Roundup: Caribbean Winter, Time-Management, and Surviving the Holidays

by Nora Dunn on January 5, 2012


Hog Island, in Grenada

On New Year’s Eve, I felt cold. I got my first goose bumps since arriving in Grenada three months ago.

How arresting it was, on this mildly chilly night (and by “chilly” I mean 20+ degrees Celsius), to realize that this was the first time I’d even contemplated what “cold” was since arriving.

This whole “winter in the Caribbean” thing is pretty sweet.

So, I’m staying.

In two days’ time, I’ll be flying from Grenada to St Martin where I’ll meet up with some newly acquainted friends to test out my sea legs with a month aboard a sailboat. The captain even has a parrot….I can just hear it now: “*squawk*! Nora just puked again! *squawk*”!

After that, I’m not sure what will happen, but possibilities like salsa in Cuba and yoga in Bahamas are both alluring and percolating. By the end of March, I’ll return in Grenada (yes, I love it here that much), to resume my house-sitting position for a further few months.

So in my plight to travel slowly and “LIVE” around the world (as opposed to simply passing through), I’ll be spending (at least) nine months in the Caribbean. What a privilege and a treat, to even temporarily refer to this idyllic place that is the breeding ground for world-wide visions of “paradise”… as “home”.

For those who are preparing for the world to end this year, here’s a little numerology to get you going: As I was driving along the other day, my eyes glanced at the odometer (something they never do). Just at that moment, it was rolling over to 212,000…..on the eve of 2012.

How cool is that?!

Okay, maybe not that cool. But these articles below are! Check ‘em out!

Wise Bread

The Secret to Time-Management and Work-Life Balance

If you want to be happy with your work-life balance, you might be surprised to discover it’s about much more than how you manage your time.

Care One

Surviving the Holiday Blues

“‘Tis the season,” alright! ‘Tis the season to be sorry, sick, and miserable. If this is how you generally feel during the holidays, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Here are seven things you can do to get through the holidays a little cheerier:

Profiles & Shout-Outs

I’m pleased that an article I wrote for Wise Bread about 100 Ways to Change your Life years ago (and one that has remained among Wise Bread’s top articles) inspired a post by Amy Gutman over at the Huffington Post. She has a nice take on the exercise by putting a different spin on New Year’s Resolutions.

Stuck on New Year’s Resolutions? Try This Instead

And Jenny Kerr, a columnist for GoBankingRates wrote an intriguing post about retiring abroad, and about less conventional retirement lifestyles. Although I’m not technically “retired”, I do live out the retirement dreams of many….so my lifestyle was profiled for the article. Check it out!

Save Money by Retiring Abroad: How to Retire Overseas for Less

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Kate January 6, 2012 at 11:29 am

Bah! What about house-sitting in Tampa? That was clearly the best choice! ;)

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theprofessionalhobo January 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm

@Kate – See, here’s the deal: I’m pretty used to living near the equator now, and I haven’t seen much of any sort of winter in over 5 years.
So actually – I’m nervous about going as far “north” as St Martin! Brr. Tampa? Downright chilly. Cold, even. (Freezing, no…..at least not much). ;-)

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Kate January 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm

BAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!
You are a spoiled brat! LOL! :)

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Baron's January 7, 2012 at 1:35 am

You certainly are making some good choices…let’s hear how you do on the sail boat and whether the parrot will like you and flirt with you a bit…Cheers Nora and keep well

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theprofessionalhobo January 7, 2012 at 9:13 am

@Kate – I prefer to refer to it as “accustomed to the finer things in life” rather than “spoiled”! :-)

@Baron’s – A flirtatious parrot? Hm – that could be funny! I’ll keep ya posted.

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