WORKING IN PARADISE

WORKING IN PARADISE…IF YOU CAN CALL IT “WORK”

I cannot believe that Mike and I only have 2 more weeks left on St. John, it feels like just yesterday when we were packing up our NYC apartment and selling all of our stuff.

WORKING IN PARADISE - NYC Apartment  WORKING IN PARADISE - NYC Apartment

This year has been filled with new and amazing experiences. I met so many wonderful people and worked for three amazing companies in the Caribbean.

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Kekoa – Crewmember & Marketing

Working as both a crew member aboard Kekoa and in the office was a great experience. One of the reasons Mike and I choose to move to St. John was because I really wanted to work on a boat.

WORKING IN PARADISE - Crewmember for Kekoa Catamaran

I had limited knowledge about sailing before working with Kekoa but the crew taught me everything I needed to know. I now know sailing terms, different knots, how to drive a dingy and so much more. It was a pleasure working on the boat with Sarah West, Annie, Danae, Margie and Jamison. On the flip side of things it was also nice to work in the office with Claire. I was happy to be able to help her with marketing and graphic design projects as well as other office work.

WORKING IN PARADISE
WORKING IN PARADISE

I have also learned that working on a boat is not as glamorous as I thought it would be. I knew it would be hard work but it was just so much more than that. Everything needs to be done precisely, one wrong knot, or incorrect move and so much can go wrong. I have a lot of respect for all those captains and crew members out there.

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VI Ecotours – Hiking Tour Guide

I started working for VI Ecotours in February and I am very sad that it is over. I led guided hiking tours (aka EcoHikes). On these EcoHikes I would talk about the history of St. John as well as many of the different plants and trees along the trail. The hike I led was always on the Lind Point Trail (The trail located right behind the National Park Visitor Center).

On my tour my guests and I would hike to Honeymoon beach where everyone hung out and enjoyed the water and basking in the sun. Then we headed to Caneel Bay Resort to check out an old Sugar Mill Plantation. Sometimes the job felt repetitive, however, being outdoors and meeting new people is what made it amazing!

WORKING IN PARADISE - Hiking Tour Guide for VI Eco Tours  WORKING IN PARADISE

Ecotours was definitely my favorite job while living on St. John and I would love to be a Hiking Tour Guide again in another amazing location.

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Ocean Grill – Waitress & Hostess

Ohhhhhh……..Ocean Grill….how I love you! Working as a hostess and waitress for Ocean Grill has been AWESOME! The people and the food are perfect. I love everyone that I have worked with! I cannot say enough kind words about the owners, Patti and John. They are the most kind and loving people.

The food at Ocean Grill – OMG – all I can say is DELICIOUS! The chefs are so talented and the food is to die for! I will always hold a special place in my heart for all the homemade desserts. Patti is the mastermind and creator of all the desserts and I envy her talent.

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My all time favorite desserts include (but are not limited to) Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake, Vanilla Cheesecake, Pecan Pie, Vanilla Ice Cream, and Banana Ice Cream! In all seriousness though, I have had an amazing year at Ocean Grill.

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After Saturday 8/25 I will be completely finished with work while on St. John. It is a bittersweet feeling but I am excited for our next adventure and my new future jobs, whatever they may be. Again, I want to thank everyone that I have worked with this past year, it has been so much fun!

One of the most important lessons I have taken away from working while on St. John is that it is possible to be happy at your job! It’s a great feeling when you do not dread going to work and you look forward to each and every day, not just the weekends.

WORKING IN PARADISE - LET WHAT YOU LOVE BE WHAT YOU DO

What have been your absolute favorite jobs! Please share in the comments below.