Taking the Plunge
Over 4 years ago I finally realized my dream of over 20 years and moved to the island of Kauai. The Garden Island. I realize now that everything happens for a reason, and in it's time. However, I also realize that one of the reasons I didn't realize my dream sooner was because moving to Kauai seemed "too hard". It seemed "too expensive". It seemed "such a long way away". When I finally made "the big move", it couldn't have been easier. I shipped my car, I brought my cat (who loves chasing geckos) and immediately found a beautiful place to live. There are many amazing communities of people on the island where you can participate with others that share your likes and passions... there are hiking groups, outrigger canoe paddling clubs, an abundance of non-profits for various causes. It was very easy to create my own island "Ohana" (family). It's funny, too, how many of your friends and family love to come visit their "best friend" or "favorite sister" on Kauai - so trips to the mainland aren't even necessary to see family and friends! I've never once felt the much feared "island fever". Truthfully, I love living and being on Kauai so much that I rarely leave and when I do, I am always excited and look forward to getting back to Kauai. If you're interested in the culture, there are is an abundance of hula classes, Hawaiian language classes, lei making classes, ukulele classes, and more. There are heaius (ancient Hawaiian temples) to visit, tropical gardens to enjoy, cultural festivals to attend... Social media and face time make keeping in touch with friends and family so much easier. And of course, it's fun to post pictures of my life/paradise on social media too - especially when it's snowing wherever they are! When you are ready to make your move to Kauai, I'd be happy to talk with you more about my experience. And of course, if you're going to be looking for a home, please DO let me know!