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Embracing Minimalism

Embracing Minimalism

Personal Growth, Relationships, Travel
I overheard my girlfriend referring to me as a minimalist last night, and for some reason, that struck me as funny. I suppose it is because I have never really consciously embraced that. Yet, I look at the choices I have made over the past couple of years, and I realize that is exactly what I have become. At this moment, I am sitting at a cafe in St Thomas drinking a carton of coconut water. My small backpack is sitting next to me. I have two mobile phones on my right. They are both prepaid. One has a dual SIM slot so I can connect both at home and abroad. I have a small leather journal, my Passport, and a basic black leather purse. I came to St Thomas…
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Welcome St Thomas Style

Welcome St Thomas Style

Top Posts, Travel
St Thomas is wild, chaotic, and wonderful! From the breathtakingly amazing views to the clear blue water to the haphazard homes plucked on the mountainside in complete ignorance of the "laws" of gravity, this place is a study in contradiction. You are surrounded by obscene wealth and heartbreaking poverty. There is an undercurrent of hostility to the state-siders. We bring our money to spend, which supports life here, but we also bring traffic, drive up housing prices, and we can leave when the inevitable pitfalls of island life become more than we can handle. As a state-sider, there are definite adjustments that you must make to live here. One, the grocery stores are limited and expensive by state-side standards. A block of cheese that I paid $2.50 for in the…
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19 Months and A New Life

19 Months and A New Life

Health, Ketosis Diet, Personal Growth, Relationships, Top Posts, Travel
I finished my journal last night. It is the journal I have been working from since February of 2017. The very first entry was affirmations that I created after reading The Miraculous Morning by Hal Elrod. This post is not about that book, but it is a great read, and it inspired me to accomplish a number of things that I have in the past year and a half. Here are the affirmations that I wrote on Feb 6, 2017: I want to live a lifestyle that allows me the opportunity to secure wealth and stability. I want to own land and property for both investment and wealth-building. I want to be healthy and slim to maximize my quality of life. I want to grow in my study of philosophy,…
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Amazing Grocery Stores – Appreciating Charleston

Amazing Grocery Stores – Appreciating Charleston

Health, Personal Growth, Travel
On day 2 of appreciating Charleston, I began by thinking of the lovely scenery and maybe I would write something about that. Then it hit me, this place has amazing grocery stores! When I was living in Florida, I became spoiled with Publix. Publix had everything, and the prices were really good! No matter what I wanted, Publix served it up! You can imagine my distress, then, whereupon landing in Charleston, I realized I did not have a Publix near me. Fortunately, there is one down the street from one of my jobs, so I can still get my fix weekly. It has only been over time that Charleston has offered up these amazing stores to my consciousness. It began with the realization that there was a Trader Joe's about…
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Wannamaker State Park – Appreciating Charleston

Wannamaker State Park – Appreciating Charleston

Health, Personal Growth, Relationships
For my first day of appreciating Charleston, I decided to revisit Wannamaker State Park. The reason was perhaps a bit subconscious at first, but it was where my darling and I would spend our Sunday mornings going for nature walks. He has been on my mind a lot, lately, and it was sweet and sad to revisit the trails that we once walked together. Wannamaker is a lovely little park near the Charleston Southern University in North Charleston. My sweet man had purchased an annual pass last year, and when it expired, I did the same. I love going to the beach, and the pass has long since paid for itself. With that said, the price of admittance is only $2. There is a dog park, a water park, playgrounds,…
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