Christmas On A Rock

So how do you spend your first Christmas on a rock? Well, because islands are tourist destinations, Christmas is like Thanksgiving, which is like September 15th, which is like March 27th. Visitors come in every day, and in fact, more of them come at the holidays. Since my husband works in the hospitality industry here in St John USVI, he spent Christmas Eve at work, and he's working today. We did our Christmas picture earlier ...

Endless Possibilities

I've been thinking a lot about endless possibilities lately. Have you ever given it much thought? If you have, do you remember the moment you realized that your life is an unwritten story and that anything is possible? Did you feel exhilarated, full of boundless energy that you could hardly contain. I did. This was actually my fortune right about the time we decided to move to St John! And then, before you knew it, this ...

Jost With The Most

Earlier this month, we experienced another first. My husband and I got to celebrate his December birthday in flip flops and swimsuits. It was odd but perfect. It fell on a Tuesday, but island Tuesdays are like Saturdays, which are like Thursdays. Catch my drift? He was lucky enough to have the day off, so we decided to spend his special day out on the water with two of our very best island friends.  We ...

Thanksgiving Top Ten

Thanksgiving is different this year. In fact, it doesn't feel like the start of the holiday season at all. The other day I saw a post on Facebook about a tree lighting, and I honestly wondered what kind of tree they were going to light. It definitely doesn't feel like Christmas is one month away. In some ways, that makes me a little sad. I enjoy decorating our house and trimming the tree. I enjoyed ...

Winter Blues

Here's something that not a lot of people know about me.  For most of my adult life I've struggled with anxiety and mild depression. I've noticed over the years that the blues hit hard right around this time of the year- when we turn back the clocks. Am I the only person who cringes when I hear "I can't wait to get an extra hour of sleep!"??? Who cares about one hour of sleep when ...

Trade winds and Trade-offs

Be honest. The thought of just packing up and moving to an island sounds pretty amazing. Work can be a drag. It gets cold, even in the South, during the winter months. Sometimes the grind of real life can be too much to bear. Day in and day out, it’s a constant pressure to keep up with the Joneses, to get that next promotion, to make more money, to save more money, to buy a ...

Moving to Paradise

Please understand- it's not that I think everyone should move to an island. It's clearly a major life decision that required (at least on our part) thoughtful consideration and a lot of sweat equity. It was hard work. There were times we felt that we had lost our minds and that surely we weren't supposed to be making this kind of a change. There was overwhelming joy when we sold the house coupled with a ...

Island Hair

For thirty-five years I pretended my hair was straight. I tried every different product to fight against what nature gave me. Anti-frizz serums, straightening lotions, humidity resistance sprays... you name it. If it claimed to create fake straight, I bought it. I also had to have a professional hair dryer (don't get me started about the day the fuse blew in my Super Solano), the perfect flat iron, and even multiple curling irons in tow ...

Behind the Scenes

Of course it probably goes without saying that moving to an island is not all about salty and sandy happiness, sunset walks on the beach, and happy hour festivities. Those are a big part of island living on St. John but we have been working hard behind-the-scenes to get everything set up properly so that we can enjoy ourselves in paradise. First things first, have you ever heard of WAPA? It the notoriously expensive utilities ...

What Matters Most

So, have you gotten your copy of the best compilation of quotes that I think has ever been assembled? Here are my favorites from Life's Little Instruction Book Volume II. There are some real gems in this one. If you don't love suggestions on how to live a happy and rewarding life, go ahead and close out and wait for another post that speaks to you! In my first post about LLIB, I shared my ...