Q: Your husband, Tom, died in a plane crash. Can you describe how that tragedy combined with professional circumstances to make you living on Ambergris Caye make sense?
A: My final corporate job was with a company that we'd grown from 2,500 to 14,000 people. Then we got a new COO who promptly began tanking our company. I decided the next idiot I'd work for would be me! I opened an antique shop, working with my husband, who was a pilot. After he died, my heart just had nothing in it. I was done. Life had handed me lemons, and I had to figure out what to do with them. Then Central America came up. It was as if I said, it would be awesome to go to the moon, and someone said, "You can do that!" I just happened to do it in Belize. I pay $65 a year for property taxes here versus $7,500 in Philadelphia. I pay $50 for golf-cart insur- ance versus $2,500 for car insurance. I didn't have to work anymore. Any objection I've had, Belize has answered. And so when I finally wanted to do something again in the business world, my swimwear company, Lemon Crush Belize, was born. I also started Romantic Travel Association of Belize, which helps market my swimsuits to those coming to Belize for a destination wedding or honeymoon.