Happy New Year from Turf to Surf

in Adventure Travel / Personal Musings / Sailing the World

Ryan and I are thrilled to be back on our boat in Vero Beach, Florida, as we get ready to ring in the New Year and prepare for crossing the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas in the next week or two.

Contrary to custom, though, I’m not making any resolutions; I realized this year that I hate New Year’s resolutions. To me, resolutions are a list of lofty goals, half of which I might achieve, the rest of which I’ll just feel guilty about when I look back on them at the end of the year and realize I failed miserably at checking them off. Why put that kind of pressure on myself?

So, on this eve of 2013, my one resolution is to not make any resolutions. Instead, I’m looking back on 2012 with pride in the great strides we’ve made to transform our lives in a way that will guarantee a life of adventure in 2013.

For the last two years, I’ve had the photo below as my screensaver to remind me that there was a different kind of life out there from the one we were living. I took this photo on our bareboat charter vacation in the BVIs and it’s served its purpose in nudging me to pursue this life.

peter island BVI turf to surf

Peter Island, British Virgin Isles (January 2010).


On October 16th, 2012, we finally made that life our own and left New York City on Hideaway, feeling tired and stressed about all the responsibilities and routines we’d built around our lives. And since then, we’ve done everything in our power to shed as many of those responsibilities and routines as possible, so we could live on a boat and pursue a simpler, more adventurous life.

Our families worried about us (though I think they’re used to our hair-brained plans by now), and wondered out loud if we’d be safe, and if we’d taken enough precautions. They often said things like, “Don’t you worry about pirates?” or “I admire your courage.”

Which brings to mind this quote by Paulo Coelho. For us, this life isn’t about being courageous because, frankly, we crave anything but routine. If anything, living in New York City for six years when we’d previously moved countries every two years, was the bravest thing we’d ever done. We held fast to that city because we were solely responsible for the businesses we’d built there. And therefore we had to override any urge we felt to pick up and move at a moment’s notice.

So, courageous? Hardly. Dangerous? As Paulo Coelho said, “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it’s lethal.”

With that, I wish all of you and yours a Happy New Year from the happy crew of Hideaway.

May 2013 be chock full of adventures.


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  • GI Jane Austen December 31, 2012, 9:57 pm

    I worry about you. And I also envy you your courage! I read a book about a couple whose boat sank and they survived a rather long time on their life raft and I know that their situation was rather unusual, but I still worry about you. Stay safe and have fun!

    • Tasha December 31, 2012, 10:16 pm

      Hey, GI Jane! Just remember that cars crash more often than boats sink. MUCH more often. That couple’s situation is very rare. And we are very safe, I assure you. Don’t worry about us! We are really really happy. 🙂 The only thing I really miss about this life is the opportunity to play roller derby. I really really miss that, and I miss the Hellions. And I’m not making that up. I think about it all the time. Take care of yourself and keep in touch!

    • heather January 30, 2013, 10:01 pm

      Seriously? On so may levels…..i just want to say WtF?

  • Ralph and Beverly January 1, 2013, 10:06 am

    Happy new year to you both!
    Everyone always asks us about pirates as well. Too many pirate movies? Too much publicity for the few attacks that occur? Who knows but it’s certainly not our worry. We worry about much more likely things, like weather and mechanical breakdowns.

    • Tasha January 2, 2013, 7:58 am

      Happy New Year, Ralph and Beverly!
      I worry a teeny bit about pirates, but no more than I worry about being mugged when traveling…I recognize it as a fear of the unknown, and an irrational one which can be combatted with a little vigilance and education about where we’re traveling to. Happy sailing to you both!

  • Kel March 5, 2013, 5:33 am

    Planning my own sailing adventure, I am scared mostly of giant squid… yep, I’m terrified a giant squid is going to eat us and our boat whole. But everyone has that fear, right?

    • Tasha March 5, 2013, 12:51 pm

      Absolutely! Don’t let anyone tell you that fear is irrational. I spend most of my days dodging giant squids. Good thing our boat goes so fast. 🙂

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