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    Sam Role’s Personal Transformation on Married at First Sight Season 3

    Sam Role did not remain married to Neil Bowlus on Season 3 of Married at First Sight, but the personal transformation she made, right in front of our eyes, was nothing short of amazing. To what does she attribute these life changes? I had the chance to dig deep and find out. First, let’s start with the social experiment. Sam shared that for her, every part of it was authentic. “This is an accelerated process. I feel like we needed some direction on how to move forward in the marriage, and quickly. Neither one of us had been married before and we didn’t know each other,” she said. That direction was provided by the…

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    Sam Role’s Relationship With Neil Bowlus Post Married at First Sight Season 3

    Sam Role may not have found her forever love with Neil Bowlus on Season 3 of FYI’s Married at First Sight, but she gained some important knowledge about how to be a better person, for both herself and her future relationships. However, that knowledge did not come without paying a hefty price. Sam was devastated when Neil chose to divorce her on ‘Decision Day’. Despite the fact that she felt it was deserved, it was an embarrassing moment that was difficult for her to experience and equally as tough to watch. In order to recognize the changes she made, Sam had to take an honest look at her mistakes along the way. One regret…

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    Married at First Sight S:3 E:14 – Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!

    No one was surprised when Ashley and David parted ways in part 1 of the Married at First Sight Decision Day. For the other two couples, we were left with a cliffhanger that had viewers in knots for an entire week.After what seemed like forever, we finally got to see the decisions from the other two couples. I have to admit I watched the second half of the episode with my jaw on the floor. Let’s start from the beginning.First of all, the experts who match these couples take it very seriously. Do they want them to succeed? There is no question at how invested they are. But they also realize…

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    Married at First Sight – Journey Through the Lens of a Viewer S:3 E:13

    In the 3 seasons of watching Married at First Sight, we’ve seen candidates come from very different walks of life, in an effort to find love. Each person brings a diverse background and a set of experiences that make them unique and relatable.   My blog has not been a recap of the show, rather a record of how viewers like me can learn and grow their own relationship from watching it.   As the season is coming to a close, I want to share my thoughts on what it takes for this social experiment to be successful. First of all, I believe in the science behind Married at First…

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    Married at First Sight – Journey Through the Lens of a Viewer S:3 E:11

    We are coming down the homestretch of season 3 of Married at First Sight and things are getting real between the couples. This week I will share my lens on how I see conflict and keeping an open mind as it relates to this social experiment.ConflictResolving conflict can be a tricky thing when you and your spouse know each other well and have an established relationship. However, when you marry a stranger, there is no chance of that happening. You have to hit the ground running.What’s even more tricky in conflict, is when the information presented from both sides does not align. When your words become a battle of who’s wrong and who’s…

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    Married at First Sight – Journey Through the Lens of a Viewer S:3 E:10

    It’s 4th of July week on Married at First Sight and the fireworks are out in full force. All three couples continue to push through and tackle some really difficult issues.  The common thread my husband and I saw this week was trust. We sat down and had a conversation about what trust looked like for each of us and how it’s changed in our marriage over the years. Why do we love Married at First Sight? Because this is the first time in over 30 years we’ve had this conversation. Amazing.   Defining Trust   In the early years of our relationship, we made some mistakes when it came to…

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    Married at First Sight – Journey Through the Lens of a Viewer S:1 E:9

    Watching Married at First Sight was a struggle for me this week for so many reasons.Tuesday was the eve of the loss of my father and while it’s been two years, I’m with David Norton…on certain days, it doesn’t get any easier.As I write this today, my heart is completely broken. Again. This morning my husband and I had to make a difficult decision. We brought our beloved Brady to the vet to be euthanized. His suffering and pain is over, but ours has just begun.  I can’t imagine not being greeted at the door with his adoration and unconditional love. I can’t imagine not being able to feel and smell those sweet…

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    Married at First Sight Journey From the Lens of a Viewer S:3 E:8

     I was feeling huge angst while watching Married at First Sight this week. I was one huge bag of emos by the end of the episode, which was so evidently relayed in my tweets. Someone in Twitterverse asked if I saw pieces of myself in these relationships. I needed to ponder that and ponder it I did, into the wee hours of the morning. It took some deep digging and brutal honesty, but here it is… Communication and Time to Process   I am totally in the moment and reliving my early days of marriage with Tres and Vanessa.If I’ve ever been the Queen Bee of anything, it’s the, “I’m fine”…

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    Married at First Sight – Journey Through the Lens of a Viewer S:3 E:7

    Last week my blog focused on how communication impacts change as it related to the 3 couples of Married at First Sight. This week I want to continue the conversation about adapting to change as I believe it affects every aspect of this social experiment and more importantly, my life.  Expectations It’s difficult not to have expectations coming into this situation. You have hopes and dreams of your “happily ever after”. However, having unrealistic expectations can be the difference between success and failure, not only in marriage, but in life. Bringing expectations into a relationship is unfair and can get in the way of open communication and building a connection. It puts roadblocks up without the other…

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    Married at First Sight – Journey Through the Lens of a Viewer S:3 E:6

    Resolutions and goals for 2016 abound as we look for ways to change to improve our lives in the new year. While watching the couples move in together this week, thoughts come to mind about the numerous changes they’ve made in a short period of time. It’s enough to make even the most flexible person get bent out of shape. As my journey to walk in their shoes continues, this week I will share my own personal thoughts on change and how it relates to the couples. Identifying the Problem A key factor to change in a relationship is first being able to identify the problem. This takes deep self-reflection and time, as it may…