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We touched down in Maui early hours of Saturday morning after a LONG run of flights, layovers and near crisis moments with United Airlines.
My day started off at 5:30 AM with a morning run on Sugar Beach. This is where we are staying in Kihei ... It has an amazing coast line and after my runs I do a circuit followed by some deep stretches; sinking my feet and heels into the wet sand.
I met a woman yesterday from Australia, we had an INSTANT connection. Cait from Australia, who left the Fire and Paramedic service to pursue her other passions, some were more aligned with her soul at this point in her life. She now runs a surf, yoga and spiritual retreat called Swell Women with some amazing ladies! She invited us to join the group to check out what they are all about tomorrow so naturally I was frantic to find my perfect SURFBOARD!
After weeks scanning Craigslist and other second-hand websites in Maui, I called up a shop in Lahaina, HI called Maui Surfboards and drove to the shop (opened for 50 years) - handmade boards which are STUNNING ! We met Wayno there and he was such a character. Talked me through which board to get for my size, style, skill etc. I felt super taken care of and it was immediately a connection with this baby.
After our lovely chat, Caity and I were off to the house to eat a bit before heading to the beach. I swear guys, I have travelled to so many places for variations of time between 5 days and 1 year. I have always found it EXTREMELY difficult to eat healthy while traveling unless I have my own space. Not only do we have a house for the month to do our own cooking but with the nutritional shakes I use (vegan/dairy-free) I am able to keep a very low budget on food..YES..even here in HAWAII ! It's nuts. I don't feel bloated for once on my vacations, it's amazing.
Yes I eat real, healthy, whole foods too ! ! ! I love to cook, it's one of my passions! We have access to such fresh fish here and it's all greens for us. Vegetarian but really I guess a Pescatarian. All meat is eliminated for me with the exception of fish and seafood. This is one of my all time favourite dishes: ȶʊռǟ քօӄɛ: This is a gluten free dish if you use gluten-free soy sauce.
Sesame oil, soy sauce and lime juice mixed with shallots, ginger and garlic for the dressing (bit of pepper), then Ahi Tuna, Watermelon cubes, green onion, cilantro, and I add the avocados only when I am going to eat a bowl - so it doesn't spoil or get mushy in the big batch. I've been eating this for 2 days straight now haha....It really is my go to.
Did I mention I love Tuna Poke !?!?
I love the ocean. It brings a sense of inner peace to my soul. There is truly no other place I feel at home with myself. I've learned to adapt and adjust to everyday living. Truly since I backpacked that year from Costa Rica to Brazil...a part of me discovered total and complete BLISS. I had the answer to my bliss. I found my home which was anywhere and everywhere but on the move. I love to be adaptable, on my toes, quick to think and figure things out. Meeting new people from all walks of life, learning about each and every unique perspective and set of eyes. It's hard to communicate HOW much value there is in experiences.
You wouldn't believe me if I told you how many times I tell people I'm off to travel and they say "well enjoy it while you're young". I always reply, well this is my life and always will be my main calling. I have a career which supports my passion and everyday I become a little more comfortable and confident sharing that. In fact I feel like screaming it to the world.
Why is it good to get it out while I'm young? So that I make sure I actually get to do something fun with my life? Because working 9-5 and having a busy family, busy job, busy schedule is going to be so BUSY that I won't be able to enjoy those blissful moments anymore?
What if we stopped looking at life this way? Seriously, what would I have to do or say to ask you to STOP right in this moment and question why you have the beliefs you have? Is it making you totally happy? Feel totally fuelled, energized, passionate? Do you come home lifted or drained? Who do you surround yourself with? What stories do you share or accept to hear?
I'm not saying travel is for you, or anyone. It's for me. I'm wondering if people know there is space between their current way of life and desired way of life, why the F they don't take a stand and PURSUE with DELIBERATE AND RELENTLESS INTENTION to have that which they most desire.
This photo is MY personal BLISS. Gazing at the ocean as the sun goes down, bikini on, vibrant colours representing my heart, sandy, greasy, salty hair - NATURAL. Slow breaths to stay grounded and in a state of appreciation, holding my new BABY! This doesn't have to be an "all the time kind of thing", but it definitely has to be a Jess thing every year, many times to support in my ever-expanding connection to my SELF.
What are you doing to connect with yourself everyday? What do you need to make more time for in life? What do you need allow yourself to be real and honest about. Are you ready to step outside the square box society has built for us? Want to find out how else to do things and to be successful, in bliss, in connection and in community? If you're saying YES and vibbing yes. I am so happy for you and if you aren't I'm still so happy for you. You're on your own journey and that is just beautiful. Enjoy your life, ask questions and when you've done all the research you can...stay calm, stay humble and ask yourself in a quiet moment what the answer is. It lies within, just have patience that when you are ready to know, you will allow the answers to flow.