I brought home more then just some sand at the bottom of my suitcase :)
A trip planned solely by my boyfriend? Travel, hotel, and activities all organized and taken care of? SAY IT WASNT SO! My man is wonderful at so many things, but planning ahead, or just planning in general really has never been a strong attribute of his. So you can imagine the sense of AWE I was in when we embarked on vacation, everything was taken care of, AND it ran smoothly. To be completely honest it made me feel pretty crappy how well everything went. I am always the planner, I am type A and planning and organizing might as well be my middle names. But no matter how much a plan and organize there is always some sort of bump in the road. And Brandins first time planning a trip? He executes it perfectly...
Aside from constantly waiting for what I thought the inevitable chaos during our magical trip (that never came,) I spent a absolutely remarkable trip enjoying the beautiful island of Maui. We did everything under the Hawaiian sun, zip lined through cattle country, parasailed above the Lahaina shores, scuba dived off the beach of Wailea, ATV'd the mountain side, struggled through a paddle board yoga class (wasn't pretty), and ate the most delicious food ever! I look back on it now I don't know how I came home feeling rested.
But the activity that stole the show? Was my helicopter ride around the Haleakala mountain side.
The helicopter landed on a patch of grass on the Hauna coastline, and the love of my life asked me to marry him, and made me the happiest girl in the entire world!!
Aside from the obvious plusses from my trip, bringing home a new piece of jewelry, a fiancé, and countless memories I will cherish forever. Our trip is also where I got my inspiration for my website. My fiancé and I are so blessed, and live a lifestyle I could have only dreamed of, and it wasn't until I met a women in the pool at our hotel that I really realized that I could share my life with the world.
Jana was at the Four Seasons Maui photographing a wedding when we sparked up a conversation at the pool, and it was not long before she was snapping pics of Brandin and I in the pool, on my iPhone 6. They were the best photos Brandin and I have ever taken together! Admittedly, I am not comfortable in front of a camera, better yet my booty infront of a camera, yet she created beautiful photos in just a few snaps. look her up! http://jana-williams.com
She Has seen the world and catches peoples attention through her beautiful photos. I always felt like social media, and even bloggers, gave a false sense of reality, but after meeting Jana, having such a genuine real conversation about her life, her journey, and her faith. once I saw her photos I saw them in a different way and it genuinely inspired me to share my life experiences with people.
So my fairy tail trip to Hawaii brought about a new journey and phase of life with my best friend and the love of my life, and brought about the inspiration to begin something completely individual and all my own.