Autumn Visions

This past weekend was too beautiful a weekend to not mention. Before heading to sleep on Saturday night, I spent several minutes handwriting my thoughts, feeling the urge to profess my intrigue with how picturesque the weather was. It wasn’t only the weather though, it was something about the overall feeling early Autumn tends to bring, or fill me with. It is a feeling of possibility, opportunity and reflection. Seeing the leaves changing colors and falling to the ground, scattered about, all in vivid, deep and rich colors. It is a sight beyond words and one I look forward to each year. That being said, here is a page from my handwritten journal and some additional thoughts from today, to follow:

“Today, was a beautiful day, weather wise. It was simply too beautiful for me to not document it. Everything from the abundant sunshine to the bright, crystal blue skies, to the calming breeze; it was picturesque. Days with weather like today, makes me envision all the possibilities and splendors life could bring. It makes me truly feel anything and everything could be possible. It’s so hard to believe on days like today, that inclement weather ever exists.”

Yesterday, was a repeat weather day from the day prior and again, I looked outside, all around me, taking it in with such awe. It’s so easy sometimes, for me to wallow in my disappointments and upsets, or feel me to feel doubtful and negative, but then I remind myself of a quote I was recently presented with a couple weeks ago: “Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.” Sometimes, in life we hold onto the things or people we think we need, or contribute something positive or significant to our lives, when really, it is a facade, and the only thing we really need is to trust ourselves and know that we are strong enough to stand on our own.

When I start to think about my future and the goals and dreams I have for myself, my mind drifts back to this quote I read awhile ago. For some reason, the other night, as I sat innocently watching TV, the quote popped into my mind and hasn’t left since. It was one of the most interesting thoughts I’ve ever been presented with and actually provides me with a source of comfort when I start to feel as though I’m not where I wanted to be. Perhaps those of you reading this might have seen it already, but for those of you who haven’t, or might need a reminder, here it is:

John Lennon Quote

If the font is too small to read, it says, “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down, “happy.” They told me I didn’t understand the assignment and I told them they didn’t understand life.” When I read this quote, I get chills. I actually didn’t realize at first it was John Lennon who said it. Being asked what or who we want to be when we grow up is a common question children are asked each and every day. From the time we are able to speak, it is a question we receive, being asked to define ourselves by a career. It’s funny though how prior to reading this quote, I never thought about how I could have responded with the way I wanted to feel, as an adult. Instead of speaking of the profession we seek to be as adults, why can’t children respond with the feeling we want to have? Isn’t happiness more important than being defined by profession?

Yes, it is true, that some people truly are lucky enough to work in a profession where they feel as though it isn’t a job at all and that it is simply an extension of their personality and life, but for others, their job, is simply that; a means to an end. The fact that John Lennon responded to his teachers’ inquiry about what he wanted to be when he grew up in terms of his sentiment and personal feeling, is one that is eye-opening. How many other children would respond that way? I think it is more than imperative to be happy and content in one’s life, no matter if someone is earning minimum wage, or six-figures. Some people CAN be happy earning minimum wage, others maybe not, but it isn’t it a goal in life to wake up each morning and feel excited to take on the day? To feel like there is something to look forward to, as though life is an adventure to be enjoyed; isn’t that what life is about? We spend so much of our lives training to become something, when sometimes, I think to myself, what does it take to be happy? Happiness is defined as something different for each person; one makes one person happy may not be enough for someone else and that’s okay.

I suppose to make a long-winded explanation plain and simple, John Lennon as a 5-year-old had the right idea; having a goal to be happy as a grown-up isn’t quite so bad a goal after all.

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With this Ring: Hallmark-Inspired Evenings!

Good morning! I hope your week is off to a great start, thus far. Unfortunately, I’m still feeling a bit under the weather. A couple days ago, I thought my cold/allergies were subsiding, but it seems I’ve caught a second wind of it. I’m hoping soon it will again subside and this time, permanently. Moving onto a topic that definitely boosts my spirits significantly is this weekend! Yes, I know it’s only Tuesday, but in my mind, Tuesday is one day closer than yesterday, to Saturday night! Given June is often a month synonymous for weddings, the Hallmark Channel has taken note of this and planned accordingly!

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If you’re unsure what I’m referring to, starting this Saturday night (6/20) at 9pm (U.S. Eastern Time), the Hallmark Channel kicks off it’s June Weddings Television Event! Both this weekend (Saturday – 6/20 AND Sunday 6/21), plus the following Saturday evening, viewers will be treated to brand-new wedding-related movies! In my mind, it is the perfect opportunity to kick back with a mug of coffee (or wine, or some other beverage of your choice) and perhaps a yummy snack and settle in for two hours of yes, I’ll admit, it can be slightly cheesy, but in a good way, love and lighthearted situations. In my opinion, it’s an effective and easy way to escape the stresses of daily life.

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Hallmark Channel’s June Weddings Movie Premiere Line-Up:

  • A Perfect Match (Saturday, 6/20 at 9pm, eastern time): Starring Danica McKellar (of The Wonder Years and most recently, Dancing with the Stars!) and Paul Greene. As described via (hallmarkchannel.com): When an engaged couple can’t agree on anything, the mother of the groom (Linda Gray) hires a wedding planner (Danica McKellar) and an event planner (Paul Greene) to help put together the wedding of their dreams.  The two planners are as different as night and day, but as they too learn to compromise, they discover opposites do indeed attract and can combine to produce incredible results!

A Perfect Match movie

  • Love, Again (Sunday 6/21 at 9pm eastern Time): Starring Teri Polo (of The Meet the Parents movie franchise and most recently, ABC Family’s TV show, The Fosters) and Paul Johansson. As described via (hallmarkchannel.com): A couple is on the brink of a divorce when they must work together on planning their daughter’s wedding. While they don’t want to disrupt their daughter’s happiness by announcing their divorce, they must learn to work together to keep the wedding going, and soon discover their marriage just might be worth saving.

Love Again movie

  • A Country Wedding (Saturday, 6/27 at 9pm, eastern time): Starring Jesse Metcalfe (of the former soap opera, Passions, Desperate Housewives, etc) and Autumn Reeser (of The O.C., The Whispers, as well as other Hallmark Channel movies). As described via (hallmarkchannel.com): A country western star returns to his hometown to sell his childhood home prior to his wedding. Upon his arrival, he meets the girl he proposed to when he was 8-years-old and she helps plan the wedding in his fiancé’s absence. Faced with old feelings that come flooding back, he will discover what really matters in life.

A Country Wedding movie

Well, there you have it – the June Weddings movie line-up on Hallmark Channel! Looks like it will be an entertaining trio. Be sure to let me know if you happen to watch it and your thoughts on it!

Wedding Quote