Happy Hour On St. John

Fact: It is hot on St. John. The heat can be extremely demotivating- whether you're trying to walk your dog, exercise your body, get yourself to work, or do just about anything productive. Here's the catch: The year-round sunshine and 80 to 90-something temperatures means that Swimsuit Season (singular) doesn't exist here. Swimsuit Year is more accurate, and thus, there are no buffer months to hibernate in sweats and eat cornbread dipped in chili and pack ...

Highs and Lows

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I love my husband. After almost 11 years together- nearly two of them spent in tiny accommodations on a tiny rock- I actually even like him. Don't worry, this is not going to be one of those touchy-feely, overly-mushy, gross love stories. But I've got to say, I really do love my husband. Photo by Yelena Rogers When I told him I couldn't work one more day at my previous job, he said "OK, you don't ...

I Was Warned

Well, I get it now. I was warned about the transient nature of the island and how that can wear on you over time. Living on an island can be harder than people think, so it's no surprise that many people are only here for a short time before they move on. People said don't invest too much of your time and energy in new people, because, more than likely within six months they'll be gone. ...

A Time to Twerk

After what I've dubbed "the class that didn't happen", it shouldn't come as a surprise that I was pretty terrified about the second class I had planned to teach in New York. I don't know which is worse… Trying to teach a class on a sunny, 60 degree Saturday evening, or trying to draw people in on a cold, rainy Sunday afternoon. I was pretty sure Twerk and Tone in the the city was officially a ...

Fifth Avenue Reflections

4:30 PM. As I left my friend's beautiful Madison Avenue apartment to shop my way to my first Twerk and Tone class in NYC, I was filled with bubbling excitement and anticipation. I made a quick stop in Madison Square Park to take a selfie with my Hydro Flask, because, of course, I needed to capture the moment. If it doesn't happen on Instagram, it may as well have not happened, #amiright? 5:30 PM. During my ...

Twerk and Tone Feelosophy

I believe fitness should feel good. I believe having fun is as crucial as getting a great workout. I believe exercise is transformative. An effective class changes your body; an exceptional class changes your mind and body. I believe in the power of a group. The same exercise performed with others feels different. The group dynamic creates an energy that amplifies your effort. I believe laughing during a workout is good for your abs and your soul. I believe ...

Walking Away

In the words of one of my former fitness instructors, "You never know when you're going to need to look good walking away." I've been thinking a lot about those words and how they are analogous to my life, especially lately. I recently chose to walk away from something that my heart was telling me was out of sync with what I was put on the universe to do. As soon as I had full clarity and ...

You’d Be A Great Mom

Has anyone ever told you you would be a great podiatrist? How about a great pilot? Or maybe that you'd be a fabulous super model? Suppose you have a horrible foot phobia, you're afraid of flying, or you're 5'2, and sane enough to know modeling is unlikely at best. So then you stop to wonder- why did they suggest podiatry? Is it because I showed extraordinary empathy over their corns and calluses? Is it my love of ...

Do It Before You Have Kids

Don't you just love unsolicited advice from perfect strangers? Have you noticed that people who know very little about you seem to come right out with surprisingly personal words of wisdom? And these little nuggets sometimes come when you're having a weak moment, when you're questioning yourself and major life decisions you've made. Some recent life advice I've been given: Move to another island. Don't ever leave the island. Vote for Hillary. Don't get another dog. Do more yoga. Do not get ...

Sophomore Year

"We recognize your dogs from when we were here on vacation last year," says a nice lady enjoying happy hour on Cruz Bay. Really, I thought, from last YEAR? Have we been here long enough for vacationers who come annually to recognize us? That's crazy! Time flies, whether you're living stateside or on a rock. The comment about our dogs, along with several other observations I've made recently, have lead me to the conclusion that my husband ...