Friday, 10 February 2012

A Story of an Office Romance

One of the warnings we have all heard about at some point in our life is 'do not fall for someone that you work with'; it can be awkward, you'll get bored of each other - it is said that half of all workplace relationships end within three months... Luckily, this has not been the case for me.

Statistics say that approximately 70% of people have had relations with a colleague, and one in five instances end in marriage. Nearly 20 months ago, I started working at my publishing house where I met Daniel - the IT man (as he was introduced to me) - who, nine months later, became my boyfriend - and I couldn't be happier!

Myself and @UltimateCoddy our friends' joint hen and stag do - another Walton's Romance!

At first we were both seeing other people, speaking to each other when we crossed in the office, but then towards the end of 2010 we started going out to get lunch together - let the colleague teasing begin! We received the "What's going on then?", "You and Daniel going for lunch again, hey?" - the usual - but we were just friends, so we carried on as normal.

But by the end of the year, I found myself single, and then a couple of months later in early 2011, Daniel did too so we starting 'hanging out' after work - in secret of course (well, secret to our workmates anyway) and it was so exciting! A few weeks later, we became 'public' and, to my relief, everybody was so happy for us! "We knew this would happen", "It's about time", "FINALLY!" - the best things I could ask to hear!

Six months later, I moved into Dan's flat and now we are about to celebrate our first Valentine's Day together followed by our first anniversary next month - I never would have thought that my first job in journalism would lead to this!

However, today will be the last day that myself and @ultimatecoddy are an office couple as, come Monday, he will be starting his very exciting new job as a Web Developer at a marketing firm in Hull - we've survived the negative statistics! Why has this relationship worked? Well, we're both very determined people who only want the best for each other - and if that means moving onto bigger and better things at different establishments, then so be it! We have fun together, have lots in common, we were very good friends to begin with and that has grown into an amazing relationship... am I sounding too soppy?

Of course, it is going to be a bit strange not working together anymore; I'll have to walk to work by myself, occupy myself at dinner and then explain my day at work to him, but on the other hand, this is such an exiting time in our lives. It has worked for Angelina and Brad, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, Beyonce and Jay-Z... I have a good feeling that this will work for us too!

I know this is a bit early, but since this is quite a loved up post (ahh!), I just wanted to wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day!

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