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Hello. Sorry I've been M.I.A! I've been recovering from having experienced one of the things I've had on my Vision Board for over two years, and something I've had in my head/heart since I was 10!
Finally, I lived my dream of going to Disney World in Florida, and even better I took my two treasures with me. In fact not just Disney but Orlando and all its parks, Miami its cool beaches and bars, as well as the Everglades and those snappy alligators!
Now, I say this as if it just happened and there was no planning or budgeting or sacrificing one thing for another to get there, because there was, but we did it and it was amazing.
I also say this as if it was joyous every single moment and if you look at the pictures on my Facebook page you'd think it was. It wasn't. It was real life. It had light and shade!
So let's have a look at a few things my Disney dream made me think about.
1. Have a Vision
This trip wouldn't have happened if I hadn't had it as a central part of my vision board. As a little girl we didn't do holidays, there just wasn't the financial resource.
We had lazy, fun filled, boredom filled summers and I remember them fondly, but there was no travel, except the annual day trips to Blackpool with my Granddad and the odd family trip to Alton Towers or Southport Fair.
So, I confess, #badmum, Disney was as much for me as it was for the kids! I love Disney films with all their magical, sugar coated princess nonsense. I love the black and white good and evil in them. I love that the heroines are getting feistier and more independent (shame they are all still a bit Barbie like but keep going Disney, you'll get there.)If I'm ill, I love nothing more than curling up with Beauty and the Beast or Aerial! Sad, but true. (Don't judge me! LOL) So to go the the Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studies (I nearly cried in the Great Movie Ride, evokes a lot of great memories those films across the decade) and Animal Kingdom (I did cry in Lion King, that music!) was a dream come true.
What are your dreams? How will you make them a reality? Get it on a Vision Board and make a plan to make it happen...
2. If You Can you Will
OK, it's clear that this trip didn't happen by osmosis. I didn't win the lottery or rob a bank. It's an expensive trip, plus throw in a weekend in Miami and the Everglades and it's a more expensive trip. It meant over the last couple of years, budgeting on other holidays and planning our finances and savings to allow us to go knowing we had covered the costs and we could really enjoy our time away. But I knew we would make it happen. It was important to us so some shoulds have been sodded in the making of this epic trip and we got to take our children on an amazing adventure. What do you want? How will you make it happen? What's the plan?
3. All that shimmers isn't gold.
My Facebook profile the week I got back will have looked like the perfect advert for Disney! Was the whole trip perfect? Of course not! There was queuing in 36 degree heat with 3 children, car journeys post firework displays with over tired, over sugared children, there was an incident with an adult (who will remain nameless!!) who was hungry and misunderstood a text which didn't say wait in the heat we are in a 40 minute queue, but go on the Popeye ride while you wait, leaving said person snappy and fractious! There was a tantrum in a gift shop and obviously any waiting for planes is always a joy! However, that said it was a wonderful holiday and in hindsight 'Popeyegate' and various other incidents make up the colour and the amusing anecdotes of the trip. Knowing and accepting that there will be moments it isn't perfect helps to enjoy all the moments in Disney, and in life.
5. Treasure every moment
As I said above every moment brings something. I treasure every moment of that holiday. I treasure time with my girls and husband. I treasure the precious time with my best friend and her family with whom we shared the adventure. I treasure the opportunity to meet up with a gorgeous lady I met on #Periscope in Miami (She's even more gorgeous in real life). I treasure the fact I have the opportunities in my life to create this experience with my husband and children. I take none of it for granted and I am so grateful.
6. Feel the fear and do it anyway
Those rollercoasters!! Holy guacamole!! Just as my eldest got her thrill seeker socks on I was ready to abandon mine, however, in the spirit of good mumming (?NEW WORD!) I had to do as my mum did, (thanks mum I now get it!) and go on them even though I was wetting myself. Plus, I had to act calm as she got more adrenaline pumped so as not to transfer my sheer Tower of Terror TERROR on her!! Bottom line, I enjoyed them all and as my mum says, 'Even if it's horrendous, it'll be over soon.' Pretty much the same thing in life and as my daughter said, 'It wasn't as scary as I thought. Can we do it again please?'
7. Live the dream daily
As I said at the beginning, this was a vision. A dream I made a reality, with the support of my gorgeous hubby and best friend. (Always good to have a team) However, if I'd had a rubbish two years just to make it happen and I'd not enjoyed it, what a let down that would be. So, it's important to enjoy the journey in getting to any goal/dream you are trying to achieve. It won't be hearts and rainbows everyday, and sometimes it can be an up hill struggle, but even on those days try to find something to be glad about. It'll make the whole process more enjoyable and rewarding when you finally achieve the dream. Plus you won't get fed up once you've had it. I've bought a bit of Floridian magic back with me and I'm sprinkling it daily with an impromptu trip to the beach, dinner outside or a walk in non alligator infested woods. How will you live the dream daily?
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What do you dream of doing? How will you make it happen? I'd love to hear in the comments.