Mimi wo Sumaseba, Kaze Tachinu Recommendations
Both are works about discovering ones path in life and pursuing it with all one has.
The pacing of both of these works is very similar - starts slowly and increases with time. Both contain light romance, that doesn't overpower the main theme and adds to it instead. Both have strong willed protagonists, who dream about their own work.
Both have surreal moments that merge perfectly with reality forming an interesting and fun to watch movie! It's very motivating.