Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Inside Looking Out

We're back from Maui.
Lately, as my life consists of moving a space heater to which ever room I'm in, I look back fondly on these pictures from a tropical time.
     It's nice to take a plane somewhere and come back on one with a new perspective. The plane isn't always a necessary element in gaining perspective, but it usually makes it rather unavoidable. Hawaii gave me perspective and other things. 
     Other things like quality time with my sisters-in-law; sitting on the beach telling them things I'd usually only put in my journal. It gave me time with Scott to surf new waves, because when we wake up in our neighborhood we get pretty hooked on surfing the same ones. It gave me time with my DeMint family not just to tan our skin and swim the days away, but to navigate challenges like the torrential downpour, 40ยบ air and gale force winds that greeted us at the top of Haleakala. 
     To be totally honest, our time in Hawaii put me out of my comfort zone a bit. I'm an unwavering introvert, as you may know, and the thought of traveling with nearly 20 people made me want to pack a cloak of invisibility just in case I needed time in my own world. It turns out, I was mostly fine (I only cried once) and this is where the new perspective came in. This trip wasn't meant to be about me, unless only for me to see that I needed to forgo control and put others first. Did I succeed? I'm not sure. There were at least two times when Scott and I went surfing instead of hopping in one of the vans with the whole clan. I'm glad I had those waves, we both are, but this is where hesitation creeps into my conclusion. 
     This vacation may not have been filled exclusively with selfless moments brought to you by yours truly, but it was a step in the right direction. I'm working on myself all the time and this trip gave me a compass to where I'd like to head next. Introversion can't be an excuse to be selfish. 

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  1. I think everyone has moments where a cloak of invisibility would come in handy. Good for you for putting yourself out there a bit more. Progress is progress no matter how little. And being selfish isn't a bad thing either. It's all about balance.
    Glad you had a great time and I absolutely loooove that rainbow pic.


  2. gorgeous pictures. i went to maui once and fell in love with it - i can't wait to go back one day.

  3. Hhhhhhhhsigh .... it seems like EVERYone has been/is going to Hawaii. Except moi.

    Its so beautiful there.

  4. So pretty! I'm glad y'all had such a great vacation!

  5. I'm very similar. I would much rather spend my time one-on-one or in a small group rather than a big group of people and often long for that cloak of invisibility. But it is those moments when we put ourselves out there, when we're out of our comfort zones that are often the most reflective and rewards, right? I'm so glad to hear that you had a good trip and that you're finding your compass.

  6. expanding horizons are always a blessing. Glad you were able to enjoy this trip and take away great lessons from it!

  7. the pictures are amazing. you must had a real good time there

  8. I honestly can't imagine going on a vacation with that many people. I would be so overwhelmed by togetherness but I know I would also love being in a totally different place with those people who I'm close with. It's a conundrum of sorts :)

  9. You look amazing in these pictures. I, too, would have been out of my comfort zone on this trip you went on. But I am so glad you went and had a good time nonetheless. Hopefully your one cry was a good cry!

  10. love the Harry Potter reference.

    It's funny how much I (and I'm sure others) understand where you're coming from. I come from a rather large family and love having them all around. but when it comes to the in-laws (a small family) I become very introverted and want to hide.

    i think working towards being selfless is a great step in the right direction.

  11. Beautiful pictures! Just discovered your blog and its a big help... too much snow here! Love your blog!

  12. Love the rainbow shot, the shot of the maze, and the last one in the water! I think introvertness gives you the ability to look inward, which is great for "knowing oneself". Looks like you did some good introspection on the trip and are ready to continue stepping out of your comfort zone.

  13. First of all, beautiful photos! I'm glad you had a nice time in Hawaii :)
    I think it's great you had this insight and is working towards a little change. We all need to revaluate ourselves from time to time ;)
    xoxo, The Brazilian Way of Life

  14. Wow. Hawaii is stunning. It has been about 15 years since I went, and this definitely reminded me of how beautiful it was.


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