The quest for a simple island lifestyle means making your life better by making your life more simple. It does not mean simplifying your life to the point of doing nothing… it just means simplifying your life enough so you can enjoy it and live life like you’re on vacation. I’ve mentioned it before and I’ll say it again… the simple island lifestyle is more of a frame of mind than it is anything else.

If you were on an an island, what are the basic things you’d find yourself doing each day?

Whatever comes to mind, chances are that (in real life) you probably don’t do them because you find you are too tired or stressed from work and other things in life. Unfortunately, that means you’ve let the wrong lifestyle win.

Take control and create your own paradise instead. Read more…

I still believe in paradise. But now at least I know it’s not some place you can look for, ’cause it’s not where you go. It’s how you feel for a moment in your life when you’re a part of something, and if you find that moment… it lasts forever…

From The Beach

If you live in the right place, you can drive, bike or maybe even walk to a nearby island. If you have enough money, you can travel to one. You may even already live on an island.

None of this means you live the simple island lifestyle.

To live the simple island lifestyle, you don’t have to live on or near an island and you do not have to have enough money to travel to one. You could live in the middle of nowhere. Read more…

“You’re caught up in the Internet. You think it’s such a great asset, but you’re wrong, wrong, wrong! All that fiber optic gear cannot take away the fear like an island song.” – Jimmy Buffett

This is a simple post with simple advice…. minimize the Internet. Read more…

“Don’t try to shake it just nod your head. Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On.” – Jimmy Buffett

It’s one of the most simply stated yet most valuable pieces of advice you could ever get from anyone: Don’t worry about what you can’t control.

You probably hear someone say it from time to time, but you also probably take this advice to mean the extreme opposite of worrying and think of it as “just forget about it”. This is actually just as bad. Of course no one is going to recommend that you worry your life away, but I doubt they’ll advise you to suppress your memories of it either.

What this advice really means Read more…

An ongoing lifestyle series of posts starting this week on The Tiki Bar Is Open.

Check in often… You never know when there will be a new post that will help you learn to achieve the simple island lifestyle.

The Tiki Bar Is Open has been around for awhile now. I’ve done a little bit of this and that over the years under this domain, but just recently have really regained some focus and commitment not only to the site, but to what the site is all about: the simple island lifestyle.

It may go without saying, but it’s the commitment to the lifestyle that came first and it is what has given me the freedom to do what I do here and to truly enjoy it. It’s been less than 2 months since I “relaunched” The Tiki Bar Is Open. I gave it a fresh look and have regularly posted content. To my surprise, The Tiki Bar has had over 3500 visitors in this short time.

Now I am more stoked than ever. This was awesome to see and I’d like to thank every one of your who visit The Tiki Bar Is Open. I hope you all keep coming back and I hope I can help you achieve your simple island lifestyle.

May the Tiki Gods be with you, Tiki John

If you kept checking in since Part I of this post you probably noticed I kept things simple like I said I would. While on vacation for nearly a week, I greatly minimized my use of gadgets and technology. I went entirely without my laptop and avoided TV. I stuck with the simple stuff: an iPod, a digital camera, and my iPhone.

The purpose of my vacation was to get away. To relax and spend time with my family so it was important I used these things strictly as “tools”. I used them only when they helped make something more simple or to capture something memorable. I never used them to fill my time or to just have something to do.

Most of my time was spent enjoying the outdoors. Sometimes playing, sometimes relaxing and sometimes just thinking. These were easy habits to get into. They were also good habits and are ones that should be held onto in everyday life.

So, I ended up posting to The Tiki Bar even less than I originally expected while I was away – a single post each morning of that day’s sunrise along with a brief caption. It’s all that was needed to say what I had to say. I did this from my iPhone and it took less than a minute each morning.

At various other times I’d use the iPhone to note some of my thoughts… thoughts on how I could apply my vacation mentality to everyday mentality and make more progress in achieving the simple island lifestyle. Otherwise it was the occasional phone call to coordinate what groceries to buy for dinner, but that was it.

My iPod provided great background music and my digital camera captured great pictures and video memories. Some good food, a good book, family and the outdoors provided everything else I needed.

Now vacation is over, but that doesn’t mean life has to go back to stress and complexity. Wether at work or at home, keep the following things in mind:

Days can go by quick of you let them. Don’t think too much about what you do. Don’t regret or second guess anything. Don’t worry and don’t delay what your gut tells you. Just do it.Enjoy yourself. Enjoy your family.Get up early and go to bed early. If you wake late you feel you’ve lost out. If you stay up late you dwell on what could have been then you get up late again the next day just to start a viscous cycle. A rut. Get up early and take control. Go to sleep early with content. You’ll be physically and mentally more healthy for it and it sets a good tone for those around you. Set an example.

Live the simple island lifestyle.