Welcome to You, Happy Anniversary to Me!

Welcome! Today is the launch of my new blog, Choosing The Better Life. I am so pleased that you are here with me. 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!

Today’s blog launch is also a “Happy Anniversary” celebration. Exactly one year ago today, I hopped on a small twin-engine plane bound for this tiny island in the sea, and I began choosing the better life for myself. I had planned to stay about one week. That turned into a month, which turned into a few months . . . All of a sudden, an entire year has flown by!

I did make trips back to the U.S. – not the least of which was to close on the sale of my home up north, hurriedly sell off furniture and pack up the remainder into a U-Haul bound for a South Florida storage unit.

So, here I am, one year later, and I am as happy as a clam – err, conch. Before I even bought a plane ticket south, I had planned to take a year off from work and had given notice at my law firm. Although I didn’t dream that I would spend that year on an island, I did follow-through on my intent to JUST BE, to slow down the pace of life, enjoy everything more fully and trust that my path would evolve in a way that is best for me. And, oh, has it ever!

The last year has been a joyful journey of nesting into my island home, making trips to old friends and new places, experiencing breath-taking views on a daily basis, dancing to rake-n-scrape bands, eating healthier, walking more, learning to drive a boat, snorkeling, being more active than my prior days behind a desk, hosting dinners, getting involved in the community, enjoying an island romance of the for-the-rest-of-my-life variety and so much more.

One year and a thousand doubts ago, I took a leap. I am so very glad I did, and I look forward to sharing this adventure with you as it continues! Thanks for reading, and I hope you’ll return.

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