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An Abundance of Pumpkin Spice

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An Abundance of Pumpkin Spice

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

What immediately comes to mind when you hear pumpkin spice?

It’s that time of year again for chunky sweaters, warm socks, and wooly scarves.  Piles of pumpkins and ornamental gourds adorn the entrance way of many grocers and retailers. Somehow, as if over night, summer has left us and we find ourselves in the midst of pumpkin spice season!

Fueled by the success of Starbucks’ popular Pumpkin Spice Latte in 2003, the seasonal pumpkin-flavored trend is bigger than ever.  Sales of pumpkin-flavored items continue to soar, rising 11.6 percent to $361 million for the year ended July 25, according to Nielsen.  (I find that fascinating!)

And to take it just a step farther, if it has only been a trend since 2003, did it replace something else or has there been an expansion?

I like to believe that it did not replace something, it simply became a part of everything.  An expansion occurred.  There was room for pumpkin spice in our lives.  Life is like that. Especially when we live with an attitude of abundance.  We do not need to live in a world that is based upon choosing “this” or “that.”  We can live in a world of BOTH.  Yes.  I will have some of “this” and I will have some of “that” because my having it does not mean someone else will go without.  There is plenty for everyone!

Do you believe in abundance? Here are several examples of companies offering products with the seductive pumpkin spice in it: Chipolte, Chobani, Coffee Mate, Country Crock, Crest, Doritos, Duncan Hines, Durex, Goldfish, Jell-O, Jet-Puffed, Kahlua, M&M’s, Nestle, Planters, Pringles, Skittles, So Delicious, Trident, and Trojan.  Who knew? And yes, a few seriously surprised me.

Perhaps we could consider adding pumpkin spice to one of our product offerings?  After all, tis the season.

During this abundant time of year, take some time to savor all the riches of the season. Observe the leaves on the trees changing.  Feel the temperature fluctuating.  Indulge in the vast array of fall vegetables.  Delicious in taste and pleasing to the eye.  Rake leaves and then leap into the pile. Go for a long walk and notice all the squirrels gathering fallen nuts and seeds. Bask in the richness and fullness of the fall season.  As we draw our attention to abundance, more is given in return.  Appreciation is a miraculous thing!

Live. Love. Play. Prosper.

With love and gratitude, Happie G

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