Monday, February 28, 2011

mental health monday: wish, hope, dream.

My scavenger hunt team "The Dreams" in Hollywood Studios.  We totally won.  By a landslide.
Oh what a little sunshine can do!  I had the pleasure of spending this past weekend in Orlando at Disney World with the crew for a retreat thanks to the generous folks at Disney World.  I will be posting more about our adventures on my Autism Traveling Mom blog tomorrow for Travel Tuesday but let me just say holy smokes it was a blast!

The weather was incredible (a treat after leaving Toronto just as a snow storm started).  I felt like my body was saying "thankyouthankyouthankyou" every time I stepped outside and soaked up that vitamin D.  I swear my depression would all but disappear if I lived in a place where it was warm and sunny year round.  On my second day at Disney, we got treated to a scavenger hunt and my team - The Dreams (that's us in the photo above), kicked some major booty.  It was fun exploring Hollywood Studios with my new friends Mary (EastCoast Traveling Mom), Christy (Food Allergies Traveling Mom), Diana (Traveling Grandmom), Holly (Culture Traveling Mom), and Desiree (FamilyFun Traveling Mom).  While I didn't go on any rides (totally not my thing), I enjoyed getting to take a bunch of photos of the park and sharing some laughs with my Traveling Mom crew! 

I must mention my "Disney Ah-Ha" moment, which happened on our first night.  One of our Disney hosts - the lovely and blingalicious Laura Spencer - was speaking about why she loved working at Disney.  She said that the three words that summed up Disney for her were "wish, hope, dream".  As cheesy as it may be, this is also my mantra when it comes to Max, and how I think about his future.  I hope to take him to Disney in a few years, once we are all settled in with his service dog, though I think my next trip will be with Cameron and my mom for a girl's princess trip. 

A BIG thanks to Disney for hosting us! I can't wait to come back!


  1. Kat - So cool! I'm thrilled you had such a fun time in the sunshine state. And I totally "get it" about the depression going away when your body is exposed to sunshine. When we lived in Ohio, it was all I could do to get through the months of Jan - March. Now that we live in Florida, I feel much better all year through. You sound rested, refreshed and relaxed. Yeah for you!

  2. The only thing that would have made it better was another day!