I recently took a work trip to New York in the middle of January. I know, that sounds like a bad idea. Ironically, it was unseasonably warm in NYC and I was able to enjoy a stroll through Central Park and a night out with arguably the funnest crew ever.
This year, I actually purposed to leave my house more. I am a super social person but I also really like my house. How do the two coexist? I invite people over to visit often. But being at home so much means I miss attending all kinds of awesome things related to art, music, food, and of course, people. I love people. In the past few years, I feel like I’ve been in a season of withdrawal. There was a year of serious health issues that I had to contend with and that definitely zapped all of my energy. And there was that pesky pain to deal with, too. Once I had surgery and healed, I put my focus into achieving some career goals that had been on hold. I’m pleased to say that I was able to check those things off the list and mark them accomplished last year. So, there is literally no excuse for me to avoid leaving the house.
And that brings me to this year’s intention. I’ll be honest, I’ve not spent much energy or thought in the past on this area of my life. The intention is actually to enter my forever relationship. Yes, forever. In order to do that, I have to meet men. And to meet men, I have to leave my house. You see how that works? As I wrote out that intention, I made a list of action items I needed to take to make progress in this area. One of those actions was to say yes to social activities that get me off the couch and out of my cozy pants and fuzzy socks.
New York is one of those cities that is full of life. So many people dream of making it their home. And as the song goes, “if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.” I thought my trip to New York was the perfect test of my own will to leave the house. I have several friends who call the city home. Because I was there for work, I wasn’t sure of my availability so I really had to play it by ear. Thankfully, my last night there presented an unexpected opportunity to hit the town.
I called up my friend Ayanna and she scooped me up for dinner. Dinner with her and a friend led to connecting with some super dope actors and music people which led to open mic at Groove and what was absolutely a magical evening for me.
In New York, anything can happen! I spent my night out laughing, eating, singing, dancing and celebrating the fullness of life and all the possibilities it has to offer with some pretty awesome humans. When I think about how the universe works — how speaking our intentions into the universe invites everything around us to conspire with us to bring it to fruition — I am truly grateful.
I don’t know what your year has in store for you. I hope that you took some time to write down your goals or intentions and some actions you can take to make them happen. If you didn’t, it’s not too late. It’s actually never too late to decide you want to do something different in your life. I hope that your year brings you an abundance of joy and love and opportunities to pursue your biggest dreams. Why? Because anything can happen!