For today’s Mindful Monday episode I share two ways to be more intentional in the community around you.
Last week I talked about how to identify your community and this week I want to talk about what to do once you have.
There are a few different ways you can nurture the community around you. There are two practical ways Casey and I practice this regularly.
1. Invite friends/family over your house to share a meal as often as you can
For us this is something we chose to do each week. At the beginning of the week my husband and I chat about what the week looks like and who we’d like to invite over. We also try and step outside our circle of friends to invite new families too. We provide the main dish and if our guest offers, we ask them to bring a side or a dessert.
2. Integrate others into your daily life
The second way my family has tried to cultivate a stronger community is by inviting others into the events (big or small) that we are already doing on a regular basis. If we are going on a walk, headed to the farmers market or thinking about going out to eat, we will invite another family to come along. If we are going anyway why not invite someone else?
Now when you put yourself out there by inviting, you are also opening yourself up to rejection. This has probably been the hardest part for me when growing my community throughout the years. I constantly have to remind myself that it is rarely personal. Life happens, people get busy and plans change. It doesn’t mean that you can’t try and invite your friend another time.
This week I want to challenge you to invite someone new into your week!
From my home sweet home to yours,