My boyfriend Rob never stops making me feel so special and happy, and it is only in the last few weeks that I've started capturing our memories to put on my blog. I love him with all my heart and the time we spend together is wonderful, yet I am so reluctant to expose our relationship to the world.
I am of the mindset that the beauty of memories is when they are shared between two people and this beauty can be tarnished if the memories are presented like an open book for the whole world to view.
Nevertheless, Imagine Dream Write is a bit like my diary, I document my thoughts, dreams and adventures with you and the pure bliss that I am about to write about is too significant in my life to not include.
In my eyes, sentimental presents mean so much more than just a physical object and it was so clear that Rob had put a tremendous level of thought into my present. This was all the more prevalent when Rob told me that he knows how much I like food, so he wanted to get me something food related- yay!
Every picture had been so clearly printed onto the marshmallows and I was overwhelmed by the happy memories and stories that each picture brought. My favourite is the picture in the centre of Rob and I at our Sixth Form Leaver's Ball- it really was the perfect day.
The marshmallows themselves were delicious, I hasten to add. I was a bit worried that the pictures might make them taste strange (it seemed logical at the time), but the sugary goodness of the marshmallows resonated through each little bite.
Last Wednesday we went for our date night and we had such a fun evening. That's what I love about it- the fact that we've been together for so long and yet our Nando's dates are always unique. Never do I have a 'been there done that' kind of vibe, which is a strong testament to my happiness with Rob as he makes me overlook my surroundings and how I have been to Nando's a ridiculous amount of times.
It made me giggle how one of the waiters, a tall, broad man who looked of a similar age to me, was wandering so aimlessly around the restaurant. In such a busy environment where there is constant demand on the staff, it was just so funny to see a waiter having a good old amble in no particular direction.
But it was not just our Nando's date that made the evening so memorable for me, something else created a sudden spark of happiness, like a shooting star that came out of nowhere and lit up my world.
After our Nando's date, Rob and I agreed that we would shop separately for a little bit and then we'd meet up in River Island. As I was wandering around aimlessly (just like the Nando's waiter!) staring at everything I wanted to buy, I glanced over to my side and saw Rob behind me... holding a bouquet of beautiful pink flowers.
Surprises are possibly one of my favourite things- they create such a whirlwind of excitement and mystery and the thought behind the flowers (I've always loved the idea of being given flowers and pink is my favourite colour) made me feel so appreciated by Rob and so, so special. From that moment onward, that one moment of extraordinary and unexpected happiness, my smile never left my face.
A few weeks ago, I ordered a new phone case which was to be delivered from Japan. Why I'm mentioning it is because on the back of the case is a picture of a dream catcher. Whilst I don't have a physical one of my own, I love the idea behind dream catchers and, of course, it's very fitting with Imagine Dream Write.
More than anything, I want to look at the picture and remember that this is what I am doing now. At work, in my free time- I am forever chasing my dreams in a pursuit of a life of happiness and success, something that I will continue to do for the rest of my life. So to someone else, this may just be a phone case, but to me, it is a reminder of a key personality trait that has and always will drive me to where I want to be, and that trait is being a dreamer.