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.
I am so excited to embark on this journey with you! You’re truly an inspiration to many. I already look forward to reading your take on all of the events!
Me too Joyce! I just adore you, and look forward to rubbing that tummy.
I am super excited to see this movie. Love me some Thor and Loki!
ME TOO! I love Thor…hoping I get to interview him on the red carpet.
My boys love CARS so CARS 3 is definitely going to be coming into my house soon! How exciting to have such an experience with Disney!
Your boys sound like mine. My son had every type of Lightning….and all the others as well. Thank you, it will be a great trip!
We haven’t seen Vampirina yet, but my boys are very much into Cars ) I like Disney, they do an amazing work!
I watched an episode of Vampirina on 10/1…it was really cute. Yes, Disney does great work.
Wow that’s such an exciting opportunity! My wife and I are huge Marvel fans and it would be a dream come true if we were invited for a media event like that! Enjoy and you’re blessed indeed! 🙂
Thanks Milton…I feel blessed! I know you all will enjoy the movie when it comes out on 11/3.
Oh wow what an amazing time for it to have come into your inbox, it was obviously meant to be for you and I have to admit who wouldn’t love to walk the red carpet for Thor!
A great time Sarah! I needed that boost. I’m really looking forward to having a great time.
This sounds like it’s going to be a fabulous film. I’ve always been a fan of movies like this. We’ll be buying Cars 3 as well!
I think so Amber! I am super excited to see it. Yes, we will snag a copy of Cars as well. We love Lightning!
The journey you have taken sounds like a Best Seller Novel!! Me and McQueen go together like peas and carrots(in my Mater voice). Can’t wait to live through you on the red carpet!!!!
My friends kids were talking about this. Very excited. I do love Marvel.
Wow after reading all that I got excited for you. It’s always nice to see light at the end of the tunnel when your feeling a little defeated. My son is super excited to watch Thor. I had no idea about Vampirina I will be looking her up to surprise the kids. I really like Cars 3 maybe because there was a girl car! Congrats!
What an exciting and very great opportunity! How exciting for you, congrats! You must on cloud nine right now.
Thank you Andrea! I am…I’m super excited!
You’re amazing and I’m blessed to be given the opportunity to meet you on Monday! LA here we come!
I am so excited to meet you and experience this event with you! I just know you will be a ray of positivity and light while we are there! I look forward to reading your posts when we get back! See you SOON!
Thank you Tessa! I am looking forward to meeting you. I am so excited to be part of such a great group of bloggers.
I have definitely had those days! I think we are so totally blessed to be going on this trip! I mean THOR!!!!!! Can’t wait to meet you!
Can’t wait to meet you! I feel totally blessed!
We are so blessed to experience this together. Looking forward to meeting you! Now on to packing and planning 🙂
I’m looking forward to meeting you too. It will be tons of fun!
Looks like some great movies to come!! Definitely some my kiddos will enjoy!
Yes, the kiddos will be happy over the next few months with great movies.
I am very excited for these movies… I have not watched couple of them before 😀
I watched a few to get caught up….I am looking forward to Thor: Ragnarok!
Really cool! Congratulation! I am waiting for this movie to release on cinemas.
Thank you for sharing and have a nice trip!
You’re such an inspiration, I wish you all the best on these incredible experiences coming your way and wish even more for you.
Thank you! You just put a smile on my face…..thanks a bunch!
It is wonderful when the world aligns in our darkest times. I look forward to spending time with you on this trip.
Yes it sure is. I look forward to hanging with you as well.
So many great movies that are coming out. I know that my kids can not wait for all of them. Superheroes and Cars oh boy!
Right! There are a few coming out between now and the end of the year….and on into 2018. Exciting!
I’ve been waiting to see Thor Ragnarok for years now. It’s almost time!
Bradley the wait is OVER! November 3 is the day.
Oh dear am in the cave and haven’t seen these two movies. But I have a huge feeling they are fantastic! I will check these afterwork 🙂
Please do…I will write a review with no spoilers.
I can’t wait to see Thor. I think it will be a great movie. I will watch cars 3 as well, I think, because I saw the rest till now…so yeah, but Thor, can’t wait
Me either! Super duper excited!
I’m really excited to see Thor especially since they are introducing new stuff and characters. Vampirina sounds like an interesting kids show as well.