Why Is Self-Love So Important, And What Does It Have To Do With Marriage?

“I read a quote the other day that amplified my recent thoughts: “When I shifted the focus to myself, I attracted everything I wanted”. I see so many people during the “getting to know you phase” invest a lot of time in learning about their potential significant other. However, they haven’t nearly invested the same energy in learning about themselves. It’s time we take a crucial step: invest in ourselves before we invest in anyone else because that is where the most rewarding relationships stem from, self-love. “

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Wajeha Barakat
The Importance of Gratitude

“As 2019 is coming to a close, it is also the end of the decade (the first real decade of my adult life). It has me reflecting on myself and society as a whole. One thing that I can’t help but notice is how conditioned we are to complain about the daily nuances of our life, yet we have so much to be grateful for. Why is it so easy to complain instead of being grateful for everything we have in our lives? “

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authra khreis
After The Honeymoon #REALTALK

“When you’re getting married, it’s easy to get caught in the fantasy and excitement of wedding planning, going on your honeymoon, picking out new furniture, moving in together, and all the “fun” parts of a new marriage. But, what happens after the Honeymoon ends?”

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Hoda Abrahim
It’s Time to Eliminate the Word “Desperate”

“Is it desperate to actively search for a new job when you need one? Is it desperate to get a gym membership because you want to improve your health? I hope the unanimous answer to this is “No, of course not”. It is never desperate to do your part in making positive things in your life happen. So, why is that when someone is open about their readiness for marriage, and open about the actions they want to take to search for a spouse, they are labeled “desperate?” ”

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Hoda Abrahim
What Is An Appropriate Relationship Timeline?

“When getting to know someone, it can be difficult to know what steps to take, and more importantly, when. How long should we talk before we have our first phone call? How long should we talk before we meet in person? When should our families be involved? How much is enough time to know if you actually feel a connection with this person? The questions are endless, and a tiny bit nerve wracking. As a rule of thumb, I believe in the rule of 3’s.”

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Hoda Abrahim
How To Start And Grow A Meaningful Conversation

“They say first impressions are everything, right? Starting a conversation with someone you’re romantically interested in can be very daunting. Many of us get nervous, or don’t have a lot of experience. Here are some tips to help you breeze through your first conversations. “

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Hoda Abrahim
Moving In Together: A 5 Step Guide

“For many of us, getting married and moving in together is the first time you’re intimately living with someone outside of family and friends. It’s important to note: not all living situations are created equally. Living with your spouse is VERY different than living with your parents or having a roommate. There will be an inevitably bumpy transition. Here are a few things you should expect and try to prepare for.”

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Hoda Abrahim
Marriage: Expectations Vs. Reality

“As we are growing up, we are bombarded with images of what a “picture perfect” marriage looks like. From Disney fairytales, to Instagram “couple goals.”

Not many of us have been prepared for the realities of marriage, and what to expect.”

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Hoda Abrahim
Intercultural Marriages: How To Make It Work

“Marriages between partners of a different cultural background are happening more and more often. The rate of interracial marriages increased by 28 percent in the last decade, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While all marriages have their challenges, being raised with different cultural backgrounds can require extra attention and most times, delicacy, with how you meet each challenge. “

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Hoda Abrahim
How to Pick the Right Photos for Winning First Impressions

“Choosing photos for an online dating profile or any potential suitor is daunting. It’s hard to decide on the right angles, the right lighting, how many pictures to send...the list of things to consider goes on and on. How can one accurately capture themselves in 2-3 photos?

Consider this short guide to help you out:”

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Hoda Abrahim
Dating Apps and the Danger of First Impressions

“Think about your closest friends. Did you meet them for the first time and know right then and there that you’d be besties for life? Maybe, but probably not. Building a bond takes time. It takes effort and the willingness to dig deeper. It takes much more than chatting for a few minutes within an app.”

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Hoda Abrahim
Internet Powered Marriages: the Good, the Bad, and the…very Millennial Guide to Muslim Online Dating

“Google answered our embarrassing questions we wouldn’t be caught dead asking our families or friends. YouTube taught us how to dougie, how to cook, and how to solve for X. WebMD diagnosed our ailments (while always keeping anxieties of brain cancer at bay). Yelp told us where to eat and drink. Khan Academy powered our all-nighters. And Facebook shared just how “happy” our friends were.”


It’s no surprise that relationships and dating have followed what our brains, bodies, appetites, and social networks have been powered by all this time. Enter, the online world.

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Hoda Abrahim