Chuze Love: The Story of Members Rissy and Conor
We have been lucky to hear so many of your love stories over the past several years, and we wanted to take some time this February to highlight some of those stories so that we can all be inspired by the love that surrounds us every day. Today, we are going to learn about Conor Watkins and Rissy Dollins and their journey to forever love.
Meet Conor and Rissy
Conor and Rissy both landed jobs in the entertainment department of Disneyland and had been working there for several years, but they did not know of one another. Rissy is rooted in the entertainment industry, with several jobs as a stunt performer in Los Angeles and at the Knott’s Berry Farm Wild West Stunt Show. But, in March of 2016, Disneyland was working on a revamp of their show, Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, and scheduled Conor and Rissy to work together for the first time ever. It was March 5th, a date they both remember. Since then, they started to get scheduled together regularly, and their friendship and bond over storytelling blossomed into love.
How They’ve Grown
We wanted to learn how their relationship has grown since then, and when asked, they shared a poignant answer, “Throughout the past almost four years, we’ve learned how to be the best teammate for the other person. We’ve had a lot of practice in loving each other in the ways that encourage us to become better versions of ourselves. In turn, we can offer our best selves to the other person.”
What They Love About One Another
Through that growth, they’ve found their favorite attributes in one another, Rissy shared her favorite things about Conor with us, “I love that I can be unapologetically myself with him. He doesn’t judge me, his words and actions always leave me feeling loved, appreciated, and respected, and he keeps me laughing with a lot of sass and dad jokes.” Conor shared insight into Rissy’s work effort, “My favorite thing about Rissy is her attitude. She sees something and she works hard for it. I have trouble focusing on one project, and seeing her make strides towards her goals is inspiring for my personal endeavors.”
When They Knew
But, when asked how they knew they were in love, the answers were beautifully different. For Conor, there were no specifics, “I didn’t have an exact moment when I knew I loved her. It gradually increased with each passing day up until I told her for the first time on October 26th, 2016.” But, Rissy realized her love as she looked at him across the table, “Mine was a moment of realization. We were in Vegas at the 5-star ‘Lavo’ restaurant. I was sitting across from him, and he was just looking at me, and in my head, I thought, ‘Wow. I think I love this guy.’ Then, from across the table, he just looked at me and said, ‘Me too.’ like he could read my mind through my facial expression.”
The Proposal Story
From that moment, they have grown and flourished as a couple, so Conor decided to seal the deal at Big Bear in California, “I was so nervous riding the lift to the top that I began to have a coughing fit. I had been holding onto the ring with a death grip, and all I was thinking was, ‘I really don’t want to drop the ring in the snow, because then it’s gone.’ After I proposed, we spent the rest of the day snowboarding. I couldn’t help but smile all day because this huge step I was taking was with THE woman I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.” Rissy remembers this moment vividly, “He took me to the top of Big Bear mountain where we have a spot that we always take a photo at. We got to the spot, and after taking our photo, he turned to me and said, ‘Wait…I don’t want to go another day into this new decade without you. Rissy Lynn Dollins, will you marry me?’”
Their Time at Chuze
As members of Chuze Fitness, and a couple that loves to stay active, Rissy and Conor spend a lot of time growing their relationship within the four walls of the gym, “When we both started working out at Chuze, it was a happy realization that we didn’t have to be doing the exact same thing to better ourselves. We both chose to workout and support one another in whatever endeavor we set out to accomplish which helped us do that same in everyday life.” Rissy even briefly taught Team Training and remembers fondly, “For a short period of time, I was a Team Training Coach at the Anaheim, California Chuze, and one of my favorite days was having Conor take my session for the first time. It was a moment I felt so proud to call him MY man because he was kicking butt in there.”
Their Advice For You
When asking for their advice on love, they wanted to share this sentiment with you, our Chuze Family, “Wait for the person who is slow to anger, listens wholeheartedly, keeps you a priority, and encourages you to go after everything your heart is set on.” Conor continues, “Something I came across that really spoke to me was how your family is important, but the family you create is priority number one. The person that supports you and loves you unapologetically, that’s the person you would want to build a future with. Someone that will encourage you to be the best possible version of yourself in every situation.”
The Big News
As we celebrate the month of love, they decided to share this special announcement with us, “We set our wedding date for 1/19/2021!” Congratulations, Conor and Rissy, we are so grateful to have you as members and look forward to watching you learn from one another and grow even further in your love.
We are so grateful for all of you, our members, for sharing your stories in love and self-love with us every single day. If you have a love story that you would like to share with our team, send it our way at firstname.lastname@example.org. We cannot wait to hear from you!