One of my goals this year is to be intentional about the things I want in my life. Part of that is having healthy, growing relationships. Some with those I already know and love and for those I don’t know yet. I believe with anything in life, if you want it badly enough, you have to be willing to do the work
… my want and end goal was stronger than my temporary discomfort and possible long-term regret. -Renee B (Nays Voice)
Have you ever had a moment when you kept saying you were something. Then when placed in the position to be it, it was uncomfortable. Well, that was me. It was as if I was standing in time as my words and time collided. I had a choice to either run or step up to the plate. I stepped up to the plate because my want and end goal was stronger than my temporary discomfort and possible long-term regret.
Since we’re intentional about other things we do in life; such as choosing a job, school, home…why not in developing relationships we want?
I didn’t say it was easy or that it was the most comfortable thing but I will say the reward is so great. Whether the person reciprocate the action and feeling or not, your able to learn from the situation and still grow.
So here’s my story and how I did it.
I have a cousin who lives in Florida that knew who me and my sisters were but we didn’t know him. A few months ago my eldest sister (Jay) met him for the first time at his wedding. I actually think major events is a great opportunity to connect or reconnect with people you’ve never met or haven’t seen in a while. Due to the fact there is so much happening, that if your uncomfortable you can exit a conversation gracefully but if its going great you have the whole event to connect.
–okay back to my story.
While Jay was there she called me via FaceTime (go technology!) to introduce us. We hit it off instantly and set up a time to meet since I was heading to Florida in a few months. We made plans and kept in touch until then.
Did it require me to do something I’ve never done before and be out of my comfort zone? Yes, I had to rent a car for which I’ve never done before. I had to drive in Florida, which I’ve never done before but I made it (Thank you God :)).
Now I speak to my cousins on a consistent basis and all three of us are intentional. I forgot to mention I met his amazing wife.
So I say take this chance to share love, be intentional and grow in areas in your life. I believe this is only a fraction of abundance in life to come.
Until next time, I’ll be #LivingACTIVELY while #ActivelyLIVING.
Be intentional and be blessed!
Check out some of my photos from Florida on my Instagram account here.