questions, I decided that I should take a nice break and have a second cup! Those of you who know me know that this girl loves her coffee!

After changing just a few things, I submitted my application and so many hours later, I feel pretty confident about my answers. I answered every question from my heart. Now, I know that what’s meant to be will be, and I’m very excited to see if this is my year!

Thinking back to last year’s process, I had lost my job of nearly 11 years less than a week before I submitted my application for the 2010 Walt Disney World Moms Panel. I was in sort of a “state” if you will. Now that we’ve had so many big and wonderful changes in our lives, all I can hope for is that the passion shines through brighter this year!

Wishing all of my wonderful friends who have applied as well all the very best of luck and Pixie Dust! Let’s hope one or two of us makes it on the panel this year!