Stay Lifted

I remember as a child and especially into my adolescent years my mom being very focused on my posture. She would always say "stand up straight, hold your shoulders back, suck in, and put some lipstick on." Probably goes a long way to explain my obsession with lipgloss.My mom is not a fitness guru. She has had careers in nursing and real estate. But she was definitely on to something back in the 80s, and I've ...

Should We Move

"How am I supposed to live here? Should we move?" I asked Shaun more than once over the weekend. He reminded me that it was only for a couple of days, but that didn't help to cure the sadness I felt so deeply in my heart. I'm known for my dramatic mood swings. I have some pretty high highs followed sometimes by the dreaded low lows. Having never been clinically diagnosed with a psychological illness, I've ...

Islandversary

Today, on our Islandversary, I'm thinking about how for TWO years we've shared ONE bathroom and ONE car. We've thought more about water consumption and energy use than almost anything else. We've hand-washed so many dishes that I've lost count. We went to the laundromat so many times that finally I had a meltdown. We've sweated more in 24 months than we have in over 30 years combined. We've struggled but together worked through tough ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...