The Practice of Silence It’s July 11th 2019, and we are staying at a house in Haena, near “the end of the road” in Kauai. I decide to put silence into practice that morning instead of just reading about it in my book. I walk down to the ocean and take off my slippers. That’s what the locals in Kauai call flip flops. As I say the word to myself, I ... Read More
Embracing your Calling, Community, and Challenges.
The Practice of Stillness On our hikes on the Kalalau Trail and in Waimea Canyon, I would try to capture the beauty of Kauai, but I could never tell the island’s full story with a single photo. The sound of the birds and the fragrant flowers surrounding me, the feel of the wind above me or the earth beneath me, the outstretch of the bright blue ocean beyond me or the vastness of ... Read More
Six hours. Six hours is the time difference between our home in South Carolina and Kauai. My first night of sleep was a wrestling match between my physical exhaustion and my physical time clock. Exhaustion won at first, but by 4am my body forced me awake and I waved my white flag in surrender, knowing coffee would be there for me in the end. The warm aroma of the coffee grounds and the ... Read More
I remember waking up early, just as the sun was rising above the ocean's horizon. I drove the twenty minutes to Princeville along the Northshore and winding coast of Haena. "The end of the road," as the locals call it, just recently reopened after the devastation of a hurricane that hit Kauai the year before. The drive took me on a journey that felt sacred and all my senses were telling me to ... Read More
The high pitch sound of metal zipping and polyester fabric stretching hung in the air as I closed up the last duffle bag. Like a heavy weight, the finality of our decision settled in on my chest. Fear mixed with excitement swirled inside me, prickling my skin, awakening something deep within. Making the decision to leave our home, our business, our cats, our creature comforts, our kids' normal ... Read More
When a weighty expectation is placed on a child, the weight becomes too heavy to bear and eventually crushes her soul. She learns from a young age that if she's ever to secure love she must meet the expectations of those around her. She aims to please and loses herself in meeting the needs of everyone around her. Saying, "Yes" is her automatic response because she knows that's what They ... Read More