Friday, December 30, 2011

I Love ~ 2011

{ Honolua Bay }

I cannot believe it's been a whole year since Carlos and I watched the Snooki Ball drop. I'm not seriously felt like last weekend! I'm sure I'm hardly the only one feeling this way right now!
Every year I make a list of resolutions and this year will be no different. I think writing them down helps. Seriously. I look at my list almost monthly and do my very best to stick with them! Have you ever tried that??
Here's my list from last year!
Check it out HERE.
Let's see how I did!
1. Alkaline my body: Well I took a major step this last May when I had my very last Excedrin! I have been hooked on this over the counter drug since I was a teenager and on May 14th, 2011 I popped my very last pill! I had a headache so bad I couldn't work for 3 days but I made it through. That shit is toxic and I'm so happy I'm done with it. Excedrin addiction is for real. Google it if you don't believe me. As for the allergy meds? Still working on that one....

2. Get out of debt: I'm proud to say that I am almost there! I paid off 2/3rds of my credit card debt this year with a horrible income. I'm now under the $3000 mark on a 0% card. Sweet.

3. Stop eating those pastries at work!: Well that was easy when I quit my job this February. Mission accomplished I guess!?

4. Get Carlos to the Dentist and the Doctors for a check up! OMG this was the hardest one for sure!!! Yes....I dragged a 40 year man to the dentist and stayed there for 2 hours to make sure he went through with it. When he was finished ( 3 appointments in month later ) he admitted he had not been to the dentist in over 18 years. If I knew this 5 years ago we probably never would have started dating...Good lord. Getting him to the doctor was much easier.

5. Go to California to finally see my mom!! Okay, this didn't happen but I got her to come out here! However, it looks we might make it to wine country this coming April! I have not been home in FIVE years! Crazy!

6. Try to get to Australia or Tahiti: Well.....if I couldn't even get to California, Tahiti or Australia were never going to happen. At this point, I'd be crazy excited to just get over to Kauai for a weekend! Jeez...Good thing I love Maui so much.

7. Graduate to a sub 6'0" surfboard: Done. This was my 35th birthday present to myself. Surfing it well is another story.

8. Stop pulling out my gray hair: Ha! Ya right! Next.

9. Embrace Yoga: Wow...I really dove into this one! I now practice hatha or vinyasa yoga 3-4 times a week and have been doing so since January. I'll never stop. Amazing....

10. Be happy and okay with aging...
Okay. This one was hard. 2011 was not an easy year for me in many aspects. Financially it was a doozy so somedays can feel very dark and gloomy no matter how perfect the weather might be in Hawaii.
 I am hopeful for 2012 thanks to some recent opportunities but we still have some very big mountains to climb. Staying positive is key and always a huge challenge for me...I'm generally not a negative person but at the same time I'm hardly a "Pollyanna".
That being said, I am so very grateful to have found the most amazing life partner in Carlos. I love our life together, Maui, our wacky cat, the Pacific Ocean, our fresh island grown food and our supportive parents and siblings.
I want to thank you! Thank you so much for all your sweet comments and support. There are times when I think about ending this blog but I just can't. You are all so strangely addictive....
I saw this quote the other day on the fantastic blog I follow, "Apartment #34".

"Walk around the house like a fucking champion."

It's going to be her new manta. I like it and I'm stealing it.

Now, let's look back at my little world on Maui in 2011!
{ Hana Highway }

{ Shopping in Paia. }

{ My rustic Apple Galette. }

{ My Acacia bikini bottoms. }

{ Drinking coconuts at Choice in Lahaina. }

{ The beach throws at Maui Girl in Paia. }

{ Pineapple stand at Honolua Bay. }

{ The coffee plantation behind my house. }

{ Me...surfing Hamoa }

{ The swimming caves at Waianapanapa. }

{ country roads }

{ I love: Succulents!! }

{ One of our many waterfalls...}

{ I love: Fat Head }

{ Summer rolls...My favorite favorite! }

{ Carlos at the Paniolo Bar in Hana. }

{ raw vegan tacos }

{ Dress codes that don't require heels or even shoes! }

{ I love: Any salad with avocado or blue cheese. }

{ The banana tree outside my kitchen window...}

{ Searching for Julia's Banana Bread in Kahakuloa. }

{ I love: 70 + degree water in December }

{ 5 inch platforms and Daisy Dukes }

{ Homemade Acai Bowls }

{ Coconut palms at Airport Beach }

{ White ginger flowers in Hana }

{ Shiitake and Seaweed Soup }

{ raw vegan Chocolate Torte }

{ My backyard. Seriously. }

{ Taj on his 3rd birthday. Taken on my 35th....}

{ Red Lentil Coconut Curry }

{ I love: Buddhas and Orchids }

{ raw vegan pasta from Maui Kombucha in Haiku }

{ Date nights }

{ making paninis out of Indian naan }

{ upcountry proteas }

{ wild Kula cat }

{ raw vegan brownie }

{ Maui "Gold" pineapple salad }

{ my posse }

{ my Maui }

Aloha everyone!
See you next year.


  1. Don't ever stop this blog! I love it! I have learned so much about you, island life, living healthy and being motivated/inspired through your blog. Best of luck in the new year! :)

  2. Wow...this was such a gorgeous post. I love getting to see your pictures and learning about your year! I just started yoga in December and have made it my goal to practice at least 2 times a week. So far so good! I don't know what my life was without it.

    Cannot wait to see what 2012 will bring for you! Happy New Year.

  3. Happy New Year, all the way from Michigan! I love your blog and have even made some of the recipes. You have inspired me to eat healthier. I've never been to Maui but hope to one day. For now, I live it thru your blog :)