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 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 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!
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