My Last Political Post

"You should get a Scottie dog. Barney is hilarious," said my friend, who worked in the White House during the George W. Bush administration. She knew I was trying to decide what breed of dog would best fit into my 23 year-old, single, corporate America, overtime-working lifestyle. In all honesty, the answer was really no dog, but that’s another story for another day. photo from whitehouse.gov/barney now on Google images Long story short- I’ll spare the ...

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. ...

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 ...

You’d Be A Great Mom

Has anyone ever told you you would be a great podiatrist? How about a great pilot? Or maybe that you'd be a fabulous super model? Suppose you have a horrible foot phobia, you're afraid of flying, or you're 5'2, and sane enough to know modeling is unlikely at best. So then you stop to wonder- why did they suggest podiatry? Is it because I showed extraordinary empathy over their corns and calluses? Is it my love of ...

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 ...

Big City Adventure

Based on my Wikipedia research, I learned that San Juan is home to roughly 400,000 people, making it the 46th largest city under the jurisdiction of the U.S. It's the capital of Puerto Rico and our latest destination for a quick, island-hopping, weekend getaway. Although we recently traveled for a few days to the North Sound of Virgin Gorda, it was my husband's first flight away since we moved to St John over eight months ago. ...

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 ...

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 ...