On March 18th, my husband Edwin and I celebrated our 25th year of marriage.
This milestone made me reflect on what it takes to make a relationship last and on the industry we both work in. For the past 12 years I have had the privilege of being a part of a milestone event in the lives of my clients. During my meetings with clients, very often, besides flowers, the conversation often goes other life affairs including money, work, family, conflicts, choices, etc. Working out wedding details is a great beginning and if you can get through all that, its a good start!
During your marriage, you will share every emotion with the person you share your life with and over time - lots and lots of time - you will get to see a part of yourself that grows only through tending the garden that is your life.
There are lots of things that you will need in order to make it work. Primarily LOVE mixed with plenty of PATIENCE ( not my strength, but i'm trying). Today I am a completely different person than the person that I was 25 years ago; a better person, I believe, because of my husband who has been a constant source of love, support and patience (the most patient person that I have EVER known). Thank you Ed for being who you are. I love you!
My advice to you, wherever you are in your journey is....
Surround yourself with love.
Surround yourself with people who love each other - watch them and learn from them.
Surround yourself with people who love you and accept their love.
Tell them you love them every chance you get.
Show them you love them every chance you get.
...and with this practice, you will learn to love more and more.
Thank you to each of you who have been a part of my life and shared your love with me.