Happy Anniversary to Me!!!!!

10 years ago today I got on a plane and made my way from Philadelphia to Honolulu. I never had Hawaii on my radar as a place to live. I have always been the city girl. Give me tall buildings, the roar of the traffic, a coffee shop on the corner, and some exposed brick in my apartment and I am good to go. I loved going down the shore for vacation, but as a permanent residence…never gave it a thought.

Last year I wrote a blog post about how I decided to make the move here, so I won’t go into that now. You can go back and take a look at it if you want to. Today, I want to just talk about my love for Hawaii and how happy I am to be here. It really is the right place for me, God knew what he was doing when He put the thought in my head.

I was fortunate enough to have a job waiting for me at The Cheesecake Factory in Waikiki, I just needed a place to live and settle in. I remember my first morning here. I got in late on a Friday night, so I just went to sleep and woke up the next morning ready to go. I walked all around Waikiki and saw all the places I had seen on the map. I ended up in a park that was having a health fair and giving away free shave ice. I stood in line and got a small rainbow cone and made my way over to a park bench to watch the waves. I called my sister and told her I was home. She told me I was crazy; I hadn’t even been there for 24 hours. I told her it didn’t matter…I knew.

48 hours after I got on the plane I walked into Hope Chapel Waikiki and my destiny was set. I knew I wanted to get back into church. I had been away for a long time, and it was a good place to meet some nice people. I was greeted right away and introduced to some people. This was the group that has become my core, my Hawaii family. I can’t imagine not knowing these people, at the age of 42 I finally met the love of my life.

I have lived a lot of places in my life and met a lot of people. Other than my family, there have only been two sets of people that I have been close to, my youth group peeps of my teens and early twenties and my Hawaii crowd. I am a social butterfly, but normally I don’t get close, I am close to these people. I have found my place in this world, and I don’t plan on leaving. In fact, I have not been on a plane since I got here. I never felt “island fever”, so I haven’t felt the need to go anywhere, LOL.

I love this island. I love to cruise around, stop to go swim and get a shave ice after a plate lunch. I love hanging out with friends playing music and having a few beers with something to nibble on. Yes, food is a big thing here and the food is great. I am not that adventurous when it comes to trying new things, but I do have a few island favorites. Never in a million years did I think I would eat spam, but I love musubi. I eat rice for breakfast with eggs and Portuguese sausage. My all-time favorite thing is Loco Moco. It’s rice with a hamburger patty with brown gravy all over with an egg on top and a side of macaroni salad. Whenever I try a new place to eat it’s my go to.

There are so many things I could say in my love letter about Hawaii, but the post would be too long. Just know this, I sometimes look around and feel like I have been here all my life and then there are times I look around and I can’t believe I get to live in Hawaii. It is a strange combination of feeling like a long time local but with all the surprise and wonder of being a newbie. I wouldn’t have it any other way…ALOHA

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Hi, I'm Tracie. I am a writer, reader, life coach, lover of the city and the beach. I am a big fan of all things caffeinated. I dig things from many different decades, but am a definite child of the 80's. My blog is about everything and anything my mind conjures up. Enjoy the ride.

8 thoughts on “Happy Anniversary to Me!!!!!

  1. I KNEW it would be a great post! I am actually crying like the English cigarette I am. I’m happy you’re happy but I still effing hate you! (Yes I know we talk every day for at least an hour, but it’s not the same…)

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  2. Welcome home! I know how you feel and what you mean. I moved to MD at the ripe old age of 20. I barely knew anyone, but I just knew it was right. I’ve now been here 35+ years! I tried moving to SoCA many years ago, but within a few weeks knew I was to go back to MD. Is my future here? I don’t know, time and God will tell. But for now, I here and I’m happy about that.

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  3. Wow Trace…10 years came quick…yet it seems like you’ve been here forever…I’m so glad that you feel the way you do about “our home”!!! I’ve traveled some in my lifetime but it all ends up the same when I return… I’m so glad to be home…there is no place like this!!! You gotta get Val them out just once…till then they’ll never no…am I right

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