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 ...

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 ...

Chop Chop

Two months ago, I believed the best part of living in our glorious apartment at Phillips Place was the ease of grabbing takeout or the many trips to Whole Foods where the lovely folks there cooked for us. While some of the choices we made were pretty healthy, others were just plain silly! I used to proudly claim that "we eat at 1900 Mexican at least once a week!" like someone was offering a prize ...

30 Days to Fit

We are blessed with so many technological advances. Or maybe we are cursed? It seems the more we are glued to our devices, the unhealthier we get as a nation. So put down your phone and get to the gym! Wait- what if you didn’t even have to go to the gym? Lem Houston of EnergYve Fitness is hoping to address all of the excuses that people cite as reasons they aren’t working out. And ...

Easy Breezy Summer Meal

One of the most stressful decisions my husband and I have to make daily is what the heck we are going to eat for dinner. Neither of us is very creative in the kitchen. We also both hate to clean up after dinner. Who doesn't? And it seems like we are never in the mood for the same thing. AGH! It’s so frustrating. I could go on and on, but I'll spare you the drama. One ...

Zzzzzzz…..

I’ve always believed the most important part of your day is the sleep you got the night before. Sleep determines everything. I know because I am blessed with the gift of good sleep. I go hard every day until the time comes that I can’t go any longer. I get into bed and usually within about five minutes, I’m out cold. 99% of the time I have peaceful, uninterrupted sleep for eight to nine hours. ...

Sunday Funday

Ahhhh, Sunday. The day before the work week starts and the hustle bustle begins anew. Today was a dreary Sunday in Charlotte, and the thought of not maximizing all of my weekend time makes me sad. A lot of times rainy weather inspires me to shop. I know some people think rainy afternoon are the perfect time to go see a movie. But many of us sit all week in desks or in our cars, ...

Morning Makeover

I grew up with Good Morning America blaring in the background while I got ready. My mom loved Joan Lunden and Charlie Gibson. I don’t think I really ever paid attention to the stories they were covering; I just remember they were adorable and it was a way of life. I guess I have always been obsessed with seeing the weather forecast, and I think since the beginning of TV, it’s been showcased at 25 ...