How we met:
We first met when I started working for the same company as him, he was there for just over a year before I started. We come from two totally different worlds yet we have so much in common. As you read on you will see that you can meet the love of your life when you least expect it, and at the office like I did:-)
We usually only communicated regarding work matters, because I had a strict rule of not socialising with colleagues because of the position I held in the company. The company we work for is very unique in terms of the environment and everyone is more like family instead of just colleagues. I eventually broke my own rule and starting socialising with my work family. It was only years later when we started getting to know each other better, that we really connected! We both love soccer, we both play paintball, we have the same weird sense of humour and the list goes on and on!
We became very close friends and fell for each other very quickly. Naturally we both fought against our feelings but he decided to break his silence and tell me how he felt. Even though part of me knew that he liked me, I convinced myself that it was just my imagination. I was not prepared when he came out and declared his love for me, and struggled to process all of it at first. I definitely felt the same, but I was very scared to even think about a relationship with him. We discussed the pros and cons of a relationship and even tried to be just friends. The heart wants what the heart wants I guess.
We often reminisce about how it all started and giggle about how shy and awkward we were in the beginning. Just typing this now is putting a big smile on my face:-)
After moving in and living together for a while, we decided to sell his house and have plans to renovate mine, which is now ours. We share the house with three of my four children and have 2 dogs, and 3 cats.
We got engaged on 09th September 2017 and had a beautiful beach wedding on 27th December 2017. After the wedding we spent a few days away at a beautiful guest house close to the wedding venue, and had our official honeymoon in March 2018 about a week ago. We decided on South America as a honeymoon destination, and started off with Argentina then ended off with Rio de janeiro. It was the most amazing adventure with my husband, best friend, and lover all wrapped into one.
Sometimes I still wake up before him, and just watch him sleep. I can’t believe that I am the lucky woman that gets to call him husband. He is such a big blessing and he makes me extremely happy. I love him so very much and look forward to spending the rest of my life with him.
How our colleagues and families reacted:
We had been chatting for a while, before we told our families and colleagues about it. Our colleagues were very happy for us, and wished us well. Our families on the other hand was not that easy. It took a while for everyone to warm up to the idea and accept that we were a couple and that was that. In last year he left the company to start a new job and returned again at the beginning of this year. This is really an amazing place to work, I am still here going on six years now.
Currently we both work for the same company, and we are based in the same office. It’s amazing how we have found the balance between our work and personal lives, and work very well together. We remain very professional and work is work and home is home. If you first meet us at the office you won’t know that we are a couple.
Some Advice for others in workplace romances:
Always keep things professional and never share personal life stories at the office. Once you realise and decide that you are in it for the long haul chat to your Manager and HR just to make sure that they hear it from you first. Some companies actually have rules regarding office relationships. They will respect you for your honesty and you can assure them in person that your relationship won’t negatively impact the working environment.
I got very close to ending it because of fear of our relationship not being accepted in the workplace. That would have been the biggest mistake of my life, letting go of my soulmate. We are truly living our happily ever after!♥
Thank you for taking the time to read about how our journey started.
Lots of love