Friday, January 9, 2015


Whew…it's been awhile! Happy New Year everyone! 

Andrew and I have been doing the whole duffle bag thing for almost 3 weeks and have just gotten home to catch our breaths before our honeymoon.  Between the holidays in Virginia and a work trip in the British Virgin Islands, we have been going 90 to nothing. It has been a whirlwind of planes, ferries & automobiles and we both are thankful for some down time before our big trip to Thailand & Vietnam!  2015 has gotten off to a rockin' start and we are excited to see what 2015 brings!

With temps in the low teens & snow starting to fall, today has been the perfect excuse to sit at home, sip hot tea, and catch up on life. I got to thinking about the whole duffle bag thing and our trip to the BVI.  How lucky we are to have professions that take us to tropical, exotic destinations and breath in a fresh perspective on life. In my previous life, when I lived in the islands, I was thankful every day for those opportunities. And in this current life, I am still thankful for people who call us up and ask if we will sail them around the BVI and show them this beautiful chain of islands.

We had a wonderful trip to kick off the new year. For starters, our clients were delightful - flexible, fun, and eager to see the genuine people & islands. The weather was the best I've seen in years - 12-15 knots, minimal swells, abundant sunshine and few showers.  We dug our toes in the sand, felt the warm rays on our skin, went for hikes & swims, and watched incredible sunrises & sunsets. It was heaven.

One of the most unique and memorable parts of our trip was anchored off Norman Island on our last night. Behold the….

It's not really called the iBoat, but I bet if he were still alive he would have named the boat as such. This sleek $120+ million dollar yacht "Venus" was designed by and for Steve, but sadly he died the year before it was finished.  This 260 foot yacht is built entirely of aluminum and has 7 iMacs at the command center. As my friend said, it kind of looks like a big hunk of cheese. Of course, a much more sleek & space age type of cheese, not to mention, more expensive than your typical hunk of cheese. 

It's crazy to think that all week we were surrounded by iPhones & iPads, and in the same harbor was the ever present iBoat. It is clear that Steve Jobs is still influencing the way we work, live & play today. If you haven't read the best seller biography of Steve Jobs, I highly recommend it! Just incredible to see the way he has transformed our way of thinking and the future as we know it. The iBoat is no exception.

And so we are back in this New England winter wonderland, far from the sandy beaches and fruity drinks of last week, and back to living in drawers.  But 2015 has bigger plans for us - we will repack our duffles once again this weekend and head out for our adventure of a lifetime, Thailand & Vietnam! 

Stay tuned for my lofty goals for 2015 and how in the world I am going to pack for 4 weeks in a carry on duffle!  Happy Friday y'all!! 

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