In July 2012 I switched employers; I left a company I had been with for 8 years. Little did I know this was the best decision I was ever going to make.
A month after starting with the new company I travelled to beautiful British Columbia to meet my west coast team members. On day one I attended a store in Richmond, BC. Two hours into my training session, the most handsome man I had ever seen walked into the room. After the session had finished I found myself wandering the streets of downtown Vancouver with a co-worker from Toronto when I heard an email alert go off on my BlackBerry. It was an email from Michael – “It was great to meet you today, Ashley. Here is my BBM pin – add me!” I added him immediately.
When I got to work day two after messaging with Michael most of the evening, much to my surprise, he was there again. We were only supposed to spend one day training together…but Michael showed up day two and then again on day three.
When it was time for me to leave Vancouver and head to Calgary we had to say goodbye. Our goodbye consisted of non-stop smiles and a professional handshake.
My first words when I returned to Ontario to my friends and family went something like this…“I met the cutest guy in the world; too bad he lives in Vancouver”.
The Next Year
The BBM messages continued for months; most times all day and late into the evening. Michael was going to Toronto for a week-long conference in October and he told me he would love to come down either the weekend before or the weekend after to spend some non-work time together. Neither weekend worked particularly well as I had my university’s homecoming the first weekend (not something you bring a “new” guy to) and a high school friend’s wedding the second weekend. Instead of saying I couldn’t spend the time with him I told him I would love if he extended his stay and come as a date with me to my friend’s wedding. Michael bravely accepted and the plans ensued.
After our weekend together in October, it was clear to us that we had something special and needed to find a way to make the impossible possible. We planned our next visit for November and it is then, after a Toronto Raptors game, we decided to make this relationship official – we were now in a long distance relationship.
The Next Step
After countless trips from Toronto to Vancouver and Vancouver to Toronto and high cell phone bills, we knew this relationship would only last if we could live together, in the same province and same home. We both began the daunting task of applying for new jobs; me in Victoria where Michael was living at the time, Michael in Toronto. We both came close to securing new jobs a few times, but neither of us liked the idea of leaving the company we loved.
It was late in October 2013 when Michael received a phone call from our company, offering him a transfer to the Toronto market. It seemed like a miracle for me – I was able to keep the job I loved and Michael was able to keep his, just in a new location.
The Big Move
January 14th, 2014 Michael made the move from BC to ON. YES! BC to ON, not the other way around – crazy, we know; people tell us every day. With Michael being so close with his family and friends I immediately recognized how big of a step this was for us and our relationship.
After living together for 10 months, Michael popped the ‘big question’; and he did so in the sweetest way any man could.
I had been in Boston for a few days attending a conference and when I arrived home from the airport Michael told me he had made me something. This in itself was odd to me as I was a frequent crafter, not Michael.
I put my luggage down, sat on the couch and waited to see ‘this craft’. Michael handed me a scrapbook that had my favourite photograph of us on the front. Inside I found pages upon pages of handwritten notes we had exchanged, tickets from events we had attended and various different items from all chapters of our lives together.
The second last page contained the sweetest, most sincere letter I had ever received. Half way through reading it I found myself upset; upset thinking, “Wow, what a great way to propose – no way he is proposing – not yet, not now!”
Much to my surprise, he was! The final words read “With that being said…” As I turned the page I saw the words “Will you marry me?” and attached was a beautiful princess cut diamond ring. MY engagement ring!
Although neither of us recall exactly what happened or the exact words that were spoken, the answer was inevitably yes. We were engaged October 29th, 2014.
Edited by ashhtayy, 11 July 2015 - 08:13 PM.