The first thing people
ask when you get engaged is: “Did you have any idea it was coming?”
William and I had been
dating for a couple years and talked a lot about the future, but I didn’t imagine
we’d become engaged until the following year. Don’t get me wrong, I knew that
William was “the one,” but I was never one of those tick-tock kind of girls, tapping
the face of my watch and waiting for a ring. I knew he’d propose when the time
was right … I just didn’t realize that it was right then.
We were spending the
weekend down in Laguna. It’s an amazing retreat from all the craziness that goes
along with city living, so we tend to keep our weekends there pretty casual
(think: sandy feet; cozy, oversized sweaters; and minimal makeup). Before
leaving L.A., William told me that we were invited to a business dinner on
Saturday night for his stepdad’s work and I should bring something nice to
wear. (My soon-to-be fiancé had the good sense to know that I’d want to be
appropriately dressed for such a momentous occasion.) Looking back now, of course,
there were signs (like how a ten-minute errand to “drop off” something at his
friend’s house mysteriously turned into a two-hour production), but on that
October afternoon I had no clue what was about to happen.
Over the last few years I’ve been able to work with several women who I really respected because they didn’t take on that role of being a bitch. They were strong, but they were kind and they didn’t need to shout to be heard. A lot of women feel like they need to be tough in order to be taken seriously. We have this idea that kindness is weakness, which I don’t think is true.
Lauren Conrad says she “had no idea” fiance William Tell would propose, calling him a “very nice guy” in a new Cosmopolitan cover story, she admits she was “too hard on my friends when it came to guys”