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How I did it: I learned to love myself, and that caused someone who loved me very much to be attracted to me. I also came to a place in my life where I wanted to be married and settle down and so i think naturally that was where my life headed.
How I did it: I met a wonderful man this August. I fell hard and fast. We've been living with one another since September. He's been talking of marriage since October, I've been talking of it since December.
How I did it: It happened on our one year anniversary of being together. It had been an amazing year, and we decided to go to our favorite hibachi grill for dinner. We dressed up, and dinner was more delicious than usual. The salad was amazing, the clear soup was so good, and the hibachi was so great. We had been there before and gotten the same things for my birthday back in June, but it just felt like it was different this time. We had planned to go to a movie after, at 9:50. We had a lot of time to kill, so we went to Target where I changed into my other set of clothes because I didn't want to get my clothes dirty and also it was easier to walk around in my boots and jeans than in a dress.
I changed at Target and we dropped my clothes back in the car, and then we came back in to walk around. For some reason, things felt really different. Like I immediately wanted to hug him more, and I kissed him. I felt extremely happy, like we were the only people there. I didn't feel like that for a long time, and I realized it was because I was always worrying about this happening. The moment I stopped was when it started feeling like a dream.
We were going to go for some coffee at Dunkin Donuts nearby because he said he felt tired and wanted to be awake for the movie showing, so en route to Dunkin Donuts he doesn't take the left turn into the drive and asks me, "Hey, do you think Western Michigan University would be open at this time?" I shrugged and started talking about how it would be, since I had lived there for years in the dorms until 2009, and then reflected, "You know, since I graduated I really miss Western..."
So we parked there, and walked through the fountain plaza near Miller Auditorium, I snuggled near him as we walked. He stopped when we neared the center and we looked around. "I miss being here..." I said, and he pulled me into him.
"Here let me warm you up a little." He said. I was using his coat, but he knew it was colder out than we were used to with all the snow around.
I began to turn away and look around, reflecting on past experiences here with Bronco Bash. How many times had I been here? How many times had I walked through this place, to return home, to go to my old apartment after I moved off campus? So many times, I missed being a student.
He then held me from behind and said my name. Normally he calls me by my nickname, but he slowly said, "Colleen... Colleen..." I faced him, and he got down on one knee and opened a ring box. I was shocked, and stunned. I knew it was going to happen soon, but I didn't even think about the location we were at. The place we really starting talking, on Facebook when I said I was at Bronco Bash and he said to get him something. It became a joke, and I got him a cup from the Papa John's vendor for free. I said I got it for him, and since then we bonded over interests and talked every single day. We had never had a day apart after Spring Break when he said he'd never go on a trip without me again, because he missed me in Vegas.
"Will you marry me?" He asked, with a smile. I immediately said yes, after many "OMG'S" and "Are you kidding mes" because I was so stunned.
He slipped the ring on and I held him tightly. A wave of emotions hit me, and suddenly I felt so silly for ever worrying about this happening. After we embraced, he offered to go get coffee now. I smiled and was so overjoyed. We went to Dunkin Donuts and the coffee was amazing, and as we walked in "Send Her My Love" by Journey was playing. To me, that song had always been my favorite in a bittersweet way. But tonight it held a differently meaning.
I have never imagined I could be this overjoyed. It was perfect to me. And I was so wrong in predictions. He always said it was going to be about us, and no one else. And no one was around us that night. And for the rest of the night, I felt like we were the only ones that mattered.
I have a feeling that this emotion isn't going to go away any time soon.
By the way, it's a blue diamond with diamonds on the sides of the white gold band. Read how I did it… 4 months ago