Follow Your Dreams
This post is sponsored by Disney/Pixar and DiMe Media. These are my honest thoughts, opinions, and reflections.

Looking back at the many phases of my life, I can see the many people that have shaped me into who I am today. I am here today because this is where I have led myself to, and not because someone else planned this for me. 

With that said, I want to share about the importance of having a dream. A big dream. The kind of dream that drives through doubt, obstacles, and opposition. The kind of dream that can drive generations towards an end goal. The kind of dream that led Miguel from Disney/Pixar’s Coco to wanting to be a musician, instead of a shoemaker, like the rest of his family. Going after your dream is not easy, but most definitely rewarding. Everyone’s dreams are different and that’s what makes our lives interesting. We’re all after something different. Coco has been one of the best movies our family has seen in a long time. We believe it’s due to the culture, family values, and the encouragement to go after your dreams. All things we as a family could relate to.

I never thought I would be here in the comfort of my home writing about life, dreams, and family. My life has changed, and so have other’s expectations of me. For those closest to me, there’s an understanding of what I do as a blogger, but not everyone understands and that’s ok. As with any profession, there can be highs and lows along the way. Those closest to me will often have uplifting and encouraging words to help balance out the lows. I’m sharing this with you because I want to let you know that no matter where you are in pursuing your dream, always look at the positive to help you get there. If anything, obstacles should motivate you to never give up. Like Miguel, he wanted to be a musician. He knew what he wanted, and being a musician had always been his dream. I really identified with him, because he was persistent and never gave up.  The path to achieving your dreams may not always be easy, but that’s part of the journey that can lead you there. 

Before blogging, I used to work in the oil and gas fabrication industry and that was considered by some, a “real man’s job”. Layoffs were inevitable during the gas price crisis, and I was inevitably laid off. The ups and downs of life. These were all small parts of my life that taught me lessons and skills that I apply to my daily life. The path to success isn’t always direct. You go through different jobs, opportunities, internships, things that may not make any sense at the time. However, they can teach you something that will help you get closer to your dream. This was the time where my dream was born. I changed what I wanted to do once again. 

From wanting to be an architect to a marine biologist, then an aerospace engineer, and currently blogging. Add the previous work history and you can get an idea of what this journey has been like for me. Coco was so relatable and I could see myself in Miguel. Everyone had a plan for him and would just dismiss his own dream of becoming a musician. I’ve had to constantly work towards my dream and at times, almost felt as if I had to give others reasons as to justify what I was doing. The bigger the dream, the bigger the drive to push through the negativity and those that say failure is inevitable. 

Coco really made me rethink the great things this journey has brought. I’m grateful that I have the opportunity to be working from home and be there 100% of the time for my daughter, and for the chance that we get to travel whenever we’d like to go on a new adventure, or simply take the kids to the park whenever they want, all the while I work an arm’s length away, submerged in digital marketing and content creation. There have been a lot of obstacles along the way but I know where I am going so there’s nothing to worry about.

The power to dream big and be encouraged to strive forward is something that we can all teach our children. Whatever it is that they want to be or do, we can be there to encourage and support them. Even if it is something we don’t have “planned” for them. Disney•Pixar’s Coco is an empowering and heart-warming movie, and I have to admit that Miguel inspired me to continue on the path to becoming a “musician”. 

Academy Award nominee Coco is now available on Digital & Movies Anywhere, on Blu-ray Feb 27!                      
Learn more about Disney Pixar’s Coco Here !