Islandversary

Today, on our Islandversary, I'm thinking about how for TWO years we've shared ONE bathroom and ONE car. We've thought more about water consumption and energy use than almost anything else. We've hand-washed so many dishes that I've lost count. We went to the laundromat so many times that finally I had a meltdown. We've sweated more in 24 months than we have in over 30 years combined. We've struggled but together worked through tough ...

I Was Warned

Well, I get it now. I was warned about the transient nature of the island and how that can wear on you over time. Living on an island can be harder than people think, so it's no surprise that many people are only here for a short time before they move on. People said don't invest too much of your time and energy in new people, because, more than likely within six months they'll be gone. ...

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 ...

Everyday Island Life

There's a lot to be said for island life. Simplifying and purging our homes and our lives of unnecessary possessions that are just occupying space can be satisfying and cathartic. Do you know anyone who actually wears even half of the clothes hanging in their closet? And who really needs four sets of spare sheets, two crockpots, twelve winter coats, and seventeen different colors of nail polish? Clearly there are St. John residents who have every ...

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 ...

Regulating Qi

I never really knew much about Chinese medicine. What I do know is I'm all about prevention and trying my best to stay healthy rather than having to seek medical attention when I get sick. I know proper sleep coupled with proper nutrition and exercise is the formula that typically keeps me feeling my best. One thing that I have had difficulty managing in my life is endometriosis. I won't go into a long drawn out ...

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 ...

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 ...