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Almost ten years ago, I had a hot flash. I was working at Arthur Andersen on a “value-add content product” called KnowledgeSpace. It wasn’t working for a number of reasons: management, consumer readiness, well…it was Andersen and you can probably figure out the rest. Out of the blue, I got a call from MyPoints.com, an internet start-up. At first, I was going to use it as a bargaining chip. But then I met Tom Moraitis, and just five minutes of his energy and I was yelling, “HALLELUJAH!”
It was the best decision I ever made in my life. At MyPoints, I was first exposed to the affiliate marketing industry, and that made my career. I also met Jeff Kmet, a man who was first my colleague, then my friend, and soon to be my husband.
To all the independent women out there, please note. Jeff and I lost touch for almost five years. I left MyPoints.com to pursue my MBA. While I was in business school, I pretty much cut off all my ties with the outside world. Towards the end of my “call of duty,” Jeff texted (not called…texted) me twice.
And now, well, we’re engaged.
All I can say is, be true to yourself. I wasn’t expecting love when it clobbered me. I can’t say I knew Jeff was my prince when I first met him, but many years later, I know there was no one else ever meant for me. I could never feel as happy, as secure, as beautiful as I do, as when I am with Jeff. And that’s how you know.
Okay, here’s how it went down
We were out in Michigan surrounded by friends, fire and wine, three of my very favorite elements in life. I wandered into the kitchen in search of more food, and Jeff wandered in after me. He asked for a hug, and then asked if it could last forever. Of course I said, “Sure, honey! It’ll last forever!” And then I decided I would get a little more of that awesome steak.
As I poked around for a plate, Jeff said, “I have to ask you a question.” I said “Sure, honey!” as I looked for knife and fork. Then he says “Will you marry me?”
Wow. Clearly a marriage proposal trumps food (not much does, but a potential husband?). After he asked me to marry him, I whip around, and there he is holding the ring. I bury my head in his shoulder and wrap my arms around him. I had expected that he would propose at some point, but had zero idea it would happen then.
“Ohmygodohmygodohmygod” was racing through my head and I suppose I’d somehow neglected to answer him. So as he held me he asked again, “Well?”
“Okay,” I said.
And his laugh at that response, I tell you, the warmth, the happiness, the love…just the thought of it makes me tear up. I am so lucky to be marrying this man!!