Dear Mikey,

I have been dating my girlfriend for the last four years now and I am finally ready to pop the question.

I told her a little while back that I was not ready for marriage on purpose to throw her off my trail. She is a nurse and loves to travel. I want to make sure I do it the right way and make it a perfect day for her so she will never forget it.

Any ideas?

Wanting the Perfect Proposal

Dear Wanting the Perfect Proposal,

Congratulations on wanting to pop the question to your girlfriend. You have many exciting moments ahead of you!

Since you have been dating her for the last four years, you know the details of things that make her happy. For example, like you mentioned, she likes to travel. Is there a place she has been wanting to visit for some time now where you could propose to her? It doesn’t have to be expensive like Italy but more affordable like Sedona or California.

Women typically like and appreciate the little details that men put into proposing, birthdays, anniversaries, etc., so keep in mind the details of everything. For example, if you found the perfect location such as the beach to propose to her, adding some sand dollars around the spot you are going to ask her, just like you came across on your first date, will mean a lot to her. Or, if you are going to decorate a certain area with roses, make sure the roses are in her favorite color, etc.

All in all, the perfect proposal is something you will know deep inside on what to do, how to do it, when to do it and where to do it. If you propose to her from your heart, you will know exactly how it will naturally happen.

Good luck and congratulations again!

• Ahwatukee Foothills resident Michelle “Mikey” Arana is a 2003 graduate of Mountain Pointe High School. She offers free peer advice, however, Mikey is not licensed or trained, just a fellow friend to the community. All inquiries made to Mikey will remain anonymous unless legal issues occur. She can be reached at

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