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Full Circle…

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

What began as a dream over many years, as an adventure of a lifetime over two years ago, to where I am today—I’ve come full circle. The view is equally wonderful, my belongings are around me once again…it’s definitely been a “soul’s journey”.

I am finally grounded once again.  It feels wonderful to have familiar surroundings, my own possessions, with familiar faces in my life.  I set out “seeking the sunny side of the road” not sure if I would return here to this island paradise I can call home.  Fortunately it still is my home.  Given the places I saw, the countries and cultures I experienced, along with the journey I encountered after returning back to the islands and on the road—I’ve found home once again.

Some people don’t comprehend the desire to seek out the unknown nor, giving up all that one had accumulated over time, but it was the letting go I needed to do so I could redefine my life.   I sit now in a sweet little apartment that overlooks the harbor of Honolulu with the Waianae Mountain range in the distance.  It’s a far cry from my beautiful home I had created on a hillside that had similar views but I am extremely happy with my new life.

I threw a little housewarming party on Friday night with an intimate gathering of friends that had been there for me during my year in “transition” after returning to Hawaii.  It was called a “Pre-Valentine’s Pupu Party” and it turned out just wonderful.  I am blessed with treasured friendships, a large ohana (family) that lives on island, and a new career path—that feels perfect at this point in my life.  Yes, I am blessed in many ways…

So aloha oe’ my friends near and far!  Come see me here sometime, since I’m not in a rush to pack a bag and fly anywhere, anytime soon…but this too shall pass.

A hui ho! =)

Saying Aloha…

Friday, October 30th, 2009

I’m finally about to “set sail” on a very long awaited journey.  One that I’ve spoken of for several years to friends, family, and like-minded individuals I’ve known that understand this desire to explore beyond the familiar surroundings of everyday life.  Getting to this point or place in my life has been no easy task.  It has come with a great deal of hard work, sacrifice, but also an inner-knowing that it would be the real turning point in my life for a greater understanding of myself and how I choose to define who I will be going forward.

Living life in a place so known for it’s wonderful beauty as “paradise” has been very hard to let go of.  But paradise does have it’s price.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the islands in so many ways…

-Family ties either of blood, marriage, or just of respect and joy in each others lives…

-The beauty that surrounds us daily, be it rainbows, the gorgeous ocean, gentle trade wind breezes, or the mountains that enfold us.

-And just the easy going way of life island living brings.

But one day you look around to what you’ve worked so hard to create & you stop and ask yourself, “Is this the American dream?  Or am I waking up to reality?”  The economic fallout our country and the world has recently experienced was a wake up call.  And now that I’ve finally managed to disentangle my life from it all I can look at it with eyes wide open.  It’s sad to see how folks are struggling so much to hang onto their jobs, their homes, their savings, their everything for what?  For longer work days, for less and less time off to recharge what is left of them after giving and giving to companies that just want to continue asking for more and more from the fewer and fewer of the employed.  Is this the American dream?  I think not.  I hope not.

But wait–I am so fortunate to be in the position I am in at this point in my life.  But again, I am not your “typical” American either.  Which leads to what some folks may say or believe….midlife crisis?  Not really,  more a realization if I were  to wait any longer I never would be setting out from my “safe harbors”. 

 

So I am about to embark on a vast unknown future. 

 

Soljourneying–Seeking the Sunny Side of the Road.  Living simply while trying to help others simply live.  Giving what I can along the way.  And so my adventures begin.  Did I forget to mention this going to be one hell of an experience?! =)  Stay tuned…

 

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Saying Hello & Goodbye…

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Stay tuned for the adventures of this wanderlust, seeking the sunny side of the road in a life lived simply…  I will again quote a wise old soul, Mark Twain–”“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”