Intentional Love: The Art of Preparation

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." - Henry Ford ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A few weeks ago, Rocket and I had lunch with two friends, one married and one single, after church. Our married friend asked us questions pertaining to our first year of marriage, which proved to be the start... Continue Reading →

Ready, Set, Go!

“I live my life a quarter mile at a time.” - Dom, Fast and the Furious ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ As I sit back at an empty desk in Rocket’s office, gazing out the window, it finally hit me: I’ve settled nicely into my new home. I have my own group of friends, we finally finished decorating our... Continue Reading →

Moving Past The Basics

"Be sure to make mistakes; make a lot of them because there's no better way to learn and to grow." -Dawson's Creek ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Most of my friends and family know that while living in Connecticut and working for ESPN, I was passionate about two things: my church and ballroom dancing. If I could, I would... Continue Reading →

How To Not Compromise

“To infinity and beyond!” - Toy Story ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It’s time for a vacation, restful mornings, breakfast in bed, luxury accommodations and some casual sightseeing. Our first night in Cape Town, I dreamed about the relaxation to come my way. We stayed at The 12 Apostles, a beautiful boutique hotel on the Atlantic coast. The views... Continue Reading →

How To “Survive” A South African Safari

“You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.” - Out of Africa ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If you visited our Instagram page (@pintoeverafter) last week, you would have seen hints about our latest travel experience! We vacationed in South Africa, which was at the top of Rocket’s travel destination wish list. It took some convincing... Continue Reading →

Freshman 101: 10 Tips For Starting College

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” --Nelson Mandela ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I remember it like yesterday, arriving with a nervous excitement ready to decorate my room. I remember running errands with my mom before I left and running more errands with my dad when I arrived. I met new... Continue Reading →

4 Simple Ways To Show Kindness

It proves that you don't need much to change the entire world for the better. You can start with the most ordinary ingredients. You can start with the world you've got.” - Pay It Forward ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A few days ago, I walked down the stairs to the kitchen confused, disappointed, and frustrated with a situation... Continue Reading →

Take Me Home

“There’s no place like home.” - Wizard of Oz ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Each summer, I usually plan one vacation home, even during my time at ESPN despite having only 2 weeks off a year. During July and August, there are multiple family celebrations that I eagerly look forward to, but since I recently traveled home for my... Continue Reading →

Where Will I Meet You?

“I like this drink...ANOTHER!” - Thor ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Just about every day, I get asked “How do you like Dubai so far?” For the last few months, my response has been “I love it all...except the summer!” and an acknowledging sigh ensues followed by laughter from both sides. Now that I have lived here for a... Continue Reading →

Home Alone

 “No offense, aren’t you too old to be scared?” - Kevin McCallister, Home Alone ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ My husband, Rocket (his new blog nickname), is part of an international team and his job requires occasional travel in the region. When I moved to Dubai, he limited work travel, making sure that I felt comfortable and wasn't home... Continue Reading →

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