Earlier as I sat writing about my island adventures from the somewhat-random city of Lautoka, Fiji on a cool, drizzly August afternoon, accompanied by no one but a few friendly geckos darting across the ceiling, I couldn’t help but ponder how, exactly, I ended up where I am right now.

Truthfully, I feel extremely fortunate to be in a place with geckos darting across the ceiling. How lucky am I!

While I’ll admit sometimes precipitation does have a way of making me take a step back to observe my surroundings (maybe because I’m less inclined to go outdoors), it was a casual instagram post from the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia that caught my eye and put me in a rather sentimental (albeit grateful) state of reflection. This particular post was simply a photo of the Greenbrier’s stunning outdoor infinity swimming pool, with a caption something to the effect of “How would you caption this photo taken at our outdoor pool?

This brought back a flood of memories. My family actually used to live at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia for several years, so needless to say it’s an incredibly special place to me. I could think of a variety of suitable captions.

I’d spent days – weeks – months – lounging by that very pool. I’d read the majority of the Harry Potter book series from the sunbeds adjacent to that pool. I’d enjoyed many a tall glass of peach iced tea, copious raspberry smoothies, and other gourmet poolside treats from that gloriously scenic location.

Oh how I longed for that peach iced tea.

Pool towel shenanigans.

Pool towel shenanigans.

Fun with luggage carts.

Fun with luggage carts.

I’m not kidding when I said I was (and still am, really) a ‘resort girl’ through-and-through. The Greenbrier isn’t like just any resort though – I like to think my tastes in clothing, fashion and interior decór derive from my years at the Greenbrier. Just ask anyone who’s seen my extensive Lilly Pulitzer collection or witnessed my obsession for ‘brazilliance’ banana leaf print.

I’ll also give the Greenbrier Resort partial credit for fueling my love for the travel lifestyle – I really do believe it is a lifestyle, and a ‘frame of mind’ if you will; I lived it unknowingly throughout my ‘formative years’.

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As nostalgic as those memories are, even despite the landslide of personal misfortunes and seemingly endless pangs of anguish resulting from those years, I don’t believe I’d be where I am today without those experiences. I haven’t been back in quite some time now, and am sure a lot has changed (their casino wasn’t even built yet the last time I visited!), but regardless of how it’s evolved, the Greenbrier Resort will forever and always hold a special place in my heart.

Perhaps I never have led a truly ‘normal’ life – why bother starting now?

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