I'm going to Disney World!

As any "regular" reader of this blog knows, I kinda sorta LOVE all things related to Walt Disney World resort in Florida and Disney in general. It's my happy place. I cannot get enough Disney. (Yeah, some might say a 12-step program is in order, but whatever).

This time next week I'll be on my way to the airport, ready to board a flight headed to, you guessed it, Disney World. But this isn't just any old trip. Oh no. Next weekend could quite possibly go down in the history books as one of the best weekends EVER at WDW.

I'll be spending the weekend with my dear friends Kristen and Jackie in a Global Resort Homes vacation home (our sponsor for the accommodations!) and we'll be participating in the Tangled Royal Family 5K race on Saturday morning. And eating at some of the best restaurants on property. And spending days in the parks. And sipping wine while we sit in our private hot tub at the vacation home.

And well, I haven't been THIS excited about a trip in quite a while.

OK. Yes, I am always excited about going to Disney with my family (that's a given, right?)...but this is different.

I desperately NEED this trip.
With my friends.
Having "girl" time.
Just being ME.

As many of you know from reading this blog for the last year or so, things haven't been all peachy-keen-bed-of-roses-wonderful around here. From everything that happened with the wicked witch in her green polyester sash, to the job search that is never ending....I just haven't felt like "me" for quite a while.

What I need is some "me" time. Some time to hang out, have fun, laugh a little, and forget (for just a few days) about all the other crap. I want a few days where I don't have to think about the job search or laundry or grocery shopping.

That is what next weekend is all about.
This time, it really is all about me.
And I'm OK with that.

This all came about last fall. After (once again) not advancing to the next round for Disney's Moms Panel, a discussion was started on Twitter between myself, Jackie, and Kristen that we needed to DO SOMETHING FUN! We tossed around the idea of attending Blissdom, but eventually settled on the Princess Half Marathon weekend at Disney.

Thanks to Kristen's blogging brilliance, we were able to partner with Global Resort Homes and host a giveaway on our blogs between Thanksgiving and Christmas. As part of that partnership, Global Resorts is sponsoring our accommodations for the trip - and the house we're staying in? Yeah, it's absolutely AMAZING. I cannot wait to take photos and share it with all of you.

As for the 5K? Well, again last fall, I decided that I wanted to participate in a runDisney event. I bought running shoes. I started "training" with the Couch to 5K app, and then (1) I got sick, (2) it got cold(er), and (3) life got in the way. So...instead of running the 5K as initially planned, I am walking the 5K. But, it's still 3.1 miles. And we still get a medal at the end. And I've never been more excited about walking in my entire life. (And maybe next year I'll actually RUN the Princess Half Marathon!)

There are so many friends I cannot wait to see next weekend - friends I haven't seen in a while and some friends whom I have yet to meet IRL. There will be incredible amounts of hugging and laughter FUN with my friends.

And that sounds perfect. 

(And if you want to follow along on my 5K "adventure" be sure to follow me on Twitter - @TraciLeigh)


  1. OK, I am officially jealous. I have recently gotten into Pinterest and one of my "boards" is my bucket list. On that bucket list, I put run a marathon at Disney. I would love to walk/run/crawl at Disney. I share in your obsession with all things Disney especially the 'World'. My husband just surprised me with a paid trip for the 2 of us in May. And while I NEVER turn down anything Disney, a trip with just girl friends to get away from all the stress and forget "things" for just a little while, sounds heavenly. So yes just a bit of jealousy here.
    But I know you will have a wonderful time. Can't wait to hear and see all about it.

  2. I'm so happy for you.
    When I saw the title of this post show up in my blog roll, I smiled for you. :)

    :) YAY for you. HAVE FUN!

  3. And I'm crying after reading this post because I NEED this vacation too!!

    Having this time away just for us is going to be amazing, no men, no little kids. Just five girls in a swank vacation home with lots of wine and hit tub time!! It's almost here baby... just a few more days!

  4. Michele - I can't wait for this trip!

    Kylee - thanks! :)

    Kristen - Sweetie..I hope they were happy tears because next weekend is going to be beyond amazing. I really think I might RUN through the airport once the plane lands in Orlando .... people better get out of my way! LOL See you VERY soon.

  5. Yay!!!!!! I am so excited for Princess Girls' Weekend that I can hardly even stand it!! It has been such a rough year for me too and this trip is going to be the BEST EVER!! I love this post, Traci!!!! It really hits home for me because, girl, I'm in the same boat!!! Seriously can't even wait to see you girls!!!!!! <3

  6. Great post! So excited about this. See you in one week from today!

  7. Jackie - next weekend is going to be amazing! i cannot wait to see you and hug you!

    Tiffany - yay!!!! i can't wait to see you! Dinner at Via Napoli is going to be great!!!

  8. Melanie here! I enjoyed this piece, please email me--I have a question about your blog. MelanieLBowen[at]gmail[dot]com

  9. Well, I'm sorry the past year hasn't been peachy keen. I understand. I too was disappointed not to make the Moms Panel. I could walk the princess if it is only 3.1 in a heart beat because when I go to WDW I average 13 miles a day!

    Having just completed my first ever adult trip with hubby and another couple that we met thru fb, I can tell you, you will have a great time and you DESERVE it!!!

    Don't think about home or kids or work, or anything. ENJOY your break and have the time of your life!!

    I'm a Disney fanatic,

    Big Pixie Dust Hugs,

  10. Carrie - Hi! And thanks for reading. I'm so excited for this trip - it'll actually be my 5th "no kids" trip...but there will be so many firsts (staying off property, walking in a runDisney 5K) that it's going to be amazing! ;)