Exciting changes around every corner
Good morning and welcome to the latest edition of what’s new at the zoo. Okay, well, not really, but that’s how it feels sometimes. So, for those of you who haven’t heard, I have decided I want to be a Cast Member and work for Disney. I’m sure this isn’t news to all of you, but to some it may be. Disney only allows one to apply for any jobs once every six months. Since I foolishly applied for a job I wanted, but clearly wasn’t qualified for, back in October, I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for the day to arrive when I could once again apply to work for the Mouse.
Conveniently, I suppose, during this time, no positions that I really wanted were available. Realistically, I can’t move to the Orlando area right now, as much as I would love to, due to the housing market here in Bradenton. So, the only real option for me is to work at the Disney Reservation Center in Tampa. This is a job that I would actually dream about. Getting paid to help plan others vacations to Walt Disney World, isn’t this what we all do in our spare time anyways? I applied for the job last year and was offered it, but didn’t take it because they wanted me to start four days later. Silly me, I didn’t want to quit my job at the time and not give two weeks notice. Little did I know I would later be laid off by said job in November. Hindsight 20/20 yada yada yada.
I’m actually glad the timing didn’t work out then. Why, you may ask? Well, here’s the deal. If I had taken that job in March, chances are I wouldn’t have been able to take the five days for Epic October that was my introduction to so many of you. That was the beginning of the end, in a good way, for me as it was my induction into the Disney online community. I wouldn’t have been able to take five trips in seven weeks over November and December, again preventing me from meeting some of my now best friends. This was a blessing in disguise, really. An answer to prayer that I didn’t even know I needed. I hated my previous job, hence the reason for applying to work for Disney while I still worked there. I had a feeling more Disney in my life could only be a good thing.
So here I stand, on the precipice of a new beginning in my life. I only have things to look forward to at this point. The new job, Traditions, enjoying the perks of being a CM, seeing so many friends over the next couple of months during Everest weekend, Destination D, I hope my first Star Wars Weekend, friends visiting from all over, friends moving to Orlando, then in October my longest trip to the World ever – ten days! I just wouldn’t trade any of the amazing experiences and trips over the past few months for anything. The friends that I continue to make, the relationships that are only made stronger by each visit, these are the things that make me so appreciate this journey and I will look back on it fondly. I still have a roof over my head, I’m still paying my bills, and my life is richer now despite the lack of money than it has been in years and that is thanks to the countless friends I have made through Disney and the wonders of Twitter and Facebook. Thank you all for being my ‘ohana.