It feels a little surreal to announce that after 3 years, we will be packing up and leaving Maui in November to move back to Seattle. It’ll mean more time with family and friends that we left behind when we moved to Maui, and more opportunity to build our careers.  I can’t wait to learn from all the talented fitness professionals that I know in the area and to bring what I’ve built and learned to new clients in Seattle.

However, Maui will always be a part of me. It sounds corny, but it’s the truth. There is no place that has changed me quite like this island, from the people to the lifestyle. There were a lot of major life changes that occurred for me while living here, between my now husbands’ major health scare, building a business from scratch, getting married, and buying a house. I’ve learned what’s important to me and what I want out of life by moving away. For those that are young and in a position to move away from your comfort zone for a while, I strongly encourage it.

Maui taught me a lot, but here are the top things I’ve learned from moving here:

1. Always choose happiness: People on Maui live for their passions, whether that’s surfing, windsurfing, hiking, or just spending time with family. Don’t feel like you need to workout five days a week because that’s what your favorite instafit celebrity does. Instead, workout in a way that makes you feel good, strong and fulfilled. If you’d rather hang at home with your dog or significant other one night, its okay to skip going out to the bars. It’s okay to choose you and your happiness every once in a while.

2. Seek new experiences & don’t be scared of the unfamiliar: I secretly didn’t love windsurfing when I first learned in college, hence why I never got that great at it. Once we moved here, I wanted to be able to have an activity to do with my husband. What surprised me is that it turned into so much more than that. Nothing has been more challenging yet more invigorating than this sport. Don’t forget to keep trying new things, because you never know what will stick and become your passion!

3. You don’t need to work a 9-5: Yes, I know there are financial constraints and many people are responsible for more than just themselves. I know that I am fortunate to not have certain pressures that others have to face. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pursue your dream on the side if you can’t full time. Maui is the land of working at least 2-5 different jobs at once, and I definitely did that as I built up my business. Think about what is going to make you feel like you made an impact, whether to a single person or on a larger scale. Be proud of what you do and how you choose to live your life.

4. Let Go: I am a naturally serious and anxious person when it comes to planning. I always feel tremendous pressure to be responsible. Realistically, my worst fears have NEVER happened. I left a stable job, got a second dog, and did a lot of other scary things. As soon as I started letting go of my fears, I felt like I started really living. I am still working on letting go every day, but Maui has helped me live a little and trust myself more.  

 

Maui changed me in so many wonderful ways. I am so excited to be back in Seattle to share the island lifestyle with family, friends and clients. If you have thought about getting back into fitness or just want a bit of guidance to continue to do your own thing, reach out to me and I’d be happy to help. I’ll be taking clients starting November and will have more exciting news to share in the coming months, so stay tuned. See you in November, Seattle!