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Hanauma Bay


I went swimming with the fishes and the other Mariah that I met here on the Island.

Seriously you guys! I conquered a fear of mine. Ever since I moved to Oahu Island, I decided that I needed to do the following:

  • Get out of my comfort zone
  • Try new things
  • Go with the flow

That’s only a few of the many things that I need to do.

As you know from a previous blog post, I love the beach. I also enjoy visiting beautiful aquariums. I really enjoyed the Bahama’s when I was a little girl because we stayed at the Atlantis Hotel and there are aquariums everywhere and one of the water slides is surrounded by a huge aquarium. It was incredible, I probably went on that slide about a thousand times. It was my favorite part of the whole trip. Really it was!

But despite all that, the thought of being close to a fish creeps usually me out. In South Carolina, our beaches and lakes are murky and you can’t see anything in the water. The fish aren’t colorful and tropical looking. I think they’re gross and smelly. If I’m swimming in the ocean and I spot one jumping out of the water…I’m out! Nope. I don’t want to touch one and I don’t want to eat fish either. Something about the look, smell and taste turns me away. Blech!

It’s strange considering I used to go fishing with my dad as a kid and I absolutely LOVED eating seafood. I loved it! Things changed the older I got and now I can barely stand it.

So, like I said, I conquered a fear of mine. I went snorkeling with my friend Mariah. She had extra snorkeling gear and posted on Facebook asking if anyone wanted to go with her. I don’t know why, but I messaged her and said I would go and for some reason, I was actually excited to go. I was nervous, but I was excited because I could potentially be swimming with a sea turtle (which is my favorite animal, by the way.)

We went to Hanauma Bay. If you’re ever visiting Oahu, that is the perfect place to go visit! You can rent snorkeling gear there or rent your own. We had our own, so all we had to pay for was parking and that was only a dollar.

I was super nervous. Something about snorkeling also freaked me out, but I had to try something new, I had to get out of my comfort zone. So I did it! It was definitely one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Once I got the hang of snorkeling, I was no longer nervous. I was just excited. I was so close to some of the fish that I could touch them. I mean I was just inches away. It was breath taking, sometimes literally. I had to pause a couple of times to catch my breath.

We didn’t have much time to spend there since we arrived close to closing. Nor did we see any sea turtles, but that is just all the more reason to go visit this beautiful place and experience the excitement all over again! Hopefully next time I can get some underwater pictures.

My Happy Place


It doesn’t matter where, as long as I’m on the beach, I’m at peace. All of the weight of the world has been lifted off my shoulders and have been forgotten for a few hours. The sand between my toes and the sun on my skin relaxes me and sound of the waves crashing soothes me.

Ever since I was a little girl, something about being at the beach calms me. I’m happy. No worries in the world. I don’t even worry about getting a sunburn (which I did on Saturday, by the way. Haha. I’ve had worse and it’s basically a tan already.)
I used to have to travel 2-5 hours to go to the beach and now I’m just a few minutes away. I can go whenever and where ever I want. I’m surround by beaches. I fall in love with this place more and more every single day. It’s where I feel like I belong and I want to be here as long as I can.

Getting Into The Groove of Things

It’s been a while since I’ve updated everyone. I haven’t been able to post anything on my blog yet. It’s really hard to blog on my phone. I’ll be buying a tablet this weekend to hold me over until I get a new laptop. (If y’all have any suggestions on what to get, that’d be great! — looking into iPads & the Microsoft surface thing. Haha)
I’ve been here almost a whole month! It’s so insane to think about. Time really has flown by & I really enjoy it here. I’ve met lots of amazing people & have already made some friends that I hangout with. Everything has just been so good. I’m so happy & I’m excited about each & every day here.


No, I am not super tan yet…no cute tan lines, more like a farmers tan from the many walks I take every day with the kids. I haven’t been to the beach since my mom was here. I’m really hoping that will change soon, now that I’ve gotten myself adjusted & have people to hangout with.

I’m still trying to find my go-to Japanese place to eat here, since there isn’t a Fuji. My favorite place to hangout is the mall just 10 mins down the road. I love just walking around, even if I don’t buy anything.


Work & living with the family I work with has been so nice. It’s nice that I work where I live because I don’t have to get up an hour or so early to get ready and leave. The family & I get a long great. Finally found my groove with the kids & everything has been going smoothly, especially nap time now. I love snuggles from the 7 month old & the 2 year old is attached to my hip most of the day. She’s my best bud. She comes into my room 20 times a day. She loves being with me when I get ready in the mornings or when I’m getting ready to go somewhere. She watches me as I do my hair & makeup & loves it when I pretend to put deodorant on her & do her makeup. She does get into my stuff a lot…that’s going to take some getting used to. She took my shoes that I was going to wear the other day & threw them out the door as I was getting ready to leave for sports night…then went to go picked them up to give them to me & tried to hide them instead. Haha. This is definitely great practice for when I have my own kids someday, that’s for sure!

