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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Closing the Deal

First things first. If you want to move to an island, you must first sell your home on the mainland. I'm sure anyone who's ever sold a house under any circumstance would agree that this can be an emotional process, a roller coaster ride of highs and lows. For us, we were selling the only house we'd ever bought as a couple, which happens to be in an amazing neighborhood full of many our very ...

Shopping for Sunshine

Is anything scarier than shopping for a new swimsuit? It's a bit like shopping for jeans, only worse. Why do the mirrors always seem to add ten pounds? And why does the fitting room lighting put emphasis on all the wrong places? For most of my life I didn't enjoy the process of buying new bathing suits. I found myself overwhelmed in the big department stores, swimming in a sea of mainstream swimwear targeting the ...

Bohemian Beautiful

I’ve always dreamt of being boho. Do you know what I mean? I think I had images in my mind of tall, waify models with long hair wearing the coolest bohemian clothes. Loose, effortlessly cool dresses that look like you didn’t try yet seemlessly pulled off the chicest look. Maybe I watched one too many episodes of the Rachel Zoe Project. Since, clearly, I’m not tall or waify, I sort of gave up my dream ...

Sunday Funday

Ahhhh, Sunday. The day before the work week starts and the hustle bustle begins anew. Today was a dreary Sunday in Charlotte, and the thought of not maximizing all of my weekend time makes me sad. A lot of times rainy weather inspires me to shop. I know some people think rainy afternoon are the perfect time to go see a movie. But many of us sit all week in desks or in our cars, ...