Hawaii Travel Guide

This post is very much overdue, but let me tell you!!! Hawaii is the greatest place in the world ever.

After my trip to Hawaii I made it a life goal to save up as much money as I can and then sell everything and move there because there is no place in this world that could make me happier than Hawaii…okay, maybe Wafflelove or a LANY concert but you get the point.

Soo…Hawaii. Here’s my two sense of things you have to do in Hawaii. We traveled the big island and then went to O’ahu. I would highly advise going to multiple islands if you do go to Hawaii rather than staying on just one because honestly, each island is so different. Okay, here’s my list w/ pics people. Enjoy 😉 I also have to give credit to the best app ever..”yelp”. I don’t think I would have been able to survive Hawaii, in knowing where to go and where to eat, etc, if it wasn’t for my favorite app ever. I seriously love “yelp” and will support it until the day I die.

  1. Food Trucks. Food Trucks. Food Trucks. ….did I mention food trucks?

 

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2. Food. Okay, the amount of food trucks there are in Hawaii are amazing. BUT the acaii bowls in Hawaii are absolutely devine!!!

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everywhere you go…especially on the North Shore there are amazing Acaii Bowl places. I promise you they are to die for you. No lies here, all truth.

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They also have these random places on the side of the road that they sell these pineapple drinks at. I actually think they sell these pretty much everywhere, probably depending on which island you are on. While I was in O’ahu, we found these everywhere.

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Macaroons…need I say more?

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In O’ahu there is also this little bake shop named Punalu’u and they sell Malasada’s and it was love- at- first- bite for me. I’ve been hooked ever since and it’s honestly one of the top reasons why I am wanting to move to Hawaii. No joke.

3. Landscape. Scenery. It’s all beautiful.

We decided to go to two islands. We went to Kona, the Big Island, as well as O’ahu. Both islands look completely different, but they are both so beautiful and unique in their own ways.

Here is scenery from Kona:

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Kona Hawaii.

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4. Historical Landmarks. Pearl Harbor, US Arizona, US Missouri…need I say more? But these museums are a must see if you go to the island of O’ahu.

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And lastly, you must MUST go to the Polynesian Cultural Center. I didn’t take many pics while there because I was honestly in such awe at how amazing everything was there. I had the opportunity of going to a luau and the night show. It was honestly so incredible.

I could go on for ages, but seriously I love Hawaii.

I don’t think I’ll ever be able to stay away for good 🙂

Mahalo.

 

the day everything changed.

“God’s grace saved me from my anxiety. He saved my life.”
These are the words written by a well-beloved friend of mine who has completely changed my life in so many ways. Her name is Emily, and we had the privilege of meeting each other in November of 2016 in a very hot and dry place known as Mesa, Arizona. From day one Emily and I became close and we knew that we were meant to be in each other’s lives, but for very unexpected reasons.
As time went on and Emily and I got to know each other a little more, we came to find that we have a lot more in common than we thought. We have the same fears, goals, hopes, and dreams. We found that the both of us suffer in ways that only we know, and as we were able to open up about these dark hidden things to each other we found that we may not be as alone as we thought.
Emily wrote a deeply personal story about her experience with anxiety and how the grace of God allowed her to be healed.
What gets her out of bed each morning? Knowing there is hope. Knowing that things will be okay in the end.
….let’s flash back about 15 months before I met Emily. July of 2015. 3 weeks before I was to leave for my mission trip to Arizona. I was making a long trek from Idaho to Missouri. My mom was in the car with me and we had left Idaho at 4:30 am. Me, being the college student I was, pulled an all-nighter with my best friend because we weren’t going to see each other for a while and I was so terribly sad to leave her. My mother, being the kind human she is, drove from 4:30 am to about 1 pm when I decided to take over, I was certain I was fully rested and fully capable of driving.
All I can remember was my mom screaming my name, waking up in a beat up car with blood all over me, and a shattered car window.
Next, I was waking up in an ambulance, with one nurse holding my head together, another poking me with needles, and another asking me questions like “what day is it?” “can you wiggle your toes for me?”
I was confused. I had no idea what had just happened, or why this doctor was holding my head together, the only thing I did know was that I was hurt. Suddenly, fear came over me, and all I could think about was my mission trip to Arizona. The fact that I was supposed to be leaving in three weeks. And from that moment forward I promised myself that I would do anything to get myself to Arizona in three weeks.
My injuries turned out to be pretty minor for how serious of an accident it was. My head was split open…it basically looked like someone took my scalp, put it through a meat grinder and placed it back on my head. They told me my hair would never grow back. I was in a wheelchair for weeks because my head injuries were so severe I couldn’t stand on my own. I lost all sense of self. I couldn’t do anything on my own, I couldn’t shower, use the bathroom, nothing. But it turned out to be one of the greatest humbling experiences for me because I learned to allow others to help and serve me.
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It turned out to be a miracle, but I ended up being able to walk and go on my mission trip the day I was supposed to. But to this day I still struggle with the psychological and physical effects from my accident. I get headaches often, and have the biggest anxiety everytime I drive. It’s a struggle each and everyday for me, but I know, that God’s grace saves me from my anxiety each and everyday. I know I am not alone.
My life easily could have been taken from me that day. And how I thank God each and everyday for saving my life that day, because it allowed me to be able to know the value of life and to help people like Emily.
Here’s Emily’s story:

wanna be a marathoner.

Okay, the title of this post is 100% accurate. In no way am I an actual marathoner but I definitely “wanna be a marathoner”.

I just recently started my half marathon training. It has been quite the adventure. Let me tell you. It requires so much dedication, so much food (which I can’t complain too much about), and lots and lots of hydration and sleep (which I’m really bad at) so basically, it takes way more dedication than I expected.

But here is my half-marathon training fitness routine:

I am currently just following a 16-week half-marathon training guide that I found on Pinterest. (score!!) as well as the “Bodyboss Ultimate Body 12-Week Fitness Guide”

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you can find the BodyBoss fitness guide here:

https://www.bodyboss.com/

check it out.

So I just follow the guide on the marathon book guide as well as the guide in the BodyBoss fitness guide.

…updates to come.