Fifteen years ago today…

by JL Fields on October 8, 2013

Dave and I got married.


Much has changed over the years.

We met in Chicago, moved to New York and are now in Colorado.

I was just starting a new position as executive director of a rape crisis center and he was new to IT desktop support at MTV. Today he is a triathlon and swim coach and I am a consultant, writer, and vegan lifestyle coach and educator.

We were fairly sedentary in our lifestyles and later we both became runners and triathletes.

We were both meat-eaters, mostly following a standard American diet. Over the years we both changed how we ate – shifting to more whole foods – but my changes went further, first vegetarian and then vegan, and it became about much more than food. Dave didn’t follow me on that particular path, though I would say he is the most vegan omnivore I know, but he is now vegetarian at home.

Last night my non-vegan husband made us a vegan dinner.

fifteen anniversary | vegan dinner by my non-vegan husband

For fifteen years we have traveled many paths together and have supported one another as we pursued personal passions independently. By following our hearts and passions we have found happiness as individuals and that has made stronger as a couple.

Here’s to another fifteen years!

  • Congratulations on 15 blissful years!!

    • JL

      Many thanks, @CadrysKitchen:disqus!

  • Bobbie {the vegan crew}

    Aw, congrats! Happy anniversary! 🙂

    • JL

      Thanks, @543bd9a49b822527f818f484346e4a62:disqus!

  • Happy 15th anniversary! Your story is inspirational as always. Plus, did you get married by Elvis? True story, that is kinda my dream wedding 🙂

    • JL

      @luminousveganswordpresscom:disqus, no but we found him in front of the Golden Nugget right after we got married – it was the picture we were hoping for!

  • Jacqui P

    Happy Anniversary! It’s great that you can be individuals, yet grow together the way you have. Here’s wishing you many more years!

    • JL

      Thank you, @jacqui_p:disqus! I feel fortunate for all kinds of reasons but this is sure one of them. Dave has always been supportive of my independent approach to live and I of his. Yay!

  • I love your wedding pic! Congrats on 15 amazing years, and a toast to 15 more!

    • JL

      @sayward:disqus, thanks, dear one!

  • Nicki


    • JL

      Thank you, @e48a35b153bf095a32ef36c0e4f46ba4:disqus!

  • Barb

    … and another 15 after that! You two are just an adorable couple, congrats!!

    • JL

      Thanks, @disqus_OVSwN88GCU:disqus! xo

  • Gena Hamshaw

    HUGE congrats to two of my favorite people in the cosmos.

    • JL

      @genahamshaw:disqus, we both adore you! xo

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