Heads, Carolina Tails, California

I have always been infatuated with the idea of living on the west coast. This fascination started right after college when my friend Nicole and I flew out to visit another one of our besties, Leah, who was living in La Jolla and working as a traveling nurse. As soon as I arrived, I was in love. I felt like I was meant to be there. I loved the people I met, the beaches we visited, and ...

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 ...

Good Karma

It has been an incredible experience to share with our friends that we are moving to an island. Though there have been a few tears- actually, a lot of tears- it's been a lesson in the connectedness of the world and how putting good karma out is typically reciprocated.  From the moment we announced our plans to take this huge leap of faith, we have been amazed by the number of people who've been not ...

Dealing With Stuff

My little family had a very big weekend. After months of planning and itching to make our move, we made it safely to our new home on our tiny piece of paradise in St. John, USVI. We are living proof that luck favors those who are prepared. But just because we got lucky and everything went even more smoothly than we could've imagined, the past few days have been nothing short of exhausting. Almost there... ...

The Seven Year Itch

I’ve heard that divorce is more common around the seven and 20-year marks. Why? I have my theories and I’ve read some other theories. In any case, my husband and I celebrated our seven year anniversary earlier this year. It was a simple yet lovely celebration at the perfect tiny restaurant a mile from our house where we’d actually never before dined. As we sipped our wine, a perfect combination of fruity and nutty deliciousness, ...