Intentional Love

"What we've got here is a failure to communicate." - Cool Hand Luke ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The statistics surrounding marriage can be unsettling at times. In fact, we are surrounded by examples of broken marriages in popular media and culture. As a couple, Rocket (my new blog name for my husband) and I seek advice and keys... 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 →

Going to the RAK

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” –  Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Exploring the Region, Part 1:   You have probably heard of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, but did you know there were 5 other Emirates that collectively make up the United Arab... Continue Reading →

Paris MOJO

“What we in the news business can never forget is that we are only as good as the stories we tell.” - Up Close and Personal  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It was the day after. Guards were scattered everywhere scanning the crowd, looking for anything that might seem suspicious. Guns positioned, ready to fire if need be. Reporters... 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 →

J’aime Paris (I love Paris)

“Paris is always a good idea.” - Sabrina ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ June 5, 2017….exactly one week ago marked our first year of marriage. This past year was filled with many adventures, a few challenges, but most of all love, friendship and support. My husband and I celebrated our first anniversary in none other than the city of... 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 →

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