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When I knew I was ready for marriage.

When my husband proposed, all I kept thinking was: “ Wow, this is it! This is the moment that I’ve helped create for so many others!” Time stood still, or at least I felt like it had. We were looking at the beautiful San Francisco Bay. It was surreal. Perfect. Amazing.

I was filled with emotion, love, joy, surprise and all the other emotions that come with being proposed to.

More importantly, I felt calm. Confident. Ready.

Ready to love this man. I felt ready to be responsible for him, as he has promised to be for me.

We are ready to take care of one another, no matter what. We will be combining families, lifestyle, finances and the big unknown: Our future.

My time had come. I knew it would, which is why I never worried along the way when I hadn’t yet found the love of my life. I enjoyed my single years and lived each moment to the fullest.

Now that I have found him, I am ever so grateful that I did not make this decision prior to this time. He is the right man. He was worth the wait.

As a Matchmaker and Dating Coach, I was often asked why I wasn’t married. My answer is simple and honest.

I was always a great girlfriend, but only now am I ready to be a wife. Since I was not ready to be married, I chose men that were only boyfriend material. There’s nothing wrong with that. I was fortunate to have had great guys in my life.

As I looked toward my future of being this man’s wife, I felt the maturity that it would take to get us through the years. That can be scary, but I embraced that fear because I loved him so much.

Being mature and responsible enough for marriage is a key to not settling and choosing a man with which you can be with forever. Click here to figure out if you are truly ready for marriage.

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