Simple Life

I’m not exactly sure why I stopped writing. I probably have more to say right now at this point in my life than I ever have. And second only to dance, writing is my therapy. So, here I go… my first attempt to put into words how the past seven months have forever changed my life. If I’m being completely honest, and why hide anything at this point, Shaun and I were starting to talk about ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

Work on St John

Here's something that I have grown to absolutely love about life on St John- the happiness I see in my husband's face when he comes home from work. Everyone wants to know our "story"... What we did before we moved here, how we had the guts to move to an island, and what we do for work on St John. For me, there is no short answer. I am a free lance writer, a choreographer who teaches ...

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 ...