Disney Social Media Moms Celebration on the Road
Yesterday I had the privilege of attending the Disney Social Media Moms On The Road Celebration that took place in Berkeley, CA. The time flew like no other. It was an inspiring day for us Mom Bloggers and Mompreneurs. We mingled, shared stories, exchanged business cards, and heard some truly inspiring stories from women who have been down the Entrepreneurial road. They were women who have been faced with some of life’s most challenging hurdles; some that would break the strongest of us all.
We learned a little bit about what it takes to pick ourselves up after a financial or start-up fall – only to quickly be reminded that sometimes the fall is what saves us. More than anything though, even more than the wonderful advice and prizes that were given, is the sense of comradery that is built when Moms come together and network, connect, and cheer each other on. Being social and making new friends has been the most challenging personality trait for me to develop in all my life. It’s hard for me to get out of my comfort zone and make new friends, but here is where I feel welcomed. Conferences like these empower women to work together, and they are always so welcoming. There is nothing like it.
Time has changed the online world, and I am barely coming up to speed on the benefits of accepting that. I see it in my husbands line of work in digital ad sales, and I see it in my work as a lifestyle blogger. What we are seeing is a wide range of IDEAS that lead to ENTREPRENEURSHIP. You don’t have to necessarily be a blogger or online guru to be motivated and excited about bringing your ideas to life. That will come later. Getting those ideas out and validated is what matters whether you’re a blogger or an inventor. The term Entrepreneur applies to both here.
One thing that remains true to the core of Entrepreneurship, is how you manage the change. Each one of those women on the discussion panel said “yes, it was hard,” “yes, I struggled to find balance,” “yes, I am grateful for what I know now,” and “yes, I was scared.” But not one of them ever said they regret their choices in moving forward with their idea. They all accepted the change that would come with bringing their idea to life, and they’ve all been successful at creating their brand. Trying to build my brand is where I am at right now, and it ain’t easy let me tell you. The Disney Social Media Moms Celebration experience brought a panel of speakers that inspired me to explore my own ideas and embrace change. I just hope I find my way there soon.
With that said, I leave you a few pictures and a quote from Mindee Doney (founder of Boogie Wipes®) that I believe brings a little light to ones fear of change. “Change is inevitable, growth is optional.”
The Clairmont Hotel, Berkeley CA.