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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

The View is Overrated

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Have you ever lived in a tiny place with a million-dollar view? Were you sacrificing common, everyday amenities that weren't even luxuries because you wanted that view? Well after 10 months of living in a tiny, hot, shoebox-like house with stunning sunset views from the front deck, I am here to tell you that the view is overrated. I had grown to accept that everyday island life included trips to the laundromat, mosquitoes constantly biting me ...

Everyday Island Life

There's a lot to be said for island life. Simplifying and purging our homes and our lives of unnecessary possessions that are just occupying space can be satisfying and cathartic. Do you know anyone who actually wears even half of the clothes hanging in their closet? And who really needs four sets of spare sheets, two crockpots, twelve winter coats, and seventeen different colors of nail polish? Clearly there are St. John residents who have every ...

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 ...

What NOT to Bring to St John

Previously I shared a list of items to pack when you are traveling to St John. Equally important is the list of what NOT to bring to St John. Packing for your trip should be quick and easy, not stressful or overwhelming. You need very few things for a fun and stylish vacation to St John, USVI! Items to Leave Behind... Save Space (and Energy) 1) Lots of hair products and styling tools. They simply won't work here. ...

Visiting St John

Years from now, I will look back with fond memories of the many times that I drove into downtown Cruz Bay, St John to establish my place in line to pick up friends and family coming in on the ferry from Redhook. Knowing that people you love are here to visit you and experience all of the beauty of St John is sometimes overwhelming. I've welcomed visitors with tears, hugs, laughter, and sweat. The tears are ...

Secret to Island Living

I now know the secret to living happily ever after on your island. It's actually not to be perpetually laid-back and to just go with the flow, although that probably would help. The secret isn't to avoid having one too many rum drinks, although that will clearly help your waistline and your decision-making skills. At least for this island girl, I recently discovered that the secret to island living is to, well, get off the ...