Kappa Kappa Rock: An Island Writer’s ROCKtreat in Puerto Rico

At the beginning of June, I had the opportunity to connect with nine fabulous island women (and all at once, I might add!) when I was invited to be an attendee at Women Who Live on Rocks first island writer’s retreat in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Pretty exciting right?) As a girl not originally from the islands asked to attend to represent my “island home”, Key West, this was pretty much manifestation at its finest. #ROCKtreatPR was a magnificent meeting of beautiful hearts, creative minds, and fierce and inspirational women—a magical gathering and collaboration of true island souls.

Old San Juan, with its historical blue cobblestone streets and architecture, incredible food, endless activities, and entertaining nightlife, provided the perfect midpoint to bring these women, connected by their love for all things sea, sun, sand…and words, together. Ideas were shared, adventures abound, and an amazing new bond grew between 10 women who had only ever known one another from their online presence—all of us leaving with hearts full and new stories to add to our interconnected book of life. I was nothing short of inspired by these women and the brave choices they make every day in their own island lifestyles.

From feasting like queens at the top restaurants, paddle boarding with manatees (watch us here!), and all of the VIP treatment we received at the Mall of San Juan, this 4-day weekend ROCKtreat in the heart of Old San Juan really did have us giggling, and bonding, like a bunch of silly island sorority sisters. We found this ironic since none of us had ever even belonged to a sorority, so decided we should make our own…and Kappa Kappa Rock was born!  I’m beyond blessed to now call each one of these women “friend” and could not miss the opportunity to share these creative island souls with you here!

So, grab a cocktail, along with your iPad, and get comfy under a shady palm, while you dive deeper into the island happenings of these international island women, that I know will be sure to inspire YOU, too!


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Name:  Chrissann Nickel  Hometown:  San Jose, CA  Current Island:  Virgin Gorda, BVI  My previous job:  Hotel Sales  My current job:  Creator, Writer, & Editor for Women Who Live on Rocks  My favorite island pastime:  Boating around the BVI with my pup, Diego, and friends  My favorite island dish:  Johnny Cakes  My island pet peeve:  Mosquitoes  My island super power:  Connecting island girls near and far  Website:  womenwholiveonrocks.com  Facebook:  /womenwholiveonrocks  Instagram:  @womenwholiveonrocks


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Name:  Lizzy Yana  Hometown:  Bloomington, IL  Current Island:  St. Thomas, USVI  My previous job:  Sales  My current job:  Momming  My favorite island pastime:  Entertaining company  My favorite island dish:  Coconut Curry Chicken  My island pet peeve:  Litterbugs  My island super power:  Seeing the funny in the ugly  Website:  islandlizzy.com  Facebook:  /islandlizzy  Instagram:  @lizzyyana


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Name:  Riselle Celestina  Hometown:  Curaçao  Current Island:  Sint Maarten  My previous job:  Event Planner and Radio News Anchor  My current job: Owner of a small travelers’ inn; travel and island lifestyle blogger  My favorite island pastime:  the beach  My favorite island dish:  Saltfish and Johnny Cake  My island pet peeve:  Hearing outsiders complain about the island ways.  It’s a privilege to live here and, although not perfect, it is pretty awesome.  Besides, if it’s not for you, there are dozens of flights leaving from our international airport every day. Choose one.  My island super power:  I can sip on a drink while floating in the water.  Website:  thetravelingislandgirl.com  Facebook:  /thetravelingislandgirl  Instagram: @thetravelingislandgirl


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Name:  Jen Morrow  Hometown:  Phoenix, AZ  Current Island:  Puerto Rico  My previous job/My current job:  Director of Project Management Office (PMO) for Information Technology (IT) company – self employed  My favorite island pastime:  Scuba diving, snorkeling, or sailing  My favorite island dish:  Fresh caught, grilled Red Snapper fish or pork anything  My island pet peeve:  Never knowing if I should call ahead, make an appointment, or just show up.  Whatever I choose, it is wrong.  My island super power:  Living, working, and thriving in Puerto Rico  Website:  jentheredonethat.com  Facebook:  /jentheredonethat  Instagram:  @jentheredonethat


