Off-Topic Thursday: Small Ideas Can Lead to Life’s Dreams Come True
Today I am honored to bring you another guest post, this one from my friend Lisa Robertson, from Babes in Disneyland (which I was a contributor to–especially the bi-weekly “Fun Fact Friday” posts–and the travel agent sponsor of).
Best known for her expert knowledge of Disneyland and the Disneyland Resort, Lisa writes about Disneyland at her Babes in Disneyland blog and is the author of the book Babes In Disneyland: The ultimate Disneyland Resort guide for families with young children. Her book is the only planning guide for families with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Lisa is well known in Disney fan circles as a name that is known and trusted for accurate tips and information. When she’s not writing about Disneyland, she is working hard as a freelance communications consultant and chasing after her three boys ages 7, 4 and 2. She has been married for 11 years to her husband, Will, a television producer.
Seven years ago I became a mom for the first time and thought my days of new adventures would forever more be along the lines of diapers changes, PTA meetings and carpools. I was excited to become a parent but was under the impression that motherhood meant becoming a mommy zombie and losing myself.
I spent the first few years of motherhood finding myself as a mom and a woman. Being a mom is tough and learning how to balance a sense of self while managing the rigors of family life and child rearing isn’t easy. Between the spills and runny noses, the tantrums and endless running about to playdates, doctors’ appointments and family obligations, it was hard to remember that I also had dreams and aspirations. And although I never became a mommy zombie isolated from the outside world, I came pretty darn close.
One day, shortly after the birth of my second child, my husband suggested I start a website so that I could have an outlet to write and be creative. After much consideration, I started a website about taking young children to Disneyland. The website was going to be a perfect fit for me; I was going to be able to combine my three loves: my children, Disneyland and writing. It was a kernel of an idea that slowly grew one keystroke at a time. It was exciting to feel my creative juices flow, even though I never assumed anyone would read it.
Today, five years later, my little Disneyland idea has turned into one of the most popular Disneyland fan and planning blogs on the internet, complete with a companion book. I have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register and a number of magazines and travel books. I manage an active Facebook community and was inspired to go out on my own and open my own marketing and communications consulting business.
My silly little idea has taken my life down incredible paths. I have met amazing, inspirational people; made wonderful friends and lived out my life-long dream of reporting on camera. No, it’s not for CBS, but reporting for my Babes in Disneyland readers is just as good in my book.
You never know where life will take you. Small ideas, fueled by love and passion, can lead to very big things.
Here are three examples of Lisa’s most recent on-camera work, reporting for Babes in Disneyland.
Question: What idea do you have that you haven’t done anything with because it’s “just a silly little idea”? Talk about it in the comments below, or on our Facebook page. Let us encourage you!