Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Stars Fell on Amanda from Mouzekateerz


Welcome back to "Stars Fell on Disney Fans from Alabama!"  I'm excited to introduce my newest Disney Fan from Alabama!  Amanda is a fellow mom from south Alabama.  She is a photographer and teacher.  Hopefully she can teach me how to take great pictures!!  I "met" her when we both joined as writers for The Disney Moms and now we are also both writers for Chip & Co.  I have learned over the past few weeks that we would make great WDW companions: we both could live on a diet of cupcakes, burgers and fries! :)

My name is Amanda Major from mouzekateerz.com, and the essential part of my Disney vacation, my Nikon camera, is held up by a red Mickey Mouse camera strap. How fun to be featured on A Disney Mom's Thoughts in the “Stars Fell on Alabama Feature.” Last year I was reading blogs, and now here I am writing for them!

I'm pretty new to the writing scene, and I arrived there differently than most true bloggers. While my kids were riding Disney roller coasters, I was standing around taking photos of buildings and flowers and places that I loved in Disney World. When I looked at these images, I felt like I was back at Disney again, even if it was only for a few minutes in my mind. Pictures became a way a way to hold on to that vacation magic.  After collecting these Disney photos for several years, I thought I had some examples of good photography that other people might like to see. 

My ten-year old-son and I took a walk one night, having just looked through some vacation scrap books, and we talked about me sharing my photos with Disney fans outside our family. That night last October, I set up a Facebook page, and in trying to spread the word about the Facebook photos, I started writing for a web site I personally read every day for Disney information called Chip & Company. A couple of months later, with tremendous help from Mike at My Dreams of Disney,  I started my blog, mouzekateerz.com, as a platform for more people to see my photography and read an occasional thought I had on Disney architecture or snacks.  I started writing each week for Mike’s My Dreams of Disney , so while I didn’t start out to be a writer, I have suddenly developed into one.  Natalie got me involved as a writer with her Meet the Magic and  The Disney Moms blogs. I have just recently become "the Photo Diva" for Kristin at Tips from the Disney Diva . Three months after I talked 16 of my friends into joining a facebook page featuring my Disney pictures,  I now have almost 1,000 Facebook fans and nearly 2,000 people have visited my blog.  How fun is that?! I'm now doing a lot of daily writing, and I'm still taking a lot of pictures I'd like to share when we make it to Orlando. Every year I tell my students to get out of their comfort zone and take a risk. Putting my thoughts in writing and my photography out there for possibly thousands of people to see every day was my way of taking a big risk. I do believe every photo has a story.

I am a high school Leadership teacher at Foley High School in Foley, Al., just miles from the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.  I am essentially southern born and educated. I grew up in the Alabama town of Fairhope, where I graduated from Fairhope High School. I went to college at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Ms., where I earned undergraduate degrees in English and Philosophy. I have a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of South Alabama in English Education. I have taken additional graduate level classes from the University of West Alabama.  I love to read, and I join in reading contests with my students each semester. I’ve never finished less than 5th place, which is a personal accomplishment with everything I have going on.

I’ve been married to the love of my life, fellow educator and band director Carl Major, for almost twenty years. We have three vacation-planning children and a Katrina rescue dog named Willi Baby.  A self-professed “Life Coach”, I really enjoy pushing my 9th grade students to reach their personal potential as I strive to reach my own. Recently, I have also discovered a great sense of enjoyment seeing people find entertainment through my photography.  I’ve developed some amazing relationships within the on-line blogging community.

If you find yourself in need of a mental Disney vacation, I have just the spots for you. You will find me on facebook at Mouze Kateerz, where you can take a virtul Disney vacation in photographs each day. For a larger collection of pictures in one convenient location, stop by Mouze Kateerz on Pinterest.  If you have some artistic Disney vacation photos you would like to share, send me an e-mail of your favorite architectural location to mouzekateerz@chipandco.com.

Thanks again Beth for the opportunity to stop by A Disney Mom's Thoughts. Ya'll be good!

2 comments:

  1. I love Mouze Kateerz!!!

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  2. Sounds like Amanda really is a leader and good role model in her class and with her children. I wish more adults shared her enthusiasm.

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