Thank you Disney/Marvel Studios for inviting me for an all-expense paid press trip to LA for the Thor: Ragnarok event. All opinions are my own.
There are days when life has landed one too many swings and we begin questioning our ability to get out of bed, let alone go about our day. The pain takes you to the punch where the force of rejection, low self-worth, and failure hit you so hard it left a permanent scar at the forefront of your mind. It’s during days like these when you need to be reminded of your unique purpose and assignment in life that ultimately gives you the power to be great!
I was having one of those days, I felt dazed, confused and defeated. Have you ever hit your head, or been hit in the head and it took a minute to gather your thoughts? I mean, you could see, hear and think but the blow altered your ability to understand what was actually happening. Yup, that was me on this day. I knew what I needed to do, but there were so many reminders of how painful it is to work out with sore muscles.
As usual, I’m Skyping with my Coach Elayna, and she asked, “when are you going to get serious, let go and trust what God has given you?” I lowered my head into the palm of my hands and I began to cry. While I had not said anything to her about what I was feeling, she could see that my previous battles were getting the best of me. You see I was struggling to believe that I could make a living as a full-time blogger. I paused for a long while, lifted my head and looked into the computer only to find her looking back at me in tears as well. She was looking at me as if she could see something that I couldn’t see at the time. She said, “you are amazing LaToyia. You have been given an assignment and it’s time for you to truly commit to it. Trust yourself, you can do it.”
Yes, that was a very intense session but one of the most impactful. That day, I committed myself fully to my 5 Core Intentions, and vowed to graciously decline contributing my energy to doing what I had always done. This was huge, I was pretty much giving up the way that I had earned a living for nearly 20 years and doing things differently. It was gutsy, and I certainly felt the butterflies in the pit of my stomach but I believed in the mission of my assignment.
Shortly after ending our call I checked my email and I did not believe my eyes. There it was, just hanging out in my inbox waiting for me to accept it. The subject line read, “Marvel Studios, Disney/Pixar & Disney Junior Invite You to Los Angeles!” I was overwhelmed with gratitude and suddenly I felt stronger, my acknowledgment and acceptance of my assignment was giving me such power. As I read the message in its entirety, I discovered that this trip was so aligned with me discovering my power to be great. I was invited as one of the top 25 bloggers, for an all-expense paid trip to walk the red carpet at the premiere of Thor:Ragnarok opening in theaters on 11/3, AND interview the directors and cast. WHAT?!?!?
I can still hardly believe that my very first invitation to attend a Disney movie premiere would come at a time when I felt defeated, and the movie is Thor:Ragnarok. At the moment of discovery, I realized that I was in fact created to live the life I desired, and it rewired my thinking. I immediately began thinking I am not powerless, I am more like a fearless hero fighting for the good in all mompreneurs to be great…including myself.
I have to admit, once I realized “OMGOODNESS I’m going to finally walk the Red Carpet” I felt pretty powerful combined with a tad bit of insecurity. Growing up I wanted to be an actress. I’d tell stories to my grandmother and her friends about the roles I’d play, the awards I’d win, and how I would use my riches to take good care of them and take them to the Horse Races (they loved betting on horses) whenever they wanted to go. I never pursued an acting career because the damaging words of discouragement weighed heavily on my self-esteem. But, I could not let the memories of my past hinder me from channeling my inner hero, and walking the Red Carpet with confidence.
- Channeling your unique power means not allowing the things you’ve LOST in your past to hinder the impact you can make right now.
- Becoming a hero means taking the JOURNEY OF SELF DISCOVERY to consider who you really are, your strengths and weaknesses.
- Finding your inner power means to be REBORN in your heart, mind and thoughts – not allowing the wrong in the world to harden your heart to do what’s right.
I’ve done all three so that I could walk the Red Carpet of Thor:Ragnarok in confidence, fighting for the good of my own hopes, dreams and desires. I am inviting you to join me by following #ThorRagnarokEvent.
Can’t you tell by the trailer that Thor:Ragnarok is going to be a great movie? The all-star cast, both old and new is giving a stellar performance: Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Stephen Strange), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), Cate Blanchett (Hela), Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Jeff Goldblum (Grandmaster), Jaime Alexander (Sif), Karl Urban (Skurge), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk), Taika Waititi (Korg), Ray Stevenson (Volstagg), and Clancy Brown (the voice of Surur).
But that’s not all! I will also have an opportunity to attend a CARS 3 themed dinner to celebrate its In-Home release available on Digital 10/24 and Blu-ray 11/7. I’ll be sharing a review of the bonus features, and the many lessons that we can teach our children from Lightning McQueen and friends.
My pursuit of becoming a more powerful version of myself does not end there. My journey of self-discovery will continue as I am introduced to Vee, a kid struggling with fitting into a new community in Pennsylvania from her familiar home of Transylvania during the screening an episode of the new animated series “Vamprinia” which premiered October 1st on Disney Junior. Immediately following the screening I will have an opportunity to talk to Executive Producer, Chris Nee – who is also the producer of Doc McStuffins. If you have questions, please tweet me or add them in the comments section below.
The fun doesn’t stop there, it will take “Thor Hammer” kind of power for the next event. I will have an opportunity to get “hands-on” and bring my very own R2D2 to life during a luncheon hosted by technology company littleBits using their STAR WARS Droid Inventor Kit. The best part is they are sending one to our home and I will get to assemble it with my eight-year-old son, Chance.
As you can see I will have an amazing time on this media trip with Disney. While I am not an actress appearing in the movie Thor:Ragnarok, I am an Extra walking the Red Carpet as a Mom Blogger, and that fuels my faith and makes me feel a lot like Thor – great! My Blog is symbolic to Thor’s Hammer, and I will use it to motivate, inspire and educated moms.
Are you ready to claim your power to be great and walk the red carpet of your life? It is my hope that you allow your children to watch Vampirina on Disney Junior; snag a copy of CARS 3 on Digital 10/24 and Blu-ray 11/7; and treat your family to a movie night to watch Thor:Ragnarok in theaters everywhere on November 3rd.
For more information, photos, trailers and updates, visit the official Thor:Ragnarok website. Remember to like the Thor Facebook page, follow on Instagram and Twitter. I’d also like to invite you to virtually join me on this trip by following me and the other amazing bloggers on social media using #ThorRagnarokEvent.