It’s Finally February 

I can’t believe it’s February already! It’s going to be a busy month and full of changes. I am looking forward to every single day. My 25th birthday is this month and then two days after my birthday, I board a flight with my mom to Hawaii. I still can’t believe I am moving to Hawaii, it’s so surreal.
There are a ton of things that I need to do and so many people I need to see before I move. I am constantly on the go and doing something. The past week or so, I’ve hardly took a moment to relax and take care of myself. And even when I do have time to myself, I am cleaning, or packing…I’m always doing something to stay busy and to prepare for Hawaii. My mind is cluttered and I have a million thoughts going on at once. I’m tired to the point my body is starting to shut down. I’m currently in bed, writing this blog post, when I have about fifty other things I need to be doing, but instead I’m going to rest. I have the day off, so why not? I’m going to do an unwinding yoga sequence, drink lots of water, watch Scrubs reruns and take a nap.
Tomorrow, I will do what I can, but not everything. I don’t want to stress myself out again. I need to take care of myself and take my time. I still have 16 days until I leave. I have time to get everything done and I have some amazing friends who will help me.
No matter how much you have going on or how stressful things may be, don’t forget to take time for yourself and take care of yourself mentally, physically and spiritual. You can’t take care of the things on your to-do list or any one else, if you don’t take care of yourself first.

Things left to do:

  • Buy shorts
  • Pack
  • Order contacts + glasses
  • Farewell Parties
  • Mani/Pedi
  • Ultra Skin – Wax appointment

Moving To Hawaii

This is a picture of me in Hawaii. I was only 7 years old and I was on vacation with my family. My mom had been cured of her colon cancer and my family spent a couple of weeks to go on vacation to celebrate. I remember being at the airport and my dad rented a convertible mustang. I thought it was the coolest thing ever, even though we had to sit on top of our luggage because not all of it could fit in the trunk. It was pretty funny and one of my families favorite memories to this day. I loved everything about Hawaii. Growing up, I always dreamed that I would one day go back to live there and it looks like my dream came true.

Over the summer I attended a church fireside, I’m not exactly sure what the fireside was about, but I remember how the couple who spoke said they met in Hawaii while they were there for school. They talked a lot about their experience there and it really got me thinking about how amazing it would be if I could just move to Hawaii. I never really thought it would happen but I kept thinking about it and talking about it to my friends and family. I wanted to move to Hawaii so bad and I wanted to move there by next summer. Eventually, life kind of got in the way. I had moved in with my sister, I have had a lot of car problems and I wasn’t making enough financially and everything that was happening made me feel like my chances of going to Hawaii were slim to none. I believed that it wasn’t my time yet for something big, like moving to Hawaii. Eventually I gave up on the idea and ended up focusing on other things and getting my life in order.

Recently, I was hanging out with a friend of mine. We were hanging out in my room talking and catching eachother up on what’s been going on over the past week or two. I told her how I was stressing out about finding a new job and how I was struggling to find something that provided good hours and pay. I jokingly talked about how I wish it was possible for me to find a job in Hawaii and then all of the sudden I knew what I needed to do to make that happen. I searched online for a live-in nanny job. It was the first job that popped up and it was an amazing, once in a life time opportunity. I told my friend about it and I called to tell my parents as well. After talking to them, I knew I had to apply for the job, even if it was a long shot. I was brave and took a chance. Within 4 hours, I heard back from the family that I applied for and they wanted to INTERVIEW ME! How crazy is that!? I interviewed with the family via FaceTime and it went really well because a few days later, I got a call and the job was mine! I’m moving to Hawaii!!


Time next month I will be in Hawaii with my mom, moving into my new place that I will be living in for the next year or so. It’s crazy to think about! The last few years, I’ve seen all of my friends have exciting and amazing things happen to them. They graduate from college, get really important jobs, they move, get married, have babies….the biggest thing for me was moving 20 minutes away from home and living with my sister, but still, it’s hard seeing these great things happening to others and I feel like I’ve been waiting for forever for something big and exciting to happen to me. I know things happen for a reason and I know that a year ago, I wouldn’t have been ready for a big move like this. I have grown so much this past year. I’m ready. I’m ready for this big adventure that I’m about to experience. I can’t believe it’s happening!

I have a lot to do and people to see before I leave. It’s bittersweet, but I know I will be back to visit soon.