The day that Alex and I got engaged (two years ago yesterday!), I was totally and completely 100% shocked and surprised. Cross my heart and hope to die, stick a needle in my eye, I had absolutely no idea when I woke up that morning that I would be making the biggest (and best) decision of my life.
But no one believes me when I say that because everything about the experience screamed, “Look!!!!! You’re getting engaged today!!!!!! It’s so obvious!!!!!!!!”
Alex told me to get dressed up because we were going to do something REALLY special. We’d been dating for about 8 months. When he picked me up, he was wearing a suit and handed me tickets for a lunch cruise on the Odyssey II, the boat where we met. When we got to our table, there was a bottle of champagne and shrimp cocktail waiting for us. My response? “Alex! I love you because you would plan something like this with absolutely no occasion!” He just smiled.
The reason why I love our engagement story so much is because as obvious as that day sounds, in the moment it seemed perfectly natural for Alex to have planned something so thoughtful and fun with absolutely no occasion. He made me feel that special all the time.
I was so thrilled by the messages I got from people who used the Valentine’s Day cards I posted. I love the idea of making cards and writing notes and encouraging people, but I don’t do it nearly as often as I would like, especially for Alex who I love and respect more than anyone in the whole world.
The response to the V-day post inspired me to regularly post some ideas about how you can easily encourage or appreciate people in your life year-round, with absolutely no occasion.
So consider this the intro to the Alex-inspired, Absolutely No Occasion series, premiering as soon as I get back from my work trip in Seattle…
In the meantime, why not start by simply telling someone that you appreciate them today. And give them a reason why. You certainly don’t need an occasion for that.