January. The new year started fresh, me in bare feet and a red sequin dress. We danced under the starlight in Oahu, Hawaii, my new home.
The roomies 🙂
One very dapper group — thank you for welcoming me
After surviving the oddity of the Missile Alert f&*k-up, I met with a few of the world’s greatest humans from SF for a soul-filling long weekend in Kauai. Our goal was to sit in wonder, and in wonder we did sit — under the ocean on a SCUBA trip, and under the stars at a life-changer of a campout at Polihale. (more to come…including a rad video wrap-up)
Waking up on the sand at Polihale
Triple-decker hammocks for six for the sunset at Poipu Beach
The tricycle rides again! My besties Will & Janine visited from SF for a long weekend of sun, fun, and one very wet and muddy sunrise hike. (worth it)
The top of our v v rainy sunrise hike to Lanikai Pillboxes
Back to our usual shenanigans, this time at Duke’s Waikiki
…and at Lanikai Brewing Co.
Hiking glory captured by Will
Mah bestie and former roommate Lo also made the visit (all the way from Chi Town!). We chased sunshine around the island, taste tested IPAs, and somehow managed to stick to our grandma bedtimes and chick flick movie nights.
Sunset catching & mai tai sippin’ in Waikiki
North shore, big waves, big wave surfers, and Banzai Bowls
Not matter how often (or not?) I shower, you’ll typically find me covered in plenty of dog hair, sea salt, and a fine layer of sand. I don’t hate it.
Doggie days at the beach are a bit less relaxing with this one in tow, but can’t be much happier
My fur baby niece Chesney feelin’ the aloha in her new bandana
Dog friends and friends with dogs, yes please
…have I mentioned, PUPPIES?! Not mine, but definitely considered snatching up Mr. Peanut Butter.
So now that my skin is tanner, my hair blonder, and my feet WAY dirtier (from forgetting my shoes on a daily basis..whoops) — the question is, do I look local yet?
Oh friends, the call of the island is real. This place has a way of sucking you in, challenging you, and breaking down the carefully built walls you hoped to remain in place for the duration of your reality escape. But I’d have to say, once I stopped resisting reality, my wonder at this beautiful, crazy life came rushing back like a wave at Pipeline. This is life. Do with it what you may.
Oh hey February, don’t speed along too fast, mmkay?