I met this lovely lady at a job I had at this awful store called Young Art. She was an awesome young lady and a hard worker. She has grown into a kindred spirit and a lover of all things kind and natural. She is a yogi and a lover. Be prepared to grab a tissue and fall in love with this lady and her beau.
Beau and I met in the summer of 2015, really shortly after I finally ended a relationship that was all wrong for me. we actually met on instagram, although we don’t like to admit that, lol. he worked at Dutch Bros. and I think I recognized him from being a customer there, and that’s why we followed eachother, but we aren’t really certain of that. we spent a couple days liking eachothers pictures back and forth randomly, and me- being the forward, blunt person that I am- messaged him and asked if we were just going to like eachothers pictures forever, or if we were going to say hi.
we started texting shortly after and I remember from the beginning having good conversation with him and always laughing at our texts. it was the kind of conversation that flowed, and I could tell that we understood eachother just from the way we would text.
on our first date, Beau picked me up. he opened the car door for me (as still does, most times, to this day… :)) and we drove 30-45 ish minutes to Sauvies island. that’s where we were going to figure out… on a decently long car ride with a complete stranger… that is where you figure out whether there’s compatibility there. and there was.
it was night time in August – august 7th to be exact – so we spent our date laying in the sand on the beach underneath the stars and talking about life and the universe and just having deep conversation. I don’t even remember how long we were there… 2 hours maybe. I will never forget the words he said to me that night as we sat together, hugging, legs crossed around the other, me looking up at the stars and laughing in utter joyfulness and amazement at the connection that I could feel between us. “where have you been all my life?”.. he asked me. we shared our first kiss that night. I felt like I had known him for a long time. I’ll never forget that night.
the rest is kind of history. that knowing of “this person is my soulmate” only grew with time.
he told me many months later that on the way to my house that night, he had the conscious thought of “this girl is going to be my girlfriend”.
3 weeks into dating, he was my date to my cousins wedding. he ended up knowing a few of my family members, and that kind of blew us away and solidified how meant to be we were.
September 13th, 2015 was the day he told me he loved me. I said it back, of course. and at that point, we finally decided to call it was it was – a relationship. we officially became “boyfriend and girlfriend” that day, although I had been saying the whole time that I didn’t want a relationship because I’d just gotten out of one 3 months prior (stubborn lil ol me). even my stubbornness couldn’t keep me from falling in love with him. nowadays, we refer to our anniversary as August 7th, the first night we met, because that truly was the start of our relationship anyways.. from the moment we met.
for the first year of our relationship, Beau lived 45 minutes south of me, but I would make that drive several times a week, sometimes twice a day, to stay with him. we were (and still are) inseparable, despite the small distance. when i think about that apartment that he lived in, I think of staying up until the early morning hours just laying in bed, looking into eachothers eyes, having deep talks.
it wasn’t until August of 2016 that Beau and I moved in together (I have no idea how we made it that long) and we really got to experience living together. getting to fall asleep next to him every night is one of the most simplistic, deeply fulfilling joys I have ever experienced. every day, I fall more in love with him. there is no doubt in my mind that we are soulmates, and our souls have been together before. we finish eachothers sentences, we say the same thing at the same time, we understand eachother in ways nobody has ever understood us. Beau has taught me more about life and myself and helped me grow more than I think I have in the 20 years I lived prior to meeting him. he is the most pure, gentle, loving, genuine soul I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.
and in case you’re wondering, yes, we do argue. we do disagree. we’ve had our fair share of struggles. more than you would know, and more than I sometimes like to admit. love isn’t always rainbows and butterflies. true love is passion, and passion is fiery. we’ve both been burned by the flames but when the flames burn out and nothing is left, our love still stands. our love has always won- through the trials and heartaches, through the depressive episodes, through the tears and arguments. our love overpowers it all. the year and a half that I’ve spent with Beau has awakened my soul. it has elevated me to places I never thought possible. true love does that. with him next to my side, I would consider the rest of my life nothing short of a miracle.