So what’s in a name? Apparently more than I realized, I guess!
I wanted to take a moment and share some exciting news with you! Starting today I am taking on a new identity, well a new Disney identity that is. After thinking long and hard, I have decided to change the name Main Street Tourist to something that suits me better, something that energizes my creative spirit, that aligns with my vision and purpose, and allows me to the ability to share what I love with you in a whole new way.
I am overjoyed to announce A Disney State of Mind as the new name! I am super excited about it and think the new name represents me and my love for all things Disney so perfectly. I truly am always in a Disney state of mind. As with many new endeavors in my life, it took me a while to pull the plug and officially decide to make the change, but I feel there is no better time than the present to launch it and share it with YOU!
The core of what I share on my website/blog, on social and in my weekly newsletter will remain relatively the same. My passion first and foremost will always be all about planning magical vacations to Walt Disney World – I love to share all I have experienced and learned over the many years with YOU, in hopes it will help you plan your vacations! The “Tip of the Day” is not going anywhere! It will take on the new name (and maybe a new look – working on that!), but I love sharing Disney tips and tricks with you and will continue to do just that! But I do also feel like my new name allows creative freedom to share even more with you, so I’m excited about what’s to come!
The new url for A Disney State of Mind is adisneystateofmind.com. If you still use mainstreettourist.com, it will redirect you, so you don’t have to worry. You will still get to the same place! My weekly newsletter will still be sent out every Friday morning at 7:30am EST sharing Disney news and more! If you haven’t yet signed up, head over to adisneystateofmind.com to do so!
So here’s the why and the how behind all of this…
When I created Main Street Tourist over a year ago I very intentionally chose the name for specific reasons, yet no matter how hard I tried, I could never make it fit quite right. It always felt a little off. And as silly as it may sound, I had a hard time connecting to it. Even though I built content around it, it didn’t feel like me. I’ve been thinking about changing the name for quite some time, but first, the new name had to come naturally to me (not forced) and second, I was concerned because I already established a brand with Main Street Tourist and created content like the Tip of the Day that my friends and followers come to expect from me.
So here’s the funny story…about 2 months ago I was cruising down the interstate rocking out to Billy Joel’s New York State of Mind, and as I was singing along (as I often do, no shame in my game!), I chuckled and thought to myself ha, I’m always in a Disney state of mind. And BAM! Just like that, lightning struck and I had the new name; it all made sense. All the things I seemed to be worried about vanished because I was immediately excited and energized by the new name. I shared “A Disney State of Mind” with a select few and everyone’s exuberant reaction let me know this was the right name for me. I never received that same reception for Main Street Tourist!
I immediately purchased the domain and checked all socials for availability, because you know that’s what we do these days… and well, here we are! I even created a new logo to go along with this new chapter of my blog/social Disney content that even feels more me!
That’s the beauty, when something doesn’t fit quite right, we can change it! Although I worried and struggled with the potential consequences of changing my name (and the level of work (I won’t lie) and effort to update all of my previously released content), I knew in the long run this would make much better sense. So the temporary set back it could potentially lead to, will be a distant memory soon enough. As with anything else in life, keeping things in perspective is key – something I’m not always good at – but I’m working on it! For anyone thinking of making a change to your name, content, product… go for it! It’s not worth trying to make something fit that is not meant to be. Life is too short!
So there you have it! I couldn’t think of a better time or day to launch something new – a fresh start to the week! I just ask that you please bear with me as things change over to the new name on my website and on social! It will take me a bit to update all of the necessary content. But in the spirit of moving forward, I did not want to delay the name change any longer!
And lastly, I want to thank each and every one of you for your continued support, for being a part of my Disney “world” and sharing in the magic! Cheers!