Life Lately: Crazy Hawaii weather, finding happiness + lots of changes

My life lately has been anything but boring, bland or “routine.”

Since coming back from my trip to Nevada and Arizona, I’ve made A LOT of changes in my life (and I’ve actually stuck to them!!) And when you’re reading this, I’ll be unpacking from my trip to San Diego!

I’ve been so busy, that I haven’t had time to post here, but I have been posting a lot to Instagram and Twitter (if you want to follow me there).

Anyway, here’s what’s been going on in my life lately.


Spent my first Valentine’s Day alone for the first time in many years. It was tough because it was different and filled with memories of the last few Valentine’s I spent with him.

But I got through it, I treated myself to flowers, sweets, a bubble bath and my favorite Mark Ruffalo movies.

desk, work at home, home office

maui mountains

I started a brand new job and I as of today, I’ve been working here for a month! I rearranged my work area and this is what my desk and view from my office space looks like! It’s a super fast-paced job and I really jumped in at a hectic time, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I love the people, the company mission and how important my job makes me feel. I’m in a really great place career-wise.

The weather in Hawaii has been insane lately. Our “winter” consists of lots of storms, rain and strange things like water spouts! Can you believe these two pictures were taken less than an hour apart? Crazy.

Another thing I’ve been LOVING lately is being awake every single morning for the sunrise. I used to wake up before the sun every morning, just to sit in silence and watch the skies wake up. But in the last few years, I haven’t done that.

In the last month, I’ve been awake for every single sunrise, and I love it. (I also start work at 5am, so technically I have to be awake, but that’s beside the point). But starting next week when the time changes, I’ll start at 4am… yikes.

san diego marina

san diego marina

A few days ago, I got back from a trip to San Diego. It was the first solo trip I’ve taken since leaving Canada, and it was liberating. There’s something about walking through an airport on your own, catching a cab and sleeping alone in an unknown place. It was wonderful.

Lastly, the other night I sat down and wrote prose for the first time in YEARS. It felt so good to let my heart spill out onto paper.

I write every day, but I haven’t written anything poetic in a long, long time and I hadn’t realized how much I missed it.

Would you be interested in my posting some of my prose here? I’ve been thinking about what I want this online space to be. I’ll be honest, initially I wanted this to be a place for many topics for the sake of monetization. However, I’m in a much different mindset now and want to focus more on my writing and photos – a more personal approach.

What do you think? ❤

23 responses to “Life Lately: Crazy Hawaii weather, finding happiness + lots of changes”

  1. Jasmine,

    I find so much happiness and inspiration within your post. I’m so happy to have found and followed you! I definitely love the photos and the diverse arrange of topics, but I think posting your prose here would just be an additional benefit. Your writing style is great and I, personally, would love to read them 🙂

    Thank you!


    • Wow, thank you so much for this sweet comment! I really appreciate it! I think I will definitely be adding more prose and personal writing here 🙂


  2. Jasmine,
    Thanks so much for your blog! It is so inspiring to me as a new blogger and a teen aspiring writer. I love all the pictures and for a few minutes, I always feel like I am in another world. Please share your prose! I would love to read it!
    Thanks again and keep letting the creativity and inspiration spill over! I drink it by the cupful. 😛


    • My heart exploded as I read this! You are so sweet, Greta! Thank you for your kind words, I appreciate you more than you know! I’m so happy my words resonate with you ❤️


  3. I agree with the advice here! Leaving for our 4th trip to Oahu, Hawaii May 6. Most “mainlanders make the mistake of overdressing for Hawaii. You live in swimsuits/coverups during daytime. Even at the nicest restaurants in the evening on Waikiki, I wear island top/capris/ sandals and my husbnd wears golf or polo shirts and shorts.


  4. You live in Hawaii, wow, how lucky are you? What a beautiful state. I love to read just about everything, so a mix of topics always works for me. I love reading about other people’s lives. It is a nice escape now and then.


    • I am very lucky to call this home, I take it for granted sometimes! And I agree with you, that’s one thing I love about reading in general – it’s always such a nice escape and opens your mind 🙂


  5. I love your blog! It’s the perfect mix of descriptive writing, photography and now, maybe even prose? That would be awesome! I’ll definitely have to check back often! I love great original content. This was a real find!


  6. watching the weather change is wrought with danger yet excitement. as a child growing up in michigan i recall spring tornado season. occasionally the warning would broadcast the winds pickup, the sky turns green, and neighborhood homes lose shingles. as a family we’d gather in the abasement, the safest place, and with tv showing a snowy picture followed weather broadcast. as an adult weather changes bring back those times of youthful innocence and excitement.
    how did the time change go?


    • Tornadoes are terrifying. Your experience sounds similar to Hawaii when we have Hurricanes and Tsunamis. Only difference is we don’t have basements or shelters of any kind here!

      The time change is going well! I wake up at 3am to start work at 4am, I’m slowly becoming more and more of a morning person and a grandma as I go to sleep at 7-8pm every night now haha!


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