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Top 5 Reasons to Do a Sunset Cruise with Island Time Sailing

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With the wind in your hair, a drink in your hand and glorious gentle seas lapping against a 50-foot-long catamaran, you can experience a deeply profound moment as the sun sinks into the water. The pinks, the oranges, the blues, the purples and the utter sense of peace is simply beyond compare. Engines cut and mainsail unfurled, we all quietly watched as the day came to a gentle end with Island Time Sailing.

Taking a sunset cruise with a large group of strangers can lead to beautiful connections. On board during our sailing excursion there were two couples celebrating their anniversaries, there were young kids seeing dolphins in open water for the first time, there were people laughing and chatting easily with one another though they would most likely never meet again.

Boegley got the opportunity to drive his first vehicle…I never imagined before we took off on our gypsy life that he would drive a big boat as his first. The beautiful seriousness on his face as he steered touched my heart in a way I simply can’t explain. It was magnificent. He’s been such a shy kid for most of his life, but he is starting to come out of his shell. That evening, he walked up to the captain and asked to not only sit in the captain’s seat, but to steer the catamaran. The entire crew were amazing with all the kids on board. If they wanted a chance to steer, they got it!

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After we go on an adventure, we like to share at least three of our favorite things about it with you. This time we had so many things we really loved it was harder than normal to narrow down.

  1. Seeing the jellyfish floating by the boat.
  2. Watching the dolphins surface and schools of fish jump out of the water.
  3. The gorgeous sunset on the water.
  4. Watching our son steer the catamaran.
  5. The amazing hospitality of the captain and crew.

Boegley loved steering, and he was fascinated with the dashboard controls. I lost count how many times he went back to check and see how deep the water was below us. But, his favorite thing was seeing the jellyfish float by in the boat lights after the sun had set and we were heading back to the marina. Some of these jellyfish were the size of basketballs while others were quite small. He enjoyed seeing the dolphins come to the surface, but they weren’t jumping or overly playful the evening we were out. So, the jellyfish caught his eye more ūüôā

Rob was excited from the get-go as the bartender set the Gilligan Island’s theme on play before we even pulled out of the slip. Luckily for us it wasn’t a three-hour-tour!

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His favorite aspect of the cruise was all of the wildlife. Pelicans perched on the pilings throughout Grand Lagoon, dolphins breaking the surface, schools of fish jumping out of the water, and yes, the jellyfish drifting along next to the boat. Oh, and let’s not forget a beer in his hand with a bit of good island music playing in the background.

My favorite aspect of being out with Island Time is really just the overall experience of being on the water. Mind you, it was a very calm night. Warm and simply beautiful. I loved how the crew were so welcoming to everyone Рvery, very friendly from the ticket window to the bartender to the young man handling the sails to the captain. They made the cruise so much fun and so relaxed.

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After the sun sank beneath the horizon, they had a hula hoop contest and then brought around the conch shell. Rob, Boegley and I all had some success blowing the conch.  Trying things that new and different are certainly worth it Рthey make memories!


If you’re going to be in or near Panama City Beach, FL, we highly recommend taking a dolphin sunset cruise or a snorkling cruise with Island Time Sailing. We’ll never forget our beautiful evening with them!

Life is an adventure, so live it,

Janelle, Rob and Boegley


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Hurricane Hermine – Will She Get Us or Not…

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The sea is rough and the waves are crashing hard. ¬†We’re under a tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch for a few more hours. ¬†But, the expectation is that all is going to be fine as long as we hunker down and stay indoors the rest of¬†tonight.

A bit ago we made a quick run to the beach before it gets any rougher and before evening approaches. ¬†We stayed quite a ways back from where the water had been reaching. ¬†It’s important to pay attention and err on the side of caution. ¬†However, we saw FOUR people all the way out in the water – waist deep! ¬†With rip currents galore and bigger, harder crashing waves it is utterly foolish to behave in such a way. ¬†Not to mention that the double red flags are flying, which means the water is closed to the public!

Point being, when you travel learn what the rules around you are. ¬†Know what you should and shouldn’t do. Know how to stay safe. ¬†Beyond that, learn the same guidelines in your business – literally, in regards to the location rules as well as metaphorically.

Be smart. ¬†Be savvy. And, make sure you’re still around¬†tomorrow¬†to follow your dreams!

Living the beach life,
Janelle, Rob and Boegley

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Ready, Set, Go…Um..Reset, Now Go!

Ready, Set, Go…Um…Reset, Now Go!

