Making Memories

There are certain times in your life that you know are important and strive to remember the moment and all of the emotions that you are feeling. I remember walking down the aisle to get married and consciously thinking “I need to remember this exact moment”. And I have.

But other times, life seems to move quickly and you do not take the time to make the memory last.

As I have gotten older, and in some sense life has settled down, I am consciously aware of making memories.

Castle at the Magic KingdomWith this in mind, our family’s summer vacation was planned and in celebration of Elizabeth’s graduation from high school and send off to college, we headed to Walt Disney World in Florida.

Now you might think that traveling to Disney without anyone under the age of 17 might be simple. I mean how easy to navigate without all of the stuff that is necessary for a toddler. But, traveling with seven adults (Grandma and Grandpa were joining us) isn’t as easy as it might seem.

Disney World requires a lot of pre-planning and as a financial planner, a perfect fit for me. The hotel reservations were made 8 months in advance. The restaurant reservations were made 180 days in advance and the FastPass+ selections occurred on the 45 day mark. This pre-planning required an Excel spreadsheet and included multi-colored ink to indicate the choice of park (there are four that we attended) on each vacation day, the firework and magical parade times, the FastPass+ rides, and finally the reservation time for dinner.

However, there are certain things that you cannot plan for (including the weather temperature of 97 degrees) and must be flexible in changing your plans. Similar to life and financial planning, there are always some surprises that pop up. But having the initial plan in place, it was easy to make alterations.

And with the surprise changes, the plan was still successful.

Memories were made during the week-long trip, including a wonderful dinner with lots of laughs and a champagne toast with Tinker Bell lights and an epic crash of scooters at Animal Kingdom (which was inevitable). The memories and laughter will continue to stay with us forever.

Overall, a successful trip was had by all.

Memories made!

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About Maureen Crimmins

Maureen Crimmins is co-founder of Crimmins Wealth Management and a fee-only independent financial advisor. Have a financial question? ASK MAUREEN

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