About lesleycarter

Traveling and extremes have encompassed my life for 30 years; from white-water rafting, skydiving, paragliding, bungee jumping, rock climbing, caving, swimming with dolphins, swimming with beluga whales, and base jumping, I've tried every "bucketlist" adventure I could imagine. My wedding day in Jamaica even included a little bit of rock climbing followed by a trapeze act in my gown. I've been to 34 countries and I envision 100 more!

We’re Home Owners in Southern California

New Home in California

I remember watching the tv show OC a few years ago and imagining what life would be like in southern California. I wasn’t sure if I would ever be lucky enough to visit. I was still a poor university student at the time and my idea of the good life was eating at T.G.I. Fridays at the casino in downtown Halifax. Even that was way out of my price range but we made an exception every couple of months. When I met Darren, my entire concept of reality went out the window. I was always an unrealistic dreamer and attempted the impossible, but within 6 months of meeting my now husband, we had quit our jobs in eastern Canada, sold everything we owned and moved to southern California. I was actually here. Our first stop when we arrived, before even finding a place to rent, was Newport Beach. Regardless of what happened from that moment, I at least set foot on Newport Beach. I never thought we would be able to afford to own a home here so renting was the next best thing. We even moved back east for a year because the thought of buying a house in SoCal seemed so out of our reach. But as I type this post, I am sitting in my own home in Orange County, California. Yep, the same OC I never thought I would visit I can now call my home.  Continue reading

Dominica is Packed with Awesomeness

Mountain Views in Dominica

I had breakfast at Evergreen Hotel, toured the city Roseau, hiked to Trafalgar Falls, swam in hot springs, relaxed on Mero Beach, dined at Romance Cafe and enjoyed flyboarding with Nature Island Adventure Tours. That’s not my full week itinerary; that’s what I did today in Dominica.  Continue reading

What A Crazy Beautiful Day in Dominica

Scott’s Head Peninsula, Dominica I arrived in Dominica today. After long flights and crappy layovers because of an even crappier airline, I was feeling frustrated and annoyed. I wasn’t sure if Dominica was worth the hassle. Then, I got here and all my questions were answered. It is one of the most beautiful, natural islands I’ve ever visited and definitely worth the flight. Continue reading

I’m Fat & It’s Time I Do Something About It!

#BlogABetter Body - Recent Photo

I’m fat, and not in the cute “All About the Bass” kind of way. I’m fat in the unhealthy, overweight in all the wrong places kind of way. The kind of way that will shorten my life and take me away from my beautiful family. It’s definitely not a bucket list way. I look in the mirror and it makes me want to cry. I see the fat hanging over my pants, my growing cheeks, and my flabby butt.  This is not the me that I know. This is not the me that I want to see in the mirror. I’m struggling to find the motivation to make it better and the worse it gets the worse I feel. Do you know what I mean? How can I make it better? How do I find the encouragement to fix it? I’d like to lie and tell you a made up weight to make myself feel better (which I do). I’d like to edit all of my pictures to hide the truth (which I do). But what I’d really like is to do something about it. Writing and responding to you is a huge part of my life so I found a way to incorporate that into doing something about my weight. It’s called #BlogABetterBody and I need your encouragement but I want it to be fun and motivating. Here’s the plan! Continue reading

Follow Along as I Discover Dominica

Victoria Falls, Dominica

Dominica is one of the few countries left in the Caribbean that I haven’t visited. It’s a hiker’s paradise with adventure, beauty, nature, and culture abound. Starting Wednesday, I will discover this unspoiled destination. My trip will include hiking Sari Sari Falls and Trafalgar Falls. I’ll canyon, dive, snorkel, and relax on the beach. I’ll swim at Bubble Beach Spa and Champagne Reef and enjoy a whale watching excursion. You know when I visit a new place, I’m all in. My packed schedule will introduce me to the best of Dominica and I’ll be sure to share it all with you. Continue reading

19 Days Until I Move into My Orange County, California Home

On the Beach in California

We’re going to be home owners in Orange County, California! It’s my wildest dream turned into a reality. Our closing date is June 30th and we’re going to move in that day. I have a busy, exciting road ahead of me between now and then, especially with a Dominica trip, packing, and moving but on July 1st I will celebrating in my own yard.  Continue reading

Buying a New Home in Southern California

Newport Beach, California

My dream of living in California and owning a home is about to come true. Assuming everything goes well with the closing process, we will live in our new Orange County home on June 30th. It’s not even half the size of our home in North Carolina and our backyard is basically non-existent, but our playground is the beach and the mountains and it’s open 365 days a year. Continue reading