Archive for ‘gratitude’

January 30, 2012


I was left to my own devices for most of this past weekend. 

My usual hiking partners were all doing other things: The guys partook in the 2012 Maui Open disc golf tournament that happened up in Polipoli all weekend [Ben and Zak have been playing for years and it sounds like it was a blast], and Mom’s been nursing a knee injury since the middle of last week. 

The weather was gorgeous, so rather than stay at home, I headed out to meet up with friends on the North shore for a beach day.  By the time we got there, though, it was so windy that I quickly gathered my stuff and headed on the road looking for a solo adventure. 


The past few days have been pretty rough for me emotionally [pregnancy-related depression?] and I felt a real need to reconnect with the ‘aina.  The West Maui Mountains were crystal clear that day and I could feel the river calling me… so I followed the call into ‘Iao Valley, where I went for a short hike to a secluded spot on the river. 


‘Iao Valley is especially meaningful for me and just being there lifted my mood and brought me back to my center.  I sat there for a while with my feet dangling in the ice-cold water, and before I knew it, I was sobbing. 

I visualized all my fears and doubtsabout the pregnancy, school and work, and the futureleaving me and drifting down the river with my salty tears.  And I envisioned love and faith filling in the empty spaces left behind. 


It’s amazing how the Universe supports me when I just seek support and ask for guidance. 

I’m not sure how long I sat there – the sound of rushing water and the simple expansion and contraction of my chest took over and time was no longer relevant – but when I finally opened my eyes and looked around, I realized that I was surrounded by nourishment.  Literally, there were ripe guavas staring me in the face.  


I had to chuckle because of how ironic it was: I hadn’t even noticed the guavas when I got there, but – yet again – the Universe always provides me with an abundance of exactly what I need, when and where I need it. It was a reminder for me that I am surrounded by love and support, an overflow of resources to have a healthy and happy pregnancy.  I have everything I need to live my best life possible, now and always.  Even on solo adventures, I’m not alone. 


I took my time walking back, thoroughly delighting in those nutrient-dense guavas and paying close attention to the world around me – which I had mindlessly scuttled through on my way to the river.  


[A dried up jackson chameleon I found on the path.]

By the time I got back to the car, I felt like a completely new being.  Refreshed and rejuvenated and filled with love.  I’m so grateful to have places where I feel safe and nourished, and where I can go when I’m feeling overwhelmed with life.  I’m sure it’s wonderful for the baby, too. 

Where do you find solace?  What do you do when you’re feeling overwhelmed? 

Aloha Pumehana.
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November 28, 2011


For years now Ben and I have been asked the question to which our reply was always, “We’re not ready yet.” 


Well friends, our time has come. Smile

“Making a decision to have a child – it’s momentous.  It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”

- Elizabeth Stone


Ben and I have always been big kids at heart and had a very special connection with little ones, so having kids was never a matter or if, but when. When we finally came to the realization that we’re never going to feel 100% prepared to have a baby, we started tuning in to our intuition and letting things happen naturally. 


[Yep, we’re pregnant.]

This whole pregnancy thing is so new to me [I’m only about 9 weeks] and a lot could still happen, but I’ve always felt an urge to share my journey. I feel called to share this process as well, and I truly believe that no matter what happens, it is the best thing for me to write through it. 

Keeping this a secret for the past few weeks has been immensely difficult, especially since just looking at food is painful some days, let alone trying to post recipes!  Now that you’re in on the secret, maybe you’ll understand a bit more about where I’m coming from. 

There is so much to be said and I’m excited for the opportunity to document my journey on GPD with a focus on keeping my pregnancy simple yet significant, as always.  I still plan on posting healthy recipes and motivational tidbits, but I also plan to throw some pregnancy updates in the mix, too.

This year, we spent another glorious Thanksgiving on the island of Hawai`i with the ‘ohana…


and Ben and I had something extra special to be thankful for. 


Aloha Pumehana.
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