About Time: Which Moments Would You Relive?


About Time Rachel McAdams

Is there any one moment in your life that you could relive? The day you met your soul mate? The day your child was born? Your last moments with a loved one before they left this earth? A job promotion and the elation that comes with knowing (and feeling) your worth?

I’m sure, just like me, you could think of a million moments to relive in your life…or the ones you wish you could get a do-over for. (Who doesn’t wish they could relive a moment where they had the ultimate come back to an insult??) There’s a new movie coming out on Nov. 8th that got me thinking about which moments I would relive…

Since this month I celebrate 8 years of beauty blogging, I have to say the moment I would love to relive is not when I launched A Girl’s Gotta Spa! in 2005, but when I got my big break almost exactly one year later. It was when I was hired by a beauty PR firm in New York due to my writing ability and knowledge of blogging (there weren’t many of us at the time!) Being noticed and taking that job literally changed my life. It not only helped to take me professionally to the next level, it set the ground work for all of the skills, contacts and industry knowledge I have attained thus far.

I remember the day quite clearly as I sat in my makeshift office that was also Duncan’s nursery. I was thrilled at surpassing the one year mark of blogging. I was in between chasing a 2-year old Duncan around and trying to come up with topics to write about when I received an email with a job offer asking if I would be interested in talking by phone. I recall thinking that maybe the email came to me by accident or that it was some sort of joke. Surely they knew I had no background in public relations? “Why would they want me?” I thought.

After questioning myself and my abilities for about a half hour, I finally decided to respond to the email to see if the offer was real. I have to admit, I felt unworthy as I sat there looking like tired mom of the year. “I’m just some random mom of 3 writing about beauty products in the Poconos,” I kept telling myself. It’s funny how others are the first to notice your worth, many times before you even do.

The offer was very real, and at a time when my family was struggling financially, the salary helped get us back on track. Not to mention, it gave me something priceless…the confidence I needed to keep moving forward, growing my blog and feeling secure in knowing that I indeed had the ability to do what they were asking of me. I’ve never felt more proud of myself, and thankfully, here I am today 8 years of beauty blogging and still going strong.

About Time, a film from Richard Curtis, the creator of Love Actually, Notting Hill, and Four Weddings and a Funeral, tells the story of a young man whose gift allows him to go back and relive any moment of his life. But instead of making every moment perfect, he learns that life and love are most extraordinary when you embrace all of their imperfections.

Just like Tim Lake (the main character), I, too, learned that mistakes and imperfections are what fail you forward. While Tim tries to relive moments to “get them right” (quite comically I might add), I’ve learned it’s sometimes those very imperfect decisions or actions that help us to grow into who we are today. Of course there are moments when I would’ve chosen different wardrobe choices back then, but I digress…

Details about the movie you’ll be telling all your friends about:

For more than three decades, filmmaker Richard Curtis has crafted his signature voice in the world of movies and television, giving audiences unforgettable characters who have alternately allowed us to laugh at our ever-so-human foibles and to shed a tear at the extraordinary journeys that accompany our ordinary lives. Now, with About Time, Curtis gives us his most personal film to date.

At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time… The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim’s father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can’t change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life—so he decides to make his world a better place…by getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think.

Moving from the Cornwall coast to London to train as a lawyer, Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary (Rachel McAdams–I love her!) They fall in love, then an unfortunate time-travel incident means he’s never met her at all. So they meet for the first time again—and again—but finally, after a lot of cunning time traveling, he wins her heart.

Tim then uses his power to create the perfect romantic proposal, to save his wedding from the worst best-man speeches and to save his best friend from professional disaster. But as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds out that his unique gift can’t save him from the sorrows and ups and downs that affect all families, everywhere. There are great limits to what time travel can achieve, and it can be dangerous, too.

About Time is a comedy about love and time travel, which discovers that, in the end, making the most of life may not need time travel at all.

I’d love to hear from you–which moment(s) would you want to relive?

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Universal Pictures through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated to write a post about About Time, all opinions are my own.



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Shannon Smyth

Shannon began A Girl's Gotta Spa! beauty blog in 2005 to morph her love of beauty and in educating women on what truly works and what does not. She has been featured in Glamour, VOGUE Australia, Woman's World, Nail Pro, SHAPE and on WBRE's PA Live. She is a go-to source for social media consulting when it comes to beauty brands.

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