I paid a conference fee to attend the 2016 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. I also received discounted and complimentary items and experiences during the conference. All opinions shared are my own. 

I have a question for you. Do you dream big? Be honest. Do you have average dreams for your life, or do you allow yourself to dream BIG?

I ask because I think so many of us don’t. We may not admit it because we fear judgment, but there are too many women who don’t allow themselves to dream big.

And what does that mean, anyway? What does it mean to dream big? It honestly means whatever you want it to mean. I swear I am not trying to be cryptic here. You see, for me dreaming big may mean competing in a triathlon and being successfully self-employed. For you dreaming big may be going back to school in your forties to earn a medical degree and become a doctor. For someone who’s already a doctor, dreaming big may mean walking away from all of it to become a hair stylist.

I don’t think anyone should tell you what your dreams should be. But I think we all need a reminder about dreaming big and making those dreams come true. I hear from women all the time about the great things they want for their sons and daughters and it touches my heart. We all want our kids to dream big. The bigger, the better. But so many of us are too afraid to dream big ourselves. Shouldn’t we set the example, though? Shouldn’t we show our kids that having big dreams makes people come alive, and even if they fail, they still come out better on the other side?

While attending the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, I had a chance to learn more about Disney’s Dream Big, Princess campaign. It was incredible. Launched in February 2016, the campaign serves as a much-needed reminder that our beautiful girls can reach their true potential and do anything they want in life. And hopefully, as mothers, we all get that it’s not just about our daughters. It’s also about us, too. We don’t have to stop dreaming because we have kids. We don’t have to set our dreams aside because they seem too big,

Dream Big, Princess

During the Disney Moms Social Media Celebration, three young ladies were honored with a “Dream Big, Princess” award. It brought happy tears to my eyes. I can only imagine the waterworks that would have occurred if it were my own daughter. Jordan Reeves, Hailey Fort, and Olivia Allen each received an award in honor of their amazing work. For such young ladies to already accomplish so much in life is awesome. There are so many great things in their futures. I just know it.

Dream Big, Princess Awards

In addition to being there to watch these young girls receive an amazing honor, I was able to experience countless moments with my daughter throughout the week–all reminders that she can do anything she wants to do in life. She was able to meet so many of her favorite Disney princesses, while having experiences she only dreamed of. And every single time I thought she was too young to do something or that she might be a little scared, she proved otherwise. Time and time again, she showed me that she can do anything she puts her mind to. I love that about her.

Dream Big, Princess

My little princess…dreaming BIG

And as the mother of a young Black girl, I have to tell you that I appreciate that Disney is doing more and more every year to cater to girls from different backgrounds. I grew up falling in love with a bunch of Disney princesses that looked nothing like me. I am so happy my daughter has Princess Tiana. I am also grateful for Mulan Jasmine, Pocahontas, and Disney’s newest princess, Elena. All these princesses serve as a reminder that it doesn’t matter where you are from or what you look like, you have the power to create the life that you want.

Princess Tiana

All of us with Princess Tiana. This is a Disney Memory Maker pic.   Memory Maker was gifted to all conference attendees

 

My prince and princess

With my prince and my princess. I want them both to dream big.

So whether it’s you that needs the reminder, or you have a daughter that you want to do great things in life, I hope this post reminds you how important it is to be yourself, stand strong, look fear dead in the eye, and dream BIG. We all have dreams. What will separate many of us in life is whether or not we found the courage to not just dream big, but to act on those dreams.

I wish you the courage to act on yours. Dream big, princess!

If you haven’t seen this Dream Big, Princess campaign video, you have to watch it now. I LOVE it! Thank you, Disney, for reminding us all how important it is to dream BIG.