I've always been a bit different. I grew up in a time when it was still "odd" to be bi-racial, to be raised by a single father and when learning disabilities were mostly misunderstood. All my "oddities" led me to be the strong willed - (often stubborn) person I am today. My father taught me to always ask for what I want, don't be shy about it!
John and I met through a mutual friend in 2012. A year of hilariously ridiculous conversations led to 2013 the beginning of our relationship. A relationship with some challenges. We both have children from previous marriages (a situation where you hope that everyone likes each other - we luckily won the lottery on kids) and in 2013, we lived in two states. A many months were spent traveling almost every weekend between Oregon and Washington. Long phone calls and about a million text messages.
I had the opportunity to do a show in the Midwest with my (other) business in April of 2014. Since I was going out there, I figured I'd visit my family in Michigan & New York too. Why not invite John along? All of his family lives in one spot and I had met them all, where in high contrast my family must have some gypsy blood in us because live all over the planet.
My stepdad's childhood homestead in a suburb of Rochester, NY. He inherited that homestead when his mother passed away. My mom took the plunge and moved from Washington State (her home of 30+ years) out to New York. We did the tourist thing when John & I arrived there. Checked out a few notable spots in that area, the biggest one being Niagara Falls. We happened to be planning on visiting the falls on Earth Day. One of the very first things that I knew about John was that his friends called him a hippie. He had long hair when I met him. BUT if you actually knew John, he's totally not. Where I am actually the "dirty hippie". I thought it would be adding the cherry on top of life we were engaged on Earth Day.
John had hinted about marriage/proposing for a while. I figured I beat him to it. Why not? I'm not a "normal" girl, I don't care about a lot things that the world tells a girl she should care about. It seemed perfect to me, because love.
We've been engaged today for two years. We chose a long engagement to focus on this company. We didn't start the business off exactly as planned but things have sorted out as they do in life. Later this year we will host probably one of the weirdest weddings ever.
I just wanted to share a little bit of the "love" part of the "Lasers and love" on this special day. We're weird, unconventional, interesting and lovers of Earth. Thank you for following us along! There's so much more to come.
Lasers and (extra) love -Thea