Saying goodbye to my island home

A few months ago, I came back to Hawaii seeking comfort. And a few months after that, I decided I was ready to move on with my life. The islands healed me, and I knew I was ready for new adventures and a new chapter. Saying goodbye to my island home wasn’t easy, but it was time and I’m looking forward to what my future holds for me! Here’s what my last few days looked like on Maui. Man, will I miss those waters…

Always in my heart, always my home. Hawaii I love you. Thank you for healing me. ❤


Have you ever left your home? This is my umpteenth time leaving, but it’s for good this time. I don’t plan on moving back. Visiting, definitely. Living there, never. This world is too big to stay in one place!

Saying goodbye to my island home

Boating Day & Whale Watching in Maui!

After finding out the Hawaii Missile Threat was a false alarm, we decided to make the most of the day by taking the boat out and enjoying sunshine, whale watching and good music – all things we’d miss had the missile threat been real.

Here are my favorite photos from that day! ☀️

boating, maui


It was a beautiful, beautiful day in paradise. I laughed, smiled, sang, and truly soaked in how beautiful my home is. I was present. I felt the wind in my face. I tasted the salt air on my tongue. I watched my freckles come out of hiding.

This was one of my most favorite days in a long, long time.

❤️

Boating Day & Whale Watching in Maui!

I’d Wear This Dress Every Day If I Could

What’s the one item in your closet that you’re obsessed with? The one thing you reach for again and again because it makes you feel comfortable, beautiful and confident? For me, it’s this dress right here. My mom passed this on to me, and I love it!

I was also able to track it down and discovered that it comes in tons of other prints! (And it’s on sale right now!) So it’s safe to say I’ll be buying one in every color under the sun… 😊

I hope you have a great Monday! ☀️

 

I’d Wear This Dress Every Day If I Could

Brighten Your Monday With A Little Maui Magic

Happy Monday! I spend some time this weekend organizing (and reorganizing) my photos, and I found so many of these beautiful photos of Hawaiian skies. So I figured, what better way to brighten someone’s Monday than with these shots?

If you’re dreading going into work today, just remember that we live on a planet full of beauty. And even if you don’t live in a place like Hawaii, simply remembering that places like this exist is reason enough to smile through your day.

Spread the “Aloha Spirit” today and make someone smile, do a good deed, be positive, brush off negativity and just be happy. Have a great Monday! 💛

P.S. You’ve got a whole team of friends and family who love you and are rooting for you. And no matter what you’ve got on your plate, you can handle it. Give it your all. Try your best. Don’t be too hard on yourself, you’re doing all you can. And no one can ask for more than that.

Brighten Your Monday With A Little Maui Magic

Visiting Lumeria on Maui | Local Wild Food Challenge

I’ve lived on Maui for 20 years, and it surprises me how much there is that I haven’t done or seen on this tiny island. The other day, I was invited to visit Lumeria on Maui. I’ve driven past it countless times, but I’ve never actually gone inside – and now that I have, I know I’ll be visiting often.

Lumeria is a retreat for the mind, body and spirit. It’s a place that will help you transform into your best self through education, mindful yoga, and wellness retreat programming – sounds like heaven, right? While I was there, I didn’t want to be too invasive, so I didn’t take very many photos. But here’s a peak into the beauty that is Lumeria Maui!

The second time I visited Lumeria was for the Local Wild Food Challenge, which our family business sponsored. It was a cooking competition that supported local hunters and locally grown food/produce. It was really fun to watch and I’m really happy we were able to support a great cause! (Plus, I FINALLY met Mick Fleetwood!!!)

Seriously, dream come true. Fleetwood Mac is one of my favorite bands ever and meeting Mick Fleetwood was incredible!

Visiting Lumeria on Maui | Local Wild Food Challenge

Fall in Hawaii

One of the things I loved the most about living on the mainland is experiencing the different seasons. I love Hawaii, but I really wish we had all four seasons. Fall is my favorite season, and I’m definitely missing the changing leaves, crisp fall air, and the onset of winter. Here’s what fall in Hawaii looks like.

Did you visit a pumpkin patch this year? If not, what’s your favorite fall tradition? ❤️

Fall in Hawaii

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In 2012, I lost my stepmom to breast cancer. Last year, my mom got checked for lumps (she’s okay, thankfully). This year, one of our friends was diagnosed with breast cancer. And with October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it just seemed fitting to join a walk.

I thought about my stepmom a lot that day. I was surrounded by other survivors, fighters, and people (like me) who have been affected by breast cancer by losing a loved one.

It was emotional, but smiles were everywhere.

It felt good doing good.

My mom and I before the walk!

