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Our Time in St Thomas is Coming to an End

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I am in the final week of my month in St Thomas, and I am sad to see our time here coming to an end. It has been incredibly restorative to my soul. Before I left for this trip, I was feeling run down and unsettled. I felt trapped and without purpose. Since being away from my routine, I have found a new direction and I am eager to return stateside if only to implement my plans. I have also been without WiFi for at least half of my time. At best, telephone and internet service is spotty and erratic. In the places we have stayed, we “had” WiFi, but for various, usually weather-related reasons, we have had long periods without. I am actually writing this post on my mobile phone. I am laying across my roommate’s bed, right next to the open sliding door, which we have determined is the most sustained signal in the house. Being so disconnected has been akin to detoxing. It has been unpleasant and unsettling. I have tried to take a stoic approach to it all. Keeping a good sens

Embracing Minimalism

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I overheard my girlfriend referring to me as a minimalist last night, and for some reason, that struck me as funny. I suppose it is because I have never really consciously embraced that. Yet, I look at the choices I have made over the past couple of years, and I realize that is exactly what I have become. At this moment, I am sitting at a cafe in St Thomas drinking a carton of coconut water. My small backpack is sitting next to me. I have two mobile phones on my right. They are both prepaid. One has a dual SIM slot so I can connect both at home and abroad. I have a small leather journal, my Passport, and a basic black leather purse. I have embraced minimalism due to necessity. I came to St Thomas for a working vacation about 2 weeks ago with a small carry-on. I have about 6 wrap dresses with me and 2 sets of yoga pants. I have a pair of flip-flops, tennis shoes, and dress shoes. Believe it or not, I have not worn all of the things I have with me! I am realizing how little I act

Welcome St Thomas Style

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St Thomas is wild, chaotic, and wonderful! From the breathtakingly amazing views to the clear blue water to the haphazard homes plucked on the mountainside in complete ignorance of the “laws” of gravity, this place is a study in contradiction. You are surrounded by obscene wealth and heartbreaking poverty. There is an undercurrent of hostility to the state-siders. We bring our money to spend, which supports life here, but we also bring traffic, drive up housing prices, and we can leave when the inevitable pitfalls of island life become more than we can handle. As a state-sider, there are definite adjustments that you must make to live here. One, the grocery stores are limited and expensive by state-side standards. A block of cheese that I paid $2.50 for in the mainland, is $6.99 here. Ironically, alcohol is sinfully cheap and way too easy to obtain. Frankly, it is very much a way of life here. Steep Roads in St Thomas The roads here are steep, poorly maintained, and li

19 Months and A New Life

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I finished my journal last night. It is the journal I have been working from since February of 2017. In these 19 months, I have created a new life. The very first entry was affirmations that I created after reading The Miraculous Morning by Hal Elrod. This post is not about that book, but it is a great read, and it inspired me to accomplish a number of things that I have in the past year and a half.

Ancient Live Oak Trees – Appreciating Charleston

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Ancient Live Oak Trees – Appreciating Charleston As I drive to work at Kiawah Island every day, I pass through Johns Island. All along the nearly hour-long commute, I pass through these majestic Live Oak trees. All throughout Charleston, you will see Live Oak trees. Many cities around here have restrictions about cutting them down, so over time, you will find the lovely tree-lined roads. This is particularly evident in areas like West Ashley, James Island, and Johns Island. It is one of the features that I appreciate most about living in the Lowcountry.

Amazing Grocery Stores – Appreciating Charleston

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Amazing Grocery Stores – Appreciating Charleston Charleston has some great grocery stores. I have a feeling that will be one thing I miss when I am living the island life. Amazing Grocery Stores – Appreciating Charleston On day 2 of appreciating Charleston, I began by thinking of the lovely scenery and maybe I would write something about that. Then it hit me, this place has amazing grocery stores! When I was living in Florida, I became spoiled with Publix. Publix had everything, and the prices were really good! No matter what I wanted, Publix served it up! You can imagine my distress, then, whereupon landing in Charleston, I realized I did not have a Publix near me. Fortunately, there is one down the street from one of my jobs, so I can still get my fix weekly. It has only been over time that Charleston has offered up these amazing stores to my consciousness. It began with the realization that there was a Trader Joe’s about 15 minutes away from me. I had always heard of T

Wannamaker State Park - Appreciating Charleston

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For my first day of appreciating Charleston, I decided to revisit Wannamaker State Park . The reason was perhaps a bit subconscious at first, but it was where my darling and I would spend our Sunday mornings going for nature walks. He has been on my mind a lot, lately, and it was sweet and sad to revisit the trails that we once walked together. Wannamaker is a lovely little park near the Charleston Southern University in North Charleston. My sweet man had purchased an annual pass last year, and when it expired, I did the same. I love going to the beach, and the pass has long since paid for itself. With that said, the price of admittance is only $2. There is a dog park, a water park, playgrounds, picnic areas, and a giant lake, but my favorite is the long, winding nature trails through the woods. It is always such a treat to find these treasures as I am walking along. I can't help but feel like I have wandered into a fairy realm.  When my man and I would wander