I have officially been living on Maui for one month as of today. A month in retrospect doesn’t seem to be that long of a time, but in the last 30 days I have learned a lot about myself and the place I will call “home” until December. Maui has definitely opened her arms wide and I feel honored that I can live here even if it is for only a short time. Here are some highlights, lowlights, and things I have learned since coming to Maui.
1. I learned how to produce more succulents! It is such an easy process that I assumed would take ages. It is not about having to replant a bunch of seeds… all you really have to do is make a few clippings and stick them into some new soil! Who would’ve thought.
2. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Everything happens for a reason. Within the first two weeks here my computer broke and I had a minor freak out about transportation. (Sorry Dad!) As a writer my computer is the way I am able to produce my stories and publish them for the world to see so I assumed my whole trip was off. However, after a few tears and some deep breaths it all worked out perfectly. I found a perfect bike to get me from point A to point B and my mom was able to give me her old laptop. The cosmic energies were on my side.
3. The Road to Hana is the best! I am not normally the gal who likes to do super touristy things, but if you’ve read my post about the road you’d know I was super jazzed about it! All of the hiking and waterfalls made my heart so full!
4. Getting a job. Initially coming out here I wasn’t planning on finding a second job. I wanted to focus on writing and exploring the island. However, Maui is expensive! If you are planning on staying here longer than a vacation I suggest a part time job. I started working at the cutest little coffee shop that was started by some fierce women. It is a fantastic way to make some side cash and meet all of the locals.
5. THE BEACHES! One of the best things about living on Maui is how close you are to the ocean. Granted I have to hitch down a mountain, but in 30 minutes I am in the water. The feeling of sand in your toes and salt water in your hair is the key to true happiness. And Maui beaches are one of a kind. Positive vibes exude out of every person there.
6. The people. All of the people I have met since arriving on the island have been the most genuine. They have all taught me lessons I wasn’t aware I needed taught. They have the chilliest vibes and the most fun souls.
Maui, you’ve been a kind home for the last month and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for me over the next two! Anyone who is just vacationing here I definitely recommend you cherish every second and experience everything. The island will surprise you.