Not going to lie, it’s taken me awhile to work up the courage to get a little personal and share the story of how Jason and I met. I can promise you this is not going to be some sappy love story nor some shocking spin off of the bachelorette, but what I can promise you is the real, raw truth of how I met this amazing guy I’ve grown to love with my whole heart.
I’ve always been a relationship kind of girl and never the type that just dates to date or messes around just to embrace the years of being “young and dumb.” I grew up in a Christian home, raised with the mentality that love is special and meant to be saved for the right one. I taught myself to appreciate my body, protect my heart, and seek out only those with a loving heart that had a space for both me and God.
I’ll admit the journey to find “the one” is not as easy as it looks in the Nicholas Sparks movies. Trying to meet someone in college is hard you guys, and I mean really hard. Coming into my college years, I was in a relationship that had begun my junior year of highschool. We were happy together but college changes a person, quite a bit may I add. However, I was so thankful my freshman year of college that I was in a relationship and didn’t have to worry about looking for my future husband amongst all the frat boys and sports jocks that all seemed to have two priorities on their mind; partying and women.
But as I mentioned, college changes a person, and while some high school sweethearts are able to make it work, my relationship with my high school sweetheart faded out at the end of our freshman year of college and there I was, single for the first time in years, terrified of having to start all over again and put myself back out there. But after months of tears and prayer, I finally did and it wasn’t long until I swiped right and met Jason.
Yes, you heard me right, I swiped right and met the love of my life through tinder. As crazy as it feels to be typing this and admitting to all my friends, family and acquaintances who we’d told we met through “mutual friends”, it’s the honest truth and we are finally comfortable and happy admitting to that.
We can all attest to the fact that tinder tends to get a bad rep and I will admit that I definitely had my hesitations and doubts while being on the app. Yeah, there are definitely a lot of people on there looking for nothing more than a one-time meetup, but my soul purpose for being on the app was for the tiniest hope that maybe, just maybe, I could weed out all the bad ones and meet someone who could change my world. And luckily for me, it only took a month of being on tinder to find the guy who’s made me smile ever since we matched on December 15th, 2016.
From the moment I met Jason, even if it was virtually, I knew he was different. He was such a gentleman, had such a fun sense of humor and talked openly about his relationship with both his family and God. We spent about a month just texting back and forth before we finally decided that it was time to meet in-person, which happened at the end of January, 2017.
I remember sitting in my sorority house with my friends, giddy as can be about going over to Jason’s to meet him for the first time. I was full of emotions, a combination of excitement and nerves. But the second I walked up to the Augsburg University apartments where he was currently living with some hockey buddies, all worries were washed away as a handsome, dark haired guy in grey joggers opened the door with the biggest smile on his face and immediately wrapped his arms around me in a hug.
I had no idea what to expect upon this initial meeting, but I couldn’t have imagined for it to have gone any better. From the moment we met, I had a feeling that was unlike anything I’d ever felt before and those butterflies that were filling every part of me on the first day we met have yet to go away, and I have a feeling they never will.
We made things “official” on March 19th, 2017 and are celebrating our one year anniversary tonight with happy hour bites, delicious deserts and a whole lot of Pinot Noir at the PUBLIC Kitchen + Bar in St. Paul. Looking back at the past year we’ve had together, we have grown so much, from kicking off our new relationship with two months of distance as I studied abroad in France to helping each other follow our dreams through our own businesses (Fun Fact: Jason is a fishing vlogger, follow his account! @outdoor_angling).
The main point I wanted to make by sharing the story of how Jason and I met is that you should never, ever, be ashamed of where or how you’ve found love. Whether it be finding a love for a new hobby, loving some weird thing that makes you unique, or finding love with someone in a place that is out of the normal realms. Regardless of where you find love, as long as it makes you happy, who cares what anyone else thinks. Love is love, no matter it’s place, shape, or form, and you should embrace the wonderful, incredible thing that it is wholeheartedly.
I am feeling all the love today and I hope you are too! Never miss a chance to tell someone, a friend, family member or significant other, how much you love them.
Wishing you all a wonderful week!
P.S. A huge thank you to my wonderful friend Michaela Graw for capturing these precious photos of Jason and I! If any of you are looking for wedding photos, engagement sessions, or just an all around amazing photographer – she is your girl!