What Life Was Like Post (2) Hurricanes

I honestly have struggled putting words to paper. I’ve attempted multiple times and it’s just been so difficult. Finding the right words, finding the initiative to write, finding the motivation. Every ounce of energy and focus it takes me to write a blog post had been depleted since Irma and Maria. But there is no time like the present to attempt to update you. The words might not fit together perfectly and this post might have lots of random, miscellaneous, scattered pattern but I can promise that I’m going to try.

First, it’s been a little over 5 months since our first hurricane came barreling across the islands and although so much has begun to feel back to normal, we are far away from recovered.

Since Irma, my roommate had been living in darkness and without hot water, cable or internet. We basically spent our lives “camping” Read more

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When Life Takes a Swirl

Words. Words. Words.

I swear I have them, but placing them onto paper isn’t coming easy. This adventure I’m currently in was DEFIANTLY not a mapped out plan.

The turn my life took 50 days ago, specifically September 6th, 2017, was not something I every could have prepared myself for or every something I thought I’d experience. I mean, I have heard of major storms and I have seen the aftermath of things like Sandy, Katrina and the most recently, Harvey. But experiencing it, well that was something I was NOT prepared for…AT ALL.

I mean, come on, I’m a desert girl raised in Arizona. The worst storm I experienced growing up was a haboob, a bad monsoon, occasionally the thunderstorms when visiting family in Minnesota/Iowa, or the occasional snow storms during college and graduate school.

When I returned and moved back to St. Thomas, Read more

2 Friends, 12 Days, & 3 Countries

WOW.

Just WOW.

I can’t believe TEN month came to an end so fast. I remember thinking back in August that “10 months is going to feel like forever, but yet, it is going to go by so fast.” Well, 10 months definitely didn’t feel like forever. In fact, it went by too quickly and just as quickly as I became friends with my co-workers, our school year came to an end and it was time to say good-bye (for now).

Thankfully, for me, the end of the school year meant one thing…one of my best friends, Kristin, was set to arrive to travel the US Virgin Islands, BVIs, and Puerto Rico with me. Read more

First Time to the British Virgin Islands

One of the benefits of living on St. Thomas in the Caribbean is the number of countries surrounding it. In fact, one country is only a 30-40 minute boat ride depending on the weather and the water conditions. I’m speaking of the British Virgin Islands, commonly known as the BVIs.

For me, this was always a destination on my list of places to go because of everything I know about them from my aunt, uncle and cousins. You see many people who love to sail, will fly to St. Thomas with the goal to Sail the BVIs. This was something that my aunt and uncle would do often and one year, my parents were able to join and everything they told me when I moved here, put the BVIs on my radar.

Thank goodness I live where I live and have friends who love adventure because there are PLENTY of boat charters that offer day trips to certain islands. Read more

Living the Island Life: St. Thomas, USVI

I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone.

I’ve traveled.

I’ve lived away from family.

I’ve lived in another country.

I’ve experienced many firsts.

OR so I thought. My life in St. Thomas, USVI has been more of a life experience than I EVER  EXPECTED. I knew it would be different and truth be told, it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with this beautiful, cultural-filled, island-life, country in the Caribbean.

But, boy, was I in a complete culture shock when my “work-social” life began to emerge.

If you know me outside of this blog, then you know that for the last 4 years, I haven’t really EVER worked in a normal 8-5 or 9-6 style job. Read more