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Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of witnessing love in true form as my good friend Alicia married her best friend. Over the last two years, I’ve watched her fall in love with Matt over and over again and I’ve listened intently as she told me how he was “different,” how she felt so lucky to have a man who loves her the way he does and how he makes her want to be a better woman because he deserves her at her best.

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We hear about relationships like this or see them in the movies, but to actually witness it and know it’s real is a completely different story. I am so inspired by these two and I wanted to share one lesson that I’ve learned from their love story. So here it goes:

If you’re waiting on love, make sure you’re waiting with an open mind, an open heart and open arms.

The thing that separates Alicia from a lot of the single ladies I know is that she found the faith to date Matt with an open heart, an open mind and the excitement of a high school girl. Remember when relationships were fun and refreshing? When boys gave you butterflies and you were able to let your hair down and enjoy the ride? Think back to the days when things were less complicated, your biological clock wasn’t tick tocking and you weren’t trying to turn every handsome guy into your husband. THAT is how Alicia approached her relationship with Matt. Instead of being stressed out about every detail of his life, examining every piece to see if it fit perfectly into hers- she let go, let love take it’s course and dated him like she’d never been hurt before.

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