Feels Like Coming Home

It probably seems like I’ve disappeared from this blog for a while.  Well, the fact is, yes, I have taken an extended break from writing.  Why?  I’ve just been busy living as opposed to sitting in front of my laptop.  Due to the recent loss of a dear friend, I’ve really been trying to just enjoy each day and savour each happy moment as opposed to snapping a hundred pictures on my iPhone or tweeting.  I’ve found joy in growing my own vegetables for the first time at a community garden, working on freelance projects with wonderful clients, and reconnecting with friends.  Growing my own food has ignited my interest in cooking and eating more healthy again.  I’m feeling better physically, mentally, and emotionally after a rough start to 2012.  There’s actually been so much I wanted to share but I just haven’t had the energy to gather my thoughts in any cohesive way.

Taking time away  helps me focus on why I started writing in the first place. Every now and then, I lose sight of that.    It’s about sharing all of the wonderful, beautiful things in life, no matter how big or small.  Our lives are a collection of micro experiences, and I’ve tried to capture those that are meaningful to me to share with you.

I’ve titled this post “Feels Like Coming Home” because writing here does feel like coming home.  Emotionally I am feeling renewed and more like myself again.  I’m also sharing my Kauai trip photos in this post, and the island is a place where I truly feel like I belong (more so than in Canada, but that’s a whole another story).   It helps that everyone there thinks I’m “local”, and I feel so welcomed there.

Since this was our 3rd trip to Kauai, we didn’t do too many touristy things.  We split our time in the north and south as usual (Hanalei and Koloa).  Days were spent surfing in the morning, grabbing a plate lunch or a fish taco for lunch, drinking beer on the patio and taking an afternoon snorkel or swim.

Below: Our trusty rental boards when we were surfing in Poipu in the south.  Had  a ton of fun surfing a new little reef break there.

Surf Baby

Below: Happy days at the beach where I caught my first 4ft outside reef break.  Making progress!  My bikini is by RipCurl from the Alana’s Closet Collection.  

First Reef

Below: Cycled through the old and lumpy sugarcane dirt roads to one of two secluded beaches.  


Below: Playing around at our beach cottage in the south.  The all-white clapboard  whispers “Summer” to me.

Mirror Mirror

Below: One of the things I love about Hawaii is the bright and colourful flora and fauna.  


Below: The smell of plumeria is one of my favourites


Coconut in the Backyard

Below: Kauai Forever.  Got this cute canvas bag from Bungalow 9, a home decor store that has perfect beach cottage goodies.  My cropped embroidered top, made in Bali, is from Southshore Bikinis in Old Koloa Town.  The shopowner Tamra is a sweetheart.


Below: Absolutely loved the Koloa Farmers Market where I picked up some very fresh local produce.  It was so nice to buy from local farmers.  I made roasted fennel, cherry tomato and eggplant pasta for dinner one night.  The mini pineapple was sweeter than candy.


Below: One of the more touristy things we did was the Hanapepe Friday Night Art Market where local artists were on hand at the galleries to talk about their work.  It was a terrific atmosphere and I loved interacting with the artists one-on-one.


Below: And what a view – the ocean framed by the lobby of the Grant Hyatt.


Below: This little guy made me smile.  He cruised right up to us expecting a handout.


12 Responses to “Feels Like Coming Home”
  1. Looks like you had a nice relaxing time. I haven’t been to Kauai yet. It was actually recently that I visited Hawaii for the first time. We were in Oahu & I absolutely loved it! I can’t wait to go back again. The weather was perfect and so were the beaches! I was pretty sad when it was time to leave.

  2. I know what you mean, Hawaii just instantly feels like home to me. I miss it more than any other place I’ve ever been! Sorry to hear about your loss – I was wondering what had happened to you, but obviously you’ve had more important things on your mind. I’m glad that you’ve come back though!

  3. Samantha says:

    Sorry for your loss, Liv… Good to hear you’re doing better. I really appreciated this post bc I struggle with finding a happy balance between blogging and actually living life. I was on such a roll With regularly posting but recently things have just been so crazy and all I want to do with my spare time is enjoy life with Matt and the dogs (even if it means cuddling up to a movie marathon) instead of sitting in front of my computer! But blogging does also have a weird way of helping me unwind and keeping me on track.

  4. Elisse says:

    Hey Liv! Welcome back to blogging – your blog is here to serve your needs as a writer, explorer and Life-liver – not the other way around. I am saddened to hear about the loss of someone dear to you. It is evident how this experience has resulted in introspection and self-reflection. The title of this post is p.e.r.f.e.c.t. Every time we write, the ideal feeling to have is that you are coming back to your sacred space.

    Ahhh, Hawaii! How can you go wrong being in that glorious place!

    • Elisse, these words means so much to me coming from you. You are someone I’ve always admired in terms of writing for yourself and always having a genuine voice in all your posts. And yes, when life takes an unexpected turn and we can barely comprehend what our loss means, it’s a time for self-reflection and improvement in how we live our everyday lives.

  5. asiancajuns says:

    Beautiful photos, Liv! Thanks for sharing your vacation and your thoughts with us. I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your close friend. I’m glad you took some time to renew yourself before “coming home.” I can totally understand the need to take a break from communicating via computer — and then feeling good about coming back renewed and sharing. Hope you continue to have a wonderful summer!

  6. Kelly says:

    Welcome back, Liv! I’m so happy to hear that you’ve been enjoying life and feeling refreshed. I wish it didn’t have to take the loss of Melissa in our lives to help me understand how to live life more fully, but sometimes life just has to serve us these plates of absolute crud.
    Really looking forward to lunch next week! (I’ll try not to be a sobby mess again).

    • Thanks Kelly. Yes totally agree – it’s sad that sometimes it takes this type of loss for each of us to remember what the important things in life are, but we should try to think of it as Melissa’s last parting gift to us. it’s a lesson I take to heart and try to embody everyday

      I can’t wait to catch up with you next week; it’ll be wonderful.

  7. Kate says:

    Hi! Where did you buy the Alana’s Closet purple bikini?? I’m looking for it everywhere 🙂

  8. Kathryn Stanley says:

    Hi! Where did you purchase the Alana’s Closet purple bikini?? I’ve been looking for it everywhere 🙂

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