I’m Going Home

I woke up at the crack of dawn. Actually that's not really true. I woke up well before dawn had even thought of breaking and well before the roosters started crowing. I laid in bed and tried to will myself back to sleep. I still had an hour and a half until my alarm was set to chime. But after a while, I realized my efforts to sleep were futile. This Monday was not like ...

It Can Wait

Although I am obsessed with sleep and will go to all sorts of extreme measures to get eight hours a night, I am not a napper. My mom says even as a baby I didn't like to nap and she never really forced the issue. I remember being wide-awake during nap time in kindergarten. I couldn't turn off my brain and just fall asleep. I fidgeted around on the mat anxious to get up and ...

You Might Be An Island Girl If…

It's a random Thursday in the middle of February. In my previous life, that would have meant Tar Heel basketball season, cold weather, shopping to cure the winter blues, and typical weekdays spent working at my corporate America job. February was a time to plan a getaway to somewhere warm and tropical (if we didn't already have something on the books) and to pray that warmer weather was on its way. The stark contrast between ...

Island Shopping

I don't consider myself a snob. I don't think that the name brands you wear or the kind of car you drive says anything about your character. I think some of the nicest people in the world shop at thrift stores and live well below their means. I celebrate those people. So, I am clearly not a snob. Having said that, I have always refused to shop at Walmart. The mere thought of driving through the ...

Christmas On A Rock

So how do you spend your first Christmas on a rock? Well, because islands are tourist destinations, Christmas is like Thanksgiving, which is like September 15th, which is like March 27th. Visitors come in every day, and in fact, more of them come at the holidays. Since my husband works in the hospitality industry here in St John USVI, he spent Christmas Eve at work, and he's working today. We did our Christmas picture earlier ...

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 ...

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 ...

Moving to Paradise

Please understand- it's not that I think everyone should move to an island. It's clearly a major life decision that required (at least on our part) thoughtful consideration and a lot of sweat equity. It was hard work. There were times we felt that we had lost our minds and that surely we weren't supposed to be making this kind of a change. There was overwhelming joy when we sold the house coupled with a ...