Launching into the Sea of Life (on your traveling or entrepreneurial journey)

Sometimes you think you’re ready to launch into the sea of life or the sea of being a new entrepreneur, but you suddenly realize you just might be going in the wrong direction!

On Saturday, August 20, 2016, we had the privilege of witnessing a Loggerhead Sea Turtle nest hatch in Panama City Beach. ¬†*The above video is one from Sebastian, FL, via Ashley Taylor on Youtube. We’re sharing it as it offers you the opportunity to see what it was like. ¬†We couldn’t video as it was at night, and you cannot use lights around the baby turtles.

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This shows the inital cave-in and first signs that the nest might hatch last night. Picture taken by Rob.

The amazing little guys and gals wait on all of their brothers and sisters to come out of their shells, then they wait for the sun to go down (usually).  Then, they make a grand entrance into the world together, and launch into the sea.

It’s about preparation. ¬†They develop and grow before letting everyone see them. ¬†They also have some extra support before they take off on their trek. ¬†In other words, they still have part of their yolk attached. ¬†That should sustain them long enough to swim a mile or two out into the sea until they reach the seagrass where they will find food. ¬†

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In your business (or even in planning your initial transition to becoming location independent and traveling), you need to have a plan in place.  You need to develop it, allow it to grow just enough and have some level of reserve so you can reach your initial destination.

What if you do it wrong?

The nest we saw last night had somewhere around 100 babies. ¬†A few started to head toward the ocean – like they should. ¬†However, the hotel lights and some other street lights on the well populated Front Beach Road disoriented most of them. ¬†So, the majority of the group headed west and north…they all needed to head southward. ¬†The few that started to go the right way, succumbed to “peer pressure” and followed the rest going in the wrong direction. ¬†

In this situation, had it not been for TurtleWatch.org volunteers, Lorna & Jenn, collecting them all…and transporting them later last evening to a private, dark beach, this entire nest would probably not had any chance at survival. ¬†

So, what if you make a wrong turn in your business launch or new program launch? After all, it truly is pretty easy to get distracted by all of the sparkly lights – “Do this!” “Go here!” ¬†“Don’t do that!” etc. ¬†A lot of people think they need to follow the rest of the herd because if they are all going that way then they must surely be correct – right?

Obviously, when you consider the turtle babies, you can see that blindly following the masses is possibly not the best idea.  So, what do you do?

Make sure you have a coach or mentor…someone to “save” your butt.¬†

Having someone help coach you or guide you is a key factor in helping know whether or not you are heading in the best possible direction for YOU.  They may not literally pick you up, gently tuck you in a cooler and give you a whole new shot, but a coach can help you reset your mind set! 

Always, always find someone you resonate with and you believe you can trust.  Read their books, follow them online, watch their videos, participate in their classes or workshops, and perhaps, actually hire them as YOUR coach.  But, if you believe you can just brazenly do it fully on your own, you might just end up in the sand dunes and get gobbled up by a crab or some other critter.  

Don’t let your dreams of freedom fizzle. ¬†You deserve to swim baby swim!

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Life is an adventure, so live it!

Rob, Janelle & Boegley

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True Freedom via Sea Turtle Release

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Today we had the most amazing experience! ¬†We got to witness the release of a rescued sea turtle. ¬†This little guy, Tiny, is a three-pound Kemp’s ridley sea turtle. ¬†They are the rarest sea turtles and highly endangered.¬†

Thanks to Gulf World Marine Institute this little boy was rescued from having his back flippers wrapped up in kite string. ¬†Both were damaged, and on had to be amputated. ¬†However, after a couple months of rehabilitation, he was “medically cleared and deemed releasable” by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. ¬†We had the honor of being present at his release this morning!

The above photo shows Becky, a Gulf World volunteer, giving Tiny his Freedom again.  You can see the release via video by clicking here. 

Anytime, you come across marine life that appears to be in distress or not swimming properly, you need to take on the responsibility of reporting this to your local authorities.  Gulf World in Panama City Beach, FL, has a team on call 24/7 to rescue sea turtles, dolphins, etc. in their time of need.  

But, let’s try and prevent issues like Tiny experienced. ¬†Collect your trash and dispose of it properly! ¬†Somebody had fun flying their kite, but leaving some string behind put Tiny’s little life in grave danger. ¬†

From our hearts Tiny, we wish you a long life and great success in creating more little sea turtles <3

Remember life is an adventure, so live it,

Janelle, Rob & Boegley

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