We had a pink sunset that night. It seemed fitting after a day filled with pink and love.

Do you know anyone who is battling or has battled breast cancer? Tell me! I’d love to add them to my prayer list ❤️

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Maui

About 2 months ago, I traveled back home to Maui and played “tourist.” Here’s some photos from that trip.

First hug after being away for 2 years!

Paia is one of my favorite places on Maui. I love all the little shops and the small town vibe. It makes me happy!

Sometimes, the best way to see a place is from above. Helicopter tours in Hawaii are always amazing because you realize just how lush and beautiful the islands really are.

Even rainy days in Hawaii are beautiful. They’re my favorite type of days here.

My parents got married in this church!

Lahaina is another one of my favorite towns on Maui, because of its oceanfront shops and restaurants that are built over the water. It’s such a unique place, and I miss it every time I’m not home.

This is traditional Hawaiian food (my favorite type of food!)

My brother and sister are my world. I’m so lucky to have them!

Walking around Lahaina, the harbor, and having lunch at one of my favorite places: Bubba Gumps!

Another thing I never get tired of is visiting the aquarium. I’m not sure what it is, but even though I’ve gone to this aquarium 100 times, there’s something about it that makes me feel happy and at home.

I will never, ever get over how beautiful Hawaii sunsets are. Sure, the sun sets everywhere in the world, but there’s something different and special about when the sun goes down over my little island. It’s so unlike anything else I’ve ever seen, and I love it.

Maui

Home

You’re probably wondering where I’ve been. The last you heard from me, I was going on vacation to Hawaii to visit my family – that was a month ago. Since then, I’ve been silent on social media, here on this blog, and I haven’t been on my phone much either. 

I’ve got an explanation, but to keep it short: I’m back home in Hawaii for good.

You’re probably thinking: What about Canada? Your life? Boyfriend? Cat? Everything?

The funny thing is, sometimes life doesn’t work the way you think it will. Things change. People change. And before you know it, nothing is the same. 

It’s pretty wild how much everything can change in the matter of a few days. But it’s somewhat comforting as well, to know that no matter what, you’re never stuck in a situation, you aren’t necessarily tied down to a specific place, job, person, or life. And if you aren’t happy with your current place in life, you have all the power to change it.

So here I am, sitting at my desk in Hawaii. Here I am, writing this in the middle of the night because for the life of me, I can’t shake this time difference. Here I am, working on crafting my new life.

I’m terrified and nervous and overwhelmed, but I’m also excited and grateful to have this opportunity to start fresh in a new place with my family to lean on.

As always, thank you for sticking with me through all the craziness and changes and ups and downs and twists and turns. I’m grateful to have you as my little support group, you make everything easier and much more fun.

Cheers to changes in life!

Home

Don’t Forget

The other day I was eavesdropping on a couple next to me (don’t act like you don’t do it). The lady sat down next to her husband and was reminding him to take his medication, asking him if he remembered to pack Kleenex, and telling him about the long list of to-do’s she has waiting for him back at home. He kept saying, “I won’t forget, I won’t forget, I won’t forget.” And that got me thinking about all the little things I don’t want to forget, the things that are so small, yet so important to me that I couldn’t stand not remembering. Not menial things, but things that from day-to-day, we all tend to forget about because they’re overshadowed by paying the bills, memorizing work presentations, and buying Christmas gifts (still have to do that…)

I want to remember all the little things in my every day.

To listen. Be curious. Remember birthdays (without an app). Remember things I’ve read, or movies I’ve seen again and again.

To memorize the pattern of freckles on his chest. Memorize poems. Memorize prayers.

To be spontaneous. Cheerful. Positive. Ambitious.

Be funny. Be happy. Be graceful.

I want to remember memories and special moments that helped carve me into who I am.

To remember how frigid the river felt on my toes. The feeling of sunshine on my shoulders and cheeks. The names of mountains and backcountry trails.

To remember the color of the towels in the bathroom. The price of ice cream at the corner store down the street.

To be adventurous and daring. To do things because I want to do them, not just because everyone else is.

To remember the sting on my knees after falling off my bike again and again and again.

To remember things we ate, special camping foods and birthday foods and “just because” restaurant outings.

To be honest and sure. To take photos and write everything down.

I want to remember who I am and where I came from, no matter where I am in life now.

To remember your hometown streets. The memories made there. The nicknames. The sunburns.

To remember to call and to write.

Remember the last time I saw you, the words we shared, the glances, the tears.

Remember the smell of lilies and gardenias. Remember to say “thank you.”

Remember to keep going, going, going.

I don’t want to forget to remember.

Don’t Forget