As I see the back to school instagrams flooding in, I am reminded of the major downside of living in Maui. We won't get to switch our closets of shorts and swimsuits for cozy sweaters, wool socks, and trendy leather boots. We miss the leaves changing colors, and falling off the trees. We don't get the Starbucks runs, and the hope of snow days where we cuddle of the couch and watch movies instead of going to school. I love the seasons. I love that Seattle has the perfect year with magical summers, fresh falls, snowy winters, and rainy but green springs. Most of you may wonder why I complain when I live in Maui, a tropical oasis full of beauty. Although Maui is wonderful and I am completely content, I have come to realize many things I used to take for granted-like Fall.
On the other hand, living the HI life has its benefits- I get to wear a bathing suit year round, my tan never fades to pasty white, the diet is always pineapple and shaved ice, and everyone is always happy and content. Ryan and I have been in Maui for over a month now, and we finally feel like we can walk outside and get recognized by street vendors. The hawaiian lifestyle is extremely laid back, a drastic change from the busy city life I am been raised in. There are moments that I wish I had a slammed pack schedule to keep me on track, moving forward, progressing, achieving. I can only hope the lazy Maui lifestyle doesn't rub off on me in my short time here. Other moments, I feel so blessed to have time to relax with my favorite person. It has definitely brought us closer to be away from our friends and family-it's just us and I am loving it. When I married Ryan, I knew that I could have nothing else and be completely satisfied with just him. I do miss my family. When you are in an incredible place like Hawaii, you want to share the exhilarating scooter rides and the magical moments under a waterfall with your loved ones.
As our "summer" comes to an end, we have so much to be thankful for. It has been a summer to remember. I can't wait to see what the rest of the year has in store as our summer continues in Maui. Here's a review of June through August through photographs.
A SUMMER REVIEW
Camped 15 nights, visited 7 states, drove thousands of miles, had countless brats over the fire, got better at rockclimbing, had several loud and happy "cards against humanity" nights, hundreds of taco bell grillers and crunchwraps, GRADUATED COLLEGE, swam in many many lakes, said goodbye to dear friends, MOVED TO MAUI, got solid jobs, made new amazing friends, and learned many life lessons. It's been a full and memorable summer. Here's to a new year and new adventures! Cheers!