Big News Blog Land….My partner and I of 4 years recently got engaged!!
It has been such a whirlwind of emotion – from the extreme high of an overwhelming sense of joy to the extreme low of impending wedding planning stress. I mean I know planning a wedding is stressful, but what I have experienced so far – I was not expecting! So many exceptions, opinions, questions, excitement, and urgency. And all I want to do is just stop and enjoy the moment (I can’t stop looking at my ring! Its so sparkly)!
So I have developed a few tips to share as a reminder to stay mindful during this time!
- Set your expectations up front – Communicate with your partner and family what you want and don’t want up front and often! Make a list as a couple of what is important to you so you each have elements of the occasion that are special to you! Yes, you will have to make some concessions but the more you communicate the better.
- Journal – I have started to keep a journal so I can remember all the little details, emotions, and memories as we go along. A year later, I won’t remember and I want to be able to look back on the journey. I think it will also keep me more centered and mindful of the process.
- Let It Go – After only two weeks of being engaged, I have already learned that I won’t be able to control everything! I have to remember as much as the day is about us, it is also about other people and how they want to celebrate us as a couple! And know deep down, that although daily phone calls from my mom are stressing me out – they are well intentioned and come from a place of a place deep love and excitement. I have to let got an enjoy the moment.
I am excited document this process through the lens of Mindful Living and to help other couples and brides stay in the moment and enjoy the process of planning and the love that comes from your big day!
What are your mindful tips for newly engaged couples?