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 ...

Life On St John

It's 4:30 in the afternoon and I just said to Shaun, "I'm so dirty." His response: "That's island life." That comment made me laugh and got me thinking. I'm reflecting on the past week and how life on St. John is a dramatic change for our family. Like today, for instance I took a nap and woke up so hot and feeling so exhausted that I asked Shaun if he thought I had contracted Chikungunya, a ...

Amazing Day on St. John

After our trip today to St Thomas, which thankfully has some more affordable prices on essentials, I can officially report that living in paradise still is not cheap! Even if you ferry over to the busier island to buy groceries, cleaning supplies, and other must-haves, you still have to pay $50 for the round trip car ferry and drive around to multiple places using your expensive fuel to search for the best deal. However, having ...

Good Karma

It has been an incredible experience to share with our friends that we are moving to an island. Though there have been a few tears- actually, a lot of tears- it's been a lesson in the connectedness of the world and how putting good karma out is typically reciprocated.  From the moment we announced our plans to take this huge leap of faith, we have been amazed by the number of people who've been not ...

Dealing With Stuff

My little family had a very big weekend. After months of planning and itching to make our move, we made it safely to our new home on our tiny piece of paradise in St. John, USVI. We are living proof that luck favors those who are prepared. But just because we got lucky and everything went even more smoothly than we could've imagined, the past few days have been nothing short of exhausting. Almost there... ...