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Nothing like coming off two days of vacation, with LITERAL back-to-back meetings all day Monday and Tuesday. I am already exhausted and the week is only half over. Life is busy, work is busy, and I cannot believe we are just blowing through yet another month of this Pandemic.

I am trying hard to focus on the good. Like Hamilton-themed Peloton rides, and trying to get Yoga back into my weekly exercise routine, and having an article I authored for my day job get published (check it out!). Also we are still holding healthy over here, and have jobs, and have the most amazing child-care situation in place, even if DCPS is about to blow it up a bit.

So yeah, trying hard to focus on light, on the good, and on the continued LOVE happening in this world.

We first met in high school through mutual friends. I was hanging out with a few of the neighborhood kids when Trae ran by with his dog and came over to say hello to our shared friend. Of course, the dog caught my eye first, but Trae and I hit it off. Cue two years of bad timing and dating other people, and we eventually got together our senior year in high school around Halloween. And the rest is history!

We’ve known each other for so long and experienced so much together through some very formative years. Since we grew up in this relationship, we had to learn to grow in the relationship as well! We love trying new things from rock climbing to kickboxing and just enjoy being goofy and weird around each other.

We both felt a connection as soon as we met (as cliche as that is). Really, it was like one of those romance movies where time slows down when you first meet. In college, we took a break from the relationship for a short while and I think that really solidified the fact that we were end-game. Something about no longer having your best friend in your life in the same way makes you realize what you want and what you’re missing without them there. We went into the second round of our relationship with intention. Since then we’ve been stronger than ever!

I knew I wanted something personal and relatively private in terms of the proposal, and he delivered! It was meant to be a full surprise, but when Trae started trying to plan a hike, I had my suspicions. He actually successfully faked me out with a hike about 2 weeks before the real proposal. Funny enough, I had planned to go to a concert with a friend the day he planned to propose and Trae had just gotten sick while on a business trip, but he was adamant that we needed to go on a hike that Saturday. Not Sunday, not next weekend. Saturday. So we went. I was stressed about timing to make the concert and Trae was a little easily winded as he got over a cough, but halfway through the hike we paused for a snack and he got down on one knee (or really got up on one knee because we were already sitting) and asked me to marry him! Two bystander hikers saw and cheered for us as I said yes. Then, Trae let me know the concert was off (obviously), and we killed time, enjoying the moment before going home to a surprise party with my friends and family there to celebrate the engagement. The proposal was easy to see coming, but the party definitely took me by surprise!

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