Letting yourself fall in (or out of) love with someone is a bold move. However, taking bold steps can have a dramatic impact on one’s relationships and love life. This month, we’ve focused on being bold and have already heard about the bold steps some accomplished women have taken in their professional lives. Now, we want to hear about the bold steps other women have taken in their romantic lives. So, we asked three phenomenal women to answer the question, “What’s the boldest thing you’ve ever done in, or for, your love life?” There responses give us the courage to also be bold in our love lives.
What’s the boldest thing you’ve ever done in, or for, your love life?
“I got off the merry-go-round of love by breaking the cycle of an on and off relationship that I had left and returned to at least six times over 14 years.
I knew in my heart I could be happier and even one day marry before I hit 60. By taking a two year hiatus from dating altogether, I sat in silence and got to know myself and what type of life would truly make me happy. I built that life and then I carefully invited in who I believe to be Mr. Right. Saving the love piece of the puzzle until last instead of ramming it into the puzzle first was the wisest thing I’ve every done.
The braving thing I ever did was to leave with nothing and end with everything.” –Brenda Clevenger
Call of an Engagement
“The boldest thing that I have ever done in my love life was to end an engagement-after save the dates had already been mailed–where I felt that something was missing. The excitement, passion, and fulfillment just were not there. While it was an extremely difficult decision, particularly as I was surrounded by ecstatic friends and family who were anticipating a wedding, as I look back 1 ½ years later, it was the best decision and the best thing to happen to me.” –Stephanie Funfsinn
“The boldest thing I ever did in my love life was to move out. And it saved our marriage. After 23 years in a challenging relationship, I couldn’t bear to live with my husband anymore. In desperation, I started to look for a place of my own. But as I was looking, I realized that underneath the parts of him that drove me nuts, there was still a wonderful man, whom I would miss. So I proposed a plan: what if we tried staying married and living separately? Although he was leery at first, he went for it and now, six years later, our marriage is stronger than ever.” –Lise Stoessel
What’s the boldest thing you’ve ever done in, or for, your love life? Let us know in the comments below.