These days, more and more people are turning their backs on the crazy nine to whenever of the modern world. This choice to live ‘off the grid’ is really about a return to simpler things; more experiences and less material concerns. A case in point is the story of Noelle Hancock.
In 2010 Noelle Hancock was living in the East Village on Manhattan Island, working as a journalist and earning a near six-figure salary. An outsider would be forgiven for thinking she was living the American Dream.
But, the pace of life in New York is frantic, competitive – even cutthroat. It’s easy to feel like you’re the proverbial hamster on the wheel. Hancock found that in this bustle she wasn’t finding time to see friends or family or even have a boyfriend; with over 4million people on the island, she still felt lonely.
She found herself repeatedly saying out loud; “I need a vacation.” But then she remembered reading somewhere that if you’re constantly thinking you need a vacation, maybe you really need a new life.
So one day she decided to pack it all and swap Manhattan Island for an altogether different island, St. John, the smallest of the US Virgin Islands.
Of course, her friends and family (the people she hadn’t seen for months) thought she’d lost her mind; "You can't just move to a place you've never even visited!" her mom protested.
But, she stayed resolute and six weeks later, stepped off the ferry in Cruz Bay, the main town on St. John. Within a few days she’d found a place to live and taken a job at the local ice cream parlor.
"But, but ... you went to Yale," her mother sputtered."
Noelle understands the skepticism. But, its hard to argue with her logic either, especially when you consider that she lives in an apartment with a sea view on an island just North of the Caribbean Sea and gets to eat as much ice-cream as she wants!
It seems that being positive, happy and healthy is all you really need. Maybe Noelle Hancock has found the real answer to what a positive lifestyle can be.