One day I was sitting in my office in New York, watching the snow fall. I was bundled up, and was just existing through yet another snow storm. One of the Los Angeles bloggers reached out and talked about how he had rented a place with one of his college friends. From thus point, an idea was born. Ok, maybe I wasn’t sent here at gunpoint… but it didn’t take much for me to purchase a plane ticket and leave the snowy east coast for authentic good mornings, and better coffee. I was in the process of moving out of my apartment and needed a place to go and retreat from life. Also, during this time, I was in the beginning stages of piecing together an outline for my book.
I started my decent into paradise by making a 2 week pit stop in Los Angeles to reconnect with family, and drop off my belongings. I spent the first week sick due to the change in climates as I went from extreme cold to extreme perfect temperature. During my sick time, I reached out to several editor friends of mine and offered my freelancer services. Side Note: I will be submitting articles to the Examiner.com (wine & spirits) and TravelerMeetsTourist.com (travelers guide) in the coming weeks.
They say that if you stay longer than 14 days in Hawaii, you don’t come back to the mainland. While on the plane preparing for landing, my first glimpse of paradise was beyond breathtaking. It called out to my soul, and grabbed my heart. Before hitting ground, I contemplated never going back…. it was that beautiful. There are so many transplants here from various places around the world. One thing they all have in common is they came here to escape something. Two days after being here, I extended my trip by 2 weeks to make it a total of 6 weeks. Today marks the first week in, and although it is beyond beautiful here I know that it is not meant for me to stay here permanently. but I will use this time to create, explore, pray, think, write.
Before I came here, I wasn’t sure if it would happen. I wasn’t sure if I was deserving of this experience. Life has made me accustomed to the bad, the heartbreak, the misfortune. I am 35 years old, and have never taken a vacation. Even know this is not a vacation as I still continue to work. However, I am learning to have more and more days where I lay on the beach and disconnect. Please, follow the blog for updates, Instagram for pictures, and FaceBook/ Twitter for my thoughts in real time. Also be sure to follow/use the hashtag #AlohaKitty