MEANT TO BE

When love is right, how long does it take before you know?

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A month? A moment? A single, meaningful glance?

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Does love happen more quickly when shape, and size, and curves are involved?

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Does it usually take a while to sink in?

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These are questions I wonder about sometimes, and the other evening I gained a few bits of insight… Want to sit back while I share?

First, timing is everything. The one who isn’t right for you now might actually be the One who is perfect for you down the road.

Two. Don’t worry about height. You could miss out on the One whose soul matches yours exactly.

Three. Don’t settle. You deserve nothing less than your One.

Four. Stay open. Because when you think your chances are over, your One might be just around the corner.

Five. When you do find that One, you may know pretty quickly. The timing, the fit, the feel – it will be right. And, when it is, jump. Move. Risk. Go.

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Don’t lose that One.

Now, lest you think those are just cotton-candy thoughts with no basis in reality, let me tell you. I picked up each one of those nuggets from a beautiful girl named Tammy, who was telling me the story of her and her fiancé:

How they met,
how she had always pictured herself being with someone a little taller,
how they dated,
how it wasn’t quite right so they broke up,
how a year or two passed,
how they reconnected in January,
how they knew – they knew
and how they are already engaged and planning a dream wedding in Croatia for this September.

She told me all this while we were waiting for her fiancé and his muscles to come help us move the pink couch that I was buying from her.  (!!)

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The same pink couch I first met at Tammy’s condo ten months ago, but who just wasn’t the right One for me at that time.

The same pink couch that once belonged to Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby!), with its comfy down cushions and adorable vintage shape and exact shade of pink that is sprinkled all throughout R-house.

The same pink couch that for some insane reason had never sold, and had just recently been re-listed on Craigslist – right at the very time that I dared to type “pink couch” into the search field again – for one-third (!!) of the previous asking price (thanks to the impending marriage previously mentioned in this post).

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The same pink couch that is now sitting in R-house (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) because, as it turns out, there was a bigger plan for us.

And we were meant to be.

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Meet my new love, friends.

xo

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P.S. This story is even sweeter if you read Part One, here: The One

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26 Comments

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    January 31, 2017 - 12:41 pm
  • I’M KINDA FLOORED
    November 20, 2016 - 9:18 pm
  • EMPTY
    October 23, 2015 - 4:22 pm
  • LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH
    February 9, 2015 - 11:51 am
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  • Julie

    Thank you, Debi!!

     
  • Debi

    The most touching story EVER. Beautifully written.

     
  • Julie

    All you all are so awesome. Thanks for the pink couch love!! : )

     
  • Natalie

    All I kept saying the entire time was … no way no way no way no way NOwAY!! I’m dying to see and touch. One of your best blog posts of all time no doubt … thanks for taking us all on the journey with you Julie!

     
  • emily

    Oh my!! THEE Pink Couch! The One! Oh my. I am so happy for you!!!!

    AND I am happy for the couch. Way to wait and get what you want. What a perfect fit.

    It’s all just so fitting! The writing, the pink, the love story of it all!!!

     
  • Andi

    Hooray! What a perfect match to the color on the walls!
    I love it.

     
  • Laura

    Okay, this is so serendipitous, because I was just thinking about you and how much you wanted a pink couch. I woke up thinking about it the day you hinted at something you just got……

    Enjoy!

    BTW, the fotos are great. Such lovely pinks and greens.

     
  • Deborah

    Beautifully written, expressed and LOVE your new “LOVE”~and the historical memories it holds in it’s cushions and back & arms. Oh the stories if “LOVE” could only speak. Dear Abby herself must have had a hand in this my dear friend. “LOVE” is finally home for good. I want to come and meet and sit in person:)

     
  • Crissy

    Gosh…a beauty for sure!

     
  • Julie

    Thanks for the love, friends!!

     
  • forthecure

    Write the book, I will be the first to buy it, beautifully written.

     
  • Judi

    This is so like you:) Fun! Creative! Beautiful! I agree: you should write a book:)

     
  • R-Girl

    It’s just so. comfy. and. pink!

     
  • KristenH

    Oh the stories the couch could tell if it could speak.. if it would speak…

     
  • Bmoney

    Wow. You seem pretty psyched about that couch. Congratulations!

     
  • Mom

    Oh Julie, this was some seriously good writing leaving me reading to the end making sure it did involve the “couch”….perhaps, you should write a book!!! Love ya….and, your pink couch!!

     
  • Katie

    This post made my day! Love your blog- Katie A

     
  • Becky

    So lovely and so worth the waiting.

     

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