I RECHARGE IN JUPITER.
THIS IS MY FUN PLACE WHERE
I DON'T HAVE TO BE ‘ON.’" “
How does she keep the pace?
“I recharge. In Jupiter,” she answers gazing out across the
Intracostal with a smile. “This is my fun place where I don’t have
to be ‘on,’” she laughs. “In fact, my youngest daughter said to me
the other day, ‘Mummy, I like your London look better. You’re a
bit messy here’.” Melissa chuckles. “She may not like it, but this is
me – actually wearing my clothes and playing outside. I love it.”
[Editor’s Note: Melissa’s “Florida Messy” is still picture perfect.
Ever the savvy businesswoman, she shares photographs of herself
enjoying her active Florida vacation with her 72.6K Instagram
followers – along with the links for the clothing and jewelry that
she happens to be wearing. Not surprisingly, sales for those items
increase with each post.]
Melissa isn’t kidding about her enthusiasm for the outdoors. She
biked to our lunch. Prior to that, she biked to the ocean for a
swim. It was that early morning bike ride / ocean swim that led to
the double rainbow sighting.
“When I am here in Jupiter, I am always outside,” she says. “London
is inside, cold, business. Florida is outdoors, warm sunshine, wild
life. These moments seem to just fly.” As if on cue, a flying fish
leaps from the water to punctuate her sentence. “Did you see
that? When we were out on the boat the other day, we were
surrounded by a school of dolphin. What an amazing
sight.” In addition to the dolphin, out on the boat she
has seen rays, huge sea turtles, and spinner sharks in the
waters off of Jupiter.
She continues, “When you paddleboard here you see
turtles, the most amazing fish…it is hard to have a bad day.”
There is even an island that she frequents by paddleboard
that is covered with giant starfish.
True to her nature for seizing moments, Melissa is fearless.
Willing to try almost any athletic activity, on this trip she
explored indo-boarding and skateboarding. “At Carlin
Park this morning, my husband and I saw a kid with a
windsurfing kite attached to his skateboard. My husband
said I should ask to try it out, but I have to draw the line
somewhere. Next trip,” she says with a laugh.
“Jupiter really is a world away for you, isn’t it?” I ask. She answers
with a smile. “My parents brought me here when I was a child
and had a place here. (Editor’s Note: Her mother still lives a block
away from her here in Jupiter.) I’ve been in love with it ever since.
If it isn’t the nature, it’s the people, or the things to do. I’m never
bored. I can walk into a vintage shop, see an old Pucci evening
dress and be inspired. The nature is inspiring, the colors.” Looking
at her face as she speaks, it is easy to see the inspiration that she
draws – and that as her vacation comes to a close, this is one of
the fleeting moments.
Melissa concurs. “This is just one of those places where you can
be yourself and relax. I always hurry back.”
The double rainbow that marks a vacation’s end – and
a source of endless inspiration to be found in Jupiter.
of her vacation,
her own designs.
She is seen here
in the Mykonos
bikini from her