Many know me as the girl who makes pretty desserts or the girl with the pretty party table display. That was my area of focus from 2010-2016 and I did phenomenally well showcasing my skill set. I partnered with brands I dreamed of partnering with. I went to NYC to tour Martha Stewart’s head quarters (amazingness). I wrote for popular websites showcasing my craft. But today I’m sharing the real me, the person I am in the season of life. You mind think it’s a silly hobby, but it’s more than that on so many levels. What Rachel Hollis taught me about following my passion was life changing.
So what changed? Where did my passion for party blogging go? Why did I make a content change?
- I stopped hosting parties, I stopped baking (and most importantly eating) sweets weekly, I became a mother x2, and I took time to rediscover myself after having a bit of postpartum depression.
- I continued to showcase parties even though I wasn’t hosting them in any manner.
- I continued to bake things weekly and donated or tossed what I made as we drastically reduced our household sugar intake.
- I did something I didn’t love day in and day out while being mommy to two handsome boys because it was something I was suppose to do.
If you do the math on that I had no business partnering with brands to create party displays or baking sweets for my website.
So I turned to the 1 passion I had before babies and the passion that was amplified after having babies.
Florida Living + Disney (life experiences over things)
11 years ago my husband got on one knee and asked me to marry him in front of Cinderella’s castle because he knew how much Disney meant to me. It’s been a part of who I am for so many years.
I struggle to stay home because there is SO much in Florida to see and explore. From free parks to hidden gems, Florida is fabulous! We moved out of state and ran back here within 10 months because our hearts belong here.
I’m so crazy passionate about my children experiencing life outside of our household walls that it consumes me.
I kept these facts from my followers, my blog, and my social media channels for years. In 2018 I let Disney and Florida life take front seat; that’s 7 years I didn’t share Disney related content. Whoa. Full disclosure I tested the waters in late 2016 and I panicked when it wasn’t received well. I discovered some not so welcoming members of the Disney community and ran like a baby.
I went from party blogger to travel blogger, with a heavy focus on Disney and Orlando area attractions. Those are 2 different areas for sure, but the common core is a flair for celebrating life in every way possible. I was terrified and excited for the change.
I let my blog title ‘Melissa Creates’ retire with pride and let ‘Main Street Party of 4’ take the spotlight in early 2018.
I share what I’m passionate about with purpose. I showcase Orlando living, Disney magic, and a small doses of motherhood uncensored. What’s my “purpose”? I inform Orlando locals on events and outings they must try, I give great guidance to those traveling to see Disney’s magic, and I share relatable inspiring content with like minded mothers who simply get it.
What Rachel Hollis Taught Me About Following My Passion
Sure she’s crazy inspiring, yes I’ve read her book multiple times, I went to watch her documentary at the theater with some besties and loved it, of course she’s all sorts of wonderful, but she said 1 thing that changed it all for me. That’s all it took to remind me that I NEED to be following my passion.
“If you’re a stay at home mom, be the best stay at home mom you can be” -Rachel Hollis
Y’all this hit me hard. I am a stay at home mom plus a work from home mom and I wasn’t being the best I could be in either area. I cried alligator tears when I heard her say this and the alarms went off.
When I heard those words I literally said “Oh shit”. Rachel legit called me out on running a business I had no passion for and for slacking at being the best stay at home mom I could be. I’m not sure anyone else could get away with calling me out like she did (ha!) but I’m thankful, so thankful I heard her say those words.
On the days my kids are driving me insane and I think, should I go back to a 9-5 job? I think of Rachel. I truly love being a work from home mom and I need to let that love take the wheel and be the best work from home mom I can be.
Without question I switched everything over to my “new” business name Main Street Party of 4 and began following my passion. I did you proud, Rachel.
While I can’t see my passion for Florida living and Disney magic fading (ever) I do believe I have the right to change my direction to follow the path I’m suppose to be on. Currently, this season of my life is filled with all things toddlers and I embrace it. I embrace this season with being the best stay at home mom I can be and with showcasing our families love for Disney and Florida.
What Rachel Hollis taught me about following my passion is to be the best I can be at it. No excuses. I’m the best stay at home mom and the best Florida living/Disney blogger, y’all.