“Hau`oli Lā Hānau” in Hawaiian translates roughly to Happy Birthday. At my age, we rarely tell friends and family about our birthdays; guess it’s not a day to celebrate if you just dread getting older. But I try to celebrate everyday so join in my celebration!
Back to the Hawaiian lesson – “Hau`oli” means “Happy, glad, gay, joyful,” “Lā” means “Day, date” (as well as “sun, sunny”), and “Hānau” means “To give birth; to lay (an egg); born.”
It would make sense to start every day with a Hau`oli Lā – Happy Day! Unlike my DH, I don’t dread birthdays. They are just another HAPPY DAY. One where I like to reflect on the last year and plan for the next one.
Today is also another anniversary. I’ve been in Maui for 4 months. I’m an official Kama’aina now. Time has flown by. So here’s some reflections:
- I really miss my friends. Without a job, it has been incredibly difficult to make new friends. I knew this change would be hard being that I knew absolutely no one on Maui. I find myself talking more to Widgit than anyone! We had a great time yesterday as I explained the nuances of painting to her. She sits and listens but leaves if I quit talking to her!
- I haven’t missed work at all except for #1. I think of lunches out with friends, discussions in the coffee room about what’s going on in people’s lives and group dinners. Until writing this, I haven’t even thought about planning, DMG, revenue, working too hard or bosses without a clue. As I am writing this, I was thinking what happened in my life before last November when we decided to move to Maui. I think back on days at Adobe; the frustration, the long hours were what I defined myself by. Bad, bad, bad. I know not everyone at Adobe or in high tech is like this but many are. Reality check is that corporate business is a lot of “busy-ness”. What is urgent and important one day is ignored the next. There is a lot more to life than pleasing your boss and co-workers. (I have finally started taking the Photoshop Total Training course that I’ve had for years…I’m really enjoying learning about this amazing tool!)
- I’ve been busy and continue to make progress making our house a home. As always, I underestimate the time needed to complete a task. I’m getting better though; it takes thought, analysis and action and evaluation. Same as with anything. One thing that hasn’t changed is that I think nothing of planning AND working a 12 hour day! I do take breaks though! I have figured out what my next career step is and just have it on hold while I finish some house projects. I am practicing what I’ve preached for years about defining systems and continuing to improve them. Whether it be cleaning all the Kihei dust or painting I keep improving. I’ve become a FlyLady which helps me keep Kihei dust reasonable. FlyLady also supports very basic “take care of yourself first” concepts.
- I realized right away that I had to establish new ways of operating. Some basic things change. For example, in Hawaii I never shower in the morning. I always shower before dinner; can’t sleep with dust and sweat. I can’t make all my business phone calls around lunch; lunch in Hawaii is closed on the east coast! I do much of my business work first thing in the morning. I also have learned to work around the hot times of the day… I work until I get to hot then I either come inside or turn the air on! In San Jose, our air conditioner was going all the time on auto-pilot. With the energy costs here, we wouldn’t think of that; they are double what SJ was. We have been turning on the air for a few hours during most of the summer. The good news is that we have nice cool breezes in evenings and mornings.
- I’ve become a master of googling! I google everything… today I was doing trim painting and thought…there has to be a system for painting a door. At break, I found this (and several more but I liked this the best!). It still took me 1 hour to paint both sides of the door and the frame :-(.
- It has been a good year. We took a huge leap and have survived. We are in the process of establishing a new life here. With that has come missing many things that the Bay Area provided (Cosentino’s butchers and produce, Fry’s Electronics, good chinese food, wine country) but have found many things here that would be tough to live without (Eskimo Candy Poke, great fish at great prices, pineapples always available and a 12 month growing season!). Sometime frustrating — always tradeoffs.
Enough blabbing… gotta get my painting done!