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HOW GROUPON LED ME TO THE LOVE OF MY LIFE

 June 25, 2020

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It was a warm and sunny day, June 5th, 2017. It was an amazing day overall. I went to work for half of the day and then left to go sign my life away to the bank, as I was closing on my 1st home that day. I felt so accomplished! Here I was, a 30-year old, black woman buying a newly built townhouse, all by myself. I just kept thinking about how my mother so badly wanted to own a home after her divorce from my father, but it never came to fruition. I always said I would continue her legacy, so home ownership was one of my life goals. As I left, having signed my life away, I decided to drive back into town and start looking for furniture. I was moving from a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment into a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom townhouse. Did I need all of this space, absolutely not, but I looked at it as an investment for the future.

I'm always intrigued about how couples met. In fact, I used to ask my mother, when I was younger, how she and my father met.

 

I've asked several of my family and friends how they have met their significant others and I've heard some amazing stories. In addition to getting all up in my family and friends' business, I've read stories of how couples met online through a variety of avenues. In this day and age of modern dating, there are a plethora of options for meeting people, such as Happy hours, mutual friends, school, social media, dating apps, and even the workplace. As I love hearing how couples met, I want to share with you all how Groupon (yes, I'm cheap😂😂) led me to the love of my life.

My Fiance and I 

Photo by Lee Mooring of All About One

The day I closed on home

and met my finance.

Funny he proposed on this

very day 3 years later. 

Once I made it back into town, I decided to stop at a Furniture Outlet to look for a new couch. On my way out of the store, I saw a massage spa. If anyone knows me, they know I love to be pampered. It's literally my guilty pleasure and my form of stress relief all wrapped up into one. After seeing the massage spa, I thought to myself, “Hmmm I believe I have a Groupon for this place”. I looked into my Groupon account and sure enough, there was a Groupon for this exact establishment. So, instead of scheduling my appointment over the phone, I decided to walk in since I was so close. I walked in and the sweet smell of essential oils welcomed me. However, no one was at the front desk to welcome me. I softly said “hello”, and no one returned my answer. Approximately, a minute or so later, a handsome young man came out of an office in the building and asked me if he could help me. There was another woman who walked in before me, so I told him he could attend to her first, which he did. 

 

Once I made it up to the desk to schedule my appointment, I noticed how handsome and professional he looked, however, I thought to myself, "this man does not know what he is doing". He was fumbling around with the computer to get me scheduled. He asked me how my day was going and I told him "Great, I just bought a new house". He told me Congratulations and was very cordial. We had about a four-minute conversation in which he was very complimentary and then I left. The next day I arrived for my massage appointment at 5:00 pm. I was super excited because it had been a while since I had a massage. When I walked in, I saw the young man from the previous day inside of another office, working on his computer. I said, Hello, and made some nerdy flirtatious small-talk and proceeded to get my massage.

Now, I am very used to the culture of massage therapy. Great massages come with some soothing spa music, low dimmed lights, essential oils, and best of all, a quiet massage therapist. However, the young lady who massaged me, didn't know the rules, obviously, because she was telling all of her business, and asking me about mine, particularly, my dating life. I was slightly annoyed but I took it with a grain of salt. After putting my clothes back on and getting a drink of water, I gave her a tip and proceeded to walk out of the building to my car. As I was opening my car door, the handsome young man bluntly asked me " Hello, what are you about to do". I was caught off-guard and and I told him I was headed home. He said, would you like to join me for a bite to eat? In my head, I was wondering what his catch was or why he wanted to go out to eat? After all, we did not know each other. He encouraged me to go and further asked me where I wanted to eat. So, I obliged and told him I wanted to eat at Olive Garden. How about we ended up at Applebees because he couldn't find Olive Garden (key Google Maps🗺). That was our first meet and greet. A week later our first real date occurred. We went to a local ice creamery and our plan was to walk the 3-mile trail around town to get acquainted with each other. I decided to bring my dog for protection (that's a joke, my dog was a teacup chihuahua/poodle mix and couldn't save me if her life depended on it. ) We had a great conversation as we walked around town and enjoyed our time together. The rest is history. Now we are engaged to be married and it's still surreal that I'm going to be a whole wife out here in these streets. Our Engagement Announcement Video

It’s honestly mind-blowing that we were born in two separate countries, yet God ordained for us to meet at the appointed time in a suburban town in Virginia. Who would think, I’d meet anyone here, in Fredericksburg, VA? It’s definitely not a town you move to if you want to seriously date. Yet, God used Groupon to be the vessel to put us in each other’s lives. Perfectly snug do we fit together in life like gloves. I’m forever grateful and ready to spend my life forevermore with my future husband, Dr. Jean.

Ha! I can't walk around like this anymore. 

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