Happy New Year guys!
I just want to start by saying a huge THANK YOU. Thank you for all of your support over the past year. You have changed my life through our mutual love of Disney. My page simply wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for all of you and I promise to try and be better at responding to you all next year. So please keep tagging me in your wonderful posts and sending me pictures of disney items when you find them.
I particularly want to thank you for the sheer volume of loveliness that I was shown when I wrote my last personal blog post, I was completely overwhelmed by your kindness. Again, this is a personal post and I hope that you enjoy it. The blog post further down will explain but I have created a new personal Instagram for the new year to share a little more about my own life. Disneyfind won’t change but I just feel like I have other parts of my life that you may like to see. I know that some of you will just follow Disneyfind for the products and may have no interest in the daily life of a crazy Disney lady and that is absolutely fine. However there may be a couple of you that might like to follow and I would be absolutely thrilled if you did! Find my new page here ➡️ Roisin Clare Wood<<<<
, I find the week between Christmas and New Year a period of reflection. I often think about the year gone by, What achievements that I am proud of? Am I disappointed or saddened by anything that happened during the year? In the past I have always done this on a personal level and thought about what changes I would like to make in the upcoming year.
However, this year is very different for me. As most of you may know, I took a huge leap of faith at the end of this year and gave up my job in education to run Disneyfind as a full time job. I would love to be able to say that it is all amazing and that I have 100% made the right decision.However, if I did say that then I would be lying to you. It is pretty hard to judge though as I have only been finished work for six weeks and it has been a hectic period with the build up to Christmas, visiting San Francisco and not particularly having a routine. However, there have definitely been moments when I have questioned my decision and nights when I wake up worrying about money and the future. I think that perhaps this time next year would be a better time to reflect on my decision as by then I am hoping to be in a routine and have a better understanding on how everything works.
that I have made the right decision though and that is with regards to my family and in particular Joseph. I really felt that when I was working, running Disneyfind and spending time with my family that I was not giving him the attention that he deserved. However, I can now put my hand on my heart and say that the time I now spend with my family is quality time as I am not rushing to get Disney stuff done or looking at my phone when I should have been playing with him. So I can say with honesty that even if I do struggle financially I feel so much happier that I have more time to spend with my family.
So, back to the reason for writing this! sorry…. I find it far too easy to go off on a tangent!
This year is very different as I need to reflect on Disneyfind, how I have done over the past year and my hopes, dreams and targets for 2018.
Wow, where do I start with this one?
2017 has been an exciting year for me, I started it off on maternity leave with baby Joseph and I had great plans for Disneyfind. My plan was to try and work out how I could make a living from Disneyfind so that I could spend more time with my family and do something that I am passionate about and love. If I am being completely honest, I didn't achieve all of the things I set out to do at the start of 2017. I had plans to tour all of the Disney Stores in the UK, To start my YouTube properly, start a blog, post more personal pictures and build up links with some companies.
I don't think I quite knew where I would find the time to do all of these things like…
The highlights of my year have been working with the Disney Store, the Disney Store Christmas event, visiting the Walt Disney family museum and the vineyards in Napa Valley that belonged to his daughter, The EMP Christmas event, visiting the San Francisco Disney Store and our family holiday to Disneyland Paris. I feel so lucky and privileged to have had these experiences.
und it so time consuming and with a baby and a family to look after I couldn't really deal with the guilt of spending hours on a laptop editing etc so I decided to put youTube on hold for a while. I have managed to visit quite a few Disney Stores this year but not in the way I had planned but you live and learn.
I am very proud of my blog though and I enjoy blogging as a process. I find it very therapeutic to get my thoughts and feelings out there. I am proud of the growth and engagement on instagram and Facebook although as I mentioned earlier, I wish I could have posted more of my own pictures and again the reason that I haven't is due to time. What I am super proud of is the relationships that I have built over the course of this year in both a professional and personal level. Professionally, I have worked with some amazing companies, Disney Store, H Samuel, Magic Breaks, Asics, Danielle Nicole, Matalan, Cakeworthy, Clintons, UK greetings company, EMP, Alex Monroe and of course Disney Store to name a few. I would love the opportunity to work with other brands, in particular, Primark as I know that I have a huge influence on the sale of Disney products so that would be very exciting for me.
ndships which I know will be long lasting. I have met so many lovely people within the Disney community. In particular the friendships I have made with Disney Mark , Sarah Louise Porter, Nick ( The West Wing) Gregory Gaige and Charlotte Ruff, I know that they are friends for life. I know I have said it before but I don’t seem to notice the negativity that a lot of people find. I honestly believe that the key to this is not to compare yourself to other people or other accounts. Every one has something different to offer and no two accounts will ever be the same. The other big important point is to be kind to everyone. It is so easy sometimes to compare and question whether you should be doing the same thing as them, making changes to what you do etc. I do this all of the time and it is perfectly natural.
ear to get a balance between product posts and personal posts. It's hard because I know that some people enjoy the personal pictures but I don't want other people to feel like I am bombarding them with me and my family? Does this make sense? As I mentioned earlier, i know some people just like the products but I like you all to see that there is a real person behind the page, working hard to make it a success. So that is why I have decided to launch my own page. I will still post personal pictures on Disneyfind, nothing will change but I would like to share a little more of me, as a person on my own page.
My main hope is that all of my friends and family have a healthy and happy year. In terms of Disneyfind:
- I would like to continue to grow
- Find and post as many new Disney products as I can for you all.
- Spend more time interacting with my followers
- Build up links with other brands
- Make enough money to get by! I’m not expecting to be rich anytime soon! 😆
- Take some better quality personal pictures
- Keep you updated with Disney news
- Do regular blog posts
- Unboxing videos? Is this something you would like to see?
Dream wish list! These are what I would love to happen like if I won the lottery or something 😆
- Visit Disneyland and Walt Disney World – can you believe I have never visited WDW? Eek! It would literally be a dream come true.
- Become a D23 member
- Go to a Disney premier! A girls got to dream – right?
- Buy an SLR camera
- Do a weekly blog
- Visit Disneyland Paris with my Disney friends.
- Go on a Disney cruise.
I hope that you don’t mind me being so open and honest with you all. I honestly appreciate you all so much, you are such a beautiful group of humans and I wish you all a happy and healthy 2018! Here’s to another magical year of Disney!
Lots of love