I Said Yes! A Dream Come True + My Lessons in Love
It’s been a little quiet on the blog front here at Healthy You, Happy Me but I do have a really good excuse for my absence!
3 weeks ago, my best friend and the man of my dreams asked me to marry him and of course – I said Yes! Some of you may be thinking that’s great news, but if you read my post about six months ago, you will understand why this milestone is incredibly special to me.
I will share some of the juicy details in a minute, but first – let me take you back to the very beginning.
I’ve always been one of those girls that grew up dreaming of her wedding day. Deep down inside, it wasn’t so much the ‘wedding’ that I cared about, but the person that would be waiting for me as I walked down the aisle. The dress and the finer details were never that important – it was all about the moment.
You know, that moment when you take that first step down the aisle and lock eyes with your soul mate. That has been the dream. To experience such a profound moment in time – heart-bursting, soul stirring, spine tingling.
Music would instantly take me to that moment. I’d sit on the bus/plane/train on the way to school/home/work and listen to songs like this and this. Happy tears would almost spill out of my eyes and the goofy grin on my face would be a permanent fixture throughout the commute. Yes, I’m that girl.
Meeting that man, falling in love and now being engaged feels as magical as I envisioned. The weekend that it happened, well, it truly was perfect.
I want to share this with you because I know that this may be a dream of yours too. If you’re already engaged/married (CONGRAT’S!), perhaps it might take you back to your own love-fuelled memories? My only hope is that it ignites a spark inside of you and a belief that dreams really do come true. Sharing stories of love, hope and joy is only going to lift us up!
So, if you enjoy a bit of romance – keep on reading for the details!
Jimmy had booked us a weekend away in Montville for our 6 year anniversary. We’d been saying for ages that we wanted to venture to the Sunshine Coast hinterland for a getaway and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. I was craving space and deep relaxation and that is exactly what I got.
Arriving at the tree house, I was completely blown away with the view and the sanctuary that we would call home for the next 2 nights. With green rolling hills as our backdrop and a fireplace nestled in the centre of the room, I couldn’t help but think – this could be an unforgettable weekend!
We spent our first day indulging in homemade fudge, basking in the greenery and going for a hike on one of the many tracks. That night as we retreated back to the tree house, I said to Jimmy that I hadn’t felt this relaxed in such a long time. With just the two of us there overlooking the spectacular view, I took a huge deep breath and relished in the serenity.
The next morning I woke up with the sun. After a short meditation and a writing sesh in my journal, we ventured off for another day of eating and exploring. Jimmy had brought along some wine and cheese, so we decided to spend the afternoon on the deck of the tree house doing what we love – eating cheese (triple cream brie to be exact)!
Sitting there, I started to get butterflies but I still wasn’t convinced that this was it. Jimmy cranked the tunes on his phone, and we sat there chatting and taking in the view. After a song change, Jimmy started the spiel. As soon as he started, my heart started to race. He got up from his chair and tears started to stream down my face. Thank goodness we were alone because let me tell you – these weren’t just little tears, this was a full blown ugly cry! As he got down on one knee, I still couldn’t believe that it was happening right before my eyes. He pulled out the ring from his pocket and said the words, ‘will you marry me’ and between the mouthful of cheese and tears, I said a big YES! The elation, the hug that followed and the realisation that ‘we’re engaged!’ was so overwhelmingly beautiful.
And now that we’ve had time to let the news sink, we still can’t wipe the smile off our faces. Every now and then, my ring will catch the light and memories flood back of that special day.
I want you to know that if this is a dream of yours too – you 100% deserve to experience your own, heart-bursting kind of love. If you’ve been waiting for the ring, read this and know that it’s most definitely worth the wait.
Haven’t found the one just yet? Have faith and trust that the right person will come into your life at the right time. If you’re scratching your head wondering how, what, when, who? Please don’t spend your time worrying. Instead, here are a few tried and tested tips that helped me along the way.
+ Spend time getting to know you and most importantly, fall in love with YOU first.
You’ve heard it before, but do not expect to fall in love with someone if you don’t treat yourself with love and respect. As soon as you do the inner work, you will start to become more open to receiving love. Write down all the things that YOU love about yourself and focus on that first.
+ Do things that make you happy and follow your joy!
I don’t know about you, but when someone radiates joy and happiness – I’m instantly drawn to them. By following through and doing the things that make you happy, you can start to invite more like-minded people into your life. You never know who you might meet when you’re living your bliss.
+ Think about your ideal partner – What type of qualities and attributes are important to you?
Have you sat down and really thought about the type of person that you want to meet? What values and qualities would they have? How would you spend your time together? Instead of worrying, put your attention and focus into what you want. This sends a clear message to the universe that you’re ready to invite this person into your life!
+ What information, support or resources do you need to make you feel good about your search for love?
When I was single, I enjoyed devouring all sorts of self-help books. For some people, this works – but if that’s not your thing, maybe you’d prefer to talk it out with someone and gain personalised strategies? This book was a great light-hearted read for me. Seek support from a place of curiosity, rather than a ‘what the hell is wrong with me’ stance and you will seriously start to see things shift!
Oh and one other thing. Sometimes it’s a matter of patiently waiting. Just keep doing your thing, and know that it will happen – all in good time.
I hope these words warm your heart and as always, your comments are much appreciated. Tell me, do you have a special love story to share? Maybe you’ve got some valuable love lessons to pass on too? By spreading love, everyone benefits! I know that for sure.
Thanks for reading and sending you lots of love,