Explorations & Revelations


Okay, so you know we used to live in a big house and chucked it all for a better lifestyle. And I believe I mentioned that our cottage in Saba is 750 square feet, right? Just try to imagine yourself living your current life in 750 square feet. Then imagine two people working at home in 750 square feet. Got the picture?
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Can a person leave the typical American “time is money” culture and adjust to island time? This has been my recent exploration after finding myself feeling stressed on a recent lunch time hike.
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When did life get so complicated? It seems as if we are all running around in a race against time. We become emotionally invested in getting things done better, faster, cheaper. At least I know I did. My first “in-your-face” example of how quickly I was moving was when Joel & I lived in Wayne, PA. I worked at 1500 Market Street in Philadelphia, commuting by train to the city each day (anyone remember SEPTA?). Like any other ambitious person in her twenties, I wanted to get ahead — so I worked long hours to produce work I could be proud of. And unfortunately, like many of us, I tied my self-worth to how quickly and how well I could produce. Does this sound like you or anyone you know?
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It’s Good to Know: Reindeer
According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, the males drop their antlers at the beginning of winter – usually late November to mid-December. Female reindeer retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring.

Therefore, according to every traditional depiction of Santa’s reindeer, every one of them – from Rudolph to Blitzen – is a female.
Source: www.EarlyToRise.com
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Ok, some of you aren’t supposed to bet (company policy), but those who can may want to get in on this one. Will we or will we not get cable TV? Right now, we do not have TV. We missed the last episode of The Apprentice, movies on HBO and our favorite HBO original programming.
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After a long hiatus, I’ve started up my yoga practice again. While I can go do yoga overlooking the ocean, I have started my practice in my cottage. I do a vigorous form of yoga called Ashtanga. Ashtanga yoga is really great for type-A personalities because it’s active and challenging. It’s actually the yoga that Madonna made famous, although I didn’t know this when I started.
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