I can't believe four months have passed since the New Year already. I don't know about you, but time is flying by here on Maui. Before I know it, my year long position with West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership will be over, and I'll be saying good bye to family to move back to Oregon.
I spent New Years Eve practicing yoga and going to bed early.
It feels so much better to wake up on the first day of the new year refreshed and well rested,
instead of hungover. People put so much pressure on having the party of a lifetime on NYE-
when instead it should be a time of reflection of the past year, and goals setting.
I spent the day hiking through the old volcanic crater in Haleakala National Park with my little sister. We drove up the winding road feeling like we were approaching heaven as we passed through the clouds. It was a beautiful day and just the right temperature as the clouds came in creating a slight chill (it can get deadly hot up there). We hiked all the way down into the crater, practiced some yoga, then had lunch and some wine to celebrate.
As we hiked out, I couldn't help feeling full of gratitude for all that I've experienced thus far in life. Gratitude for my family, my internship, finding the love of my life, all my educational
and professional accomplishments, and in that moment being able to explore
such a magnificent place on my home island.