Okay! So I have had a lot of people ask a million question on Hawaii... When, Where, What, Why and HOW? So i'll just write a post on it... beware now it may be a little lengthy, but i promise it will be worth it ;)
First things first I love the philosophy.. "work hard and play harder". The thing I hear the most is, "you work hard in life and later you can play" uh... NO! sorry.. but no. I firmly FIRMLY disagree with that statement. Why should you work super hard when you graduate high school/college and then when you are older later in life, play? what the heck.. I believe you should work for what you get. Things shouldn't be handed to you, but yet you shouldn't have to sacrifice life until then. I dont want to wake up when i am 30 and say, "where did my 20's go" wake up when i am 50 and say, "where did my 30's and 40's go" and then one day not wake up and think what the heck did I do with my life?
I am very fortunate to realize this at a young age, to take horrible experiences and turn them beautiful. My best friend little sister passed away about 3 years ago and my sister-in-law passed away about a year and half ago. As everyone else who experiences death or helps others grieve with death you quickly realize you have two choices to chose from.... to let it define you, conquer you OR turn it into a life lesson and something so beautiful. I quickly changed my life for the good, to be a better friend... to learn more. To be a better daughter, lover and adventurer. I asked myself how I am going to do this, how?
Well.. for the adventure part I was blessed for a wondering soul from the Lord. I swear my mother has had probably a million and two heart attacks from me! 17 I graduated high school and moved to Provo to work and attend school. 19 moved to down town SLC to attend school. 19 got my own house! 20 moved to California. 20 moved to Oregon to attend school. 22 moving to Hawaii to surf. Kay wait what?! 3 different universities, 6 different cities, 3 different states all by myself?? I am proud of what i have done, so proud. Keep in mind I dont have my parents or family taking care of me. I was told if i moved out i must take care of myself, school, food, car, car payment, insurance, rent ect.. and guess what folks? thats exactly what I did! It wasn't and isnt easy... but its worth it! I say this cause as dumb as it may sound, I want others to accomplish their goals too! I had people telling me no on all of those things, but I didnt have it stop me. I want others to go out.. work hard and accomplish what their heart desires.
So back to my "work hard play harder" this is where the idea of Hawaii came into play.. along with all the other crazy adventures. This has been a dream along with lets see.. 20 other things to do. ahah To move to Hawaii and surf! Others may think its silly, but whatever!! Its my dream, my life and my memories! So this is what I am doing!! So thats what I did, I worked hard and saved saved saved! Dont wait till you are 50 to start living! You can live now, in the present and do it! (cheesy i know.. but its true when your parents told you, you can do whatever you want in life) Now my lucky stars have aligned to meet the best girl ever from Texas, Kaci! We will be moving out together and throwing caution to the wind! Exploring, surfing, working at fun little ice shacks or surf shacks, playing in waterfalls, drinking coconut water, listening to island music, live in a bikini, have salt hair, ride our long boards, have tan lines and just LIVE LIFE!
Cause why not? Why freaking not!
I promise if you have the heart and passion to do it, it will come true. One thing I have learned is WHO CARES what people think about you. Do it for you! Whatever it may be, I promise when you keep a good soul and live life like you should things will work out. Its your attitude, work ethic and love that determines your life. If you have read all of this I am clapping for you right now...*clap*clap* I promise I wont go into a boring testimony, but I appreciate those who have pushed me in my life. Those who have given me the drive to say its not possible and more importantly my God, Redeemer and Father.