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 ...

Another Island Hobby

I never really got into the selfie craze. I think my arms are too short to take good selfies?! I've also never been great at capturing beautifully candid moments in pictures. Like people laughing as they sip Champagne or friends embracing during emotional moments.... you know those perfectly Instagram-able moments that you can put a nice filter on and people love them? See how silly my selfies look? Before I moved to the island of St ...

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 ...

What NOT to Bring to St John

Previously I shared a list of items to pack when you are traveling to St John. Equally important is the list of what NOT to bring to St John. Packing for your trip should be quick and easy, not stressful or overwhelming. You need very few things for a fun and stylish vacation to St John, USVI! Items to Leave Behind... Save Space (and Energy) 1) Lots of hair products and styling tools. They simply won't work here. ...

Visiting St John

Years from now, I will look back with fond memories of the many times that I drove into downtown Cruz Bay, St John to establish my place in line to pick up friends and family coming in on the ferry from Redhook. Knowing that people you love are here to visit you and experience all of the beauty of St John is sometimes overwhelming. I've welcomed visitors with tears, hugs, laughter, and sweat. The tears are ...

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 ...

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 ...

I’m Going Home

I woke up at the crack of dawn. Actually that's not really true. I woke up well before dawn had even thought of breaking and well before the roosters started crowing. I laid in bed and tried to will myself back to sleep. I still had an hour and a half until my alarm was set to chime. But after a while, I realized my efforts to sleep were futile. This Monday was not like ...

Suit Up

Spring has sprung! Time for warmer weather and trips to the beach! Spring break, anyone? For those of us who live on an island, it's summer year-round. And you know what is terrifying about that? Every single day is fair game when it comes to having to suit up. At a moment's notice, you may have to pull out your favorite, or better yet, your most forgiving swimsuit, and bare your beach bod, ready or ...