Just a quick little background on this:

I’ve always felt suuuuuper drawn to the North Shore of O’ahu for no actual reason. For years, I would tell my family and friends that I’d live in Hawai’i one day; that it felt like it could be home for me (without even visiting yet); that there was no way I was staying in Toronto for the rest of my life – I needed to get out there and experience life fully.

I visited the island for 2 weeks in January, 2018 and to say I fell in love would be an understatement. Of course, this was just a vacation and I still wanted to know what it’d be like to actually live there. So, in September, 2018, I made my way back to the island with my best friend and we lived our best lives together for a month before she flew back home. That’s when my “real life” started over there.

This is just a snippet of what I learned in the span of 4 months living on O’ahu. My time there was not the easiest, most fun, and relaxed as it may have looked in my photos. I decided to start being more authentic and realistic in my posts when people started messaging me things like “I wish I had your life,” “I wish I could do that,” or “your life is so perfect.”

So, here’s 3 things to understand if you were/are one of those people:

  1. The grass is always greener on the other side
  2. Anyone can do anything they desire – it’s a matter of switching your mindset from “I can’t” to “I can and I will”
  3. My life is nowhere close to perfect and I want to make sure everyone knows that. It is a messy and beautiful roller coaster ride that I could not be more grateful for to experience. It is a never-ending growth and self-development journey that I choose to share with others because I believe we can all learn from one another. That’s all there is to it.

For a large chunk of my time on the island, I didn’t have a lot of money. It had gotten to the point where I had to choose whether to sleep in a hostel another night or eat a decent meal that day… I ate 2 bananas as I booked another night.

Living in Hawai’i isn’t easy – but people do make the best of it there. Mostly everyone works several jobs just to continue the dream of living in paradise. It’s certainly worth it when you finally have a day off; when you can run to the ocean with arms wide open expressing gratitude for the little island that holds your heart dearly. When you see the rainbows stacking on top of one another reminding you there’s still so much beauty in the world, even when you feel all the shitty feels. When you can reunite with beautiful souls you’ve been blessed to meet on the island through divine synchronicity. When you see everyone around you smiling because they also feel the beautiful high-vibe energy the islands have to offer.

It was definitely worth it for me… till a certain point.

I knew when my time there was over; and it had nothing to do with material needs. It was a deep fulfillment of my soul. I knew I had learned all I needed to learn, lost all I needed to lose, gained all I needed to gain, and felt all I needed to feel. It was time to come “home”, because I had already come home to myself.

So, without further ado…

Here’s a compilation of Instagram posts from my time in Hawai’i:

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