Thursday, January 31, 2013

Work. Life. The Way Things Are Going.

You don't know what is out there for you, but it is probably GREAT!

Work. Work. Work.
Jake and I have been working hard.  Working to get some wonderful experience, as well as make money and get a little bit closer to sailing away and traveling the world. 
The new position that I took is really quite the job.  I am exhausted. I love it. It is consuming my life a bit, but I love it.   It feels good to be productive, to feel like I am creating something. I don't feel like there are enough hours in the day to do everything I need to do. 
All of this is a big change from my former positions.  I haven't felt this way about a job since I worked with foster children with disabilities.  I feel like I'm making a difference. I feel valuable. I love it!

I come home talking about work, and telling Jake all that I need to do, and he has been wonderful in giving me ideas, making sure we still have date night, and making sure we are still keeping our lives well rounded and not always just working. 

Everything is going great. I have a lot of work ahead of me, but I am so excited for the future.  Jake is working hard and is getting more opportunities to be a leader at his workplace.  Even though we are working long hours we know we have places to go, and all of these opportunities we are experiencing are getting us just that much closer. 

At times there are opportunities that you cannot pass up. Sometimes plans need to be rescheduled, but not discarded to reach the goals you desire. I hope that all of you out there are continuously learning and growing and experiencing great opportunities.  I have two days off coming up so hopefully I will have some pictures and some fun social activities to write about.  Until then keep striving for wonderful experiences.  

Sunday, January 20, 2013

A New Position

I will be starting at the beginning just like these little guys, while I am helping to launch this program. :)

As you may have noticed I have been a bit more neglectful than usual when it comes to blogging.  I feel like I have been overwhelmed with work as well as social commitments through out the last few weeks, and feel a little behind on this aspect of life.
            I am very excited to have just accepted a new position at work.  I don’t like to mention work much on this blog, but it is a big change for me that will be exciting yet full of stress and hard work.  I will be helping to launch a new program that will teach people about the environment while encouraging simple living and conservation. I am thrilled to be working in a position that will help this community become a little more proactive about how they treat the environment and learn how the environment is effected by our actions.
            This position is something that we have been waiting for to be posted, and I experienced a lot of stress and preparation when applying and interviewing so that I could be the perfect candidate.   It is going to be a whole new experience that will give me a lot of room to learn and grow. I am excited to take a step forward, strengthen my abilities and be a little better.  I am a tiny bit nervous but mostly just full of excitement.
            Have you ever had an opportunity that has made you feel like this? I feel like I am on top of the world, I feel like there is so much change that I will be able to make.  I will be able to make a difference.  I will be doing something that I am passionate about. This opportunity will give me experience for so many other challenges and adventures along the way.  I am so grateful for this opportunity and look forward to doing my best.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Sushi and YAHTZEE Anyone?

Some of our sushi rolls and chopsticks. 
              Last night  Jake and I had some friends over for a special dinner.  Our friends have been impressed that we make our own sushi for lunches and dinners and have wanted to learn how to make it.  So Jake and I had each person put in some money, we bought the supplies, and held a small sushi class on our boat. It was fun to share a new experience with our friends.  Jake was the main chef, teaching the details of making sushi rice, wasabi, cutting the fish, mixing spicy tuna, and teaching them everything they need to know about how to make their own sushi on this island.  Jake and I have found the best places to purchase the fish, the nori, the rice, etc.  because sushi is one of our favorite meals.  We made California rolls, spicy tuna rolls, salmon rolls, and then a few random ingredients in others.  They were delicious.  
After dinner we cleaned up and enjoyed a fun filled game of YAHTZEE!  We are starting to love that game.  We have been playing it often and it is always a good time.  Last night was a great night with great people.  Glad we had the opportunity to share our knowledge and talent with our friends and have such wonderful company. 

Addicted to this game. So fun!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

High and Low

The beach is quiet and a small amount of boats on the water during our lull.

Being in St. Thomas we don’t experience any harsh temperature changes between seasons and it almost feels as though we don’t experience any season change at all.  I do feel a bit cold in the winter months, and way too hot in the summer months but that is about it.  June- November is what we consider hurricane season when it rains more than usual if there is a tropical waves or anything bigger near the island. 

For locals here seasons are a totally different topic than the weather.  We have high season and low season.   During high season we are extremely busy with cruise ships and either hotel transient guests or group guests.  It is a time where those working in the service or tourism industry (which is about all we have here) make a lot of money. During the low season the island is very quiet.  Businesses don’t have normal hours they are limited hours, people are scrambling to find work and make it through the months when things are a bit slower.
Thanksgiving is when the island started to pick up a bit.  It has been busier as more cruise ships arrive daily, and as more people are coming to visit and experience St. Thomas.  Jake and I have been working like crazy, we are thankful for this and we are glad the quiet months are over because they were a little difficult. High season brings extended hours, overtime, more customers and exhaustion.  

We powered through the holidays and now there is a little lull, a short time when most people are home from their holiday vacations, and just a small amount of others who are experiencing the island.  This lull gives us a chance to take a breath, be happy for that rush during the holidays and look forward to the next big run.  I think Jake and I both feel like during our busy time we were extremely social compared to usual.  Maybe it is because we were in this survival mode being worked so hard and wanting just a little bit of time to enjoy ourselves and unwind.   We also have made some friends that we enjoy spending time with and it has helped us get out and do things instead of just date night and our normal routine of walks or reading and surfing the internet after work.  We have had dinner at friend’s houses, we have invited them over to our boat and it has been great getting to know some good people(who are really hard to find on this island). 

We are grateful that we both have jobs where we can save some money and pay off our debt.  We can accomplish our goals and enjoy all that this life has to offer.  High season kicks our butts, but we love it!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Happy New Year!

New Year's Day sunrise. BEAUTIFUL! 

Our holiday celebration was different than most.  It involved boxes of gifts lost in the mail, working the days that many had off, finding those little spurts of time to celebrate and spending some time together.
We worked very hard this holiday season which is difficult to do when you miss the celebrations and family, but the hard work is getting us closer to our goal.  We had wonderful friends who invited us over for get -togethers/ parties in celebration of the holidays. It turned out to be a wonderful holiday season.  Now the Christmas decorations and gifts are put away, and it is a new year. 

2013! It is hard to believe how the years have past.  We are very excited for this year, in hopes that we are successful in meeting our goals and continuing to learn and grow.  Some goals we have include but not limited to
  • moving off the dock back onto the hook
  • purchasing and installing more solar panels
  • continuing to save for our departure
  • using our talents to create and experience new ideas
  • hopefully starting a new position in my company
  • continuing to work on our health and fitness

It's going to be a great year and we are excited for all it has to hold! HAPPY NEW YEAR!