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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...