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Name:  Liz Wegerer  Hometown:  Milwaukee, WI  Current Island:  Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean  My previous job:  Lawyer  My current job:  Writer  My favourite island pastime:  Kiteboarding  My favourite island dish:  Baka Stoba (beef stew)  My island pet peeve:  Periodic fruit shortages…makes it challenging to whip up tasty tropical cocktails.  My island super power:  I can fly! (Ok…not really, but I can jump really high when I’m kiteboarding, and that feels like the same thing.)  Website:  theadventuresofislandgirl.com  Facebook:  /theadventuresofislandgirl  Instagram:  @islandgirlwrites


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Name:  Claudia Hanna  Hometown:  Harrisonburg, VA  Current Island:  Cyprus  My previous job:  Senior Financial Analyst  My Current Job:  Mediterranean Lifestyle Coach  My favorite island pastime:  Picking olives, grapes, tomatoes, cucumbers and more from my garden – then eating them when they are still slightly warm from the sunshine.  My favourite island dish:  Grilled octopus (or tabbouleh or grilled halloumi or spanokopita or taramosalata or…you get the picture!)  My Island Pet Peeve:  Terrible parking manners!  Cars parked on sidewalks, leaving little room for pedestrians to get around.  My Island Super Power:  Whipping up an extravagant meal from humble ingredients.  It’s a little trick we Mediterranean goddesses possess!  Website:  livelikeagoddess.com  Facebook:  /livelikeagoddess  Instagram:  @live.like.a.goddess


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Name:  Brittany Meyers  Hometown:  Chicago, IL  Current Island:  Tortola, BVI  My previous job: Recruiting Manager  My current job:  Owner of Aristocat Charters; wrangler of three little girls  My favorite island pastime:  sailing to a nearby anchorage to explore, and relax for a few nights. I must admit that I also enjoy beach bars very much.  My favorite island dish:  I love making plantains and black beans. Not exactly native to my rock, but island-ish!  My island pet peeve:  Driving!!!  The drivers here are reckless, hills are steep and roads too narrow.  My island super power:  Raising babies on a sailboat without losing my mind (I actually love it!)  Website:  windtraveler.net  Facebook:  /sailwindtraveler  Instagram:  @windtraveler


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Name:  Mariah Moyle  Hometown:  Snohomish, WA  Current Island:  Nassau, Bahamas  My previous job:  Island Administrator on Norman’s Cay, Exumas  My current job:  Co-business owner of Out Island Life (Chief Editor & Web Designer) and M&M Management (Marketing Manager); Sales Assistant for HG Christie Real Estate  My favorite island pastime:  Kiteboarding, surfing, snorkeling, boating and taking my three island dogs to the beach  My favorite island dish:  Conch Salad  My island pet peeve:  Power outages and how terrible the drivers are in Nassau  My island super power:  Expert on Out Island living, travel and relocation  Website:  outislandlifebahamas.com  Facebook:  /outislandlife  Instagram:  @outislandlife


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Name:  Jennifer Legra  Hometown:  Edison, NJ  Current Island:  Dominican Republic  My previous job:  English Teacher  My current job:  Author of Drinking the Whole Bottle; Independent Consultant for Rodan & Fields  My favorite island pastime:  Riding ATVs  My favorite island dish:  chinola margaritas and mofongo from Freddy’s  My island pet peeve:  The driving. Dominican driving is the craziest!!  My island super power:  finding humor and uncorking life in all situations.  And of course, drinking whole bottles.  Website:  drinkingthewholebottle.com  Facebook:  /drinkingthewholebottle  Instagram:  @drinkingthewholebottle


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Kappa Kappa WHAT? Kappa Kappa ROCK! ~ Rooftop at Mist

 

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