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Why the company we keep is one of the most important choices

Why the company we keep is one of the most important choices we have to make.

We have all heard we are the sum of the 5 closest people we spend our time with.  Over the years I have found this to be true and during times of reflection I can see why I cherish these two and my surf ohana so much.  

Raising a family is tough and when the kids were small either my husband Andy or I had to be on shore or at home with them.  It was what we had to do to make it work.  Now, that they are older I am so glad to have my surf partner back and expanded with my dear surf sister Sylvia who's kids are the same age.

"Surrounding myself with people who encourage me to surf has kept me surfing and is one of the most important choices I have made."

Life happens and if we don't take some time out to reflect and take care of ourselves on a physical, mental and spiritual level that's when things go array.  

We take turns to turn the spark on in each other with a...

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What happens when we connect to nature?

Have you ever wondered what happens when we connect to nature and why we feel so refreshed afterwards?

After being 'limited' to going out these past months I found myself searching for opportunities to go out to spend time in nature and noticed  a huge effect to de-stress my whole being.   Going out meant simple things like watching a sunrise, breathing in morning air, cleaning the yard, watching the stars at night, a meal together with loved ones, walking the dog, a stroll around the neighborhood and even a drive to the grocery store with the wind blowing freely.  

Then I added going out for longer walks,  going to the beach for a surf or swim and deeper breathe to bring in more air to my cells.  From all these experiences I felt this special connection to the world and people around us that we humans need to feel on the deepest levels.

When we fully surround ourselves...

       In Nature we learn about the full power of the mind, body...

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A Time for New Beginnings - ‘Hawaii for Locals’

Puamelia season is a time for new beginnings - Introducing ‘Hawaii for Locals’

In Hawaii, the puamelia represents love, birth, hope, spring and new beginnings.  In this time of great flux, it is important to tune in to the rhythms of the natural world around us for guidance.

A few years ago I co-authored a book called ‘Local Hawaii’ for the visitor market.  Today I am starting my new series ‘Hawaii for Locals’  to reintroduce special places, people and things to have locals fall in love with ALL parts of our islands.

One of my favorite time of the year to visit Koko Head Botanical garden is in May when the plumeria are in full bloom.  An early morning walk or late afternoon through the gardens will leave you in awe.   Don’t want to spoil the exploration because this garden is FULL of surprises.  So I won’t go into details.  You just have to experience it for yourself.

Take your time and listen to the...

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Creativity Is Intelligence having fun

creativity fun nature selfcare May 08, 2020

Creativity Is Intelligence having fun

Spending time in the ocean may seem like its my fun time, but in reality its my time to rev up my creative juices, allows my mind to wander to discover solutions and let go of stress that holds me back.

In this time of great change, remind yourself to find your fun... its usually something simple and small like in a game, a comedy show, a puzzle, spending time in nature, grow a plant ... whatever makes you smile.

We are intelligent creatures and now more than ever we need to tap deep into our creative nature to create the world we want to live in for us and for generations to come.

Please share what makes you smile.  That would make me smile AND did you know a 'Smile is contagious."

Love and aloha,

Heidi from Hawaii

 

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We are part of the tapestry of life

We are part of the tapestry of life...

 

Just had an AHA moment... I just really realized why I love being in the ocean playing with the waves and watching the signs and the signals of the currents, winds, tides, waves and it’s inhabitants.   Had my first encounter to be in the water to watch a monk seal swim by.  Such a peaceful feeling to watch him/her in their habitat and we could share in the joy of just being.  It stirred something deep within.

Seeing nature’s creatures in the natural environment up close just left me admiring the beauty of nature.   This was the spark to open my eyes that we humans are a part of this tapestry and have been fast asleep and when we are in our flow and in complete connection to Mother Earth we can reset and set our mind, body and spirit.   

The time has come to recognize our part in this tender cycle of life.  Be kind, be thoughtful and do good to others and keep doing our best to keep our...

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Journal your ideas & dreams✨

’Fascinating outcomes occur when we journal our ideas and dreams’

When we are in times of change and need to find a direction, journal your ideas and dreams for some fascinating insights.

Here are my top 3 tips for starting to manifest your new path.

  1. Jot down your dreams.  Dreams include nightly dreams and your day dreams.  The unconscious mind works intrinsically with the conscious mind
  2. Don’t worry if it makes sense or not. Just write whatever comes to mind.
  3. journaling includes sketches and images that words cannot explain.

This process will help to clear your mind of all the thoughts and ideas floating around.  Once these thoughts are out of your mind, these thoughts go out to the universe to figure out a plan.  Then be on the lookout for opportunities and signs.  Take cautious conscious action and keep aware of your feelings  throughout the process and note the self doubting voices and leave those behind.  Take a step and...

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Dreams Give Us Clues

Dreams give us clues we are seeking.

Dreams are a window into our psyche and contain information that can give us much insight to situations and feelings. Here are some tips on how to capture your dreams...

  1. When you first are waking, lay as still as possible so you do not disturb the dream.
  2. Pick up on the story even if its bits and pieces, those are the important symbols.
  3. Then write them down or go over it in your mind it will soon fade.
  4. Look up the symbolism and see what makes sense to you.

Dreams are literal and it takes some practice to figure them out, but it is such a potent tool to assist us on the journal.

Learn more with my free Morning Routine course on my website, because sharing is caring.

Aloha,

Heidi from Hawaii

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Step our with curiosity and sand between our toes - Every day starts with a morning routine

Uncategorized Apr 10, 2020

Step our with curiosity and sand between our toes  -Every day starts with a morning routine -

On everyone's minds these days are probably what is going to come up next after the quarantines are lifted --  things you would like to do, people you want to see, places you want to go and what is life going to look like.

From my past experience of self quarantining my self for my 6 months after having my first child I can tell you that stepping out into a new world will take time and much getting used to being in the unknown and treading into unchartered waters.   Just know that waiting on the other side is a new world to discover with more treasures that we could ever imagine.

Like this period of 'social distancing', staying home with my baby I learned the concepts of cleanliness - sterilization and hand washing while handling baby and all their bottles and diapers and the power of the immune system.  Along with all this, a strange new sleeping schedule and...

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Support Local. Farmers Markets are Essential & FUN! Some tips by Heidi from Hawaii

Support Local. Farmers Markets are Essential and FUN!

If you are looking to get out and feel better, try adding in the freshest foods into your meals from your local farmers market.  These markets have a wide variety of local foods that are in season which gives your mind a challenge to be a bit creative.  Also, eating new foods opens your mind to new ways of thinking and brings a greater sense of appreciation.

Here are some of my tip:

  • Farmlovers Markets - in Kaakako, Kailua and North Shore is my favorite for shopping for locally sourced fruits and veggies and flowers.  They have a screening process for all vendors to make sure products are made in Hawaii.  Great for Hawaii made gifts too.  Also, food stands are great for take out too.
  • Manoa Farmers Market - a quiet neighborhood market with no crowds but with every basic fruit and veggie and even some orchids.
  • Chinatown Market - in Dillingham (where the Chunky Cheese's used to be) This market has the one of...
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How to stay healthy while traveling

 

Being sick is no fun.  Sometime you may not be able to avoid getting sick but there are things that can increase the healing time or give you added protection by giving your body the support it needs so it can heal itself with lightning speed.  Here are my 5 top health tools while traveling for prevention.  Please share your health tools... there are so many tools available to us all and it’s good to know what is available because you never know when you or a loved one will need this information.

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