Happy Monday! This past week has been quite eventful. As you guys know, I’m working from home, which leaves me lots of time to do other things in the afternoons. This week, I went to Hana, which is such a magical place. It’s 70 miles from my house, which on an island is very far. The road to Hana is well-known for being rough, scary and really dangerous, but honestly that’s what I like about it so much. I also went to the gun range and shot some guns. I also spent a lot of time at the beach with my family this week. And I also spent quite a bit of time writing in my journal, which I fell out of for a while, but I’ve recently gotten back into it. Anyway, I hope you guys had a great weekend, and I hope you have a great start to the week! <3
Okay, can we just talk about this coffee shop in the middle of the jungle?????
My brother left to go on a two-week, 100-mile backbacking trip through New Mexico with his friends. I’m proud of him, and I know a lot of other people are as well. But really… I just want him to come home.
You guys know how obsessed I am with sunsets, but honestly the sky has been blessing me so much with its beauty lately.
My baby sister. She makes me laugh. :)
Mommy and me. I’m really blessed to have a mom who is also my best friend.
Lastly, I just want to end on something a little more personal, which I’m sure I’ll dedicate an entire post to, but I just wanted to talk a little bit about it first. If you follow me on Twitter, you probably already know, but I have a new man in my life and he’s been the biggest blessing. This is also the reason why I’ve been out and exploring so much more, I’ve been in a much better mood, I’ve been enjoying life and soaking in every second of every day, because he inspires me and pushes me to be the best I can possibly be. As I said, I plan on writing a much more in-depth post about my newfound love, but I just wanted to keep you guys in the loop, and share my happiness with you! <3
We all have one father. That’s how life works isn’t it? But what happens when your father, isn’t a father? What happens when you’re 10 years old and your father asks you to choose between your mom or him? What happens when you’re 14 years old and he hands you a beer? What happens when he stops supporting you? Talking to you? Being there for you? What happens when your dad stops being a dad?
I was blessed with a step-father, whom I see/treat/know as my dad. When my mom and I moved to Hawaii, we were alone. I was 5, and I don’t remember much, but the memories I do have include me, my mom, and Alan (who would later become my step-dad). I remember my mom around my birth father and it wasn’t pleasant. But when I think back to when my mom and Alan started seeing each other, all I can think of is happiness. My mom was happy, and that helped me adjust to living in Hawaii. He came into our lives at the perfect time, and I truly look at it as a blessing from God, because life has only gotten better since.
I remember going to Disneyland with my mom and Alan, and we all went on the It’s A Small World ride. The creepy dolls were singing their song and the boats were rocking, and that’s when I overheard him pop the question, and I prayed that she’d say yes.
We all have a birth father, but sometimes that person just isn’t cut out to be a dad. And in my case, mine wasn’t. However, I was blessed with something much greater: a step-father, who took me in and treated me as his own, raised me, taught me everything I know, laughed with me, cried with me, supported me mentally and financially, saw me graduate from high school and college, but most importantly, he loved me.
This Father’s Day, I honor my step-dad for being the greatest father that he didn’t have to be.
At this time a year ago, I was sitting on a field waiting to walk across a stage to grab my diploma. I honestly never thought that day would come. I always thought I’d be a student forever, I never thought I’d actually be a “real” adult. Yet, here I am.
A year ago today, I was moving out of my college apartment. I was saying goodbye to some of the greatest mentors, colleagues, coworkers and friends that I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. I was spending time with Eugene, the city that gave me so much, took all my money, and left me hating the PNW winters. A year ago today, I was surrounded by my family who flew from California and Hawaii to support me as I closed one chapter of my life and embarked on another. A year ago today, I was at a crossroads between being a college student and pretending to have everything together.
Today, I’m sitting in my home office in Hawaii, writing this blog post. Since graduating from college, I’ve applied to hundreds of jobs, I’ve gotten sick and gotten better, I’ve gone to LA, I accepted a job in China, moved to China and then moved back to America as soon as I got there, got my first job, fallen in love. A lot can happen in a year, and I’m nowhere near the same person I was when I graduated from college. Time changes people, experiences mold you into the person you’re supposed to be. College did that for me.
Hey guys! If you read my post yesterday, you’ll know that I’ve been kind of absent from this blog, haven’t I? I’ve been using my time to explore Maui, to soak in my surroundings, and spend time with people who truly matter to me. I’ve grown to be so much happier in these last few weeks. Here are some (a lot) of photos. Enjoy!
La Perouse — This area is on the southern coast of Maui, and it’s the most unique in my opinion. It’s covered in lava rock and there are lots of cacti and black sand. When I drive out there, I feel as though I’m on another planet. Of course, it rained the one day I decided to go down there, but I think it was just as beautiful. I love the rain. It makes the world feel fresh and new and clean.
Lahaina — I go to Lahaina all the time, it’s on the western side of the island. And I always go the normal way along the Pali highway, but this time, I drove the long way around the backside of the island. The “scenic route” if you will. It was beautiful! There are lots of small villages and one-way roads along cliffsides and beautiful views. I’ll have to do it again soon.
Wailuku + Iao — I live in Wailuku, but it’s not very often that I explore my own little city. I tend to venture out toward other places. But honestly, there’s just as much to see right out my backdoor.
Ma’alaea Harbor — I remember coming here a lot as a child. I liked hanging out at the harbor because my friend’s parents had a boat, and it was always a good time. We visited and picked up trash along the beach and watched the boats roll in until the sun set.
Kula — Upcountry Maui is also one of my favorite places to spend time because it doesn’t feel like you’re in Hawaii at all. It reminds me so much of Oregon because of all the tall trees and cool weather.
Wailea — A few nights ago, I went to the southern coast again to watch the sunset on the beach. Wailea is known to be one of the ritzy areas on Maui for all its multi-million dollar homes and resorts. When you vacation here, you will more than likely stay in Wailea or Lahaina, because that’s where the resorts are. (I recommend Wailea!)
Haleakala (House of the Sun) — On Sunday, we woke up at 2am and drove all the way to the top of the mountain to watch the sunrise at 5am. And did you know that Mount Haleakala is taller than Mount Everest? Of course, that’s only because nearly 20,000 feet of the volcano is hidden beneath the ocean… Anyway, watching the sun rise from the tallest point on the island was truly a spiritual and moving experience.
These past few weeks have been extremely magical, and I’ve been blessed with a lot of new opportunities and relationships, and honestly I credit that to me spending more time outside of myself, with the great outdoors, and soaking in as many beautiful moments as I can.
Info: All photos were taken with an iPhone 5C and a Nikon p700, and edited using VSCO.
Hey guys, I haven’t been blogging lately because honestly I just haven’t logged onto my computer in a while. This past month, I’ve been talking to new people, seeing new places, and doing things outside of my comfort zone. I’ve been doing something adventurous every day. I’ve been pushing myself. I’ve been living.
I had to kind of get outside of myself these past few weeks because I’ve been stuck inside my own mind, and I haven’t been able to escape my thoughts. About a month ago, I wasn’t feeling like myself. So I decided to go outside, switch up my daily routine, and live freely.
The result? I’ve seen more of Maui than I have in probably a few years. I’ve spent time with people who I rarely spend time with. I’ve regained my inspiration to write. And I’ve got lots and lots of new photos to share.
Sometimes you just need to get outside of yourself to discover (and rediscover) who you are.