A Netflix Original film caught my eye in a time when I needed it the most. It was “Unicorn Store”.
Watching a grown woman fight to find her place in the world made me think of myself back in 2012 when I had a year into my big-girl job and was looking at it as a foot into my career. That was also around the time I met my husband and was expecting our first child.
Grab Life By The Horn
Life changes can be terrifying. In most situations, these changes come to you when you least expect it. I remember seeing a positive on the pregnancy test — I took three just to make sure.
The backlash I received from family was what I needed to keep going in life.
As I watched Brie Larson’s character interact with the others on screen, I recalled those moments and how I never let someone’s thoughts affect the image I had of myself.
I was confused, yet I had this desire to succeed in life by pleasing others. I never spoke my mind, I did what others expected of me.
It wasn’t until I became a mother that I realized there was a different path for me. A happier path, and having this understanding that you don’t need something or someone to find that happiness.
I never wanted to let go of that dream I had as a 10-year-old girl of being a writer, of telling stories through words.
By focusing on the things that I wanted in life, I was able to manifest it into reality. I never imagined myself as a stay-at-home mom, and that was the driving force for me to create something of my own.
Similar to the main character Kit, I was destined for more, and I wasn’t going to stop until I reached that level.
Finding ‘That’ Success Point
For almost two years, I would joke with my husband saying that my success point — the moment I could say “I’ve made it” —would be the day I book a vacation for my family and me to enjoy.
In February 2019, I was able to make it happen. After years of working with brands that I love and use every day, I reached a point where I crossed off all the names from my dream collaborations. There wasn’t anything I wanted more than to take a break with my family.
Like the film where Brie Larson’s character is able to reach her success point — meets the unicorn — there’s a sense of understanding her
What I love most about the film is how after she comes face to face with that moment, she’s confident enough to walk away and make room for someone else to go and get their unicorn.
There’s a lot you can learn from watching this film. It teaches you the importance of finding yourself, to never let go of your creativity and to help others along the way.