3 Things Hawaii Taught Me

Back in July (2017) I had the opportunity to travel to Hawaii with my honey to visit my brother and sister in law. The experience was absolutely magical. We went to a different beach every day, the clarity of the water was insane, we went parasailing, bucket list....check. We went to a Luau which I absolutely loved, went on a hike that was worth every huff and puff it took to get to the views at the top and went back to the house and cooked every evening, ate dinner together, and played games. It's safe to say Hawaii quickly became one of my favorite places. 

Unexpectedly at the end of March, beginning of April (2018) I got the opportunity to go back and visit my sister in law while my brother was deployed but this time with my mom and mini-me Nana. We lounged on the beach every day, went to a different Luau, swam with dolphins, another bucket list item checked off, and introduced Nana to the Cheetah Girls movies. I mean, hello! Every little girl has to experience the Cheetah Girls, right?

With every visit, I've fallen more and more in love with the island of Oahu and I feel like I learn a little more about myself and life with every visit. I hope that visiting the island can become a yearly or bi-yearly tradition amongst my family. With all of that being said, here are 5 things I've learned about myself and life from traveling to Hawaii. 

1. It takes a village: 

The spirit of Ohana is strong in Hawaii. They have a belief that family can extend outside of your bloodline and it's everyone's responsibility to look out for one another. In my opinion, it's exactly how things should be. Ain't no fun unless we all get some, right?

2.  Enjoy the simple things: 

There's not a lot to do on the island so the small things are appreciated, the beach, family time, hikes, the views, the Dole plantation, little things. I find myself not having to do much to be entertained. There's just something about the island and the people alone that's enjoyable. 

3. Don't sweat the small stuff just sweat:

There is something that I find so freeing about being on the island and around the people. Everything goes out the door. My hair, what I have on, trying to be the most stylish person on the block....out the window. Now, don't get me wrong, I still look together lol BUT curly bun, simple maxi dress and I'm out the door. The first reason being it's WAY too hot to try and do too much when it comes hair and makeup. #2 everyone there just seems to be enjoying life, enjoying the weather, enjoying the island, and enjoying each other. Simplicity at its finest. I find that people seem to spend more time enjoying life there and less time inside and there's something I really appreciate about that.

If I had to sum up Hawaii in 2 words it would be, MORE LIFE.

Love, Light, & Life

Trying to Live in my Dreams,