My Valentine ❤ AKA Why Being Friends First Can Be a Good Thing

I've been wanting to write more blog posts that are a bit more personal than just sharing my latest skateboard creation or video, you know? Well, Valentines Day has got me thinking a lot about this guy right here and our love story. I've shared bits + pieces about it on Instagram, but hey, it's Valentines week + I'm in the mood to spill a bit more!

Considering we've only been dating for less than 4 months, people might find it weird that I'd blog about our relationship or be so open about it, but Jake and I have been friends for almost 5 years now! 

This week I have been stumbling across so many old photos of Jake and I, silly notes, and presents we've given each other. It's made me stop + think about how many memories we have together, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't think it was super cool that we have all of that history together. 

I can't even believe I'm sharing this photo...but here's one of Jake and I in September 2010. This is might be the 1st photo of us ever taken together, and I think I'd already fallen for him at this point

I can't even believe I'm sharing this photo...but here's one of Jake and I in September 2010. This is might be the 1st photo of us ever taken together, and I think I'd already fallen for him at this point

Finally calling him my Valentine is pretty surreal to me still. Yes, we were best friends, but Jake and I had always wanted to be together. Just ask my best girlfriend, Courtney. God knows I have talked her ear off about Jake more times than I can count.

Jake and I in Copenhagen in March 2014. He visited me while I was studying abroad :) 

Jake and I in Copenhagen in March 2014. He visited me while I was studying abroad :) 

Dating long distance between Arizona + California always seemed to be difficult or scary, so we stayed friends for a long time. To be honest, I always hated that we were't together, but now I see how good it was. 

I totally believe that being friends first, and then in a relationship, proves how committed you are to the other person. Despite not being in a relationship, Jake and I cared about each other so much. He has been my biggest support system in getting through architecture school, encouraging me to start a business, and pursue my dreams. And he did all that without being my boyfriend. 

At the Coyotes game, December 2014

At the Coyotes game, December 2014

So as much as I hated not being together, I loved being his best friend. And now, although we're still doing the long distance thing after all these years, it was worth the wait, and we're mature enough now to handle it. 

Thankfully, I've only got a few months left until graduation. As much as I've loved every text, Facebook message, FaceTime, and phone call with this guy, it will be so nice to be able to see him whenever I want. If you've ever been in a long distance relationship, you know how hard it can be! 

Mountain biking at Papago Park this Saturday

Mountain biking at Papago Park this Saturday

So, this blog post is basically a public shout out to my Valentine, best friend, and boyfriend. To the guy that knows me better than I know myself, gives the best cuddles, and will fly across the world to come hang out with me...I love you, hehe ❤ Happy Valentines Day. 

And P.S.

For those of you that are anti-Valentines Day, I get it. I'm sorry if you hated this post. I felt the same way for a long, long time. But take it from me, just love the good friends you've got around you, and you never know what will happen next ;)