Traveling to St John

I constantly get asked "what do you recommend we do on St. John? I'm coming with my family... we're staying a week... we want to do some fun things that are off the beaten path... we want to see beautiful beaches... we've never been and we have no idea what activities to plan." I usually answer by providing names of my top five or so beaches, my top three favorite hikes, and names of a few ...

Sailing to Anegada

April 11th was a major milestone. It wasn't a birthday or a wedding anniversary or even the anniversary of our first date. We were having so much fun on our excursion to Anegada that we almost didn't acknowledge the date. Then we realized it was the official SIX MONTH MARK. One half of one year since we left our home, our jobs, our friends and family and moved to St. John. Six months may not sound ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Jost With The Most

Earlier this month, we experienced another first. My husband and I got to celebrate his December birthday in flip flops and swimsuits. It was odd but perfect. It fell on a Tuesday, but island Tuesdays are like Saturdays, which are like Thursdays. Catch my drift? He was lucky enough to have the day off, so we decided to spend his special day out on the water with two of our very best island friends.  We ...

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 ...

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 ...