Living Simply: A Choice
Since January 2018 to Now- how my life took a quick 360 and the process to make a dramatic change. How I was able to make hard decisions to lead me to a happier lifestyle.
My family and I have been vacationing in the Virgin Islands for the last 3 years. I have always admired and been some what jealous of the carefree lifestyle locals live down here in the Caribbean. The first time I flew into St. Thomas in 2015, it felt like home. I immediately fell in love with the islands and flooded my feeds with posts like "never leaving". Fast forward to 2018, when I dropped out of college, sold most of my belongings, and moved to the same island with just a duffel bag.
“Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital. ” The Dalai Lama
How I got the Guts to Pull the Trigger
A lot of factors went into my decision with moving. I obsessed about it for months before finally making the decision that would change everything.
Firstly, things just fell into place. One day, I changed my mind and said to myself "No, this is crazy. Just hold out and wait for another time in your life." Then, I received a job offer for my dream career. Being a first mate was something that I have wanted to do since I knew a job so incredible existed. And the signs kept coming. It was getting harder and harder for me to say no. It wasn't until my parents sat me down and said "This is the happiest we have ever seen you, so if you want it, go for it." Everything in my life was pointing me into the direction of following my dream. Sounds insane I know! Actually taking a risk for yourself?? Something our society has taught us to believe that is a major no no.
Take a Step Back and Enjoy the Moment
I am not saying that everyone should drop out of college and move to an island. But I am encouraging everyone to simplify your life for the better. Before I moved, I thought the busier my schedule was, the more successful I would become. This is the thought process of most college students. The goal should be to lead a happy and productive lifestyle-- without dreading to wake up every morning.
When life is good, you don't hit the snooze button ten times before rolling out of bed. I wake up between 5:30am- 6:30am every morning, whether I'm working or not. I'm excited to start the day and next adventure. It doesn't mean my life doesn't come without challenges. Living on a boat where you might entertain guests for 20 days, 18 hours a day nonstop takes a toll. No. I'm not exaggerating that was how I lived for almost a month this summer. What got me through it was waking up earlier to spend alone time with myself and my partner and enjoying every moment even when I was tired mentally and physically.
How You Can Simplify Your Life
✔️ I started simplifying my life 2 years ago when I watched a Netflix documentary "Minimalism". If you haven't watched it, please do. I started living more simply way before I made the decision to move to St. Thomas.
✔️ Leave time for yourself, whether that is in the morning, midday, or night. I'm a morning person so that works best for me. I'm not saying to turn on Netflix or scroll on Instagram for an hour.
✔️ Stop buying things you don't need. I can't tell you how relieved I felt getting rid of most of my belongings. Yes, ladies even the really cute shoes. Not even that but what a relief it was on my bank account. I really can't stress this enough.
✔️ Do not busy yourself with something you aren't interested in or isn't helping you grow. This one is the major key. I don't need to explain, just cut it out and do something better.
‼️Warning: This blog is not a self help blog. I will be focusing on cultural traditions I've learned from my travels, recipes from dishes I'm currently obsessed with, and what it is like working on a sailing yacht.