Worth The Risk – How I Discovered My Truest Love(s)

Hey there, I’m Tori! If we haven’t met before, I’m the bright-pink blogger behind Doll and Dye. I also happen to be a huge Valentine’s Day fan, so when I was tapped by Emily to share my love story, the hopeless romantic in me was beaming with joy!

My love story is a bit unconventional, for me at least. I met Wil on Facebook.

I know it’s commonplace these days for couples to meet online through dating apps and websites, though that’s never really been my jam. Perhaps I’m just a skeptic at heart (or just jaded from watching that Catfish documentary), but I had always preferred face-to-face interaction when it came to dating.

At that point in time, I wasn’t necessarily looking for love, especially not on a social networking site. But if you had a few drinks and a handsome man (who happens to be mutual friends with someone you know) left you a coy comment about how cute your hair was, you’d say “why not!?” too. 

I’ve never been much of a risk taker, and perhaps that’s just because I’m naturally anxious. In my past, I’ve always opted for the safe bet. Never straying too far, sticking with what I was comfortable with. But when this man suddenly entered my inbox out of left field, I opted to take a risk and follow suit. Days of back and forth messaging led us to our first coffee date (which spanned about 3 hours). Looking back on it now, we both agree it was completely out of character for both of us. But I’m grateful I took a chance and wound up in this silly & wonderful romance of ours.

What I never anticipated was that Wil would lead me to another true love; Ottawa. The city I now call home.

I remember the day Wil asked me if I would consider moving to a new city like Ottawa. Sure, the thought had crossed my mind a few times, but I’ve always felt like I had to stay in Waterloo. My family was there, I had a stable job, and of course my closest friends also called this city their home. But I couldn’t imagine living my life without this man by my side. Without hesitation, I agreed.No one else can make me say “We’ll figure it out,” and not feel a rush of anxiety immediately after. I’ve never felt so sure about anything in my life when it came to loving Wil, and if that meant uprooting our lives to build a new one together, I was so ready.

I always tell people that I only wish I had moved to Ottawa sooner. I was immediately smitten with Canada’s capital and all its beauty. Of course, I was initially fearful to leave the city I had grown up in and come to know so intimately. It’s hard to step out of your comfort zone and fully immerse yourself into something completely unfamiliar. Yet, just like with love, I’ve learned it’s worth taking the risk for.

I cannot wait to see what else he and I will “figure out” together.

Photos by Khoa Nguyen

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