Those of you who are familiar with our ministry know that Fish and I (Bird) are very supportive of the being intentional in your relationships with others. It doesn't matter if you are friends, dating, or married. Being purposeful and deliberate with your interactions can really take relationships to the next level generating more benefits for all parties involved. Well, for married folks it can be a bit easier. Or not. If you find yourself in the or not category, here is a suggestion. Go home.
What does this mean? It's another way of saying go back to the one thing that brought you together. If you have more than one, then that's even better. It offers a variety of options to remind you of who you are as one when you were solidifying the idea of you in the plural tense. If you follow our page or know us personally, you know that Bird and Fish are foodies! We can make an adventure out of trying something new or a restaurant we have never been to before. We would actually travel around the state to other cities and look for locally owned locations to see what we could not get at home. However, we have always had the one spot at hone that would always bring us back no matter where we may have ventured off to.
Our relocating to Tallahassee was an adventure in itself. On the other hand, for me it was a heartbreaking and emotionally ripping process that I dreaded. You see, most of our dating took place up and down the eastern seashores of Florida and Georgia. Small meet ups and getaways were the thing we looked forward to after a long work week. It especially helped a lot because we were a long distance relationship through 90% of our dating and engagement. So there were so many memories that we could drive to and reminisce about once we said I do, right? Wrong! Three months before our wedding and after finding the home were going to be sharing for the first few years, he was transferred to a city called Tallahassee. Nope! Not in the plans! Neither was the level of sulking I put him through over it. One of my biggest hurts was leaving the local spots we had made a part of our relationship. And then there was the Paisley Cafe in midtown.
After enough mourning (probably too long), I challenged myself to begin looking around the city for the type of brunch places we liked. That would be my starting point. Why was this so hard? People, I really believed that the beach front views we had could not be topped. It added to experience. Well, one weekend morning as we were getting dressed to try a new place, the Paisley Cafe was next on the list. You guys, we found our home! It's the perfect atmosphere that we love, and we are always excited to take family and people who are close to us whenever they come to town because it feels like us. I can remember my first meal there and how it reminded me of our honeymoon to New Orleans, my favorite city! Every bite sent my senses to heaven. It was the Shrimp & Grits, and it was bowl-licking worthy! Chick-fil-A may have great customer service, however, this close knit group of chefs, servers, and hosts have them beat hands down. The owners are approachable, and Chef Sarah makes you feel as if every dish was created with you in mind. It sounds silly, but it is so real for us and who we are. The Paisley Cafe feels like home (us) every time.
So, as you continue to work at being intentional in your relationships, remember to continually incorporate those things and places that made your relationship worthy of becoming something that you cherish and appreciate. We love intimate places that allow us to talk to each other without shouting across the table. We love finding cuisine that may have a slight twist in its preparation. Or we may have never thought of trying an entrée before and the menu description screams "try me!". We love low turnover and knowing servers by name who can become friends. We think it's awesome to send a message of praise to the chef so they will know that crazy idea of putting certain ingredients worked! It adds to our experience. How? We love to make others smile. We live to improve someone's day or encourage them to keep going. It's a part of our us, and it takes place easily in when we discover places to where we can be ourselves. Intentionally reach back or go discover the things and places that allow you to be the us that you need. And if you are in the Tallahassee area, we suggest that you give the Paisley Cafe a try. You won't regret it.
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