Monday, February 14, 2011

My "Sole-Mate"

It's Valentine's Day and although we don't partake in this "holiday" like most couples, I thought I would at least share the story of how Angela and I met and fell in L-O-V-E.   I also thought it would be a good opportunity to demonstrate how same-sex couples are just couples, like everyone else.  So if you didn't know any couples like us before, now you do. 


So, it all began one December day in the iced over city of Chicago.  I was in the midst of the daily grind at AthletiCo Physical Therapy when this tan blonde walked through the door.  She was greeted by the staff with hugs and excitement.  It turns out she had just returned from a grad-school internship at the National Training Center in Florida.  She also worked for AthletiCo and was returning after a few months in the sunshine state.  She reminded me of a surfer chick and I was instantly drawn to her.  We were introduced twice and the second time I giggled like a schoolgirl. Her names was Angela.


I wanted to talk to her and hear her story.  I did whatever it took.  Sometimes I even yelled across the clinic just to have a conversation.  We talked about our favorite books, fitness and running.  One day she was assigned the arduous task of boxing up charts from the previous year.  This girl had her masters degree and she was being completely underutilized.  I asked if I could assist her; after all 2 sets of hands are better than one. 

We spent hours working and laughing.  Some co-workers even mentioned that we "hit it off" as friends.   Little did they know...

We decided to go out for sushi at Coast, a fantastic sushi bar in my neighborhood.  In Chicago, you can bring your own wine, so we brought 3 bottles for 2 people.  Totally against the rules, but maybe I was slightly nervous.  We sat at Coast for 3 whole hours until they kicked us out.  I didn't want her to go home just yet.  I was having way too much fun.  I dragged her to a bar to dance and have a few more drinks.  Then they kicked us out too.  We then resorted to a 4am bar down the block.  Go ahead and guess.  We stayed until they closed their doors too.  It was now 4am and I still wasn't ready for the night to end.  So we went back to my tiny little Chicago abode and hung out listening to music until we finally fell asleep.


Since that day, we were joined at the hip.  That truly is the end of the story and the beginning of our life together.  We found such joy in running together, reading together and talking about our aspirations.  We shared the same love for neighborhood coffee shops and bookstores.  We spent months together in our little bubble of love.  We were both dreamers.  A move to San Diego was even talked about on our first date!  Less than a year later, we were here. 

Angela brought so much love and joy into my life when I was least expecting it.  Her love taught me how to love myself.  It may sound cheesy, but it's absolutely true.  In no time, I became comfortable with myself and my inner critic was starting to sound more like a cheerleader.  I think this had a lot to do with spending time with someone so clearheaded and optimistic.  She has the healthiest mindset and body image of any woman I have ever known.  Angela is a truly beautiful person.  I tell her constantly how lucky I feel to have her in my life.  I am grateful I was born this way.

Happy Valentine's Day to the most amazing woman I have ever met. 
You are my "sole-mate" and there is no one I'd rather run around this crazy world with.  :) 

XOXO

78 comments:

  1. Yay Kate and Angela. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  2. cute! i guess i've never actually heard the full rundown on how you met, other than at athletico. you're a fast runner, kate, but you can't outrun cupid! sounds like a perfect matching of souls/soles. =) much love to you both!

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  3. "You can't outrun cupid"... that is so cute, Gina!

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  4. *tear tear* Awwwww Kate I love this post!

    "You are my "sole-mate" and there is no one I'd rather run around this crazy world with."

    That is sooooooo perfect for you two!

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  5. You guys are just too cute! Happy Valentines Day!

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  6. Happy Valentine's to both of you! Great story about how you met.

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  7. What a great love story! Simply perfect :-)

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  8. ALL relationships are hard. I hope you have many, many years of joy together.

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  9. Awwww how sweet! :) Happy Valentine's Day!

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  10. Awesome story, Kate! Love the last picture of you guys together...you both look so content.

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  11. Awwww... that's so heart-warming. Congratulations on finding your soulmate (sole-mate)! You two look so cute together.

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  12. Awwww, what a great post!
    Happy V Day!

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  13. You have such a sweet love story! Perfect! Happy Valentine's day to you both :)

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  14. That is a great story of love! Thanks for sharing!

    Happy Valentines Day!

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  15. Aww you guys are so cute, what a great story! Hope you have an awesome Valentine's Day!

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  16. Beautiful love story! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. That was a great story!! It was even more spectacular since it didn't include shiny balloons, chocolate, stuffed bears, and big red hearts full of unhealthy chocolate. :)

    Congrats to both of you!!

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  18. Aww such a sweet story and beautiful pictures! Happy Valentines Day to you both!

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  19. LOVE...LOVE! WHAT A WONDEROUS THING IT IS!!!

