What did I do this month? Because nobody asked and I’m going to tell you anyway, I moved 4,000 miles across the globe to an island in the Pacific ocean. I live in Hawaii now. It seems unbelievable, but it’s happened. I live in a town called Kailua, on the Windward side of Oahu. It’s green, tropical, rainy, and everything is less than a half mile from my house. I’m sure you saw my Instagram feed blowing up with photos of the new digs. Honestly, I call it The Land of Athleisure. Healthy people. Yogies. Lulu Lemon. Local organic markets. Healthy people and Yogies wearing Lulu Lemon and eating at local organic markets everywhere. Our Whole Foods actually has a waterfall in front of it. & thank the nine divines.
…but I’ll be damned if I spend $24 per yoga class.
This beach is a 0.8 mile walk from my house. The two little islands are what make this location, Lanakai Beach, memorable. Right now I am getting the house set up and toeing that decorating fine line between tropical and tacky. But hey, where else would you do tacky tropical besides Hawaii? Anyway, Christmas is next week, I think… and it’ll be my third one in the Pacific (after two in Guam). Larry made reservations for a nice Christmas Eve dinner at Japengo in the Hyatt Regency Waikiki. He showed me Waikiki my second day here. I am overjoyed we chose to live in lush, green Kailua. While the tourist stuff is fun, I’d rather live in a real jungle than a concrete one.
Lastly, I’m finishing my MS in Counseling from LSU here: All I have left is a semester of internship and I graduate this May. I have two different internship sites here. I’ll be working in local transitional housing for those who are exiting state psychiatric care (leading groups and teaching meditative yoga), and I’ll also be working for a reputable forensic psychologist who specializes in military courts martial. So I guess the two-year break will be drawing to a close; I have to start looking for a job in March. Dang. What do you mean I can’t be a career student? I think if I find the right job fit I’ll be less anxious about it.
So yeah, Mele Kalikimaka… Better photos soon. There’s a hike I want to do this weekend, and of course, scuba and snorkeling are on the agenda when it’s not so cold. Cold. Ha.