As many of you already know, back when I was going through a little life crisis, I default checked Maui flights where nothing was available. So I checked into an AMAZING nearby quaint lake cottage instead for a quick fix.
It was beyond perfect and JUST what I craved for.
After returning, I attempted to DIY here and there, however mostly continuing the ‘clean everything in sight thing’. I continued life with taking on more things that came my way, however I knew I was just dragging myself along. And that’s when I started to question myself.
“You are a shell of yourself. Why are you fighting this?! You KNOW what it takes for you to get back on track so you can live your best life.” What a nag, huh?
The constant gnawing never left.
It wasn’t until a dear friend caught me in my backyard and saw where I was emotionally at, that I was told very matter a factly, “Go do something for YOU.”
I had to think about that for a minute. I was so enthralled with other things, I felt if I didn’t give that my all, that I was being selfish.
You and I know better though, don’t we? We do. However it’s harder to do it than to think it.
Naturally, only one ‘nice thing for me’ thing came to mind. So I checked dates online, yet still hesitated.
I’ve been desiring to travel somewhere new, such as the UK or Ireland. However every time I started to investigate, I got so overwhelmed, I walked away from the computer. And was once again reminded that rest was #1 this round. Not endlessly planning and being on the go go go. I wasn’t even up for that!
Several days later I visited a neighbourhood park event where yet another dear friend mentioned a flight deal. I listened to her ramble about all the destinations it included, and while intrigued, nothing lit my fire.
Part of the Road To Hana adventure HERE
Until she said the magic travel destination word…
That was the last and final push.
I promptly went home, checked online dates, saw my fav condo was STILL avail, booked around that availability with coordinating cheap flights, then BOOM it was done.
Within minutes I was officially returning to Maui.
I know why I keep coming back now. Maui is familiar, safe and is my sanctuary to dream, relax and above all else heal.
However healing is tough work. You need a stretch of quiet time where you are left without anything more to do and lots of time to think. It can get painful, and even a little lonely. However if you don’t allow yourself to get there, well, you just won’t.
Staying busing and living in the moment helps. However to avoid the hard part isn’t a complete overhaul.
I’m hoping to get there this round. For added ammunition, I borrowed a book from the library that was SO good, I purchased it before heading out here which I will share with you soon. It’s that good.
And so it begins. Jamaican SUV music. Warm breezes. Hot sand. Refreshing pool time. Amazing nightly sunsets. Possibly some nature inspired DIYS. Thrift store hunts. Swap meet trips. Yoga classes on the beach. (gonna try!) Dreaming up new inspiring new beach, adventure or travel stencil designs. (Did you know the Getaway Collection and National Coffee were inspired by Maui?) Maybe see all those cats again. New things I haven’t done yet. Writing about travel hacks and other things I’ll be doing.
And a LOT of time to recover and once again bloom into the person I aspire to be again. And with effort, perhaps even better. I’m hoping for a more clearly defined course to take that involves adding new creative paths to keep the growing moving forward.
Can I even show you anything new around here at this point?! Well, if I can hit the forest trails and see new things daily, I’m pretty sure I can come up with something fresh and unseen here. It’s certainly a challenge I am up for!
I also have a couple of scheduled posts from home you’ll see here and there too.
One of my fav travel hacks is staying at an airport hotel the night before takeoff. It’s such a different experience. You arrive when you feel like it, avoiding rush hour traffic. Parking is the same rate as at the airport. You get to rest in a lovely hotel, until they shuttle you in.
I’m currently sitting in a hotel sports bar waiting for my shuttle. A delicious lettuce wrap, decadent coffee, fast wifi, and BOOM, a new blog post to boot! Talk about fresh blogging content hot off the press…
So until then… Mahalo for following along and Aloha from my tropical home just a few short hours away!
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Where’s your happy place you go to when you need the downtime? And is there anything in particular you’d like to see this round?
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