Packing Inspiration

There's nothing quite like the perfect quote when you really need it. At least that's what I believe. As someone who loves to talk and write, I really admire people who can sum it all up in a few succinct words. I started my love affair with quotes early on, never ashamed to be the youngest person browsing the Self Help section at a bookstore. A small part of my quote collection. I've never ...

Closing the Deal

First things first. If you want to move to an island, you must first sell your home on the mainland. I'm sure anyone who's ever sold a house under any circumstance would agree that this can be an emotional process, a roller coaster ride of highs and lows. For us, we were selling the only house we'd ever bought as a couple, which happens to be in an amazing neighborhood full of many our very ...

When Pigs Fly

You know how when you see a picture of the Colosseum, you automatically think Rome? And when you see the Eiffel Tower, you are mentally transported to Paris? Well, for many of us, seeing Ziggy's posts everyday makes us feel like we are in a tropical paradise where it's sunny and perfect and everything is as it should be in the world. For Ziggy's friends and loyal followers, it has become part of our morning ...

The Seven Year Itch

I’ve heard that divorce is more common around the seven and 20-year marks. Why? I have my theories and I’ve read some other theories. In any case, my husband and I celebrated our seven year anniversary earlier this year. It was a simple yet lovely celebration at the perfect tiny restaurant a mile from our house where we’d actually never before dined. As we sipped our wine, a perfect combination of fruity and nutty deliciousness, ...

Shopping for Sunshine

Is anything scarier than shopping for a new swimsuit? It's a bit like shopping for jeans, only worse. Why do the mirrors always seem to add ten pounds? And why does the fitting room lighting put emphasis on all the wrong places? For most of my life I didn't enjoy the process of buying new bathing suits. I found myself overwhelmed in the big department stores, swimming in a sea of mainstream swimwear targeting the ...