Confessions of a California Girl Turned Cozumeleña

There are some experiences that invariably shape a person. For me, it was the first time I stood at the edge of the ocean gathering up the courage to throw myself in. IIMG_7209 dog-paddled out into the surf, was pushed by the whitewash and for a few sweet seconds floated along in a sea of salt water taffy. I was three years old. That day still blissfully lingers in my memory.  It was the day that my adventure’s heart was born.

As a teenager, I explored the beaches and hills of Southern California.  I surfed, boogie boarded, snorkeled, hiked, camped and biked. It was a charmed childhood.  As I was about to graduate college, I became discontent -I couldn’t imagine giving it all up, working under florescent lighting, sitting behind a desk and heaven forbid, working on a day the sun was shining. I became one of those people who believed I could live the ultimate dream of working at what I love. So, with a Biology degree in hand, I decided to write my first book, Sun, Sand & Surf: Your Ultimate Guide To Orange County Beaches. After enjoying the success from my first book,  I went on to write Temecula Valley Wine Country and The Beaches Of San Diego.

A year ago my family and I moved from San Clemente, California to Cozumel, Mexico to serve as missionaries at an orphanage, building sustainable gardens under 7 Day Hero. (to learn the story behind the big move visit Everyday, we experience new adventures, gain new insights into the culture and enjoy learning about and loving this new place we call home. Just Another Moment In Paradise was created as a memoir for my daughter, so that she will remember the wonderful times she had living and growing up in Cozumel, Mexico.

My hope is that this blog will bring to readers the delight and even some of the passion for adventure that my family and I enjoy. And to inspire others, as Mark Twain said to, “Throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”



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