February is the month of love. Even after Valentine's Day has come and gone, I can't help but think about all of the love I hav...


     February is the month of love. Even after Valentine's Day has come and gone, I can't help but think about all of the love I have in my life. This is about to get mushy..

     I'm not one to get hung up on Valentine's Day gifts and garbage. In fact, Jim and I don't even celebrate Valentine's Day. Sure, we saw each other that day, but it was just another Sunday. I don't think love should hinge on a holiday.

    There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about how lucky we were to have found each other in this chaotic mess of people in the world.

     Jim and I didn't meet the way that most people think we met. I have been telling people that we met at a bar. To me, that was easier, and it was true. The first time that we met was in a bar. But we planned it. We actually met online, while I was living in Cape Girardeau and running my first yoga blog. I had made a post about St. Louis, and Jim stumbled across it. We began talking, and everything clicked. I instantly knew how much I liked this guy. He's just got that way about him. He is outgoing, which brought me out of my shell a little bit. He tells the best inappropriate jokes. We talked nonstop after we first met. He is everything that I had ever looked for in a partner, but the timing was never right for us. Until one day it was.

     We officially started dating in June 2014, even though we still lived so far apart. We worked really hard for our relationship and for ourselves during the year that we were long distance. Jim lived in St. Louis, and I was almost two hours away, in Cape Girardeau. We were both going to school and working full time. Our schedules didn't match at all. He worked a Monday through Friday job, and focused on school in the evenings. I had class all morning, and worked a crazy retail schedule. Things got stressful. Finding time to see each other on the weekends was tough. But at the end of the day, that guy could still make me happy no matter what kind of day I was having. We agreed to overlook all of the stupid conflicts, as long as we were still happy to be with each other.

     Now, after over a year and a half of "officially" being together and more hairstyles than I even knew were possible for a guy, here we are. Jim still makes me smile every day. I still look forward to seeing him more than anything else. You know that feeling you get when the pizza delivery guy is on the way? Yeah, knowing that I get to be with Jim is way better than that, and if you know anything about me, you know how much I love pizza.

     Jim has done so much for me in the time that we have spent together, and I know that he's going to keep taking care of me. He does all the little things, like talking to the hostess because he knows I hate it, singing to me in the car and replacing the words with "Toast cat," and making sure I always have my SoftLips. And he does all the big things, like making sure I talk about things that bother me, supporting all of my goals, and being there when I'm going through a rough time. He's given me advice, taken me out of my comfort zone, and made me feel more like myself. I couldn't ask for a better person to look forward to the future with.

     There's no one I'd rather have by my side, and I can't wait to see where the rest of this adventure takes us. I love you, my Jim.


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