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This has been a personal project to blog every day for a school year on goals and dreams. My hope was that I could find a group of people to work with me.

I was lucky enough to find a small, but sincere group of inspirational people to keep me company. We've been using Walt Disney's philosophies or creations as inspiration.

I am no longer blogging daily, but I am notified if comments are posted, and I'll be happy to keep the discussion going!




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11 days to GOal: I'll be in Disney by tonight and I learned about the wonder of wandering yesterday.

Posted 05-01-2010 at 08:08 AM by Sandra Bostwick
Updated 05-04-2010 at 12:10 PM by Sandra Bostwick
I'm a little rushed, but didn't want to miss a day, and I have so much to share!

The Orange County Convention Center is HUGE! If a small country decided to have a group picnic and invite everyone, this would be the place.

I spent alot of time my first day wandering around lost. Yesterday, I decided to embrace that and let it work for me.

When I walked out the door, I told Tara that I was going to just allow my "lostness" to add to my "muchness". I told her that Every time I took a different turn, it would lead me to just the right time, place, and person.

WOW! Life is amazing!

We bumped into one of my Profs. from NYU in the hotel lobby. First we talked about how disappointing the appearance of the Rosen Plaza is (so you know it is NOT just me!) . Then we had to wait for another Prof. to come downstairs. I'd just been talking to Tara about her, and mentioning how I wish I could see her again some time.

We were headed to a Breakfast With A Scholar event to hear a speaker, Brian R. Little, PhD. Guess what his topic was?

Personal Project Pursuit: Human Doings and Well Beings.

How perfect, huh? His talk was a blog entry in itself for later, but he was delightful with a sweet, sincere delivery and just a twist of Monty Python.

Getting back to the journey now. Here is the short version:

-Told Tara that the wanderings would all be wonderful
-Bumped into former prof
-waiting for other prof
-walk to shuttle
-decide to take cab instead, walk
-walk to other hotel entrance
-take cab
-a little lost finding breakfast room in new hotel
-spend time being jealous because this hotel is MUCH nicer than ours
-walk into huge room full of people at tables
-choose a table at one end
-awful table! decide to move to other end of room
-sit down
-someone new comes and asks to join us
-she tells her name and what she does

POP, SPARKLE, FIREWORK FIZZ! I tell her "Well great, We have not met yet, but I've been looking for you for a few years now!"

Turns out she is an army OT working in mental health in, of all places, Honalulu Hawaii. You can tell immediately that she is bright, enthusiastic, energetic and...well...SPARKLY!

OK, let me backtrack to another sparkly person. Remember my book about Harold, the POW?






Well, I'd been contacting the Veterans Administration to see if they would let me do some sort of blog project using Harold's story as writing prompts for soldiers with PTSD. Let me tell you, the VA is tougher to get through than Disney AND they are much less nice about it!

Well, Brandy the Army OT who works in mental health with soldiers with PTSD in Honolulu immediately sparked to the idea and started to expand on it with her own thoughts.

Deep in my heart, I knew I'd found a new soul sister and I believe that she is going to do whatever it takes to get this project going because she can see how helpful this story would be for her soldiers.

And so, with less than two weeks left of this blog, I can already see what is ahead.

And the best thing? Brandy will be driving over to Disney with us tonight, since we will probably not be together again in real time until I fly for a visit to the base in Honolulu. (Yeh, it is tough, but we do what we have to do!)

The world is an amazing place and I am so thankful for wrong turns and the delays that force you to wait for the right things. I'm so thankful for those little things that you think are distractions or problems, but end up just pushing you like water that flows toward the next place.

I'm thankful for friends like Tara who affirm that you set out that morning to find the perfect person that you need to meet and i am thankful for my blog buddies...the small but sincere group who have been such good company on this journey.

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    DISNEY!!! or ME!!!!
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    Posted 05-01-2010 at 08:14 AM by A.Daley A.Daley is offline
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    That is quite the day! And I just sent you a PM about your sd room and it will all be made up for when its time for Disney... which is sort of true, she is heading that way with you...
    So... when do you tell me the wonderful, magical details of where I fit in to this fairy tale? Cuz I am sitting here, wishing I was there... I need SPARKLE!! SEND ME SPARKLE!!!! (...I'll be ok soon...)
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    that was a PM about your **SAD** room... see??? I need SPARKLE!! I am in withdrawal!
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    Posted 05-01-2010 at 11:03 AM by A.Daley A.Daley is offline
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    Angie, I'm in Orlando BUT I am definitely NOT in Disney. I am about six hours from Sparkle time!

    It isn't so much sad, but everyone staying here initiates the conversation that the rooms are small, the decor is blah, and the views are challenged.

    However, the staff is great, our meal at Jack's downtairs was SUPERIOR with waitress...I think Amal, who was wonderful also.

    There is sparkle, but it isn't Disney!
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    Sounds like your Muchness took over for your Lostness. That is terrific. You know Disney is building a new resort in Hawaii, why not combine the two? Hmmmmm
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    Don't think we have not already discussed that! :-)
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    Posted 05-04-2010 at 11:00 AM by Sandra Bostwick Sandra Bostwick is offline
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    By the way, guess who called to check-in on how I was doing while I was in Animal Kingdom? HAROLD the WWII POW! He thought I was still in Jersey. I got to tell him all about my hopes that this project will work out.
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    I really loved the description of the speech "with a twist of Monty Python".
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    You had to see the way he worked out a cramp in his leg. I know he did it to be funny! He looked like the Ministry of Silly Walks. This guy is a great speaker...humility and authority at the same time!
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    Hey Sandy I will be going to Hawai'i in two years or maybe next year. I really like to meet up when the time come.
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    LOL! I don't get to Hawaii often. Let's see............so far I've been there in..................hmmmmmmmmmm..........NEVER! :-)
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    Posted 09-04-2010 at 05:34 PM by Sandra Bostwick Sandra Bostwick is offline

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