Feels Like Coming Home
It probably seems like I’ve disappeared from this blog for a while. Well, the fact is, yes, I have taken an extended break from writing. Why? I’ve just been busy living as opposed to sitting in front of my laptop. Due to the recent loss of a dear friend, I’ve really been trying to just enjoy each day and savour each happy moment as opposed to snapping a hundred pictures on my iPhone or tweeting. I’ve found joy in growing my own vegetables for the first time at a community garden, working on freelance projects with wonderful clients, and reconnecting with friends. Growing my own food has ignited my interest in cooking and eating more healthy again. I’m feeling better physically, mentally, and emotionally after a rough start to 2012. There’s actually been so much I wanted to share but I just haven’t had the energy to gather my thoughts in any cohesive way.
Taking time away helps me focus on why I started writing in the first place. Every now and then, I lose sight of that. It’s about sharing all of the wonderful, beautiful things in life, no matter how big or small. Our lives are a collection of micro experiences, and I’ve tried to capture those that are meaningful to me to share with you.
I’ve titled this post “Feels Like Coming Home” because writing here does feel like coming home. Emotionally I am feeling renewed and more like myself again. I’m also sharing my Kauai trip photos in this post, and the island is a place where I truly feel like I belong (more so than in Canada, but that’s a whole another story). It helps that everyone there thinks I’m “local”, and I feel so welcomed there.
Since this was our 3rd trip to Kauai, we didn’t do too many touristy things. We split our time in the north and south as usual (Hanalei and Koloa). Days were spent surfing in the morning, grabbing a plate lunch or a fish taco for lunch, drinking beer on the patio and taking an afternoon snorkel or swim.
Below: Our trusty rental boards when we were surfing in Poipu in the south. Had a ton of fun surfing a new little reef break there.
Below: Happy days at the beach where I caught my first 4ft outside reef break. Making progress! My bikini is by RipCurl from the Alana’s Closet Collection.
Below: Cycled through the old and lumpy sugarcane dirt roads to one of two secluded beaches.
Below: Playing around at our beach cottage in the south. The all-white clapboard whispers “Summer” to me.
Below: One of the things I love about Hawaii is the bright and colourful flora and fauna.
Below: The smell of plumeria is one of my favourites
Below: Kauai Forever. Got this cute canvas bag from Bungalow 9, a home decor store that has perfect beach cottage goodies. My cropped embroidered top, made in Bali, is from Southshore Bikinis in Old Koloa Town. The shopowner Tamra is a sweetheart.
Below: Absolutely loved the Koloa Farmers Market where I picked up some very fresh local produce. It was so nice to buy from local farmers. I made roasted fennel, cherry tomato and eggplant pasta for dinner one night. The mini pineapple was sweeter than candy.
Below: One of the more touristy things we did was the Hanapepe Friday Night Art Market where local artists were on hand at the galleries to talk about their work. It was a terrific atmosphere and I loved interacting with the artists one-on-one.
Below: And what a view – the ocean framed by the lobby of the Grant Hyatt.
Below: This little guy made me smile. He cruised right up to us expecting a handout.