The East Coast has recently been slammed with a colossal snow storm. Allowing me much needed time to catch up on rest and watch the ever charming CountDown to Christmas on the Hallmark Channel. I am determined to get through all twenty-two new original movies. And while my goal maybe ambitious, during this time of year I am ever more appreciative of the themes that each movie carries. Ultimately Hallmark embodies family, love, and the Christmas spirit.
But one ideology that seems to reign true in each movie storyline is a city girl whose obsessed with her career finds herself in a small town during Christmas time. While there, she meets a small town beau who teaches her the meaning of Christmas and true love. And although all the movies are not exactly the same, there are your typical American girl meets a European prince movies, they all basically center around this essential theme. Small town living is a better life.
As a bona fide city girl, who is about to make a move to one of the biggest cities in the world, these movies have me shook. I am headed to New York City in search of landing love, having a family, and starting my career but according to these Hallmark movies I have it backwards. How do you know if your journey is right for you?
The truth is you will never know for sure that a decision won’t have its ups and downs. But here are three ways to lead you in the right direction.
1. You are excited by your future. The biggest clue that your next step is meant for you is that you are excited about the outcome. Fear and “what ifs” may creep in but if you’re ultimately excited for the future, it’s a good indication to take the plunge. Your enthusiasm for the future is what not only will take you through the hard times but it will identify the areas of your journey you need to focus on. What we love to do is what makes us happy.
2. Everything somehow happens organically. I have spent a great deal of my life forcing things to happen and then complaining when they don’t materialize or if they do not happen the way I expect. I have learned that there is a natural flow to life. Even including love. And while I don’t have all the answers to why things go the way they do, I know if something is yours it will come to you with some sort of ease. Not to be mistaken for not working for it. Your journey may still come with hard work, but at one point you will see the pieces easily fit together.
3. You are willing to follow through. It takes a lot of mental energy to make a decision. Especially if you see too many choices or are not clear as to what you want. But simply being open to where the journey is going is a great sign that it’s for you. Allow your excitement and willingness to open the doors to a free flowing experience.
It is possible that my “better” life is in New York City. That the love I see in my future is not in the small town I reside in now, but right in the big city of my dreams. I’m excited to move to NYC as a more prepared individual. And while I understand the pros and cons of small living versus big city living, there’s no telling what my journey may have in store for me. You know the John Lennon quote “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.” Or the Yiddish proverb “We plan, God laughs.” These quotes speak to the unpredictable nature of life. If you can understand fundamentally that no choice has a guaranteed outcome but a hopeful one, then you have greater knowledge that all the decisions you make in life will shape and mold you. Ultimately landing you exactly where you are meant to be.