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Staying in Focus – 2015 in Review

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Staying in Focus - 2015 in Review

Completing these end of the year review posts is always a humbling experience. Sometimes, I feel like I’m so boring and I’m not doing anything with my life. Then I look back through my calendar and my blog posts, and I’m amazed at how much adventure I can pack into 365 days! 2015 was a wonderful year, filled with lots of really amazing memories and new experiences with my husband, family, and friends. I traveled a lot this year, and spent A LOT of time at Disneyland. I tried new things, and experimented with new business ventures. I made new friends and became closer to old friends. I really couldn’t ask for anything more.

My word for 2015 was focus, and looking back I can tell how much this theme shaped my year. At the end of 2014, my blogs were all over the place. In 2015, I focused on the things you all seem to be most interested in – Disneyland, weddings, and travel. I’m confident my rebrand in early 2016 will help me narrow in my focus even more. Thank you for being a part of this journey with me.

I would love to hear about your 2015 highlights, so please share them with me in the comments!

January – 2015 started off with a bang! My January was crazy, starting with the inaugural Star Wars 10k and then immediately driving to Las Vegas for Affiliate Summit West. I loved the Star Wars 10k, it was my favorite RunDisney race yet, and I can’t wait to do it again in a couple weeks!

January’s most popular post: How to Start Training for a runDisney Race When You Have Never Run a Day in Your Life!

February – February was a little calmer, but still fun! I hosted a Galentine’s Day party in conjunction with Disney and other awesome sponsors. I invited my closest girlfriends over to make our own mouse ears and drink champers. It was SO fun! I also attended the first Lovesick Expo in Los Angeles and hung out with some of my favorite wedding vendors. Towards the end of the month Tim and I attended an Annual Passholder party at Disneyland where I met PRINCE JOHN!!!

What to Expect at the Disneyland Annual Passholder Events

February’s most popular post: Stitch Fix #5 – Spring & Summer Style

March – March was another fun month filled with old and new adventures! First up was the Spring Dapper Day, which was cold and rainy! But bad weather can’t put a damper on Dapper Day fun! A couple days later I attended the Indiana Jones Passholder anniversary event at Disneyland, and I also visited Magic Castle for the first time!

March’s most popular post: What to Expect at the Disneyland Annual Passholder Events

April – April was an interesting month. I was so honored to be asked to join my friends Chris and Mary on the PodCrash panel at Star Wars Celebration, and it was a lot of fun! Unfortunately there was a dark cloud over the day, but as a result I wrote a heartfelt and honest post that ended up reaching a lot of people and hopefully, maybe, helping others. Towards the end of the month was another fun Pinup Parade in the Park!

April’s most popular post: I was Sexually Harassed at Star Wars Celebration

May – May was, in a word, INSANE!! I was gone for half the month on the trip of a lifetime! First I spent a couple days in Mexico with Mr. BFT’s family. While they stayed in Mexico, my family vacation was cut short because I attended the Disney Social Media Mom’s Celebration! This was a total dream come true for me … not only did I somehow earn an invite to this exclusive event, but I also got the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World for the first time! It was truly an amazing experience, filled with new friends and memories I’ll never forget. I’m embarrassed I have yet to get past Day One of my Walt Disney World recap (Part One and Part Two), but the rest is coming soon … I promise! May ended with a surprise – my friend Alan had an extra ticket to the very hard to get into U2 concert! We were super close to the stage and it was one of the best shows I have ever seen. Thank you, Alan!

May’s most popular post: Brilliant Idea: Have a Unity Paint Ceremony at Your Wedding

June – In early June I was invited to a media preview of the Hello Kitty Friendship Festival; my friend Marcia and I had so much fun! Mid-month Mr. BFT and I joined my family in Monterey Bay along the central coast of California to visit my little brother’s new college campus. We took a leisurely drive there and back, hitting up some popular landmarks along the way, including San Luis Obispo wine country, Madonna Inn, Hearst Castle, and Big Sur.

June’s most popular post: 7 Bridal Makeup Tips from a Disneyland Bride

July – The highlight of July was Disneyland’s 60th anniversary! It was fun to be there on the exact day. And the day after, I attended my first Disneyland wedding of the year, for Sylvia and Jeff! They had a lovely wedding day and I’m honored to have been a part of it. At the end of July I received an unexpected treat … a friend invited me to Club 33 for her birthday! We had such a fun afternoon.

Celebrating 60 Magical Years at Disneyland!

July’s most popular post: A True “Guest” Post – Sylvia and Jeff’s DIY Disneyland Hotel Wedding

August – The highlight of August was defintely the semi-annual D23 Expo! This is such a fun event, I wish it came around every year instead of every other year!

August’s most popular post: Here’s What We Know About Star Wars Land So Far

September – September was another busy month, with the highlight being my birthday! Luckily my birthday fell on Dapper Day weekend this year, which was the perfect excuse to spend a long weekend at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. I also completed the Disneyland 10k over Labor Day weekend, and spoke at the Entertainment New Media Conference. At the end of the month, I attended my first Mickey’s Halloween Party with my friends James and Valerie and their two adorable kiddos. Last but not least, I attended TWO Disneyland weddings this month – Michelle & George, and Molly & Evan. I haven’t gotten to their recaps yet but they are coming up soon! Two really fun days, and two really sweet couples.

Disneyland 10k 2015 Recap

September’s most popular post: Disneyland 10k 2015 Recap

October – At the top of the month, Tim and I traveled to Detroit, Michigan for my cousin’s wedding! My dad was born and raised in Michigan and I hadn’t been back there for over 20 years. It was great to go back and visit everyone, especially spending time with my 99-year-old grandmother! For the second year in a row, I participated in the CHOC Walk in the Park at Disneyland with my fellow Disneyland Brides and Grooms! I love that we all come together to raise money for charity; this is just a really special group of people and I’m so grateful to be a part of it. At the end of the month, I officially launched my consulting business, even though I had been semi-working it for several months already, and I also held my first webinar! Scary, but exciting. I also published a website I had been envisioning and dreaming of for a long time – Married at Disneyland. I hope it continues to be an excellent source of information for people who are planning their Disneyland weddings. And on Halloween, I went with friends to the West Hollywood Costume Carnival, something I had always wanted to experience. What a crazy night! The highlight was nearly front row spots for an acoustic Boy George concert. He still sounds amazing!

October’s most popular post: Celebrating My “Let Go Day” with Two Big Announcements

November – In November Tim and I took a much needed little weekend getaway to Temecula. Disneyland welcomed Season of the Force in Tomorrowland and I was there on opening day. I also was the featured speaker at a wedding professionals networking event for the first time! We had a low-key Thanksgiving that included watching a few of Tim’s movie screeners and me gaining five pounds.

November’s most popular post: Gorgonzola Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions

December – In December I attended approximately one billion holiday parties and gained another five pounds. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened and it consumed my life for a few days. On New Year’s Eve I ordered too many Cosmos while at dinner and fell asleep before midnight (predicted). Happy New Year!

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December’s most popular post: What Disneyland’s New Security Measures May Mean for Weddings

Best wishes for an amazing, wonderful, fantastic, spectacular 2016! *throws confetti*

About Mindy

Mindy Marzec is a life-long Disney fan who grew up in Los Angeles. She started This Fairy Tale Life to share Disneyland travel tips for adults. When not at Disneyland, you can find Mindy at home snuggling with her cats and re-watching Thor: Ragnarok for the billionth time.