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  20. What a beautiful story! Happy Valentine's Day to you and your love. <3

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  21. What a beautiful story! Happy Valentine's day to you and Angela. <3

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  22. Wow. I didn't read the comment above mine and I didn't mean to write almost the exact same thing. Creepy! (In a sweet way!)

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  23. Our wedding photographer was excellent. We couldn't have asked for a better one.

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  24. Great story. Thanks for sharing :-) Happy Valentine's Day!

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  25. Aw! I love this story! The two of you make such a lovely couple and it's clear how much you care for each other. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  26. Y'all are so cute together! I love hearing how people met and fell in love. Makes me happy : )

    -thank you for the sweet comment on my blog!!

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  27. I loved this Kate. :)

    Doesn't matter *what way* you were born...when someone's love can make you inner critic more like a cheerleader then you know you've found the right person. :)

    Happy blessed day of love to the two of you gorgeous women!

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  28. What an awesome love story. Seriously.

    Still can't get over the 3 bottles for 2 people though. Then more drinks and dancing. You really are a marathoner in all senses of the word :)

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  29. Oh I love this post and your story. You are both beautiful and look so happy, isnt that all that matters? To me every couples are couples. period. We are all the same and we all need the same things in life; love, hapiness, to matter to other people. That is what I teach my boys.
    Happy Valentine's Day to you both!

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  30. Beautiful story..
    You both are beautiful & Happy Valentine's Day.

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  31. This post made my day!! You two are SO BEAUTIFUL and I LOVED reading about your love story. I hope you have the most fabulous V-day together!!

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  32. "You are my "sole-mate" and there is no one I'd rather run around this crazy world with."

    Seriously?? Are you TRYING to make me cry at work?? This is so beautiful. Your love for each other is so evident. I'm glad you two found each other!! Here's to many more years celebrating love and friendship!

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  33. YOU TWO ARE GORGEOUS AND EMBODY LOVE!!! Thank you for sharing your story--I love getting to know you better and it makes me like you even more than before!! Have a wonderful Valentine's with your soul/sole mate Kate!!

    You inspire me every day!!!

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  34. Thanks for sharing your great love story! Having a sole-mate is fantastic!

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  35. Makes me happy to see people in love no matter who they are.

    Next I need to hear your story of moving to SoCal...I need the courage you had to leave it all behind and start new, especially since you never felt you fit in where you were at.

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  36. Too crazy and CUTE! Love it! Thank you for sharing, doll!

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  37. What a sweet story! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  38. Awww you both are too CUTE! Love the story. You both sound so perfect for each other. Love Love LOVE couples like you two! You reinforce my belief in true love. Happy Valentines Day! :)

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  39. Happy Valentine's day you two. Looking forward to meeting in April or maybe sooner.

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  40. "sole mate" more proof that you are absolutely darling! Thanks for sharing your story!
    And thanks SO so SO much for your sweet and inspiring comments on my last post. It helps so much to know that I am not the only one who is hard on myself! You are amazing! Happy VDAY!! xoxoxo megs

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  41. Love this! Love your story and your pictures! Happy V day to you beautiful woman!

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  42. Awe! I absolutely love hearing about love stories! Especially same-sex couple stories, it makes me so incredibly happy to see the love and happiness shared, especially since my church is a huge advocate for same-sex couple rights. You two are absolutely beautiful, and such an inspiration!

    I can't wait to find my "sole-mate"! Hopefully he will love to run with me and he better make me pancakes on valentines day:)

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  43. Awe! Great story!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  44. Aw, that is a truly wonderful story. Thanks for sharing it.

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  45. Just found your blog via Queer Vegan Runner. I'm already obsessed. :)

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  46. Kate.

    Awesome. Thank you for sharing.
    I love me a good love story. And. Girl. This. Is. It.

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  47. That was an amazing story - you two are very beautiful together and I hope nothing but eternal happiness!!! :)

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  48. Aw, that is such a great story! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  49. Awe that was such a great story! Your first date sounds like me and my fiance's first date, closing down all the bars and hanging out after to some chill music :)

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  50. The two of you are so adorable and look totally in love in every picture! Congrats! I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness

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  51. This is great. The kind of story any couple would like to have...

    And for the life of me I don't understand why some people don't get that.

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  52. Ashley actually described herself as the "girl next door" on this week's episode.

    All three had pretty fab bodies, but Chantal was feeling the bloat, so they photoshopped her stomach in a little bit.

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  53. Hi! I'm a new follower :)

    Just wanted to say I'm following your awesome life and that this is a super cute post! :D

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  54. Yeah, you are gorgeous!! Did you try the chocolate almond milk and glutamine?

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  55. I LOVE THIS POST! Blessings to you both. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  56. Hi Kate!
    I stumbled across your blog and wanted to say hi!! I love your blog and your story!! I think it's amazing that you took a risk, picked your life up and moved... that's so exciting!!

    Can't wait to continue reading!

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