Happy Thanksgiving, Disney friends! It also happens to be the 1 year anniversary of my blog (Thanks WordPress for the notification). I have so much to be thankful for this year. In the past year, this blog has brought me over 100 wonderful new Disney clients and those clients have been appreciative of my efforts and referred friends and family to help plan their Disney vacations. In a single year, this blog has soared to over 270,000 views which is absolutely insane and something I never thought possible.
Whether you are a guest I’ve helped plan a trip for or just a guest who has found my information helpful, THANK YOU! A million times thank you! In the beginning, my 16-20 views a day was tough to see but one day Pinterest just took off and the rest is history.
I’m thankful to Magical Vacations, LLC who have allowed this part of my life to take off. I’m so thankful that I’ve been successful enough to be a stay at home mom and just help people enjoy the magic of Disney. I’m thankful that I was able to attend the EARMarked conference for Disney travel agents and tour the Disney Magic to really get to know that ship and all it has to offer. I’m now more confident than ever to book Disney cruises! I’m also thankful for the wonderful group of ladies I work with. While we’re many miles away, we just clicked and fit in within minutes of meeting each other.
I’m thankful to my amazing sister who suggested that I blog to really get this whole crazy thing rolling. I wouldn’t be where I am today without her!
I am most thankful for my husband and my family for being supportive even during the most trying times – emailing during dinner and my alarm clock going off before 5 am quite often to book dining reservations. I’m thankful for him listening to my complaints and that I can bounce ideas off of him. I’m thankful he’s embraced Disney with me and that he can be my eyes and ears for thrill rides that I’m too big of a chicken to ride. I’m thankful that he’s willing to continue to travel to Disney destinations with me.
So THANK YOU! I am so grateful for everything that has come to me in my life to this point. I know much of it is through hard work and dedication, but it wouldn’t be without the people that have believed in me!
I’m being very reflective today. I’m so thankful that Disney and I found each other. While that sounds completely silly to many of you, it’s extremely meaningful to me. Because of the success I’ve add by adding a blog and just pinning things on Pinterest, sticking out the crummy first few weeks when I was getting 10 views a day (and continuing to create new topics and add new content even though no one was reading). Now I’ve created this somewhat thriving personal business. I set a small goal for myself and after achieving it in less than 3 months, I looked bigger and bigger. I’ve gone well beyond my expectations. We’re now at the point that we are financially even looking at me cutting down from a full time job to something park time and being able to spend 2 days home every day with my beautiful daughter; something I never thought possible without the help from Disney vacation planning.
It’s funny how the world works. When I started college I went in clueless of what I wanted to do, started with some travel agent courses and thought it wasn’t profitable to support myself. I switched to psychology which is something I love but something I knew I wouldn’t stick with (because in order to do anything with that degree I’d need a Masters and I’m not a school lover). So I switched to Business Administration, something that’s not exciting but I’m good at. I’ve taken all of those skills and rolled them into this great new job of mine. Who knows, in another year or two, I may be telling cyberspace that I’ve quit my job and doing Disney full time and enjoying every moment of having a child (or maybe by then children).
So, just wanted to say thanks. Thanks for reading my blog, thanks for all of those people that have contacted me and allowed a small glimpse into their lives to plan an amazing vacation. I’m so amazingly thankful for the people who have sent me how amazing their trips work and how thankful they are for me. It gives me a purpose and something that keeps me going on days that I just don’t want to write another blog post or days when I have a really crabby, teething 15 month old. Because in life, all we really need is a thank you and some positive reinforcement to keep us all going. I know I’ve had thankless jobs and people who are difficult to work with, but in the end, it’s all been worth the struggles to get to the point I’ve made it to today. Recently I received an email from a family that had just returned from their Disney World vacation. It’s common practice for me to check in after families get home to see how their trip went, how they liked their resort and if they would have changed anything. Typically I get a few lines back and a thank you. This email was PARAGRAPHS of thanks and wonderful feedback and a few photos of them beaming with smiles meeting some of their favorite Disney characters. I have a small file that I save all of those great things for when I’m having a bad day. It makes everything better.
The bottom line. Thank you for helping me be a success. I hope 2015 is a blockbuster year where I can exceed my own expectations yet again, boost my self confidence and add even more of you to my Disney family. This business of mine is both competitive and customer service driven, so when I do a good job, my name gets out there more. It’s something I’m passionate about and it’s free for families who are looking to travel. It’s true that I owe so much to the families that have entrusted their vacation planning to me and even more true that when I do a good job, they thank me with a referral. So thank you, thank you, thank you! I can’t say it enough times!