About Me and Why I Created This Blog
After a few family visits in the late 1990’s, I returned to Maho Bay Camps at a transition point in my life, first working briefly as a 4-Hour Volunteer before working on staff for the season in 2000-2001. I thought I would stay for a year to enjoy the climate and lifestyle.
As it turned out, I stayed almost four years, after which I returned to the states to attend graduate school, working most recently at a large architecture firm in New York City.
The news that Maho Bay Camp’s lease would not be renewed kept bumping around in the back of my head; this place (and the tiny island of St. John) feel like home to me and I was not ready for it to simply vanish at the stroke of midnight like Cinderella’s magic carriage.
“Enjoy the little things in life,
for someday you will realize they were the big things.”
In February 2012, as I was standing on the corner of 42nd Street & Fifth Avenue on my way to work, I was inspired with an the idea, “Why not live and work at Maho Bay Camps for a year and blog about it in my free time”. It would be accessible to whoever wanted to see it. Maybe I would put together a book afterwards… It was one of those moments when you say to yourself,
‘Why didn’t I think of that before?’
But I spent the next four months thinking I was irresponsible to consider such a huge change. I had just moved to New York the year before and stepping off my career path in a leap of faith to pursue this passion was in no way rational. However, I want to look back on my life and feel I have done something meaningful with the time I had been given.
I figured if I were the only person to ever read this blog, it would still be very meaningful to me. Luckily, I know I can count on my family to read it too! But even more, I want to share my experience and love of this place with others who love it, much like the casual and friendly conversations that happen between people when they are vacationing at Maho Bay Camp.
Other places where you can find me online:
On Instagram: @hawk_kristin
- My architecture portfolio
- My first blog, a photo/travel/architecture tour of Spain, Italy & Turkey (2009):