January 8, 2017

Challenge Yourself: A Rose For Christmas (2017)

Image Credit: Hallmark Channel
When was the last time you stepped outside of your comfort zone and challenged yourself? You know, applied to a job you really wanted but felt you weren't qualified for, tried a new fitness routine like spin class, or finally took up a hobby you've been eyeing for a while? I know what you're thinking. You're thinking about all the reasons why you can't or shouldn't and let me tell you I've been there with you. But it's a new year now, and I say we should endeavor to be a little different this year and try something new, especially if that something new involves going out of our comfort zone. And that's exactly what Rose parade float maker and talented artist Andy did when she took a risk of displaying her painting in an auction for all to see upon the urging of her client turned new friend, Cliff, in the Hallmark Channel movie A Rose for Christmas. Like most of us, Andy had a tremendous talent and passion for something (painting) that she simply was too afraid of pursuing publicly. Her problem, like so many, was that she had gotten comfortable settling solely for working with her dad, using her artistry within the context of making Rose parade floats, albeit a pretty awesome job in and of itself. The problem was she wanted more and that's ok too. That's why this movie serves as a great reminder to us all of the important life lesson to challenge ourselves because, at the end of the day, it's kind of the only way to live a life of no regrets. As they say, no risk no rewards.

Image Credit: Hallmark Channel
In the movie A Rose for Christmas, talented artist Andy Lindry (Rachel Boston) finds herself at the helm of her father's float-making business just as a new client, Cliff (Marc Bendavid), makes his way into town with a tall order for his boss to deliver a Rose parade float to impress. Luckily for people-skills-lacking Cliff, Andy was able to round up some local talent to volunteer for the very last-minute, enormous project and provide some much-needed finesse with the volunteers to keep them motivated, on task, and enthusiastic about giving their free time during the holidays to help build a float for an uptight businessman. For Andy, however, working with corporate-minded Cliff wasn't the only challenge she faced. As she spent more and more time with her new client, they began to develop a real friendship. And like all good, true friends, Cliff saw Andy's talent and immediately began urging her to show off her work to the world, initiating an opportunity for her to get out of her comfort zone and enter a painting (at the time unfinished) into a local auction. Predictably, Andy's painting was a hit at the auction and with Cliff deciding to stay in town and make some changes in his life, presumably the two lived happily ever after.

Image Credit: Hallmark Channel
While A Rose for Christmas is very much a cute holiday-themed romantic comedy, it also reminds us all to challenge ourselves. Like Andy in the movie, we should stop hiding behind our comfort zone, whatever it may be, limiting our abilities to whatever it is we think we're supposed to be doing or whatever is expected of us. We can and should do more, especially if we desire to do so. So, go forth and step outside of your comfort zone, and finally pursue that thing you've always wanted to. What better way to kick off the new year than to start it off by challenging yourself to be a new, better you, right? Happy New Year!

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