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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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