Aloha and see you soon!

Well after a year and a few months, the big day is finally here! Today Mr. Artist and I fly off to my spirit home, Hawaii, to get married. I can hardly believe it, even as I wake up to finish packing our bags and begin heading off to the next phase of my life.

Even after just shy of 7 years of dating, it's hard to imagine that Mr. Artist and I have been together that long. Being with Mr. Artist is unlike any relationship I've had. He makes me feel safe, happy and for the first time in my life, as if I belong somewhere. And to think that we almost never were.

Photo: Tea for Two Studios

Mr. Artist and I met under kinda embarrassing circumstances. No, we didn't meet online. We met in "da club". I was actually there to meet up with another guy who I thought was cute at the time, but that was all a bust as that guy actually brought a girl with him! Wump wump. So I was a little bummed, but still determined to have a fun night. That's when I ran into a friend of mine and he introduced me to all of his friends, one of which of course was Mr. Artist. I can't actually remember what his opening line was, but I do remember we hit it off right away and spent the rest of the night dancing and laughing together. At the time, I didn't really think anything of giving him my number, but soon after he texted me to hang out and then we went on our first dates, one of which included Christmas shopping where I made him hold my packages (*foreshadowing of the future!*). So far, this story seems pretty boring, but it never went any further than that as I ended up moving out of town at the end of that month, possibly forever, to go back to school. Oh and I also forgot to mention that I had just gotten out of a long term relationship and was NOWHERE near ready for another!

Long story short, I blew him off.

Poor Mr. Artist. He persisted and tried to keep in touch with me, but I pretty persistently ignored him, to the point where after a couple months, he gave up. A part of me was sad, but I figured he just wanted to move on and so we both did for the following few months, until the next summer. I was visiting friends and out clubbing again (this was when I was in my party phase) and there across the club from me, who do I see? Mr. Artist!

Photo: Tea for Two Studios

I don't know what came over me, but seeing him there, I felt compelled to reach out to him. Now, this is something I normally would never ever do. Yet this time I did and the next day I emailed him: "Hey. I saw you last night at ___. How are you???" I felt bad for blowing him off before and didn't think he would ever reply, but a few days later - I got mail! From there, we started emailing back and forth, sending long letters about our days, our annoyances and anything in-between until I finally moved back to the same city as him and then as they say, the rest is history.

Photo: Tea for Two Studios

Although it's not super epic or anything, I like to think that there was definitely something fated for me to have seen him that night. I am grateful that there is such a thing as second chances as I cannot now imagine my life without this silly man, who makes me laugh everyday, who makes me open up to him when I'm sad, and who just accepts me for all the good and bad (especially the bad!) that I am. Plus, he has a really cute dog, so that's a pretty good package deal.

Photo: Tea for Two Studios

Since I'll be pretty busy soaking up the Hawaiian sun and doing wedding related activities there and then back at home, I'll be going on a short blog hiatus for the next few weeks. Don't worry though, there will still be fresh content to read thanks to the help of my fellow CBB members! Super excited for you guys to read their posts as they're all amazing girls with totally inspirational blogs!

Mahalo for following me and this blog this far, and I'll see you all soon!


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