In March 2018, our third daughter was blessed with an all-expense paid trip to Walt Disney World thanks to Steve Harvey, Essence Magazine and Disney Parks. She applied for Disney Dreamers Academy in the fall of 2017, and just a few days before Christmas she was sent a congratulatory letter that she was accepted and could bring a guardian for the trip. We all knew it would be me, Jeff said he knows the boundaries when it comes to Disney magic. :)
Our trip was absolutely amazing. I've posted about it on Instagram and my personal Facebook, but have yet to sit down and journal the experience to the keyboard. I wholeheartedly went as a Mama, not an influencer, not a blogger. Sure, I took pictures and posted a few times, but my intent was not to capture and Instagram my way through because many times I miss a lot in that mode; I wanted to soak up the experience and be present with my girl.
I am so glad I did.
It was a whirlwind, jam-packed week of laughter, learning, fun, tears, excitement and I could not be more proud and equally honored to have shared the moments with KeiLana and the other 99 teens and guardians in attendance. Along with the teens, we parents learned so much.
I was blessed with reconfirmation on direction in MY life. My mind and spiritual wellness were refreshed and renewed in walking my path. I was reminded that my journey is mine, as my children’s are theirs. While we are a team and work together to better our collective lives, still, at the end of the day I cannot walk their journey for them - and they cannot hinder me from walking mine.
We were told the event was a set up for us as parents. SURPRISE! We were also there because we needed to be. I can’t argue with that, I truly believe we are where we are supposed to be. I felt it. I made some new friends that I hope and believe will last as we watch our kids grow up and pursue their dreams, encouraging each other along the way.
The kids (and us parents) were reminded by Princeton Parker that our “what if’s” are often rooted in fear, that we hinder ourselves from moving forward in that mindset. Most of all, our daughter has found a tribe of likeminded peers; She is part of this amazing group of 100 that has chosen to be, not just exist.
Who will you be?
If you want to BE - you must make a choice.
If you want to exist - you just have to breath.
– Princeton Parker
I will continue to share our experience here so stay tuned, there was so much to take in! For those that are in high school ages 13-19, applications for the Class of 2019 are currently open until October 31, 2018!
Disclaimer: My daughter was selected by Steve Harvey Radio Network, Inc and Disney Destinations, LLC (“Disney”) to receive an all-expense paid trip (flight, hotel, food, Disney World admission) to Florida with a chaperone (me), based on her application to The Disney Dreamers Academy. No further compensation was given.