Last month I was out for a walk with my daughter. The vibrant colors of the trees surrounded us, leaves were crunching under our feet, and the smell of a fireplace filled the air. The spirit of the holidays was upon us and something sparked within me. It's amazing how the little things around us can create a whole new feeling inside of us. So often we rush through our days without taking the time to notice the small details. And maybe if we looked a little closer, breathed a bit deeper, or listened more carefully we would recognize something we didn't notice before. Maybe there would be a spark within that would help us feel happier, calmer, or more positive throughout our days. Sure we can argue that the opposite effect can take place too. But it all depends on what you're looking for. If your goal is to find goodness and happiness in yourself and the world, you're more likely to see the positive side of things. Same holds true for all your goals, including your wedding. If you try and maintain a positive, balanced approach to the planning process and you aim to slow down and focus on the world around you, you may begin to find all the pieces falling together. Maybe you'll hear a song in a store or notice some flowers in a window, that will be right for your wedding. And even if the "little things" you notice aren't directly related to your planning, it could help with the emotional aspect of wedding planning, like feeling more relaxed or taking more time for you.
During my walk, I wondered why the spark within was more prominent during this season than any other time. I came to the conclusion that between the holiday music and movies, decorations, sweet smells in the air, and people being in a generally happier mood, it must be because we taste it all around us in some sense or other. And while it's wonderful to have the holiday spirit, during this time of year, I challenge myself and each of us to feel the same spark even when it's not right in front of us.