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Holiday Problems … Let’s do something about it

Hoilday Problems Turn to Joy

It’s 4 days until Thanksgiving, 30 days before Christmas, 37 days before New Year, and to some of you, by the time you read this post the holidays might even be closer!

Do you feel your blood pressure rising? Are you feeling a bit stressed and anxious, thinking of the many things you have to do this holiday season? I have to be honest, I do and I am.  I am a person prone to anxiety and if I don’t become proactive in dealing with stress I will be a basket case even before the holidays start.

So …..  here I am in front of my computer making plans and devicing strategies on how to combat holiday problems and turn them into joy. I will be sharing my holiday problems and my possible solutions. While reading my post I encourage you to think about the possible holiday problems you might have and how you can proactively deal with it proactively.

Before I proceed with my sharing, let me tell you that this post is part of a campaign by Travaasa Experiential Resort to help us take away the #holidayproblems out of the holidays.  I will tell you more about the campaign later (and your chance to win a  stay for two at Travaasa), for now please allow me to reflect on my own family problems and find a solution to it. This post is a win-win kinda post.  I know this will benefit me  and I believe it will benefit you as well.

#HolidayProblems turned to JoyHoliday Problem #1 – Stressing about Buying Gifts.

I love giving gifts! However, making a list of who to give and what to give can really be stressful because I have a limited budget (very tight one). If I have a bank account that says sky is the limit, I would be so happy buying gifts for everyone I love. But you see, I don’t.  And I get sad about that.

My solution?  I have to remind myself that gifts don’t have to be material things bought from a store.  There are other gifts like gift of encouragement (write a letter, give a card with a heartfelt note), gift of time (coffee date, movie date, laugh together).  I often hear people talking about how Christmas has become very materialistic and they don’t like Christmas at all. As for me I love Christmas,  and so I wouldn’t let the pressure of materialism steal away the joy I feel when I think of the warm memories I have of Christmas.

Holiday Problem #2 – Feeling Homesick

I love living on Maui, but the hard part about it is I miss enjoying holidays with my extended family.  Both my husbands’ family and my family lives far away from here. His family are in Connecticut, my family are in the Philippines (and California and New Jersey). Hearing the song “I’d be home for Christmas” brings me to tears. I long for my kids to experience Christmas with grandparents, uncles, aunties and cousins.

My solution? My first thought is to fly back my family to the Philippines so they can experience having Christmas there. But that solution will create another holiday problem (financial stress) because the cost of round trip tickets are outrageous.  So, plan B is to spend time with Hanai Families  or Ohana (Surrogate families) here on Maui.  And thanks to technology, I can Facetime my family from far away and can feel a little bit of closeness with them talking to them and seeing them on the video “real time”.  Not exactly the same as “real life” get together but it will do for now. Funny, as I was writing this “wishing I am spending time with our family this Holidays” a thought came to my mind. Others might be saying that is their “holiday problem” – the drama that goes on when family gathers: the in laws who don’t get along, etc. etc.   Do any of you have that kind of stress?

Holiday Problem #3 – Hectic Schedule

Holiday hectic schedule translate to having no time to exercise, eating junk food a lot, not getting enough sleep, not finding rest. Ugh, just typing about those things makes me feel tired. But it is true, holidays are hectic days.  If I don’t guard myself, being hectic will steal away the joy I have of the holidays.  So what to do?

  • realize that I can’t say yes to everything thing, even if it’s all fun and good.  I have to decide which parties I (or we as a family) should go and which one I (we) should pass.
  • exercise early morning, even if it’s just 10 jumping jacks.  Exercise is such a stress reliever and is great for our body but this is one thing I always neglect (and I shouldn’t)
  • have some quite time and downtime. I am an introvert and quite time for me is indispensable. But even if one is not an introvert, it is important to set aside a time to be quite, to meditate. It’s is good for the body as it is good for the soul.
  • Plan ahead.  Drink lots of water; pack healthy snacks in my bag.

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That caption on my photo, I thought about it and added it last might.  I placed it there with my goofy photo to remind me that the important thing about holidays is to find and experience the joy it brings.  I won’t let stress and anxiety ruin this wonderful time of the year. I want to be able to sing “Joy to The World” with glee.  Oh I know it’s easier said than done, but it can be done … it can be…. What are some of your holiday problems? Do you have tips in on how to resolve and overcome holiday stresses? Hey, I have a suggestion for you…. Why don’t you share it with us at  Travaasa #HolidayProblems sweepstakes  and be entered for the chance to win a three-night stay for two plus two $300 American Express gift cards to help with your travel expenses. Travaasa built a  #HolidayProblems  Page as an effort to help us be relieved of some of the holiday stresses we experience. I am sure you’d find the page very useful this holiday season.

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Maui Sunset Afterglow in Keanae Peninsula

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We spent out Independence Day Holiday Weekend at Keanae, Maui. We are fortunate (blessed) to have great friends (our hanai family, our ohana)  who owns a property in Keanae.  I call Keanae Peninsula a mini paradise on earth.

