Post # 1
Just thought it would be nice to read amazing or exciting things that have happened to fellow bees. Not including anything that has to do with your wedding or your SO what is the best thing that’s ever happened to YOU? (Don’t say “meeting my SO”. These should be non-SO related!)
I’ll start: Going to Rome for Study Abroad. I was there for 3 months and it was amazing! It started me on my career path, exposed me to a very different culture, and I had some unbelievably fun experiences.
Post # 3
I’m about to break your rule, but I will follow up with something un-wedding related.
My sister joined the army this year right before the wedding and wasn’t supposed to be able to come because she’d be in Texas at AIT training (which is strict the first few weeks like basic training) and I was pretty devastated she wasn’t going to be there. We are very close and she was supposed to be my maid of honor. I cried about it alot the week before the wedding and broke down in tears at the rehearsal because the officiant kept asking me where the maid of honor was.
When we got to the rehearsal dinner I was just chilling, trying to enjoy myself when my dad asked me to come outside because my sister had called and wanted to say hi. I went out and answered the phone but no one was on the other end. I said “hello, hello??” a couple times and handed the phone back to my dad thinking she hung up. Well she came right around the corner at that second and I pretty much lost it. I decided to share this story because its not directly wedding related and not at all related to my husband lol. I was just so happy that things were the way they were supposed to be and she was going to be there for me on one of the most important days in my life.
The other 100 percent un-wedding related one is really just starting to open up about how being adopted affected me and how it really did hurt being given up for adoption. It has been really a relief to admit to that and to forgive myself and stop thinking I’m totally insane for feeling so lost.
Post # 4
@kate169:You only part broke my rule I was trying to avoid having people say “marrying my best friend”…etc. Your story is wonderful!!
Post # 5
I don’t know if this comes too close to breaking your rule, but for me it would be my decision to move to Dallas from Minneapolis after college. I pretty much just decided I’d like a change of scenery and a warmer climate, applied for some jobs, and accepted the first offer. I moved cross-country by myself, which was terrifying but also gratifying.
And of course, the part that bends the rules–I met my Fiance just 10 days after moving there through the magic of online dating. Everyone thought it was so random that I just decided to pick up and move across the country…but in the end it sort of made me feel like these things have a way of working themselves out!
Post # 6
Being handed a business card. That card so many years ago was my ticket to the big leagues of my profession. That single card has opened more doors for me and whose card it was is still helping me til this day. I have never met a better man who was willing to put himself out there for people. I have it laminated in my wallet 🙂
Post # 7
When I bought my first horse for a dollar……best buck every spent!
So many great lessons learned and memories made, all through a 1,500 hunk of high maintenance fur.
Post # 8
it is a toss up between coming from a European country to the US to go to a liberal arts college and moving to New York city after college. both difficult experiences but so worth it.
Post # 9
Discovering my love for dance. gaining the confidence to go at it alone and meet knew people outside my relationship and circle of friends.
I’m now very invovled in Salsa and Latin Ballroom, and Swing of all sorts. I’m very happy I got to know, and regularly experience my love for an activity that isn’t tied to anything else in my life. I love having that separation.
Post # 10
I know this is probably not along the lines of what you would be expecting someone to write as a response, but I have to be completely honest and say, as a Christian, my answer would have to be having Jesus Christ come into my life. I cannot even imagine what my life — or my marriage — would be like, without His love and faithfulness!
Post # 11
@vmec: That is one of mine too. I can’t imagine my life without dancing. So glad Darling Husband likes it too.
Post # 12
@vmec: I love Salsa and Latin ballroom, do it also.
For me it would have to be opening my cake business. That has been the best thing I’ve done. I get to create these awesome cakes and other pastries and I get to watch people’s reactions to them and eat it and enjoying them as much as I enjoy doing them.
Post # 14
Getting accepted into every grad school I applied to overseas. I got to turn down Cambridge for a program I liked better!
Moving to Europe meant I finally got to travel more and so many places that seemed wildly inaccessible before. I’ve touched the stones of Stonehenge at sunset, climbed up the Eiffel Tower, gazed up at the stunning ceilings of the Sistine Chapel and the Duomo, wandered around Rome and Venice, and gone to musicals in London.
And then there was the whole “getting my master’s degree” perk. Can’t forget that 😛
All in all it was pretty much the most rewarding year of my life, and even though Darling Husband and I had to be apart for most of it, I wouldn’t do anything differently.
Post # 15
One time my brothers and I joined my grandparents down the Cape for a week when they were staying at a timeshare. We seriously had the best time. We still laugh our heads off when we recall some of those memories of the things we did down there. Good times with the grandparents. 😉
Post # 16
This is going to sound crazy… I have two things: getting fired from my first grown-up job, and dating/getting engaged to a huge jerk.
Why? Both of those experiences forced me out of my comfort zone. The job experience taught me to grow the F up, keep my head down and my mouth shut, and just work my tail off. Tons of soul searching and prayer happened during this time. It caused me to strive to leave work every day knowing I did my best. It also led me to my career, which is my absolute passion.
During this time I was engaged to and living with the aforementioned huge jerk, and moved to a new city/state to be with him. A woman befriended me at church and instilled in me the confidence to leave, saying she saw a lot of herself in her first marriage in me… and that it turned abusive. I struck out on my own, got my own place, threw myself into school, work, and running and never looked back… Several months later I went on a blind date with a guy who would’ve been “too nice” or “too good to be true” before I dated the jerk. I gained perspective on what it means to have a happy, healthy relationship.
The guy I went on the blind date with? He is the love of my life. I married him last Friday.