The Biggest Celebrity Engagements of 2019 (So Far)
Bring on the happily-ever-afters! It's only March, but there are already several celebrity engagements to celebrate in 2019. The happy couples include Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry, Supergirl costars Melissa Benoist and Christopher Wood, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, Hamilton lovebirds Anthony Ramos and Jasmine Cephas-Jones, and Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney. Click through to see the biggest engagements of the year — so far! (Photos via Daniele Venturelli/Getty Images + Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions + Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images + Presley Ann/Getty Images)
Anthony Ramos and Jasmine Cephas Jones: On January 4, the Hamilton alums revealed that they had gotten engaged in Europe at the end of 2018. Ramos, who is set to star in the movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights, posted a photo of them (and Jones' ring) in front of the Eiffel Tower. "Cause they can write stories / And they can sing songs / But they don't make fairy tales sweeter than ours / And they can climb mountains high into the sky / But they can't take the world / Oh, like we can take the world," he captioned the pic, quoting the lyrics to Johnnyswim's "Take the World."
He added a note to his fiancée, too, writing, "I love you Jas. … Thank you for saying yes to writing stories together for the rest of our lives. I'm honored and Blessed to marry you. LEGOOO." Jones, who starred in the 2018 film Blindspotting, responded with a note of her own, in which she detailed his romantic proposal in front of her favorite castle in Arundel.
"It brought tears to my eyes because I don't get to see my family in England that I'm so close with that much because we are an ocean away, but they got to witness this amazing event in our lives. And what a moment it was!! All because of you," she gushed. "I will NEVER forget this magical trip for as long as I live. … SOOOO here's to more Basquiat paintings in Paris, Castle adventures in England, deep convos over a cup of tea, making more movies together, writing and singing songs together, walks with Nala, dancing under many moons in Puerto Rico and MOST of all loving each other for a lifetime through the bad and the good. I love you beyond words and am so excited to continue this awesome journey with you." (Photo via Presley Ann/Getty Images)
Tim Tebow and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters: The athlete took to Instagram on January 10 to announce his engagement to former Miss Universe Nel-Peters. "Thank you for saying YES and making me the happiest man in the world," Tebow captioned a trio of pics that showed the proposal. "You're the love of my life, and I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you." (Photo via Robin Marchant/Getty Images for DIRECTV)
Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger: "Sweet Katherine, so happy you said yes!" the Jurassic World star captioned a January 14 Instagram photo of himself and his fiancée. "I'm thrilled to be marrying you. Proud to live boldly in faith with you. Here we go!" Schwarzenegger — a lifestyle blogger and the daughter of Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger — reposted the pic, writing, "My sweet love. Wouldn't want to live this life with anyone but you." (Photo via Ricky Vigil/GC Images)
Scott Grimes and Adrianne Palicki: The Orville costars announced their engagement on January 17. “So happy to spend my life with you @ScottGrimes," Palicki tweeted. She added the hashtags #ido and #iloveyou. (Photo via Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
JJ Lane and Kayla Hughes: Lane, who appeared on season 11 of The Bachelorette with Kaitlyn Bristowe, found his happily-ever-after with Hughes in Hawaii. "She said YES!!!" he wrote on January 28, revealing that he had proposed earlier that week. "I can't wait to marry my best friend, my love, and the woman that has made me better since the day we met!" (Photo via Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for WE tv)
Elisabeth Rohm and Jonathan T. Colby: "There's been a lot of talk here over the last week about whether I was engaged or not. I'm so happy to finally share this most blessed and personal news with all of you," the Law & Order alum captioned an Instagram post on January 27. She included a photo of her diamond ring, noting that the pic was taken moments after her fiancé, judge Jonathan T. Colby, popped the question. "As you can see I bawled like a baby with such joy to have found my one true love who I will share my life with forever." (Photo via Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney: Lawrence's rep confirmed her engagement on February 5, after the Red Sparrow star was spotted wearing a ring while out with Maroney in New York City. According to People, Lawrence and Maroney, an art dealer, have been together since at least June 2018. (Photo via Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Melissa Benoist and Chris Wood: The Supergirl star announced on February 10 that Wood, who played Mon-El in seasons 2 and 3, had proposed. She posted a pic of her fiancé giving her a kiss, with the caption, "Yes yes yes it will always be yes." (Photo via Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom: Perry and Bloom hinted at an engagement on Valentine's Day, posting a photo of her floral-inspired ring. She later confirmed the news on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and shared the sweet, funny story of how the actor proposed on a helicopter. (Photo via Daniele Venturelli/Getty Images)
Brittany Snow and Tyler Stanaland: The Pitch Perfect actress announced her engagement in an Instagram post on February 19. "A couple weeks ago, I said 'YES' about a million times to the man of my wildest & most beautiful dreams," she captioned a trio of pics showing her and her new fiancé sitting in a diner and admiring her engagement ring. "After celebrating with friends and family, we wanted to let a few more friends (you guys) know... this happened. I'm still pinching myself and thanking my lucky stars for the truest feeling I've ever felt. Thank you @tylerstanaland for the happiest day of my life & for not proposing in this creepy empty restaurant." (Photo via gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez: J-Rod announced their engagement on March 9. Both stars posted the same photo of Lopez's massive diamond ring, with simple but telling captions. The singer captioned hers with a series of heart emojis, while Rodriguez wrote, "She said yes." According to reports, he proposed during a trip to the Bahamas. (Photo via Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
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B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
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Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
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(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
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My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
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Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
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Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
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Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
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