An Unexpected Dream

By Saturday, February 25, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

If you've ever doubted your passion, your purpose, or your power to make a difference, let me share the story of an unexpected dream that became a reality. A little over a year ago, I was at a job that drained me, literally depleted me of what I feel is my greatest strength- my positivity. I felt empty and sad and constantly questioning my life's mission. Here I was living in "paradise" but feeling completely ...

My Last Political Post

"You should get a Scottie dog. Barney is hilarious," said my friend, who worked in the White House during the George W. Bush administration. She knew I was trying to decide what breed of dog would best fit into my 23 year-old, single, corporate America, overtime-working lifestyle. In all honesty, the answer was really no dog, but that’s another story for another day. photo from whitehouse.gov/barney now on Google images Long story short- I’ll spare the ...

Election Day 2016

Election Day 2016. I woke up and said good morning to Shaun. I loved on my sweet boys whose tails were wagging just because their mom got out of bed. I made eggs and waffles for breakfast. Shaun already had the coffee going. He was kind enough to take Henry and Logan outside so that I didn’t have to take off my pajamas. Shaun left for work, and I sat down to do some exciting follow ...

Highs and Lows

By Monday, August 1, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

I love my husband. After almost 11 years together- nearly two of them spent in tiny accommodations on a tiny rock- I actually even like him. Don't worry, this is not going to be one of those touchy-feely, overly-mushy, gross love stories. But I've got to say, I really do love my husband. Photo by Yelena Rogers When I told him I couldn't work one more day at my previous job, he said "OK, you don't ...

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 ...

Life On St John

It's 4:30 in the afternoon and I just said to Shaun, "I'm so dirty." His response: "That's island life." That comment made me laugh and got me thinking. I'm reflecting on the past week and how life on St. John is a dramatic change for our family. Like today, for instance I took a nap and woke up so hot and feeling so exhausted that I asked Shaun if he thought I had contracted Chikungunya, a ...

Amazing Day on St. John

After our trip today to St Thomas, which thankfully has some more affordable prices on essentials, I can officially report that living in paradise still is not cheap! Even if you ferry over to the busier island to buy groceries, cleaning supplies, and other must-haves, you still have to pay $50 for the round trip car ferry and drive around to multiple places using your expensive fuel to search for the best deal. However, having ...

Good Karma

It has been an incredible experience to share with our friends that we are moving to an island. Though there have been a few tears- actually, a lot of tears- it's been a lesson in the connectedness of the world and how putting good karma out is typically reciprocated.  From the moment we announced our plans to take this huge leap of faith, we have been amazed by the number of people who've been not ...