Saturday, April 12, 2014

Experiencing the Magic of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2014

How does one ever begin to put into words what being a participant in the Disney Social Media Moms 2014 Celebration is like? How can you translate the emotions that have swept over you like a tidal wave and start to adequately explain that this is so much more than a conference-or celebration as it is known around here This is life altering experience that to quote my favorite song “I have been changed for good”. 

Each one of the speakers from Donald Driver to Maxine Clark to Doug Bowman to LeVar Burton to the incredible people of Disney including Tom Staggs, Leanne Jakubowski, Gary Buchanan, Thomas Smith, Jay Ward, Kathy Mangum, Erin Glover and Michael Colglazier brought powerful messages of triumph and inspiration through the telling of their own personal stories. But throughout it all, one message rang true from each and every one of them and that is you can truly be anything you want to be, no matter what your age, where you can from or how you started.  You should never let your surroundings or circumstances dictate your life-you have the power within yourself to do or be anything you want to be and do anything you choose. The only thing limiting what you do in the end is you.  When you look back, it’s not about the final goal that matters; the journey you took to get there is what really matters on the road of life. And it wasn’t just the speakers on stage-the energy that came from being in a room with so many incredible talented writers, each reaching out a genuine hand of friendship, camaraderie and support was the real take away of this celebration of family and of life. 

This weekend has not just inspired me, it’s reinspired me to do better with what I have and never give up on a dream.  Over the next few weeks I’ll be bringing you the highlights from each of the sessions but for now, here’s a look at  some of the magic that awaited us over the last few days. 

Gayle is a lifelong educator by day and avid blogger by night and is the owner and cofounder of the Disney Gals, one of the most popular Disney blogs around! Proud mommy to 5, Grammy to 4 she is blessed to share her life with amazing family and friends who encourage her to chase her dreams no matter where they may lead.  When not in the classroom, she can be found following her son as he dances his way through life, or working with young performers in free nationally recognized after school children’s theater program that she founded 13 years ago. On any given day you will find Gayle skipping her way through life with a giggle and a smile knowing that today is meant to be lived and enjoyed. To learn more about Gayle, click here.


  1. I am over the moon happy that you got to attend the DSMMC Gayle! You are so deserving of this incredible honor and I know that you will do Walt proud with what you take away and act on. I so enjoyed following along on Twitter and Facebook and I look so forward to your upcoming posts and pictures!!!

  2. I can't wait to hear more! So glad you had an awesome time. It was fun following along on Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for making us all feel like we were there!

    1. Lottie even a week later I am still trying to process all of it and find words that convey what it meant to me. We are going through all the pictures-be watching for the first few recaps in the next few days!