DATING…WITH INTENTION (OF COURSE!) February 6, 2015 Most of my adult life has NOT been spent dating. I’ve been boo’d up, “talking to someone”, or in a bonafide relationship for almost half of my 35 years, so I like to think that I know how to do relationships. With an 8 year run under my belt–longer than a lot of marriages these days–it’s safe to say that I’m pretty good at navigating the partnership waters. And I like it. I don’t believe the goal of relationships is to get married–commitment takes many forms so I think the goal is to partner and walk alongside someone for as long as you can inspire each other and your souls can grow as a result of being in relationship with the other. If that leads to marriage, fantastic. If not, that’s okay too, because you’ll always walk away from that space knowing more about yourself, which for me is the most important lesson of all. BUT…if you’re clear that marriage is your goal, then I’m all about speaking up and making your expectations very clearly known–’cause you’ll never get what you want if you don’t first have the courage to ask for it. I tend to be a little more liberal because I love the kind of work that’s done in those intimate spaces–deep work that has to do with surrender, vulnerability, trusting ONESELF, and kindness in its most stripped-down form. And I don’t think the value of all that work should be minimized just because two people didn’t make it to the alter. But that’s just me. Dating, on the other hand, is a bit of a different story. I know how to navigate the intimate spaces of our lives pretty well but dating??It’s a phenomenon I’m still figuring out. I’m 35 but in a way…I’m still getting my bearings in this scene. From my perspective the world of dating is funny, it’s kinda like anything goes. There are no rules–yet there ARE rules–and every.damn.thing. is left open to interpretation. As someone who’s always looking for clarity in communication, you can probably imagine how confusing these waters can get for me.If I had to pick the biggest problem plaguing the modern world, it would without a doubt be that mofos don’t know how to communicate with each other (and I don’t pretend to have cornered the market on this). We don’t always speak up for what we’re truly thinking/feeling. We say things we don’t mean. We under-communicate and expect people to fill in the blanks. We’re lazy and sloppy with our choice of words and then “feel some type of way” when conversations turn to misunderstandings. And while this also happens in the context of committed relationships, I think it’s a bit easier to work these things out in those spaces because you know (or you SHOULD know) that the person beside you is on your team and you’re both working on a common goal. Above all, a committed relationship should be a place of trust & safety. But when you’re dating?? Wellllll….it’s a little more challenging to navigate because I’m still trying to figure out the basics like if I can trust you to watch my drink while I go to the bathroom. In this context, trust & safety are bridges that are being built as I walk them. I’ve given a lot of thought about what I want this year to look like with regard to my love life.I’m at an interesting crossroads–I’m not in a rush by any means & I do want a partner, but I’m also looking forward to just having fun, learning more about myself, and learning to surrender control of what the outcomes look like.So I’m taking a cue from the rest of my life and committing to date with intention.What does this look like, you ask?? Committing to a plan of deliberate action. Always being willing to put myself out there, widen my boundaries (carefully, of course), try some things I’ve never tried before, honor myself by always telling the truth, be open to possibility and keep repeating this process over & over again until the puzzle pieces fit. And sometimes they’ll fit by turning into something very intimate & satisfying. Other times I’ll meet someone who is “great, but not great for me”, and the rest of those times the only thing I may share with a stranger are a few fleeting text messages. And still, it will all be perfect no matter where the cards lie. As I always tell my mother, I’m very clear about one thing: I want to be with someone who wants to be with me.There are other things on the list, of course, but that is the foundation of what I expect–someone who desires and chooses me, again and again. Not because they NEED me, but because they want me... which in & of itself is much more powerful. So here’s to a year of great (hot) new people, fun dates and most of all, lots of learning.Wish me luck, y’all. Share this: Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 7 Comments on DATING…WITH INTENTION (OF COURSE!) theminniemaven.com February 6, 2015 at 7:27 am (4 years ago) Good luck! You make some great points! It’s easy to give up on a lot of things when folks are dating unless he/she really wants to be with you! Reply Pollie Massey February 6, 2015 at 9:56 am (4 years ago) I LOVE THIS…”Other times I’ll meet someone who is “great, but not great for me”, and the rest of those times the only thing I may share with a stranger are a few fleeting text messages. And still, it will all be perfect no matter where the cards lie.” Dayka, I am sending you intentional prayers and thoughts for a dating space filled with grace and gratitude. I know you will attract what is good for you and because it will be perfect no matter where, the cards lie… I say, “Let the dates begin!” BTW, send my intentional intro my way soon. I know you got me. Reply Brownstone Closets February 6, 2015 at 1:50 pm (4 years ago) Do it!!! This gives me motivation (when I end my dating detox) to date with intention! Thank you! Reply Shavonda Gardner February 6, 2015 at 4:16 pm (4 years ago) I want to be with someone who choses me again and again-so powerful, and so true! All i know is when you do find it and IF you decide to meet at the alter, im there. Especially if its in Cali! Have fun navigating the waters pretty lady. Reply Joni February 8, 2015 at 9:50 am (4 years ago) Loved this post. Very true. I wish more women felt this way. It is sad to see what some will do and will put up with just to keep from being alone. I do NOT get that. I am perfectly happy being alone. I don’t NEED someone. Reply Nikki June 6, 2015 at 12:15 pm (4 years ago) Dayka- this post right here is what my friends and I discuss ALL the time! Dating at divorce very much places us in vicarious situations where we feel like little girls, just starting the process. A friend and I are learning to enjoy the experiences! People focus so much on marriage or the next step that they forget to live in the moment; to focus on the present. I have had awesome experiences here lately that surpass several of those I experienced in my marriage! I have shared this post with four of my closest friends for them to read so we can discuss further:) Reply DaykaRobinson June 7, 2015 at 8:07 pm (4 years ago) Hey Nikki- Thank you for passing this post along to your friends! I haven’t been married but I was in a VERY long relationship that started in my 20s & ended mid-30s and I was like,”woah….things have definitely changed out here!”. Luckily, I’ve had really fantastic dating experiences–even in spite of some of the hiccups–and have found some new things to add to my list that I really love about the new people I’ve dated…things I’d definitely want in a partner. Would love to hear more about your experiences–maybe I should write about this stuff more often?? Either way, sending you lots of love in your dating journey. Please keep checking in with me…a fabulous woman like myself shouldn’t be single long. 😉 Xo, D Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment *Name* Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.