It has been 2 1/2 weeks since I opened this email and realized I had indeed received the “golden ticket” of social media events. It was March 21 7:30 am. I had just awakened and rolled over to grab my phone from the nightstand charger. It’s part of my “wake-up” ritual. Some people read the newspaper first thing in the morning, I check Facebook to see what’s new. Since I had given up my iPhone three days a week for Lent and Friday was one of my phoneless days, I figured I had a ton to catch up on. I had NO IDEA how much I really missed by being off the radar for a day. My Facebook feed was filled with exciting posts from social media friends and fellow invite hopefuls announcing that they had been invited to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration this May. The Disney Social Media Moms Celebration (DSMMC) is a social media conference hosted by Disney and held at Walt Disney World Resort (last year it was held at the Disneyland Resort). It is a family-friendly, 4-day event and attendees have the opportunity to mingle with other social media moms/dads, listen to guest speakers, and enjoy events designed for the entire family. The Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is an invitation-only event. How invitees are selected is one of life’s great mysteries. There is no application to fill out, no essay to submit. Receiving an invitation to attend this prestigious event is an honor—a “golden ticket” of sorts—for social media folks around the globe. I was so excited to see so many people I know have their dreams come true. I spent a good portion of my morning congratulating all who had received invitations. It was great! Once I had finally finished my last “yahoo!” comment, I moved on to my second morning task of checking my email. And there, hidden amongst the countless sales emails, was MY very own invitation to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration! Me! Little ‘ol me! I don’t know why or how it even happened but I am so unbelievably excited for this incredible opportunity.
The Disney Social Media Moms Celebration will be held May 7-10—Mother’s Day weekend. You can follow my Disney Social Media Moms Celebration via Twitter @RNAWAYMAMA or right here on my blog. If there is one thing I have learned is that dreams really can come true!!!!!