This weekend my boyfriend and I are headed to Catalina Island for our two year anniversary. I figured this would be a good time to give a name and face to this so-often-mentioned boyfriend of mine!
I met Jordan through a friend when I was vacationing in California. We all went out one night and he immediately pulled me to the dance floor. I was a little reluctant, I tend to need a few drinks before I’m on the dance floor with a guy, but he was cute so I went for it. We instantly clicked. We knew we liked each other, but we also knew I was on vacation, so what was really possible?
Since the friend I was visiting lived in California I got to see what daily life there was like. Basically, I loved it, who wouldn’t? The only thing that nearly changed my mind was an accident my friend and I witnessed one afternoon when we were out going for a coffee, it was awful, we were sitting at the coffee shop and I just happened to look out of the window towards the pedestrian crossing where I saw this lovely old lady step out onto the road with her shopping, which she was right to do as the lights were on walk when all of a sudden out of nowhere this idiot runs straight through the lights and knocked her flying, her bags of shopping went up in the air with her and came tumbling down on the road everywhere. We rushed outside to see if there was anything we could do to help, my friend works for one of the really good law firms in Orange and told me that there was a real problem at this crossing it wasn’t the first person to get knocked over here and she doubted it would be the last. I don’t know what happened to the lovely old lady she was rushed away in an ambulance but she was alive the last that we saw, as for the driver he was carted away in a police car hopefully he’ll be locked away for some time. It was a horrible experience to witness but it still didn’t put me off California.
The closer it got to the end of my trip, the more I didn’t want to leave. I even looked into changing my flight home so I had more time in California. I ended up leaving as scheduled. Jordan and I said goodbye without knowing when we’d see each other again.
When I got back to Michigan, I went back to the same photography job I’d had for three years, doing the same things I’d been doing for as long as I could remember. I needed a change. I missed California. I went back and forth in my head so many times about the thought of possibly making the move.
During this time, Jordan and I talked very little. He knew I was thinking about moving and he wanted me to, but at the same time he didn’t want to affect such a big decision in my life when we barely knew each other. I slowly started making steps in California’s direction….breaking the news to my Mom…then to my boss…
I will never forget when my boss told me I was welcome back to my job any time if things didn’t work out in California. Once I heard that, I immediately knew I was doing it. This moment is so vivid to me. I jumped in my car, put on the radio (Taylor Swift’s “Should’ve Said No” was playing), put down my windows….I felt so liberated.
I told Jordan the news. We were excited, but also cautious. We knew things would be completely different this time around. I was going to be facing a lot of adjustments and didn’t want to jump into anything too fast. We both made sure to have no expectations on how things would go.
A few days after I arrived in California everyone was planning to go to the Orange County Fair. This would be my first time seeing Jordan and I was so nervous, not knowing what to wear, or how to do my hair. He greeted me with a big smile and a hug. The rest is sort of history. :]
It’s been two years and it’s the best relationship I’ve ever been in. I am so thankful to be with such a funny, smart, creative, supportive guy. I still think about how we met and it’s crazy to think of where we are now. People tend to think I moved to California for Jordan, but I will forever say that he’s not the reason I moved to California, he’s the reason I’m glad I did.