St. Thomas Lilika Effect On Green Smoothie Crazies Like Me

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Of all the places I’ve traveled this contract St. Thomas is the winning port. My heart lives here, It’s a little bit of home on an island. One of my favorite place's to visit is  Yacht Haven Grande and this little smoothie bar called Lilika Juice Bar not too far from the cruise ships. Now everyone raves about Barefoot Buddha, it’s a great place to get food but it’s always so busy, packed, wall to wall busy. I've spent a lot of money in their one of a kind boutique. To be outside with a healthy drink in hand next to the water, that's my kind of afternoon. 

Any place near yachts is classy to begin with.   I feel at home when I run into the National Marine office while seeing yachts I’m familiar with and under the shade in at a place that makes green drinks like I make at home. 

 

Destiny and I talking about why St. Thomas is so special

Destiny and I talking about why St. Thomas is so special

The menu has so many options and they even ask your option of a base (water, almond milk, coconut milk etc). I always get half almond milk and water. The last time I was here I had two green drinks and felt so fresh. St. Thomas is one of those ports where I'm waiting at the gangway to be the first one off the ship. 

 

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In a previous blog called, How I Broke The Rules For A Green Smoothie, I shared that staying healthy and making health choices on a ship sometimes require breaking a few rules. 

 

The first thing I look for when I’m off the ship is a place where I can add boosters like chia seeds, dates, bee pollen and flax seeds. Ingredients that most people might roll their eyes at but then fall on the floor when I tell them my age. 

 

Ben and I soaking in the sun after some vegan food and a green drink

Ben and I soaking in the sun after some vegan food and a green drink

If you are in St. Thomas stop by Lilika in Yacht Haven Grand and pick up one of their green drinks. You will feel  energized, accomplished and completely satisfied. 

 

 

 

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Who wouldn't want to hang out here? 

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Most Powerful Moment

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Experiences are a representation of a physical state of being. Looking back on my yachting career today, I couldn't be more thankful for the experiences I chose. We are so much more than the stories we tell.  The very first time I had visited a boat show in Florida, I had envisioned myself apart of this fascinating Yachting industry.  It didn't matter what anyone said, I knew I was going to make Yachting my career. Years later, after four years of medical school I find a renewed since of belonging, a calling.  I am an Acupuncture Physician that lives with passion, who possess incredible capabilities to empower others, create solutions and lives without limitations.  Do you just exist or do you LIVE?

My most powerful moment, happens when I am in the moment of living. In five years of yachting, traveling the Caribbean, in service to the fearless dreamers of the world, yacht owners and charter guest, I observed the value of never ceasing to dream. I have a Coast Guard career and a Yachting career in one hand and a medical career in the other.  How do the two come together? They complement each other and they offer a variety of opportunities.  Pack your tool box with an arsenal of abilities and be in awe with who you are created to be.

You see, we are free to explore the entire nature of every single experience, we decide the feelings we want to communicate and the emotions we want to feel. We live within a capacity beyond any concept of limitation, our experiences are the reflection of our inner infinite being presenting itself outwardly.

To interview the most incredible visionaries, engineers, developers in the most exclusive industry is the most epic experience I have ever had. As I sit here writing this, I chuckle, just a few years ago, being a deckhand on a 184ft Bennetti was the most epic experience. Be open to the idea that life unfolds in just the exact way that you manifest it.  Put your energy, your heart, your mind on what you desire and let the universe conspire while you watch your life unfold.

Kevin A. Walton wrote, 'A greater exploration of who we really are and who we can become in our own creative expression, is not about the pursuit in acquiring things that we can not be without.'

To me it's about the difference we can make in the lives of others.  Every being I meet, every person that gives a moment of their time, makes an impact on my life in the most profound way. Many years later, powerful moment after powerful moment, I look back and say, 'Ahh wow the distance I have traveled is pretty incredible. What's next?' I'm ready. In the next few months Citywide.tv is going to take you places you never thought you'd ever see from your device.  I invite you to not just exist, but to LIVE to your fullest potential, to the maximum being, from the inside out. Step out of your comfort zone. You only live once.

Living Below Deck

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I would describe my past careers as, very colorful montage of skills and abilities, full of extensive travel. Among the top three careers my dream jobs was to become fluent in yachting on and below deck. I wanted to live an impressive life on a big white boat. I first heard of yachting when I lived in Tenerife Spain. Big boats pulled into Santa Cruz, Tenerife to full on their way to the Mediterranean for the season.  After living in Florida for almost three years, I had no clue Ft. Lauderdale was the yachting capitol of the world, until I came to the end of my Coast Guard career in 2009.

I beat feet back to Ft. Lauderdale took all the required classes and hit the docks running up gang ways, down passerelles across planks to hand over my CV and charm the Captain into hiring me as crew. I got my first big break as a deckhand on Four Aces 184 Bennetti. There were 12 crew and that was a boat I'll never forget. Once I was in the industry it was cake getting on another boat, however I had to prove myself to be the best, turnover rate is high. I finally made my break as a Chief Stewardess on a 130 ft Westport, the time I spent on Mary Alice II was the most amazing experience of my entire career.

As the chief stewardess I was the person ultimately responsible for the interior of the vessel and for providing superior hospitality service to meet the owner’s and guests’ expectations. Charters were long 16 hour days for seven sometimes fourteen days at a time. After three years I soon learned that this high demanding job was just a job and not a career. I quickly need to find an exit strategy that would allow more flexibility in my life. While I was in yachting I frequently visited the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine to get Acupunture treatment in-between boat trips. It wasn't long before I became turned on to holistic medicine and essential oils.

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