This week, as you go along with the carefree days of summer, may you be intentionally aware of who you are connected to, and with whom you are traveling through this season of life.

Oftentimes we are given just the right companions, if we simply look around and embrace those who make up our community.

Let’s look beyond the obvious, for those with whom we can connect for mutual encouragement.

If you find yourself in a place that feels a bit lonely – maybe you just moved, or just transitioned to a new phase of life – don’t be afraid to be brave and reach out.

Look for those with whom you sense even the smallest commonality: the parents at church with similarly-aged kids, the sweet checker you chat with every week at the grocery store, the mom at the park reading the book you’ve been eyeing, the Instagram friend or blogger with whom you frequently exchange comments and ideas.

Sometimes we find friendship in unexpected places and at unexpected times. So send an email, exchange numbers, schedule a playdate, make a coffee date. This just might be the summer you make a new lifelong friend.

“Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.” ~ Mark Twain