Today marks the exact one year anniversary since the engagement. It truly feels as if it was last week that I was on one knee asking my girlfriend to spend the rest of her life with me. Now, we’re less than a month away from “I do!”
I would love to say that it has been an easy year, a piece of cake, and in many ways it has! However, it has been challenging as well. Starting with trying to find the perfect wedding venue, all the way to finalizing details such as the seating chart, the past year has been largely focused on planning our wedding — which has not yielded a shortage of stress.
At the same time, I would be remiss not to mention how wonderful life with the fiancée (or “wife-elect” as I like to call her) has been. There is something so comforting about waking up every morning next to the woman you know will be your constant until death do us part. I am blessed, not a day goes by that her presence does not remind me of it.
Outside of our wedding planning journey, our year engaged has been eventful, to say the least. Below are a few of our highlight:
• Travel: While we have minimized the costly adventures and date nights to save for the wedding, we technically did travel — exactly a year ago we were across the country navigating the streets of Orlando, Florida. We have not traveled since, but our honeymoon is just around the corner!
• Employment: We have each experienced changes in employment, one great, one not so much. I used to work at a law firm at one of the skyscrapers in the featured image, which I left to take a risk at a startup. Meanwhile, the wife-elect’s clinic experienced an unfortunate change in management, which has left her longing for the good ol’ days.
• Transportation: On my end, my new job requires me to drive, which I love! I accepted using the subway in New York, but I could not get used to LA’s outdated, inconvenient, filthy metro. On her end, she finally upgraded to a modern vehicle from this century! She now drives the fiancée-mobile — she has yet to name her car.
• Dates: Despite our frugality in the past year, we have still been able to enjoy date nights! Admittedly, our budget has encouraged us to get creative. For example, we have taken advantage of Southern California’s poppy “super bloom” as an inexpensive adventure to the desert. Date night is important to us, even if it is only a trip down the street to our secret spot.
All in all, it has been an amazing year! Stressful? Sure, but life is going to present you with challenges, hurdles, and stress regardless of whether you are planning a wedding or not. As such, we have focused on the positives of our engaged life. Coming up next, married life!
Tell me, what are the highlights of your year? Have you traveled recently and where? Also, do you name your car?
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