The days/weeks leading up to my departure were extremely hectic and I was literally at my tipping point. Lots of changes, new kinds of stress, sickness in the family, conflict, etc. It was really ugly and in the process I allowed myself to become ugly. That’s when I made one of the best decisions of my life by purchasing a roundtrip ticket to visit this magical place called Maui.
I learned a lot about myself and about the beauty that is Hawaii. We woke up at 6am daily and maximized almost every hour possible and in the process took over 400 pictures of sunrises, sunsets, different beaches, hikes, forests, waterfalls, flowers, volcanos, surfing and other activities.
Truth be told the real beauty lies in the people of Maui.
Here’s a list of exquisite people I had the pleasure of meeting and what I learned from them. This list is in no specific order.
Lauren Stoodt — One can smile even through extremely painful and challenging times.
Leeanne Hnatiuk — Be generous without boundaries. Beauty is typically perceived from the exterior , but it’s at it’s best when it comes from within.
Rayma Lambert — Hug like you mean it. Coconut & sunflower seed oil if used properly can do a lot of kick ass stuff. Last but not least we’re never too old to climb trees or do yoga mid BBQ.
Amina Abdusamad — Smile from within and dance with all you got!
TJ –Always do what feels right.
David Kupferberg — Live in the moment, but remember to capture it as well. A memory lasts a lifetime, but a picture helps you relive the experience.
Ben B — Bring beautiful people together and you get beautiful results.
Todd Karzen — Aloha spirit isn’t a phrase or theory; It’s a concious decision to live it. Love your body, mind and spirit. And always use a cutting board!
Joseph Rosenbaum — No matter the circumstance or issue you can’t hold a good man down.
Sammy “Sosa” Rosenbaum — Super powers don’t make a hero, his cape does. Specifically if it’s made of crown royal bags and the inner lining is tiger print. Find humor in everything and live your dreams. Not someone elses; Even if that means it’s against public opinion.
God is greater than any challenge we’re facing and nothing is worth stressing over. Less is enough. Actually, less is more than enough because less is more. Happiness is a state of mind and possessions are empty, but have a unique ability to weigh one down. Relationships and experiences make one rich and that’s what life is truly about.
Mahalo from the bottom of my heart for the love, generosity and aloha spirit you all showed me. It was a life changing experience. If you ever want to visit AZ my home is your home.
Hardest hitting question of the trip:
“What’s your soul worth?”