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 →

An Adult’s Guide to Summer in Dubai

“Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it." - Tangled ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It’s no secret that Dubai is hot in the summer. With 120 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures and over 90% humidity, summer is off-season for tourists (and me!). The good news? You can get great prices around town for being one of the few... Continue Reading →

Ramadan is a month? 

"If you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you'll learn things you never knew you never knew." — Pocahontas  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This time last year, I had just settled in Dubai. Hot, lost most of the time, and confused about rules for non-Muslims during Ramadan proved to be challenging. It was down right intimidating, and the... Continue Reading →

Summer, Summer, Summertime

First off, today marks one year of marriage for my husband and I. Time has flown by so fast, we can’t believe it has already been a year. I believe who we marry is the biggest decision we make in life, because it affects every other area of life. I’m so grateful that God brought... Continue Reading →

McDelivery???

  “There should be McDonald’s everywhere. Coast to coast. Sea to shining sea.” - The Founder ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ First of all, Happy Memorial Day! I hope we all get to spend time with family while reflecting on the sacrifices that others have made for us. During my first week in Dubai, I saw a food delivery... Continue Reading →

Moving Past Limitations

“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the [...] story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” - The Wolf of Wallstreet ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ FEAR - False Evidence Appearing Real Fear can be crippling. It can stop forward progress, paralyzing us in place or even causing us to take... Continue Reading →

FOR WOMEN ONLY…

  “As you wish” - The Princess Bride ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ok not really...haha. But if you are a man, I did warn you! Continue at your own risk..... After moving to a new location, there's a tendency to survey your surroundings and find your favorites; favorite coffee shop, grocery store, restaurants, gym, etc. When I moved... Continue Reading →

Middle East Misconceptions

"My mama always said life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get." - Forest Gump ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Although Dubai is well known across the globe for tall buildings and unimaginable luxury, many people still have questions concerning everyday life. Some of the questions I am normally asked are:  Don’t... Continue Reading →

My Desert Oasis

"Water...water...H20...Water... (cry of despair). I can't stand this horrible thirst! Water...water..."  - Daffy Duck, 1001 Arabian Nights  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ As an expat in Dubai it’s quite possible to never step foot in a desert in the typical sense of the word. In this city, there are amazing skyscrapers, parks, fountains, lakes, and even an indoor ski... Continue Reading →

The 6 Month Trial

  “We are almost there and nowhere near it. All that matters is that we keep on going.” -Gilmore Girls  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Transitions ultimately mean leaving one thing behind in favor of something new. When I moved to Bristol, CT (home to the worldwide leader in sports, also known as ESPN) it took me a while to... Continue Reading →

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