Proof Love is Found When You Least Expect It

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Since it’s the one holiday that celebrates love and all the mushy-gushy stuff, I figured today was the perfect day to share the crazy story that is how I met my boyfriend, David! Seriously, it’s one for the books. You know how they say you’ll meet ‘the one’ when you least expect it, I can now attest to how true that can be. Love finds you when you aren’t looking for it.

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About a month prior to our meeting, we had both been hired for an 8 month contract by a data analytics company in Virginia to be part of their 2015 data analytics team. The position required both of us and the rest of our team to spend a month in Fairfax training on a new data software. For David, it was a little leap of faith because he lived all the way down in Texas. For me, it was a short drive up the road from my home in Maryland. Nonetheless, we both agreed to take the job and a month later we started our training with our colleagues. It’s rather cliche, but never did I think for a minute that I’d meet the love of my life there.

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I still remember the first time I saw David. He was tall, wearing cowboy boots, had better hair than me, and had a really sweet smile. He was one of those guys that made everyone feel comfortable together. It was pretty easy for him to notice me though, I was the only girl in the room! As the month went on, we got to know each other better, had many study sessions together, and shared many laughs . It wasn’t until the very last day of our month-long training that I realized how much I liked this handsome guy from Texas. And how much I’d miss him when he went back home.

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Shortly after David drove back to San Antonio, we began texting a little here and there to just chat and keep up with one another. Those text messages got increasingly flirty and eventually, David asked if he could come see me back in Maryland. Being more interested in flying to Texas, somewhere I’d never been, I told him that I’d go and visit him. Thinking that I was just trying to put him off or avoid any such visit, he didn’t persist. A week later, I booked a ticket to San Antonio.

When I landed in the Austin airport, we shared our very first kiss! It was like a scene straight from a Humphrey Bogart movie! How romantic, right? That week we spent together I still consider one of the best in my life. On one of my last nights there, David asked me to be his girlfriend. I said yes, obviously. Soon after I went home, he had lunch with his sister where he confided in her that someday he was going to marry me. How romantic is that? Seriously, it still makes me swoon!

Over the next few months we flew back and forth seeing each other for weeks at a time. In January 2016, we both got permanent jobs in the same city. Our long distance relationship was finally over. This June will mark 2 years together! In that time we’ve dealt with the loss of jobs, the stress of moving around, the happiness of adopting a kitty cat, and learned to understand and adapt to each other’s mannerisms. On this Valentine’s Day, you’ll find this Dallas blogger counting her blessings in finding such a wonderful guy to share my life with. I sincerely adore my David.

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Galentine’s Day Party Ideas

Galentine's Day Party Ideas

Hello beautiful! It’s another Monday morning and I’m so glad it’s the first day of February! I can finally decorate everything with pink and red hearts and not feel silly for it. It’s a holiday that women tend to love and men often think is made up by Hallmark. Whatever the case may be, I enjoy a day that I have an excuse to decorate for. If you’re single though, Valentine’s Day is kind of salt in the wound. It just isn’t a fun holiday without a boyfriend. Trust me, I’ve been there! Instead of focusing on what might be lacking in your life, focus on what you do have: girl friends!

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The concept of ‘Galentine’s Day’ is all about celebrating the friendships you have with your best gal pals. It’s a great idea that so many women have embraced as part of their Valentine’s festivities! While many ladies might enjoy a night on the town or a movie in, I’ve got a few much more creative ideas for you to consider this year!

-Wine & Design Event: Having been to several of these paint and sip parties, I can tell you that they’re a lot of fun! I usually go to a Wine & Design studio, but many will also come to your home for a private party if you have enough people. See what paintings they have available to do for Valentine’s and then book your day!

-Tassel Garland Party: These decorative pieces have become a favorite for many! Why not get the girls together and make them? From my own experience, I can tell you that it is time consuming so if you want something a little faster, this company offers already made tassels that you just have to organize and string to your liking!

-Cake Pop Decorating: I just love cake pops and gained a bit of Christmas weight from eating too many. A great Galentine’s Day might include decorating these tasty desserts! Read the decorations for making the balls several days before hand because there are quite a few steps you have to take before the decorating can begin. Have everyone bring something fun to decorate them with like sprinkles or crushed up Oreos!

Leave a comment with fun Galentine’s Day ideas!

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her

Valentine's Day Gifts for Her
Valentine’s Day is two weeks away! Some people love to celebrate while others prefer to make snide remarks about it being a made up holiday. Whatever your feelings of the day that focuses on love, I rounded up a few of my favorite V-Day gifts for women. Dropping hints to guys sometimes just doesn’t work, so maybe an entire blog post on great gifts will. Whatever his budget, he will find something here that’s special just for you!

Valentine’s Gift Ideas

I love my Valentine’s Day to be traditional with yummy chocolates and roses! A card with a special message inside is always something I treasure too. Last year, my dad gave my mom six roses and a little box of chocolates with a card. It was simple but sweet. Sometimes the little things mean the most! Leave a comment with your favorite Valentine’s memory!

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5 Free Ways to Destress

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Happy Monday! I feel so refreshed after the weekend. The last week has been a thorn in my side and I needed some recovery time. My anxiety was out of control and when this happens, it’s really important to take a step back and relax. I feel so much better now that I wanted to share with you 5 (free!) ways that I relaxed this weekend.

  1. Brew something hot– Whether it be cocoa, coffee, or tea, for whatever reason we feel better when something is warming us from the inside out. It probably stems from our positive association of warm drinks and soup with our parents or even grandparents taking care of us when we were sick as kids.
  2. Help someone else– Doing something good for another person, even if it’s just smiling and asking how they are, takes your focus off of your problems and allows you to think about someone else’s.
  3. Read– Since graduating college, I’ve slowly started to enjoy reading again. It takes my mind away from where I am and all of my worries and lets me think about something else for awhile.
  4. Take a nap– When we’re sick or tired we take naps. The same goes for when we have a lot of worries. Sometimes we need to take a break from our anxiety-filled thoughts and just sleep it off. Waking up after a long rest leaves you with clarity and feeling refreshed.
  5. Go where you feel loved- For me, this means I go home to my parents or if my beau is in town, I go to him. It’s so important to be around people that you feel safe with. Find those people, whether they’re the baristas at a coffee shop or right in your mother’s kitchen, and go spend time with them.

What do you do to relax? Leave me a comment!

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Dealing with a Long-Distance Relationship

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The hardest thing about a long distance relationship is not being able to share in the big and little moments of everyday life. When you want to go out at night or need someone to help you take the grocery bags into the kitchen, they aren’t there. Learning to deal with the distance is a process that doesn’t happen overnight. Here are the biggest things I’ve learned so far.

  • Communicate everything. Talking about even the small things builds trust and allows the other person to be apart of your life in little ways
  • Use Skype on a weekly basis. Seeing a person, even through a camera, makes the relationship seem more “in person” as opposed to just texts and calls
  • Compliment each other often. Because a lot of long-distance-communication is verbal, you miss out on being able to give nonverbal cues indicating your attraction to the other person.
  • Send letters. Yeah, old school stuff I know. It honestly, makes a huge difference being able to hold something tangible from the other person.
  • Know when the next visit is. Having a date on the calendar for the next time you’ll see each other gives you both something to look forward to and is a great reminder that separation doesn’t last forever.
  • Send pictures throughout the day. Similar to Skyping, it makes them seem more apart of your daily life.

Comment below with your personal stories and tips to share!

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