Since living in Hawaii the past year, I have found my go to places to eat. Teddy’s, Zippy’s, Anna Millers…places I’m going to miss dearly when I leave. But I do have to say I’m definitely looking forward to all of my old favorite places that I miss eating at since they aren’t in Hawaii. Firehouse subs, Olive Garden, Panera…oh my gosh you guys my mouth is watering and my stomach is rumbling just thinking about eating at these places again. I may go to sleep tonight and dream about olive gardens salads and breadsticks.
I’m looking forward to having all of my belongings again. My furniture, my pictures, movies and books, the rest of my clothes and shoes. I’ve done a good job living a whole year without those things, but let’s be real, I’ll be glad to have them back. On top of that I’ll have a car again and even though I have an AUX cord and can play music from my phone, I’m overjoyed to play my old mix CDs to bring back some good memories.
But yes…a car! I’m so happy I could cry. Taking the bus to work and home every day has been a pain. I’m not going to lie, I enjoyed it at times. I enjoyed people watching and seeing the different kinds of people take the bus and some familiar faces, after a while, and wonder what their stories are. But at the same time its going to be so nice to be able to control when I leave and where I go. It’s hard relying on a bus or other people to get to work and to do other things on my days off. And also road trips…I miss road trips.
Most of all, it’ll be nice to see my family and friends again. To be able to spend holidays and celebrations with them. I miss going over to my parents house to hang out and try to sneak out with frozen pizzas. And of course I can’t wait to be able to snuggle my dog Buddy again and run around with him in my parents back yard.
Recently, I took a trip home to the Carolina states. It’s been 7 months since I’ve seen my family and friends. Boy, did I miss them or what?
I got really lucky and had 8 days to visit. Originally I was flying back for a weekend for my friends wedding and then the day after the wedding, I’d fly back to Hawaii. It was good to be back in South Carolina. I haven’t really been home sick but I did miss everyone back home.
It was a good trip, but it was also kind of stressful. My friend Hannah’s wedding was beautiful and perfect! I’m beyond grateful she asked me to be a bridesmaid and that I was able to fly back for her wedding. I got to see my parents new home and spend time running around outside with my dog. I’ve never seen Buddy look so happy. At our old home, we had a gated pool area for him to run around free, but it wasn’t much. We had 10 acres of woods but he liked to run off and so we always had to keep him leashed. Now he has lots of room to run around free and unleashed.
I really wanted to visit Charleston, SC while I was home. I know, why would I go to the beach when I live in Hawaii and I’m surrounded by beaches? Well, Charleston has always been my favorite place to visit. I would go there all the time during the summer and I just missed it. Some of the greatest memories of mine have been made there. But I wasn’t able to take a road trip there because Charleston had just been pretty damaged by the Hurricane.
I was in the Carolina’s for 8 days and I tried to see all of my family and friends. I had it all planned out. But right before my trip, all of the plans kept changing. I ended up not getting to see everyone like I wanted. It kind of bothered me. Especially, when I’m trying to fit every one in my schedule in a short amount of time and trying not to feel bad if I left someone out. It got to the point that I barely got to spend time with my family.
I already miss everyone so much, but I’m so glad to be back in Hawaii. If anything, while I was in South Carolina, I got homesick for Hawaii. The Carolinas will always be home, but I don’t feel like it’s where I belong. I know more than anything that I made the right decision to move to Hawaii. It’s going to suck seeing my family about 2 times a year, but I don’t regret moving to Hawaii at all.
I’ll be back in The Carolina’s sometime in March. If you didn’t get to see me on my last trip, hopefully I’ll see you next time. I might just end up having a big party so I can see everyone at once.
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.