Fast Friends: 36 Questions for Stronger Relationships

“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” - When Harry Met Sally   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   A few weeks ago, Rocket and I attended a seminar with Stanford professor, Francis Flynn. As we were eating lunch, he ...

The Art of Cooking…for Non-Artists

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” -Virginia Woolf ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  If you know me, I love surprising loved ones on special occasions, especially if I can actually manage to surprise them (which isn’t always the case)! Rocket is extremely difficult to surprise. Part of my strategy is to ...

Just Smile and Run!

“It don't matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Winning's winning.” - The Fast and the Furious. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  The first time I rode a camel, I cajoled my younger sister to join me before we left a fall festival in the United States. Even though I was nervous, I figured it was ...

Exploring the Region Part 2: Muscat

"Hold on, here we go! Next stop, knowledge!" - Finding Nemo ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  I’m constantly reminded that my experience in the Middle East contrasts greatly with my previous misconceptions about the region. Before I visited, news reports framed it as a volatile desert environment with limited diversity. As I sit in a cafe at Dubai Garden ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Caution! 7 Things to Watch Out For While Traveling.

"Well he'll learn that nobody crosses The Penguin and gets away with it." - Batman: Penguin's Clean Sweep, 1968 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ After an extended vacation visiting my family and helping my younger sister move into her freshman dorm room, I returned to Dubai for less than 24 hours before jetting off on an adventure with Rocket. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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