Often times we don’t take enough time to reflect on exciting things going on in our life beyond the moment of excitement itself. We’re thrilled about an accomplishment or event that takes place – yet, we move on so quickly without taking time to savor it or share our joys with others! Do you feel like this is common in your life too? Why is that? Maybe it’s that we live in an world with so much instant gratification, or that we feel like it’s bragging to share our joy with others, or maybe it’s that we get caught up in our busy-ness and forget to stop and savor the joys of the present.
No matter what it is, I believe that good things should be celebrated, held dear and remembered. I am working on sharing more frequently with less guilt and more excitement. Thinking less and feeling more. It makes me extremely happy to hear of others’ accomplishments + to see others succeed so I am going to encourage that environment here.
So tell me –
What is something that you’ve accomplished over these past few months?
Something that makes you smile when you think of it?
Either take a moment to pause + enjoy that feeling, or (if you’re willing) share with me below in the comments!
Something that made me grin from ear to ear in the recent months was my work with Hawaii Magazine. They are one of my favorite publications + these features with them were a huge accomplishment for me. Yet, I never got around to sharing on here. See what I mean? We don’t pause, enjoy, celebrate + share in the joy with others. (In fact, if you’re like me, you did a *happy dance* around your house, screamed sounds of joy to your partner (sorry, Aaron!) and then forgot to let that joy escape the room)
In the spirit of everything I said above, I thought I would take a moment to share in my excitement with you!
TRAVEL GUIDE TO KAUA’I, HAWAI’I:
Have you ever dreamed of vacationing to the Garden Isle of Hawai’i?
Or maybe you already have an adventure-seeking, jungle-filled trip on the books?
Well, today I’m going to share my tips, favorite spots + recommendations for the island of Kaua’i.
Pack your bags + let’s get going. . .
You may have seen little glimmers of this beautiful place on Instagram. (At least, that’s where I found out about it!)
The Palmwood is so beautifully described as a curated lodging experience on the island of Kauai.
Which is exactly what it was. . .
Tucked Away in the mountains on the north east side of the island, this little gem was worth the hype.
We drove north from the airport, after stopping at Koloa Rum company, passing Kapa’a Town and found ourselves in the more jungly part of Kaua’i. We took a right turn off the main road and followed a sometimes-paved, sometimes-dirt road further into the lush, green east side of the island.
Sharing some of my favorite photo moments + the raw, real way my year played out.
The post is long, but it’s from the heart. Wishing you the happiest new year! [Read more…]
As I shared in last year’s post about our Palm Tree Christmas – things are just different here in the tropics. Yes, obviously, we don’t have snow (well, besides on the top of Mauna Kea). I think the lack of fluffy white outside allows the holidays to sneak up on you because there’s not something physical falling out of the sky to cue our minds ❄︎
Although, that’s actually not the most significant thing I notice! It’s that traditions are different here, the feeling is different — I feel almost like I’m looking through a window at the rest of the world as they cozy up + enjoy the season!
While in Kaua’i, I felt anything but “in the spirit” and came home with sort of a heavy heart. Seeing many beautiful images on my social feeds of gifts under the tree, mantles decorated and festivities underway made me feel like I was grazing over the holidays!
The home we’re renting is currently in the process of renovation to be placed on the market so we didn’t quite deck the halls (hey! at least we have our darling tree up). We were supposed to be in Kaua’i the first week of December, leaving the following two weeks to finish up our holiday gifting — but as you read in my last post our trip was delayed to the second week of the month. This left me panicked upon our arrival home wondering, overwhelmed, How is it already Christmas?! (I’m sure you can relate in some way) Yep, the last minute scramble is on. Shipping parcels to far away family + friends, sending out client gifts (because our clients ROCK) and placing the stamps on our beloved Christmas cards before dropping them off. December has certainly whooshed by this year!
Remember that one time that we postponed our much anticipated trip, due to weather?
And then felt really silly about it?
But were then reassured in a multitude of ways that everything happens for a reason?
Yea, that was this week summed up in a couple of sentences.
If you saw my Instagram post earlier this week, you got a dose of what happened. After we called off our trip – flustered, confused, annoyed – we headed back to the house to dive into some serious work. Because, if we weren’t headed off for an amazing vacation as planned, you damn well better believe we were going to get some work done! As we sat down, started mapping out our week + creating a to-do list, the sun came out. Yes, THE SUN. You’ve got to be kidding me. The thing that had been hiding behind some god-awful looking black, bushy, pouring rain clouds just an hour before… It came out.
And left me feeling like ‘why didn’t we just suck it up and go?’
Fast forward to that evening –
We checked a few weather cams from the resort we were going to be staying at + reviewing.
Sure enough: BLACK, DISMAL, RAINY.
This brought me comfort. We wanted to experience all Kauai has to offer + if the weather is not so cooperative, we’re not able to do so.
We left our bags packed, cameras charged + simply moved our trip back a few days after the tropical storm will be long gone (hopefully).
The next morning around 7am I receive a call from my very panicked mother in tears, telling me she had severe chest pains. I rushed out of the house so fast, in my pajamas, unbrushed teeth and all. We were in the ER until late afternoon. She is okay now, they say it was stress related and not a heart attack. This didn’t make it any less scary in the moment. I’m so glad she’s alright + I’m so glad we were here. This showed me: we weren’t meant to go to Kaua’i when we had scheduled.
The main takeaway for me (besides hold your loved ones close, manage stress, take care of yourself)?
Everything happens for a reason.
Sure, we may not see the ripples right away, but I find comfort in trusting that things will play out the way their meant to play out.
Trust your gut, lean into something when it feels right. We have to learn to listen to our inner voice to know what’s right for you and actually honor that.
The best laid plans often go awry. Sometimes things shift and change. Sometimes you have a set back, or a shitty day, or you fall behind. Sometimes the universe gives you something you weren’t ready for. Sometimes the outcome doesn’t look the way you planned. Sometimes it doesn’t all go the way you thought it would, yet somehow it always works out as it should.
So today, wherever you are + whatever you’re in the middle of — take a moment to pause and reflect.
Don’t focus on the should-have’s + the could’ve beens. Focus on what is, and what will be.
Remember everything has a way of working out. I genuinely believe that you’re right where you were meant to be.