I'm on a PODCAST (with one of my mentors)

One of the highlights of an already amazing holiday season was being interviewed for the Thrive by Design podcast and having the opportunity to chat with Tracy Matthews of Flourish and Thrive Academy. Although, as we discuss on the podcast episode, the holiday season started out pretty rough for me!
It's a great episode, check out the page and give it a listen! Click here to check it out!

The US Virgin Islands Will Pay You To Visit This Year!

If your New Year doesn’t include a trip to the US Virgin Islands, it should! The USVI Department of Tourism will give you $300 to spend when you book travel through participating resorts for travel up until December 31, 2017. Visitors arriving in March will also receive a commemorative “Centennial” souvenir, as we celebrate 100 years of the United States Virgin Islands. You won’t be able to spend your money on jewelry and cocktails however, as the $300 vouchers are redeemable only for outdoor activities, eco-tours, sightseeing and events that celebrate the culture and beauty of our amazing islands. That’s USVI Nice!
For more information and details on the promotion, check out: and to see the events planned for this year of centennial celebration click here. We’d love to see you! #USVInice

Message in a Bottle

Biggs and I found a message in a bottle while walking Coakley beach with Cucciolo this morning:

"One life. One man. Be happy. Realize your dreams!"
Kairos I sailing boat. December 2014.
17*01.98 N 41*12.02 W

Plugged the coordinates into Google maps and came up with the location - the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It appears the sailor is from Russia and we even found his Facebook page.

Of course this wasn't my first encounter with a message in a bottle, having found one on the north shore of St. Croix in 1997 or so. That one was written in French and was tossed overboard by a French family sailing the Caribbean. I wrote to them in French and sent some photos along, they responded to my letter and sent some photos back! I remember some drawings done by their daughter that had been included in the original bottle. I guess I must be pretty darn lucky to have found 2 messages in bottles washed ashore in my lifetime!

'Tis The Season

Good things are happening as the year 2014 draws to a close. I can look back at this year and say that there were MANY difficult and trying times, rough obstacles and hurdles, but everything worked out in the end. The groundwork has been laid for some great things to come in the next year as well.

I am just feeling so positive lately, something I haven't felt all that much this year. I've had some great days, a wonderful Thanksgiving, probably the best one I can remember in years and I think Christmas Day is shaping up to be great as well. Today, working at the shop, people were milling about, shopping, happy, friendly and there was just such a wonderful air around town. I think my favorite part of the day was the three young children who sang an adorable rendition of "How Will Santa Get Here?" when asked how Santa was going to get into their house and bring their presents.

While the holiday season usually does very little for me, this year I seem to have softened a …

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