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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Work on St John

Here's something that I have grown to absolutely love about life on St John- the happiness I see in my husband's face when he comes home from work. Everyone wants to know our "story"... What we did before we moved here, how we had the guts to move to an island, and what we do for work on St John. For me, there is no short answer. I am a free lance writer, a choreographer who teaches ...

Suit Up

Spring has sprung! Time for warmer weather and trips to the beach! Spring break, anyone? For those of us who live on an island, it's summer year-round. And you know what is terrifying about that? Every single day is fair game when it comes to having to suit up. At a moment's notice, you may have to pull out your favorite, or better yet, your most forgiving swimsuit, and bare your beach bod, ready or ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...