Saturday, January 28, 2012

Four Times A Charm

Everyone keeps telling me that eventually Hawaii will become like "home." It seems like everyone wants to become a creature of their environments. That's not really my forte. It was when I first came here. I always considered myself to be someone who was more apt to relating to people from the mainland, but there's several people here from the mainland. So it really has nothing to do with the culture. It has everything to do with perspective.

Since I've been here, I've had a new experience every day. Some of them have been great experiences, others have been not so great. But even the bad experiences have led to some beautiful growth in me. I went through a lot when I first got here, but I'm still alive. I'm still thriving. I'm still persevering. I have worked every single month I've been here. I got a job three weeks after I got here, and I was promoted within a month at my current job. I'm proud of myself. I'm proud that I didn't forfeit this challenge and just move back right away. I have made the best friendships I could ever acquire, here in Hawaii. It's such a melting pot here that you're forced to see beyond the surface, and what I've seen is I'm surrounded by beauty, both in nature and in those I come into contact with.

This 17-year-old girl gave a talk in church last Sunday. I have never been moved so much by a teenager. So I talked to her for an hour after service. After we talked, her dad offered to give me a ride but I wanted to walk. They drove past me, she stuck her head out the window, waved and smiled and said, "bye Tiare." That image will be embedded in my mind forever of how precious life has become here. I feel blessed, I feel stronger, I feel humbled and I feel everything will be okay. I'm finally coming to terms who I am, and I'm grateful for that. Life... is good. :)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Life is getting ridiculously good.

This has been a wonderful year, so far. I've been truly blessed with some really great experiences, a good job and an abundance of love these days. I really didn't make any New Year's resolutions this year. I just wanted to make the most of each day. I wanted this year to be a time for me to focus on bettering myself, to let go of things which would no longer be beneficial to my progress and to give as much love as I receive.

As I've learned to really appreciate the people in my life, my world has gotten a lot brighter. I was a lot to handle when I first came to Hawaii. I really missed something familiar. Everything was new. I lived in Hawaii when I was a kid, but never as an adult. But, I adjusted rather fast. When I found a job I enjoyed here and started making friends, I absolutely LOVED IT!

<----This has been my best friend since I've moved to Hawaii. She's amazing. She's encouraged me to take boxing from the man who's training her to compete in matches. I told her it would be awesome if we could get in the ring together, but she refuses to fight me. I'll let you all know if she changes her mind though! She and I recently went to Zanzabar (a night club here) and the men flock to this woman like I have never seen. Literally, she had three dudes fighting over her at the club. It's kind of funny... if only they all knew she could beat them up. :)

I feel really blessed for each day that I have here. I do thank God that I'm waking up to another day in paradise, and I've learned a lot from the people here. I even enjoy going to church here! lol. The things people do and say here really stand out to me. They may not even realize it, but I'm touched by the humility and random acts of kindness I see displayed here on a daily basis. I hope I'm here long enough to carry this spirit in my heart forever. A friend of mine, moved here five years ago from Alabama. She told me, "once you've been to Hawaii, there's no place after that." She's right. It is paradise in so many ways.

I am grateful for my friends in Utah as well. Before I left, I had many people in Utah who helped me out, and hopefully I'll get the opportunity to visit them in the future. Until now, I'm enjoying what life is bringing me. :)

P.S. Check out the UFC gym if you're in Hawaii! The trainers are awesome!! Can't wait until it opens!