Dating in the 21st century is a flurry of delirious anticipation. There's the potential to meet your future spouse on a number of online platforms at any time — I actually met my current boyfriend on Tinder! — with a simple one-sentence message.
On the other hand, the never-ending options sometimes make for a trying dating experience, because sifting through dozens and dozens of interests can mean missing the perfect connection. So when you FINALLY settle with someone you really, really love . . . it's all the sweeter.
At the moment, I'm in exactly that sort of relationship. My guy is by far the best boyfriend I've had — he's an unwavering support system, he's got a heart of gold, and his affection is limitless. I'm the kind of girl who commits 100 percent in a partnership, so in the spirit of loyal ladies everywhere, here are seven signs the woman you're with will never stop loving you.
She's been with you for a long time.
If you've been together for a long, long time, chances are, your gal is not going anywhere any time soon. FYI: once we get attached to something (like a boyfriend), we never want to let go. Familiarity and comfort are EVERYTHING for the women who enjoy relationships.
She goes above and beyond
She's constantly showering you with affection just to show you how much she cares. She wants to be treated like a princess, yes — more than that, though, she wants to treat you like royalty, too.
You're part of her circle
Her mom adores you; you have her best friend's stamp of approval. If you're right for her, it'll show in ALL of her relationships . . . giving her more incentive to stick around.
She's vocal about her feelings and desires
If she tells you what she wants and when she wants it (i.e. "I think we should consider moving in together within the next year"), this lady is pretty damn serious about you, and she wants you to know.
She imagines a future with you
If she's got a list of baby names going on her iPhone notes, she's undoubtedly picturing a future with you, however distant. Or maybe she's researching how to decorate your next apartment (see above), or she's pinning engagement rings on her Pinterest board (wink, wink). No matter the case, she's definitely imagining a long life with you by her side.
She's not afraid to tell you the truth
She tells you when you're getting on her nerves, when she's feeling sad, and the reason she gets jealous once in a while. She tells you about her childhood, her hopes and dreams, and her thoughts on the things that matter in the world. She only opens up with the ones she knows are going to stick around — and she's going to stay, too.
Her love is unconditional
She lets you know how much she loves you every single day, and yes, "forever" is part of her vocabulary. When you get in fights — including the really big, ugly ones — she still reminds you that you are, and always will be, the one. What more affirmation could you need?