pretty special.

Back when I started this blog last November, I wanted to maintain a perspective from the years 
of long distance that {cv} and I endured--and hopefully inspire other people to stay strong.
I seriously look forward to every Wednesday when I get to share another story of 
long distance survival...and I am so glad that you all are enjoying them too!

When I heard how John and Lisa {from Something Pretty} began their long distance days,
it immediately brought me back to the head-first jump {cv} and I made into our years apart 
when I shipped off to France for my study-abroad program. John and Lisa are another sweet 
reminder that the miles between them are no match for the phenomenal foundation
they've built in their nearly two years in different area codes...

Name: Lisa
Significant other's name: John
When did you start dating? January 12, 2009

At what point did you begin dating long distance? January 12, 2010...yes, you read that right: our one year anniversary! I started my study abroad semester in Austria just as he started his last semester of college. After that semester, he got a job in Cincinnati, and unfortunately, I transferred schools, even farther away. I'm now a senior at the University of Texas at Austin.

How do you fill your days while you're apart? We both stay pretty busy--John works full time as a financial analyst and is now attending grad school to get his MBA. I am a full time student, and when I'm not studying or in class, I love participating in organizations on campus and writing my blog about weddings, Something Pretty.

What do you find most difficult about being long distance? I love to cuddle, so not being able to hug my boyfriend after a bad day (or a good day, or any day really!) tends to get me down. Overall though, I would say that the most difficult thing is the amount of times we have to say goodbye to each other. I always expected it would eventually get easier, but it really hasn't. On the bright side, we do have lots of happy reunions!

How has long distance changed your relationship? We definitely cherish every moment we get together more than we did when we were "short distance," and thankfully, I don't see that ever changing. We have grown so much in our communication, something to which most people in long distance relationships can attest. When you do the vast majority of your talking over the phone without the benefit of facial expressions, you get pretty darn good at really listening and articulating.

What do you enjoy most about the time you have together? Everything! We see each other about once every two months, and the smallest, most insignificant things seem so amazing and special when we do them together rather than when we're apart. I never thought I would get so overjoyed to go grocery shopping!

Is there any end in sight to your long distance days? We really hope so. John is working hard to try to transfer jobs and move down to Austin by the end of the year, if possible. We're praying something comes through soon!

Do you have a story of long distance that you'd like to share? Email me!
Want to read other stories in this series on long distance? Click here!

Many thanks to Lisa for sharing her story with us--I am saying a prayer they end up 
in the same place soon :) Though long distance is never easy, it seems like John and 
Lisa have the perfect perspective for the time still in front of them! 
Much love to each of you today! xoxo {av} 


  1. This series makes me so happy. My boyfriend lives in NYC and works full time for a financial firm. I am finishing up my last year of college at FSU. We started off long distance almost a year ago but I have known him for about 5 years. I can totally relate with Lisa and John. My boyfriend has applying for a bunch of jobs in the south and I have been applying to grad schools. I hope something works out soon! It is good to see other couples successfully pulling off long distance too. :)

  2. It's so nice to see these stories! It's a little beam of sunshine on my Wednesday mornings :) With so much negativity happening in the world, I just love getting to see these wonderful success stories! Thanks for a great series :)

  3. Me too! Hopefully he will be able to transfer down to Austin! Such a sweet story.

  4. aw, they are so sweet. i love the encouraging stories of couples enduring distance despite how hard it is! i can't imagine. i couldn't do it. we almost would've had to at one point, but we got married instead! thank goodness.

  5. love the topic of this blog.i really believe that distance makes our bond stronger. :)
    following you now.please follow back if you like my beauty and fashion blog. :)

  6. I love reading these! :) thanks for sharing!

  7. I love these posts so much. Being in a long distance relationship myself, it's nice to see others that are too and are making it work! It's possible, people :)

  8. What a sweet story! Loving to read these posts - I stayed away from my then boyfriend for 6 months. 7000 miles apart. When something is meant to be, nothing can destroy it!

  9. I'm loving these posts so much! When I get on the computer on Wednesdays my first instinct is to come to long distance loving to read the new post :)

    What struck me about this story is how much we have in common! I'm also a senior at the University of Texas, and my boyfriend of lives in Cincinnati, where he works as a financial analyst. What a coincidence, right?

  10. cute post!! i always love reading other couples stories :)

  11. I adore Lisa, and hearing more about her relationship with her John made me smile-they're so sweet!

  12. What a sweet story; that's great about cherishing the time together more. :) They're a gorgeous couple, too.

  13. Every single one of y'all have seriously made my day! Thank you so much for all your sweet comments--I am tickled pink to be featured on such an amazing blog! Thank you, {av}!! :)
    Lisa xoxo

  14. Another lovely story! As someone who was in a long distance relationship with my current boyfriend, I can definitely agree to going to the grocery store becomes fun. Who knew? ;)

  15. You have such a fresh looking blog!!!
    We actually both started our blogs last November..

    Following you

  16. well good for them :) i hope he can come to her soon!

  17. Love reading these stories! Can agree on how exciting grocery shopping seems when you're reunited with your loved one lol.

    Did you receive our submission by the way? Hope so!

    M x

  18. thanks for the sweet comment on my blog.
    just checked yours out and would you like to follow each other?
    your blog is so sweet, warms my heart!

    kisses from kaitlin

  19. I love love love this series!!
    I am new to the blog and I too, am in a long distance relationship. It's been about 2.5 years. We are hoping to get married next summer but there still might be long distance even after that.
    I can't wait to follow along on your blog! The more support in the whole long distance business the better!