I'm happy to report that Slade took my advice these past few months and has lost fifteen pounds! He realized that by changing a few things about his eating habits, it could make a big difference. I also taught him how to work out around the house without having to go to the gym! I think too many of us put so much pressure on ourselves to take an hour to two hours to go to the gym. With my hectic work and travel schedule, I just couldn't do that anymore, so I re-taught myself how to work out from just using things inside my home or wherever I was traveling. To learn more about what I do visit my site www.gretchenchristine.com and check out my blog under fitness and health tips!
Now to the dinner with Peggy and Micah. Gosh it seems like Slade is going to get a beating this year. Despite what you saw, I laughed and loved Slade's gesture when he said he was going to get my ring out of a life saver dispenser. What I love about Slade the most is his humility. It is what every man (especially a man of faith like he is) should have. He realizes now how dangerous it was to think he was untouchable and to think you have it all. He was flashy and didn't think twice about money. However in a heartbeat all that was taken from him when his son got sick. The medical bills for Grayson (who has brain cancer) have amounted to over three million dollars, and as a lot of you know, Grayson just had his eighth brain surgery recently. When Slade moved to LA to be closer to Gray when he was fighting for his life in the hospital, Slade's whole life changed. He has become a stronger and better man because of it. I fell in love with the man he is today, money or not. I don't know a girl out there that would turn down some beautiful bling from their man, however it has never defined a relationship for me and certainly not Slade’s and my relationship (thank God). I have learned a hundred times over that material things are not what makes you happy. Material things can be taken away in a heartbeat, and then all you have left is the love between the two of you. I am so happy to know that no matter what Slade and I ever have, no matter what the press claims or says about us, we will always have an amazing love and bond that no one can rob us of.
Overall the dinner with Peggy and Micah was a lot of fun, and it was great to get to know them better. I was most relieved that Micah's super hero powers allowed him to determine that Gretchen Christine Cosmetics are not toxic in any way! Phew!
Seeing Vicki and Donn's dinner made me so sad to see how distant and unhappy they were. You can read it all over their faces. It is obvious that Vicki's work has superseded her desire to have a lasting and loving relationship with her husband. It seems like she is having an affair with her work, and it is hard to watch their relationship disintegrate. I personally get loving your work so much and continuing to want to grow your companies and how much time it takes to make it successful, but seeing this really makes me realize how easily you can have work take over your life and how important it is to continue to nourish the relationships in your life. At the end of the day when life is over, you have to realize that you don't want your gravestone to just say "Hardworker." It was hard to be judged by Vicki when I first started dating Slade, but now I wonder if maybe she was just unhappy in her own marriage that she projected it onto me. I have learned that sometimes when people are unhappy in their own lives, it is very difficult to be happy for someone else.