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 cardio hip hop, I’m a distributor for the Juice Plus+ Company, and I have a travel planning service. All of this keeps me busy, and I am blessed beyond words to have this incredible opportunity to focus on things that I am truly passionate about.
Answering the question, “What does Shaun do?” is a little simpler. He’s a crew member on charter boats that take people on fun excursions throughout the Virgin Islands. Pretty cool, right? He gets to hang out with happy vacationers all day long, share in their experiences of hiking beautiful beaches on Virgin Gorda and snorkeling in turquoise waters. He takes people out on sunset sails and serves them tropical drinks.
Man With a Plan
I’m so proud of Shaun for deciding in advance what he wanted to do for work on St John. Before we even moved here, he completed STCW classes on St. Thomas, the courses necessary to get his crew member credentials. It was a financial investment and a time commitment, but he was focused on the end goal.
Before we came to St John, Shaun worked as an accountant. He spent his days inside an office, sitting in a cubical, staring at a computer screen. Excel was his best friend or his worst enemy, I guess it just depends on how you look at it.
Granted, he’s up at the crack of dawn and gets home much later now, but Shaun leaves the house each morning in his bathing suit and flip-flops. He has a big, festive, “island” hat to shade his face, and his backpack is full of sunscreen, Chapstick, and snorkel gear. He often works 12 and 13 hour days and comes home physically exhausted, yet he is more emotionally fulfilled by his day at work.
Even though working on a boat isn’t rocket science, it is a pretty important job to be responsible for peoples’ safety and happiness, even if just for a day. I started thinking about it… how many people have the opportunity to introduce others to paradise? How many people can say they are truly fulfilled each and every day in their chosen profession?
If you’re one of the lucky ones with that kind of job, you should keep doing it! That’s amazing! If you’re not, my hope is that one day you will be able to find something that brings you and those around you happiness and joy.
I recently got to tag along on one of Shaun’s work trips. It was a pretty stress free day for me, and I loved seeing him in action! Here’s a quick video I made…