The Driver Has Control – Who’s Driving Your Career?

Have you ever let something someone else said or did bring you down or affect your career and life choices? Maybe they criticized something you did; maybe they laughed at you; maybe they snapped at you. Continue reading “The Driver Has Control – Who’s Driving Your Career?”

Where Are My Shorts?!

A rainy day in paradise.

The sound of the rain is almost deafening as it pounds on Snowflake’s cabin top. Jumping up from the salon table, we scramble around the boat, closing all the hatches and portlights. Thankfully, we can leave the door open—our bimini isn’t the greatest cockpit shelter but it at least keeps the water from coming inside the door.

The morning started off like any other morning—sunshine, blue skies. Like many other cruisers who don’t have the luxury of a washing machine, I took the opportunity to hand wash our laundry in a bucket and hang it out to dry. Less than a half hour later, the wind picked up and a nasty cloud full of big rain drops drifted over the anchorage.

Figuring it was the typical squall that would blow over quickly, I shrugged my shoulders and went inside to fix coffee and breakfast. Little did I know then that the bad weather was here to stay… Continue reading “Where Are My Shorts?!”

Money Makers for the Dream Chasers

“Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds.” —Napoleon Hill

Are you interested in earning money in a way that allows you to work from where you want to work, doing something that you are interested in?

I’m living and traveling on a sailboat and I get to meet a lot of different people. People who are chasing their dreams or in search of something better in life. Regardless of their reasons for being on a boat, it always intrigues me how they make it work financially.

No matter if you are living on a boat, living a nomadic lifestyle, or simply interested in a way to work remotely, some of these ideas could work for you. Continue reading “Money Makers for the Dream Chasers”

Is Fear Holding You Back?

“If we all feared the same things, and if nobody was willing to take a risk for what they believed in, the world would be a very boring place indeed.”
—Tania Aebi

If anyone knows about conquering fears, it’s Tania Aebi. On May 28, 1985 at the tender age of eighteen, Tania left her home in New York on a little 26 foot Contessa sailboat she named Varuna. Her goal: to circumnavigate the world alone. Continue reading “Is Fear Holding You Back?”

Oil Down on the Hog

As we lifted and pulled our little dinghy up the white sandy beach of Hog Island, we were instantly hit with the smell of a smoky wood burning fire. Tying the dinghy painter to an old tree trunk, we looked around.

Down towards Roger’s bar we saw the catamaran Shadowfax waiting to take tourists from the cruise ship back to St. George’s. We saw locals with their coolers and chairs hanging out, talking and laughing together. Little children played in the water.

Welcome to Hog Island!

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The Day I Almost Quit

Pressing the power button on my MacBook Air multiple times, I found myself faced with nothing but a black screen. I plugged the charger in, closed the laptop and waited a few hours.

Okay, let’s try this again.

I opened the laptop and pressed my index finger firmly on the power button. Nothing. I tried it again… and again… and again.

Same result…

With several projects due, one of which I had not backed up to my separate hard drive in a week, I started to feel a tightness in my chest that I had not felt in years. Looking around at the people in the little Caribbean rum shop where I had gone to get free Wi-Fi, I tried to calm myself down and appear normal. I asked the girl behind the bar if she knew of any Apple stores on the island.

Nimrod’s Rum Shop – believe it or not, the best WiFi in Lower Woburn, Grenada.

No. Of course, this wasn’t going to be so easy here.

She gave me the name of a computer repair guy in town and when I asked her if the guy worked on Apples, she told me that he eats them… Continue reading “The Day I Almost Quit”

The First Step You Should Take Today

What’s holding you back from furthering your career? From making that career change you’ve always dreamt of… starting that business or going out on your own? Why aren’t you asking your boss for that promotion? Continue reading “The First Step You Should Take Today”

A Walk in the Jungle

View of Clarkes Court Bay where Snowflake is anchored.

The crew on s/v Snowflake loves a bit of adventure and exploration. After a long week or varnishing, writing and editing, and various other projects, we decided it was time to explore our new backyard in Clarkes Court Bay. Continue reading “A Walk in the Jungle”

Atlantic Crossing – Stats and Lessons Learned

Snowflake’s Atlantic Crossing Stats:

Start: Mindelo, Säo Vicente, Cape Verdes Islands

Final Destination: Prickly Bay, Grenada

Days at Sea: 22 (21 nights)

Miles Sailed: 2,297

Average Speed: 4.55 knots (top speed 10 knots; slowest 0.0 knots)

Number of Changes to Sail Plan: 22 (not including reefs)

Number of Squalls Encountered: 9 (top wind speed – 27 knots)

Engine Hours: 21

Fish Caught: 3

Santo Antao on the left and Sao Vicente on the right.

As I write this from Snowflake’s cockpit, the sun is shining down over the lush, tropical island of Grenada. It’s hard to believe that just a month ago we were anchored in Mindelo in the Cape Verdes. Looking back over the last month, the feelings of accomplishment, joy, awe, and disbelief are abundant.

While Snowflake did not make as great a passage time as some boats, she did better than others and we are satisfied with our stats. Overall, we were prepared for the crossing, but there were many lessons learned. Continue reading “Atlantic Crossing – Stats and Lessons Learned”

The Ultimate Adventure — Atlantic Crossing

Wow — hard to believe the time is finally here! After years of dreaming about an ocean crossing, I now find myself on the cusp of one! Continue reading “The Ultimate Adventure — Atlantic Crossing”