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 ...

A Time to Twerk

After what I've dubbed "the class that didn't happen", it shouldn't come as a surprise that I was pretty terrified about the second class I had planned to teach in New York. I don't know which is worse… Trying to teach a class on a sunny, 60 degree Saturday evening, or trying to draw people in on a cold, rainy Sunday afternoon. I was pretty sure Twerk and Tone in the the city was officially a ...

Fifth Avenue Reflections

4:30 PM. As I left my friend's beautiful Madison Avenue apartment to shop my way to my first Twerk and Tone class in NYC, I was filled with bubbling excitement and anticipation. I made a quick stop in Madison Square Park to take a selfie with my Hydro Flask, because, of course, I needed to capture the moment. If it doesn't happen on Instagram, it may as well have not happened, #amiright? 5:30 PM. During my ...

Big City Adventure

Based on my Wikipedia research, I learned that San Juan is home to roughly 400,000 people, making it the 46th largest city under the jurisdiction of the U.S. It's the capital of Puerto Rico and our latest destination for a quick, island-hopping, weekend getaway. Although we recently traveled for a few days to the North Sound of Virgin Gorda, it was my husband's first flight away since we moved to St John over eight months ago. ...

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 ...

YCCS… Today Was a Good Day

May 30, 2015- arguably the best day of my life. I've been fortunate to have lots of memorable travel experiences. I've been to Italy and to multiple Caribbean destinations, but it wasn't until I rolled up at YCCS that all of my obsessions came to life in one spectacular space. In the words of Ice Cube, "Today was a good day." Let me take a step back. I aspire to be more Euro. More specifically, I ...

Island Travel

I've heard it said that Disney World is the happiest place on earth. Maybe it's because I'm claustrophobic and long lines aren't my thing, but I don't dream of spending my vacation eating funnel cakes with Mickey and his friends. I'm more of an island girl who dreams of palm trees, sunshine, and the quiet serenity that embodies island travel. Have you seen the Instagram hashtag "#ILiveWhereYouVacation"? Though it annoys me when people use that, it ...

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 ...