As Per Request...

A blog post.

I've been composing blog posts in my head daily, as I have done for the past ~10 years of my life, but I haven't been good about immortalizing these mental blog posts. Sorry. I feel less motivated to construct stories of my life in a blog read by friends when I already spend hours on the phone with friends/family on the mainland.

Here I am anyway. Hello!

Here I am in Hawai'i.. working two part time jobs that I just kind of fell into, with no one but a handful of acquaintances to keep me company, living with my awesome parents, and driving all about the island oftentimes by myself in search of new adventures, again, by myself.

I've never been happier.

I love the music. I love the friendly people. I love being able to be by myself and not feel self conscious about being by myself. I love hiking and swimming at the beach. I love never having to wear pants, socks, or shoes. I love meeting people from all over the world.

I feel so light. I feel light for not having to wear heavy clothes. I feel light for eating less fast food and more fruits. I feel light for not having a lot of my things here with me (I moved to Hawai'i with about 2 suitcases worth of earthly possessions). I feel light for having the time and motivation to work out. I feel light for practicing teaching in tiny, bite-sized classrooms. I love you, friends, but I feel light for being off on my own and not having to "schedule" or "pencil in" dinner dates or quickie coffee dates to catch up or keep up with anyone.

I attended a yoga class today. The scene could have been straight out of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall", except the class only had four students including myself. Marvelous.

I attended a boxing class last week. There were some buff homies and homettes up in that joint. Maybe I'll be one of them one day.

If I leave Hawai'i having learned only two lifelong skills, I'll be happy if it were boxing and open-water swimming.

Oh, and I'm taking a Japanese class. OK, if I leave Hawai'i having learned only three lifelong skills... I hope speaking Japanese makes it on that list.

Meanwhile, the pursuit for jobs abroad continues. I have an interview next week to teach in Japan. I hope they like me! At least, enough to give me a job.

Speaking of jobs--time for bed. Well, read and then sleep. I'm currently reading Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. It's pretty addictive. I don't know if that's a good or bad thing, considering that it's over 700 pages long. More about that later.