There is this saying I really like: “Life is what happens to you while you’re making other plans.” Indeed.

Our life assumes direction from decisions and choices – wise or foolish – we make each day, most of which impact those around us along the way. The tasks of daily living serve us, but our goals, our hopes, and our dreams propel us. Nonetheless, we wind up in situations as a result of circumstances beyond our control, that which is resultant from loss, birth, or simply change. My decision to write and start this blog is a combination of these instances.

Scuba diver hovering in the deep water

Suspended in the Deep

I was first certified as a PADI Basic Scuba Diver in 1974, long before BCDs, dive computers, back-up regulators, fancy pressure gauges and other sophisticated (now standard) dive equipment were considered essential. I was 14 years old and the only female in my dive class. I became a scuba diver the same year I learned to swim.

I’ll never forget the first moment I put my head underwater in the open ocean at Mida Point in Okinawa, Japan, on that gorgeous afternoon where the sun filtered through the depths in this whole new underwater world as God’s majesty and splendor were on full display. I’ve never been the same since.

The ensuing years have been abundant with pursuits of career, love, a family, hopes and dreams, setbacks, disappointments and failures. Loss. Birth. Change. There was also an extended hiatus from diving, because and not because of my life’s endeavors and circumstances.

Then, in 2004, I decided to obtain my Open Water re-certification, particularly to be a dive buddy for a friend who did not want to take the class alone. I have not stopped diving since.

What I’ve found in the last decade is that my love of diving continues to thrive and grow as my husband and I have found ways to travel and dive more practically and frugally, with less stress and much more enjoyment from each and every experience.

We are constantly asked: How can we travel so well with so much less? How did we do that many dives in one trip? How can we pack ALL of our dive gear, food and necessities for our trips? Where did we find this gadget? How did we stay there for two weeks and only eat out twice?

And don’t forget reviews. I always read reviews from other divers and consumers, and I regularly write reviews on my favorite travel, scuba and shopping sites. Hence, divemoreworkless.com became the natural progression from of all of this.

So, I hope you enjoy your time here, and I look forward to hearing from you as well. No matter what life brings us, we can still flourish, still make a difference, no matter what becomes of our plans.


Melinda “Mel” Schneider
Aka: divemoreworkless

Scuba diver underwater with striped grunts

Hovering over striped small-mouth grunts


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