When it comes to Valentine’s Day, it’s a holiday that brings up different emotions. Some view it as a romantic day to shower their significant other with love, gifts, and affection, while others see it as a celebratory time to show appreciation towards the people in their lives (including family and friends). 

As a naturally celebratory person (I was born on the 4th of July, so it’s to be expected, I suppose) I’ve always had a positive attitude toward Valentine’s Day. Whether I had a romantic relationship in my life at that time or not, Valentine’s Day has always been a joyful day filled with beautiful flowers, heart-felt messages, and thoughtful gifts (even if it was just from my Mom and Dad).

What makes this year’s Valentine’s Day even sweeter is celebrating it with my wonderful boyfriend, James. 

Real Love for Real Life

In collaboration with 1-800-Flowers, today’s message takes a more personal route, sharing an inspiring story about real love for real life.

Real Love for Real Life - A Modern Day Love Story That Inspires Romance

As young women, we often grow up dreaming about falling in love with that special someone. If you’re like me, you’ve probably spent hours imagining what he would look like, his personality and characteristics, and how he’d make us feel.

While we go through the ups and downs of dating (always being on the lookout for true love), we’ve had to stay hopeful that one day, that special guy would come along. Then, on a seemingly out-of-the-blue day, that amazing person arrives. 

Real Love for Real Life - A Modern Day Love Story That Inspires Romance

A year and a half ago, I unexpectedly met a guy. I was instantly intrigued with him and curious to learn more. As we got to know each other and became friends, we started realizing there was something different happening… we were falling in love. This wasn’t just puppy love or a passionate romance that would shortly fizzle out, it was true love.

What made things different between us was that we felt instantly comfortable being our authentic, true selves. We immediately opened up to each other, and started quickly realizing we were both the person that the other one was looking for. In essence, we had been dreaming of each other, and then our dreams became our reality.

Real Love for Real Life - A Modern Day Love Story That Inspires Romance

In addition to being smart, witty, fun, passionate, and incredibly loving, there are so many more reasons why I love James. Every day I learn more about him, and recognize how uniquely special and valuable he is to me.

From his love of technology and automating our home (yep, he’s a tech nerd at times, but it’s adorable) to his thrilling sense of adventure and exploration (like hot air ballooning over Napa Valley, riding on his motorcycle together along the Pacific Coast Highway, and going on grand adventures together), he makes life more interesting and expands my horizons every day.

Real Love for Real Life - A Modern Day Love Story That Inspires Romance

Some of the little things he does that warms my heart and improves my life are some of the most mundane, practical things that end of having a bigger impact on me than I could have ever imagined.

When I was younger, I used to say, “I never want to be in a boring relationship, where all we did was wash dishes, do laundry, and sit on the couch together. I want a relationship to be exciting and interesting.”

Little did I realize that, when you find the right person who brings humor, joy, and happiness into your life, doing the little, daily chores (like washing dishes and doing laundry) become some of the most enjoyable experiences you can have, simply because you’re doing these things with the person you love.

That’s part of what makes a real love for real life.

Real Love for Real Life - A Modern Day Love Story That Inspires Romance

Because we both enjoy showering each other with love and thoughtful gifts, James knows that one of the fastest ways to my heart is through a bouquet of gorgeous blooms. We’ve even gotten into the habit of going to the local Farmers Market every week to pick-up fresh flowers for our home. 

That’s why I was excited to partner with 1-800-Flowers to celebrate Valentine’s Day and share all the reasons #WhyILove my boyfriend with all of you.

Since, there’s nothing that can bring a smile to a woman’s face like a radiant bouquet of flowers, to make your Valentine’s Day even more beautiful this year, 1-800-Flowers is giving Inspirations & Celebrations’ readers 20% OFF flowers by using code: WHYILOVE. To redeem this offer, visit 1800Flowers.com and enter the code.

Real Love for Real Life - A Modern Day Love Story That Inspires Romance

Share your #WhyILove story with us. What makes the person in your life special?


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