Together, let’s explore day-to-day island living through my eyes as a “recovering lawyer,” along with the musings that these life changes have brought about for me - all peppered with the striking characters, funny oddities and other random tidbits that cross my path or come to mind. 

Thank you for joining me on this amazing journey. May you also choose the better life for yourself, however you define it!

BEFORE; liking life okay
BEFORE Choosing the Better Life:

I am a born-and-bred American woman.  For the entire decade of my 30’s, I lived in a big Midwestern city, working long hours as a partner in a downtown law firm.  I enjoyed the "success," felt fortunate to like and respect my colleagues and our clients, and I didn’t mind the work most days.  Privileged to have wonderful friends in the area, I nonetheless whined about the ridiculously cold winters and long grey days, and I lamented the distance from my family in South Florida.  But life generally clicked along okay, though I suffered the nagging feeling that there should be something greater to life than just okay.  

After a brief but tumultuous period in my personal life (that I’d really rather just forget), I settled back into this comfortable routine.  Yet, as my 40th birthday also neared, I began to seriously question if this is how I wanted to spend the next 40 years.  Turns out, the answer was, "No."  Please know that I was not having a mid-life crisis.  Rather, very calmly and clearly, I simply decided to choose a better life for myself.

AFTER; loving life
AFTER Choosing the Better Life: 

Now, as I (gasp) cross the threshold into my 40's, and for the foreseeable forever, I am happily ensconced on a tiny island in the Bahamas.  And I mean TINY - as in less than five square miles and fewer than 100 full-time residents.  

My days are spent running errands in a temperamental golf cart, hanging laundry on the line to dry in the sunshine and ocean breeze, taking my dog to the backyard beach for an afternoon swim, cooking fresh-caught fish and lobster, seeing more friends in any given week than I typically would in a month in the big city, pursuing freelance writing projects, skimming over the turquoise waters in small boats, participating in sailboat-racing mania and all other local festivities, and generally experiencing far more peace, fulfillment and happiness than I ever have.  While this is not necessarily "the better life" for everyone, it most certainly is for me! 

More About Me:

  • I am organized to a fault and really like lists.

  • I especially love bulleted lists.

  • Angel is my 7-year-old King Charles Cavalier Spaniel who happily transitioned to "island dog" status, remains spoiled as ever and makes frequent appearances on this blog.

  • My mother hates it when I reveal my age because anyone doing simple math can figure out she isn’t as young as she fabulously appears.

  • One of my prized possessions is a beautiful guitar that I never really learned to play, but keep thinking I need to get back to.
    Did you notice it's a leftie guitar?

  • My high school graduation quote was “Keep your face to the sunshine and you’ll never see the shadows.”  20 years later, I’ve learned that the shadows add depth to our life experience, but I still believe in keeping my face to the sunshine.

  • I’ve lived in 8 states and 3 countries.

  • Singing and a variety of music satisfy my soul.

  • In addition to continued attempts to master fairly passable Spanish and Pig Latin, I would love to follow-through on learning more than rudimentary Italian and French.

  • A strange lilt to my voice and occasional Bahamian dialect is beginning to appear in my speech these days.

  • I am blessed with wonderful, loving and supportive parents, brother and extended family.

  • My formative years in a Southern state instilled in me a passion for sweet tea, biscuits-n-gravy and southern cooking, an appreciation for southern manners, and a strong preference for “y’all” over “you guys” or the collective “you.”

  • Although I won’t talk much about God here, spirituality is an important part of my life.  My faith has deepened throughout this journey, and my soul thrives in this serene environment.

  • Books, books, books – reading is a passion.

  • My young adult self never would have predicted it, but I’ve turned into a morning person.

  • I wear far more sunblock than I used to, but probably not as much as I should.

  • While I may talk casually or flippantly about much of this, I am extremely thankful for so much good in my life.

  • Is anyone still reading?

  • If so, phew!  :)


  1. Yes, I am still reading - and loving every moment of it!

  2. LOL! Thanks so much, Lois. Glad to have you here!

  3. You seem like someone I would love to hang with some time. Thanks for your fresh, beautiful view of life and your world.

    1. What a lovely comment! Thank you so very much. Hope you continue to enjoy the blog.

  4. Great blog! I'm familiar with those questions of "How did you end up...." as I've been living in Argentina for the past 4 years (and I'm from a southern state too!). We'll be moving to Poland this year....not exactly an island paradise like yours, but we'll be next to the Baltic sea!

    1. Paul, thanks so much for your comment and I'm glad you enjoy the blog. Your adventures sound wonderful! Cheers to being seaside soon!

  5. I found your Facebook page and then your blog. Just wanted to say YOU GO GIRL! I did the same thing you did just over a year ago and before I became a random Jamaica thrill-seeker I was a corporate slave!

    It's a wonderful journey even when it's tough! Keep doing what you do!

    1. Yay! It's such fun to find kindred island souls. Thanks for your hurrah - right back atcha! I look forward to exploring your sites more, too.


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