The Perks of Being Married to a Travel Junkie

When I first met my husband Chris, I knew there would be adventures in our future. He always dreamed big and made everything seem possible. The adventures started small, a road trip here and there, a trip to Cuba. Then one day Chris said he wasn't happy at his job anymore and wanted to do something different. We quit our jobs and took a 6 month tour around Europe and Australia. Fast forward a few years, a few more epic journeys and a few more plans for our future. Chris has helped me see a bigger world and turn dreams into reality. To make this lifestyle possible, we have had to rethink our goals and work harder every day. I have become a stronger and more independent person because of all this.

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The Perks of Being Married to a Motivational Speaker

this career change from doing marketing at a non-profit occurred when he won the 'world championship of public speaking' (trust me, it's a real thing. in fact, 30,000 people enter the competition from 120+ countries each year!) he won this and became the youngest world champion in history in 2012! it has changed our lives and set him on a unique and rare career path but it is truly a perfect fit for him!

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The Perks of Being Married to a Cancer Scientist

One of the first things that impressed me about Sam when we began to get acquainted was his compassion for others. So it makes sense, that as a cancer scientist, he is devoting his life to helping others! I couldn't see him being satisfied in a career that served any other purpose. He received his B.S. in Molecular Biology and, after five years of grad school, he was awarded his Ph.D. in Cancer Biology. He is currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship combined with an M.S. in Biomedical Informatics (which is basically the merging of biological studies and computer programming). The "real job" light at the end of the tunnel is getting awfully close! It's been a long road, his career is incredibly demanding, and supporting a family of five on a student income has taken some serious creativity, but there are also some amazing things that have come about as a result of his position as a cancer scientist!

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The Perks of Being Married to a Counselor

When Kyle and I first met in college, I'm sure one of the first things that came up in our conversation was the dreaded question, "What's your major?" which always seems to be followed up with "Well, what are you going to do with that?". Kyle's undergrad degree is in Psychology (with a minor in Business) and that is a major where you pretty much have to go to grad school to be able to make any sort of money. When I first got to know Kyle, he thought he wanted to go into some aspect of Organizational Psychology and work for big corporations.

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The Perks of Being Married to a Woodworker

Before I met Dan, when I thought of woodworking, I thought about my distant Norwegian cousin who whittled a puzzle toy for me when I visited Norway. Or I thought what it might have been like for Jesus to learn the trade of carpentry from Joseph. Then I started dating my husband. He and his equally-talented brothers taught me that woodworking can be so much more than a casual pastime or an outdated profession. Who knew a relationship with a woodworker would come with so many perks?

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The Perks of Being Married to a Sports Professional

I met Gary while we were both working for the Iowa Energy. The Energy is a D-League NBA team now for the Memphis Grizzlies but when we were working, they were affiliated with the Chicago Bulls and Phoenix Suns. I was working as an intern in sales, and he was working full time in sales. We sat right next to each other. On his last day, he asked me out to dinner. I said yes, and I won't go into much detail about our first date, but it was pretty bad. We continued to talk as he took a new job in Kansas. I was about to graduated from Iowa State and start working in the sports industry myself. We talked a lot about the internship opportunities I had, and it was great to get advice from him.

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The Perks of Being Married to a Southern Gentleman

When I was a teenager growing up in California, I had a thing for cowboys. Being that there weren't that many near the beach, I dreamed that one day I would move to The South and find myself a Southern Gentleman. When I met my husband those dreams came true. He's a completely different breed than the guys that I grew up with, and I feel so fortunate that I am his wife. Here are several perks to being married to a Southern Gentleman.

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The Perks of Being Married to a Statistician

It is true what they say: opposites attract. I absolutely love history and English, but hate math and science. Well, I married a man whose major was Statistics, minor was Math and has a strong work experience background in IT. But, out of all of those interests, Justin loves statistics the best. As a teacher, I give my husband lectures on the way education is headed, and he'll listen, but add in vehemently how important the language of math is to learn as well. And, being married to Justin for the past three years, my eyes have been opened to the truth that you will use math and statistics in real life.

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The Perks of Being Married to a Dietary Aide

A Dietary Aide does a mixture of different tasks including, but not limited to, stocking freight, cooking, managing patient diets (making sure they are eating a balanced meal according to their needs while also eliminating foods they cannot have), and catering. While he does all this, Cody has to be on top of time because the deadlines involved in his day to day tasks. Now that you have a sense of what the job he does on a daily basis, I can now list the perks.

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The Perks of Being Married to a Frenchman

Once upon a time, in 2010, I left home to study abroad in France. That very first week, I met Laurent, and it was love at first sight - a cliche scenario, fit for a romantic comedy. However, the rest was a little less glamorous, as I awkwardly attempted to flirt in broken French and made myself look silly trying to fit with my host country's social norms. You know those little air kisses on the cheek that French people give when greeting each other? Well, I somehow managed to squash noses with Laurent while greeting him with air kisses, not once, but twice,

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The Perks of Being Married to a Scientist

My husband, Pearson, is a biophysics graduate at The Ohio State University. In a few more years, he will have a PhD. Basically, in short, he's a mad scientist. The whole time we dated through high school and college, he planned to go to pharmacy school after graduation. But toward the end of his undergraduate career, he started to realize that he really liked the learning part of science. He liked doing experiments and observing what happens. And he didn't want to pass out pills for the rest of his life no matter how much it paid. Thus, here we are in Columbus, Ohio while he gets his PhD.

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The Perks of Being Married to a Full Time Student

A lot of people would probably think we were crazy to get married before we finished college. On the surface it may seem like being married and students would be really difficult. There are definitely some challenges, but as my husband gets ready to graduate this Saturday, I've been thinking a lot about how our marriage will shift once he's no longer a student. There are some things I have really loved about his time as a student, even after I had graduated two years ago.

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