Our marriage proposal in Santorini felt like something out of a fairytale.
It's fair to say that Santorini is one of the most romantic places on earth. Known as a honeymoon island, people from all over the world come to Santorini to propose to their special someone.
The picturesque sunset and crystal blue ocean view made for the perfect surprise proposal moment.
Proposing to Tatiana was the best decision that I've ever made in my life. Are you ready for a sneak peek of our romantic marriage proposal? It was a day that neither of us will ever forget.
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A marriage proposal is a lifetime commitment to your soulmate.
At heart, I am a hopeless romantic. Tatiana is my queen which means that she deserved a proposal fit for one. Santorini had been on my radar for a long time. I spent weeks preparing and planning for the big day because I wanted it to be perfect. I was nervous and excited, but never more sure about anything in my entire life.
Surrounded by black, red and white sand beaches, Santorini is the pearl of the Mediterranean. It literally exudes romance. From the moment that we arrived, Tatiana and I were mesmerized by the beauty of the island.
Let's backtrack a few years. The moment I met Tatiana I was in awe of her. Her feminine essence captivated me. She is my ideal woman – caring, smart, intelligent, beautiful and independent. I could go on and on.
From an early age, I had a very clear idea of the type of person that I wanted to find and attract into my life. Surprisingly, a few days before I met Tatiana, I had written out a list of qualities that I admired in a partner. All of the sudden, she popped up into my life unexpectedly. I remember thinking to myself, “How did I get so lucky?” And then I remembered all of the work that I had done to manifest her into my life.
You attract the type of energy that you put out into the Universe. Unfortunately, many people have no idea what energy they are transmitting until they take a close look at their thoughts. They are shocked when they realize that they've been focusing on what they don't want instead of what they do want.
If you want to attract an amazing person in your life, you need to be amazing yourself.
In order to find Tatiana, I had to do the work in order to be the man that she was already looking for AND the man that I wanted to be. I had a strong desire to become a more attractive person all around. This required that I took a long, hard look in the mirror and admit that I had faults. We all do, but not all of us are willing to face them.
I had to drop my ego and be open to improving. I developed my confidence and created unconditional love and respect for myself through a long and arduous self-development process. It's fair to say that I was willing to do anything to find my soulmate. On our very first date, I remember asking Tatiana what her vision and goals were for her future.
I didn't want either of us to waste our time. What is the point of two people being together if they aren't going in the same direction? I realized right away that this was a woman that knew what she wanted and how she was going to get it. Her drive was inspiring.
Tatiana and I created a vision for our future together early on in our relationship. We were clear on the direction that we want to go. Dr. John Gottman, the founder of The Gottman Institute in Seattle, said that couples who focus their energy on building something meaningful together in their life tend to last the longest. Every couple should have a shared relationship vision.
In order to do this, both you and your partner need to know what your vision is so that you can make sure that you are aligned.
Unfortunately, a lot of couples don't talk about their individual vision prior to diving into a long-term relationship. As a result, they end up encountering challenges down the road. I think that this is one of the many reasons why the divorce rate is so high. There is a no magic formula for a long-lasting relationship.
Healthy relationships require open and honest communication. One of the reasons why Tatiana and I have such a strong connection is because we make communication a top priority. People think differently, which means that they have different needs. This is why I'm a big believer that it's important to know yours and your partner's love language.
In his bestselling book, The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman guides you through the process of identifying and speaking your partner's love language. The 5 love languages are words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, and physical touch.
When you know what makes your partner needs in order to feel understood and appreciated in a relationship, it allows your love for one another to grow. Chapman's book has been a game changer for Tatiana and I. We know that great relationships take work. This is why we created a relationship journal very early on in our relationship. Your partner cannot possibly know what you are feeling unless you express it to him or her.
To this day, Tatiana and I do monthly check-ins with one another where we sit down and create a safe space where we can share our feelings. We talk about what we adore about one another, whether or not our love languages are being met, and how we can be a better partner.
At the end of the day, love is a choice.
Tatiana and I aren't special in any way. We are just two people that are committed to showing up for one another, every single day while becoming the best versions of ourselves in the process. As a result, we've been able to create a solid foundation for our relationship that keeps getting better with time.
I've been blessed to create a lot of success in my life. However, nothing that I've achieved even comes close to the love and adoration that I have for Tatiana. Now that we both have successful online businesses, we have the freedom to design our lives as we choose.
We love, travel, grow, and work, side by side. It's a dream come true and we created it. I can't wait for this new chapter that we are about to embark on together.
Our marriage proposal will forever be etched into our hearts.
Love is life’s most powerful and greatest gift. When you find the one, don't let them go. Every day I wake up feeling so blessed to have Tatiana in my life. We are both so excited about our future together. Santorini will always be our special place.
If you have yet to meet your special someone, trust that you will. There is a time for everyone and yours will come. Your ideal partner is out there, waiting for you! Do the work to become the future you that your person is searching for.
In the words of Kenny Loggins, “A soulmate is the one person whose love is powerful enough to motivate you to meet your soul, to do the emotional work of self-discovery.”