Hoping that all of your days may be merry and bright, during the holiday season and beyond ❤
#merryalways #wellwishes #sendinglove #livinglovinggrowing
photo location: St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
After 16 days of sailing (Puerto Rico — Bahamas — Florida Keys) and a few days getting the lay of the land, IslandGirlMusic is thrilled to be gigging in Key West, Florida! Kicking things off tomorrow night (Saturday, June 6) at Viva Saloon on Duval Street (7-10pm).
photo location: Middle of the Ocean, somewhere between Puerto Rico and the Bahamas (May 2015)
Two weeks from today, I will join my friends in Puerto Rico on their beautiful vessel, Someday Soon. We will set sail for the Bahamas and then on to Key West, Florida…There is magic in the air.
photo location: US Virgin Islands (January 2015)
Follow, follow the sun
and which way the wind blows
when this day is done.
Breathe, breathe in the air.
Set your intentions.
Dream with care.
photo:US Virgin Islands (March 2015)
For the most part I work in the evenings – except Sundays. On Sunday mornings I am the brunch bartender at Rhumb Lines Restaurant in Cruz Bay. It is a shift that I have worked for nearly six years, and I love it. On St. John there is no shortage of excuses to celebrate, and Sundays hold no exception – the day alone is reason enough. “Sunday Funday” is a weekly occasion. I could bemoan the fact that I regularly work through this celebration (and no doubt have from time to time), but my primary reaction is to feel that I am actually an important part of it. I, along with my Rhumb Lines cohorts, am one of the girls who waves the flag to start the races. I look forward to the locals that pile into the restaurant before they head out for their adventures. I like that I am there to nourish, caffeinate, hydrate, and adequately prep them for the volleyball, sailing, beaching, boating, and/or general shenanigans that will later ensue. We all catch up on the week that has passed and get excited about the days to come. When the shift is over I feel as if I spent the day hanging out with my friends, with my island family. I leave content. I also leave knowing that my own favorite Sunday activity still awaits…sunset.
Sunday evening sunsets provide such perfect closure to my week. The location can vary, with sailboat decks being my most preferred point of view. However, I usually enjoy the scene from my balcony. It is not always quiet – often one neighbor is rockin’ the reggae in an attempt to drown out the soca beat from a few doors down – but it is always peaceful. Some days I am joined by housemates. Other days I use the time to phone stateside friends. Sitting on my own is equally pleasurable. It is a time that naturally lends itself to reflection as the sun melts into the horizon and takes with it any of the weeks left over resistance. As the light fades and the colors stretch across the sky, I am always left feeling vastly thankful for all of the beauty that this life offers and equally hopeful for all of the possibility that the next week holds.
photo: US Virgin Islands (April 2015)
“I want to ride on the waves, sail on to another place.
Won’t you take me away…I know there’s freedom in the wind.”
–from Freedom in the Wind
by Erin Hart
photo: S/V Cimarron, US Virgin Islands (March 2015)