I met Embrace in my workplace, we became friends almost immediately. Our relationship started as a friendship and although we had no business getting together, we decided to give it a try. We met right after Mr. Discovery and I was in my self discovery journey. This was a time in my life where I was getting to know myself all over again, doing things that brought me joy and simply living my best life. I was confident with who I was but I was spiritually sleeping and emotionally broken. I had been in and out of so many hurtful relationships and I had given myself very little time to heal and center myself so, when I met Embrace I was figuring it out. One thing I loved about him was his acceptance. He saw the real me through all the thick walls I had built. I was going through so many changes and he dealt with them all! He loved my curly hair (I wore it straight up until we met and I was going through my natural hair journey which doesn't compare to the beautiful locks I have today, so he dated the "nappy" version of me... see picture below). He also dated the "stinky" me because I decided to go natural with my deodorant as well and lets say I wasn't winning that battle. I probably tried about 3 different deodorants, even made my own (thanks to my friend Stephanie) and they all failed (Im so sorry for this). I was also on that "no shave November" trend but it lasted all year round. Yup, he even dealt with my hairy legs. I was determined to figure myself out and where I stood in life and in the middle of all that, he chose to love me.
Embrace came into my life when I needed the love of God the most. He was attending a church and he invited me. I believe God used him to get to me, and it makes me smile because I haven't left His side since. Embrace loved me and all my changes, all my imperfections and all my attempts to make myself happy. He went along with everything I wanted to do, he allowed me to be myself 100% even when I didn't know what that was exactly. Embrace showed me that God's love for us works exactly the same way. When we are in our lowest, when we are acting our worse, when we are lost and discovering ourselves, even when we feel like we deserve it the least, God is just waiting and loving us through it all. Embrace loved me through all that, and Im thankful today for his patience with me. Even though we ended abruptly and in a not so nice way, we are still cordial today and talk from time to time.
Dear Future Husband, Embrace helped me discover myself again. He brought me to my current church, where he still attends, and where I'm a very active member. He brought me to my Father's arms again and I'm so grateful. Today, I embrace my natural curly hair, I found a natural deodorant that works, and yes, Im shaving again.