I don't know if it's because I am getting older, or my experiences or if it's because I have finally found "the One" but my relationship seems to be moving at lightening speed. I was at first concerned, but when I listened to my gut, I feel happy with how things are progressing. That it's the right speed for us. I'm curious how fast things moved in past relationships and in your current ones. Here is a brief timeline of my Top Three relationships and their progression (I see a pattern) Timeline: Boyfriend # 1: We dated four years. He started talking about marriage 2.5 years in, but I didn't feel ready and I told him I wanted to wait a few years which he didn't like. 3 years in he threatened to break up with me if I didn't marry him, so I agreed (luckily we didn't go through with it. I followed my gut and broke it off with him) Boyfriend # 2: We dated two years. After one year, I asked him where he saw the relationship going. He said he could see us getting married a few years down the line, maybe getting a place together first. We talked about this a lot in the beginning, then less and less until he never brought it up anymore. Our relationship seemed to stop progressing, I felt less and less special. Another year went by. I kept trying to break up with him because I was unhappy, but then he'd get really sad and teary-eyed and I'd feel sorry for him, so I'd stay. Finally, I found the strength to break up with him and STAY broken up. (It was hard because he was a "nice guy" but he very selfish with his time and money) Boyfriend #3 (current fiance): We've been together 8 months. ( began dating exclusively in July.) By September, he asked me what would need to happen for me to want to marry someone. We had a serious heart to heart that lasted several hours in which we shared our expectations, desires, goals, of what we needed from a spouse. As some of you may remember(http://forums.atozteacherstuff.com/showthread.php?t=169286), he proposed at the tail end of December.