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On the afternoon / evening of July fourth, we were hanging out outside, chatting … and then we noticed how beautiful the sky is turning after the Maui Sun set. At first it was just pastel colors of pinkish, orange, yellowish, with a touch of greenish blueish splattered around …

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And then it kept on transforming, creating a magnificent painting on the sky. The photos here will speak for itself. These were taken from my iPhone. No filters were used. No photoshop was done.  And yes some are a little blurry and out of focus. But these photos will give you an idea of the color transformation that happened.

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At the end of this post, there is a embedded video that you can watch.   I still can’t get over how beautiful it was.   More photos below. Enjoy …

Keanae Maui Sunset 5

 

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5 Secrets to a Blissful Maui Vacation

Step away from everyday life and experience must needed respite by incorporating these secrets to a blissful vacation into your next trip to Maui…

1. Experience the Hawaiian Culture
Taking time to absorb the Aloha spirit can leave you feeling rejuvenated even after you’ve returned home. Make time for unique Hawaiian activities like hula dancing, lei making, or learning to surf.

SwellWomen encourages all of our participants to enjoy the Hawaiian Islands lifestyle. Harmony and well-being for the mind, body, and spirit, is the focus of the Hawaiian massage at Black Rock Spa included in all SwellWomen surf vacations. Inspired by the culture and traditions of Hawaii, your massage will have you feeling nothing less than wonderful!

2. Relax at Your Resort
Most of us go on vacation as an escape from an otherwise fast-paced life. Making time to adjust to your vacation surroundings will help you get the most out of your trip. Spend your first day unwinding at the resort and adjust to the time difference.

When you come to an island paradise, the pace of life is slower. Giving yourself a day of lounging poolside will help you quickly adjust to the new rhythm. Lay out poolside at your resort or head to the beach to dig your toes into the sand. Eliminate distractions likes cell phones, laptops, and TVs as much as possible. Instead sit back and soak in the Aloha spirit.

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Maui is home to some of the top hotels in all of Hawaii. Featuring 23 acres of tropical paradise, the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa is situated along the best stretch of Ka’anapali Beach and was once the playground for Hawaii’s royalty making it a great place to feel pampered. This resort is the home of our SwellWomen Surf Vacations. With breathtaking views of the islands of Lanai and Molokai, this gorgeous property provides our guests with the ultimate in comfort and relaxation in an inspiring setting. Now doesn’t that sound blissful?

3. Tune into Your Well-Being
Once you’re adjusted to the island rhythm, the next secret to finding bliss is doing something for your overall wellbeing. Let your pre-vacation stress simply melt away as you reconnect with yourself.

Tuning into your well-being comes naturally on the magical island of Maui. Find your vacation bliss doing yoga on the beach or attending a wellness workshop. Bring out your inner child as you body surf to shore.

The yoga and wellness experience is an important element of your SwellWomen surf vacation. Guests leave our surf and wellness vacations feeling refreshed and inspired. They also feel ‘The Bliss’ of a renewed sense of enjoyment for life, family, and even their career.

4. Go on an Adventure
An active, adventurous vacation provides benefits like more energy, deeper empowerment, and renewed endorphins. From zip lining to surfing and helicopter tours to scuba diving, you’ll find bliss by trying something new in Hawaii.

Fun Hawaiian vacation activities include: swimming, snorkeling, surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, hiking, cruises, helicopter tour, scuba lessons, Hawaiian cooking, stand up paddleboarding, golf, tennis, and more.

SwellWomen surf packages are designed for women of all ages and surfing abilities who are seeking the thrills of surfing and the rewards of accomplishment.

5 Secrets to a Blissful Maui Vacation by @SwellWomen via @amauiblog

5. Be Empowered by a Retreat Experience
A blissful Maui vacation is about striking a perfect balance between relaxation, adventure, wellness, and culture. You could spend months piecing together your vacation, or you could attend a surf and yoga retreat with SwellWomen specially design just for you!

With every detail taken care of, it’s no wonder that SwellWomen guests return year after year after year. If you are looking for one of the most exciting, fun-filled and unforgettable surf vacations of your life, then it’s time you started surfing with us and experience the ‘aloha’ of SwellWomen.

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How And Why I Blog on Maui

Blogging

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MAUI – just the mention of this place stirs a lot of emotion to many. Some longs to come back, some dreams to visit, some desires to move to, and some reminisce the wonderful memories they had on this paradise.

THANKFUL – that’s how I feel when I think of Maui. Thankful that I live here, in this beautiful place many call paradise.

SHARING – that’s what I hope to accomplish. I want to share the blessing. Through blog posts, Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels, my desire to to share Maui in my own little way.

GENUINE CARE – that’s what sets this blog apart.  As you can see, this blog is not well organized and I am not as tech savy as I  hope to be.  But that’s ok.  I am here to share and that’s what I am doing.

I have been busy with many projects and juggling many roles I have: wife, mom, employee, consultant, volunteer, friend, etc. so this blog is a bit neglected.  One solution I found is to seek the help of like minded individuals and so glad I found some, one of them is Jennifer.  The couple of posts will be from my friend  Jennifer of Island Gypsy Hawaii.  She will be “talking story” about  where to find great and yummy burgers and delicious pizzas  on Maui.  The posts are ready and will be live later tomorrow (Tuesday) and (Wednesday). I am so excited to share them with you!

It’s Presidents Day today – it’s a Holiday in the US. I am enjoying my day and I hope you are too!

 

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