Tags: bride, engaged, love, marriage, relationships, wedding
It’s true — I am engaged, and I couldn’t be happier! It does seem like just yesterday that I was reflecting on my brother’s marriage and was unsure of when I wanted to tie the knot, but at some point during the past year my position changed dramatically.
Anyone who knows me personally knows that I have no patience, so once it was made up in my mind that I did want to marry my live-in boyfriend, I couldn’t wait for him to propose. I like to say it was “When Harry Met Sally” syndrome — once you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. But, in following tradition, I had to wait for him to propose. It was frustrating at times but I knew he was trying to surprise me, and surprise me he did.
He knew that if he took me to a fancy dinner or did anything out of the ordinary, I would know he was up to something, so he kept it sweet and simple — one night while watching TV at home, he came out of the bedroom with a platter of cupcakes and the ring. I was completely shocked but so happy (and yea, I freakin’ love cupcakes). It was interesting timing though because I had to get the ring sized and I had a crazy busy time at work and some travel coming up, so we kept the engagement under wraps until I had the ring successfully on my finger. I was bursting at the seams.
So now that I have the ring, I can officially say that I feel incredibly lucky and blessed. Six years of friendship, 3 and a half years being a couple, and nearly 1 year of domestic partnership, I can truly say that I am marrying my best friend, the love of my life. I am looking forward to the big day, the pre-wedding festivities, and of course, the marriage.
And now for a few promises to my readers. Though I am sure I will be sharing a lot of information about my upcoming nuptials, this will not turn into a wedding blog. I know that life outside of planning a wedding will continue, and I plan to continue writing this blog following the idea it was built on — my journey to age thirty.
And a promise to my friends, family, and fiancee — I will not be a bridezilla. I know that “my day” will be “my day” but there are others that have a stake in it, and I want everyone to have a good time. My fiancee and I are funding this wedding all by ourselves, so we will have to get creative to make this day special. But I know it will all be worth it to be able to call him my husband and celebrate with all of those we love.
Tags: beach, Miami, relaxation, South Beach, summertime, swimming in the ocean, vacation
Ok, so I know I promised to report back about the conference I went to last week, but unfortunately it wasn’t all I had hoped it would be. There was a great line up of speakers but the attendance was very low which decreased the networking opportunities significantly. But rather than harp on what the conference wasn’t, I decided to take the opportunity to enjoy Miami. I was there with my best friend and fellow blogger Dezolutions, and we both were really in need of a vacation anyways, so what better timing did we have?
We both fell in love with Miami. It was beautiful and fun and really gave us the impression that anything goes when it comes to South Beach. It really did seem like a judgement-free zone. And beyond the palm trees, the sand, the shopping, the food, and the night life, I found real relaxation in the ocean.
The ocean is my new happy place. It’s so blue and warm, and the waves are huge. I spent a significant amount of time just floating in it, happy enough to let it take me away. All of my stress just melted away and nothing else mattered. I was weightless and therefore so were my worries.
I love New York, don’t get me wrong, but the ocean up here sucks. Every summer my friends and I say we need to go to the beach more, but we never follow through, and I think I now know why. The return on investment is not big enough. For us to go to a “good” beach, we need to wake up early on the weekend, pack up a cooler and then drive for 45 minutes. From there, we need to pay to park and then lug all of our junk onto the beach. Then, you stare at gray, cold water and low waves. Nothing relaxing about that!
And now I am going to crave that water down south. I’m going to dream about it, especially when I am stressed like I am this week at work. And once my tan fades away, I’m going to need to find a way to bring myself back to that worry-free zone. Somehow, one way or another, I will reunite with an ocean as beautiful as South Beach again soon. At this point, it’s going to be hard to settle for less.
Tags: apple, blogging, give aways, Guy Kawasaki, Macintosh, marketing
I had the opportunity to hear Guy Kawasaki speak at Sheblogs.org’s conference in Miami last week. For those of you who are not techies, Mr. Kawasaki is one of the original marketers of Apple’s Macintosh back in the 80s. His influence in Apple and the tech landscape is known widely, and lucky for us, he is willing to share his wisdom in his latest book — Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions. He presented on this book, which was a refreshing reminder of the techniques that help all of us create change. It should be an interesting read!
So you want to get the book? I happen to have an extra copy, and I want to give it to you! If you comment on any post on this blog now through Friday, you will be entered to win the book. I will announce the winner over the weekend.
Easy enough, right? Well, get commenting!