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Holy Moly, today makes eight, yes EIGHT years that Lawrence and I officially started dating. It is so crazy to me how quickly these past seven years have gone by. We have been through so much together. I know, EVERY couple says that but our relationship has truly been through some of the worse and best times. To be quite honest, I don't think another man would put up with the things that Lawrence has had to put with. He not only has been my boyfriend, but he has become the main man in my family and for that, I am forever grateful. Now, I know that only close family will understand what I mean by that, so for now, I will leave it at that. Maybe one day I will have the courage to open up a little bit more and share what my TRUE life has been like the past 5 years.

Anyways, I wanted to share our story. How we met and some of our future goals as a couple. I don't really broadcast my relationship too much online, I like to keep us private, but he is my best friend. I want you guys to get to know him and love him as much as I love him. Let me know what your thoughts are on doing a little boyfriend interview for a future post. I think that will be so much fun!

We met back in 2012, that sounds like forever ago. I was living in my best college life. See when Lawrence and I met, I was 20, in college and in the middle of a HUGE weight loss transformation. I was feeling myself and I loved me. I wasn't looking for anything, I had just ended a relationship about a year prior and I was really just working on myself. Best things come unexpected, I guess.

My sister came home one day after meeting Lawrence and she said "Nelly, I really want you to meet this guy I met today. He is totally your type. His name is Lawrence." I am a Virgo if you didn't know lol so I was already judging him by his name. Virgos can be a little judgy if I do say so myself. I had never met anyone named Lawrence before which is ironic because I have the most uncommon name of all. My full name is Azanelly. I told her I really wasn't interested and just continued living my best life.

A couple weeks later, In the summer of 2012, I got invited to a pool party by my sister and some of her college friends. I wasn't sure I wanted to go, so I decided I would show up for a little bit and then come back home. The pool party was literally 3 blocks away from our house at the time, so I thought I could go home if I wasn't feeling it too much.

I walked in DECKED THE F*CK OUT! lol If you think I overdress now, you should have met me in college. I was always put together. Hair, makeup, heels, outfit, EVERYTHING. I kinda miss that about me. These days I barely have the energy to brush my hair. Thinking about it, I am kinda jealous of the person I was back then.

To my surprise, Lawrence was at that pool party and from the moment I walked in that we laid eyes on each other. there was a connection. One of the main things that attracted me to him was his old school ways. He came up to me and introduced himself like those guys you see in movies. By the end of the night, I knew what he did for a living, what he enjoyed to do, who he was, etc. and not because I had to ask my friends or dig around for information, but because HE told me. He sat by me almost the whole night and just talked. It was amazing and thinking about it now, it still makes me smile. I had just met him, but he made me feel like I was the only important person at that party. Now, don't get me wrong, he is no saint. We both definitely made each other work, to make the relationship work, but seven years later we are still here and stronger than ever. After that night, he started following me on Instagram and from there we started hanging out more and more and became inseparable.

Moving forward I like to think we still have many adventures to come. We are not married yet and have not started a family either. I think that's definitely on our to-do list, we have no rush though. We are still enjoying each other's company and when the time is right we will take those steps. We are currently focused on finishing our home, and growing in our careers.

It has been a crazy, wild ride, but I wouldn't want to do life with anybody else but him. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY BOOBOO!


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