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 ...

Twerk and Tone Feelosophy

I believe fitness should feel good. I believe having fun is as crucial as getting a great workout. I believe exercise is transformative. An effective class changes your body; an exceptional class changes your mind and body. I believe in the power of a group. The same exercise performed with others feels different. The group dynamic creates an energy that amplifies your effort. I believe laughing during a workout is good for your abs and your soul. I believe ...

Walking Away

In the words of one of my former fitness instructors, "You never know when you're going to need to look good walking away." I've been thinking a lot about those words and how they are analogous to my life, especially lately. I recently chose to walk away from something that my heart was telling me was out of sync with what I was put on the universe to do. As soon as I had full clarity and ...

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 ...

Sophomore Year

"We recognize your dogs from when we were here on vacation last year," says a nice lady enjoying happy hour on Cruz Bay. Really, I thought, from last YEAR? Have we been here long enough for vacationers who come annually to recognize us? That's crazy! Time flies, whether you're living stateside or on a rock. The comment about our dogs, along with several other observations I've made recently, have lead me to the conclusion that my husband ...

Island Heat

I live on a tropical island. It's absolutely stunning, paradise at its finest. Some even say I am living the dream. Aside from the drought earlier this year, St John is perpetually lush and green, too beautiful for words. However, one of the challenges of living on an island is the unbearable heat during this time of the year. I am not a violent person, but this island heat is about to make me hurt someone. ...

Fall on St John

Ahhh, fall. The glorious season when the humidity drops along with the temperatures and those of us with frizzy hair rejoice in the fact that our flatiron is effective once again. Although it's late September and fall is officially underway, I am not sporting silky straight hair or shopping for new boots. I'm actually in a swimsuit on the beach. It's fall on St John. I live in an endless summer of sun and sweat. I love ...

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 ...

St. John Carnival

As St. Johnians, we ask a lot of our livers. It seems you're never too sad to celebrate happy hour. There's no shortage of friends who'd love to start their morning with a mimosa, and, of course, there are our visitors whose arrivals clearly call for a toast that usually lasts all week. And that's just during all the "normal" parts of the year! Come late June, the annual St. John Carnival festivities kick off, and ...