Hawaii | May 2018

Well!  It’s obvious that it’s been a few months since I’ve written a blog, so this one is LONG overdue! Did you guys know that I went to Hawaii in May?!  Feels like just yesterday, but time flies…it’s been proven. Leading up to May 15, 2018, I lost several friends, family and loved ones to natural causes, accidents and overdoses. I was seriously looking forward to Hawaii for a recharge and a new, fresh outlook on life. The older I get, the more I realize that THIS is life…death is a part of it. I’ve learned one lesson fairly quickly-the intensity and frequent loss of loved ones can be straining on my work ethic. I become sluggish and unmotivated. All I want to do is sleep and turn my brain off from rotating in a million circles, getting nowhere fast.  Before I left for Hawaii, I informed family and friends to withhold any bad news (if any at all…) until I came back to Ohio. Thank goodness, I returned to NO bad news and felt refreshed as ever. 8 days just wasn’t enough. It never is!

The reason for this 4,500 mile trip was actually a wedding! My friend Shane, who I met while working at Starbucks in 2012, invited me to be his plus 1 to his Dad’s wedding. We shortly after bought our flight and started saving for spending money!

Fast forward, 5 months FLEW by. Next thing I know, I’m hopping on a plane, heading to a paradise that I’ve been DYING to witness my entire life. ((Fun fact; I made a goal for myself when I was 20 years old that I wanted to hit all 50 states before turning 30. Hitting, meaning I’m in that state for more than 24 hours! I have Alaska and Texas left!!!!!)) We landed in Lihue, HI on the island of Kauai, the “sleepy” island in the afternoon, headed straight to our condo, walked to the ocean—which was a 2 minute walk from our place and enjoyed the sunset, salt water and sunshine.  The next 8 days flew by like our trip never even happened. We knew it was going to happen that way, so I tried to get up early, photograph everything I saw and adventure like a pro.  I got to meet Shane’s family and felt right at home, like I was part of the crew the entire time. I adored them and am so glad I got to hang out and build new relationships with amazing people…and I got to photograph/witness Shane’s Dad marry an amazing, funny and beautiful woman. This trip was one for the books, that’s for sure.

Hawaii has a special place in my heart. I hope everyone gets to see this magical place at some point in their life. It’s too magical not to. Spend the money, you won’t regret it!

Enjoy!

 

Seaford, Delaware

I know I'm a day late on the blog, but let me tell you somethin' about Seaford, Delaware.  Jason's best friend, Jerry, and his wife, Kelly live in Seaford. I've never been there before, so when Jason asked me to tag along to see his friends this time (and to go see the Steelers kick the Redskins asses!), I agreed to tag along!  I always love new adventures! We departed after my shift at my other part-time job on Sunday and landed ourselves in Baltimore, MD for the evening. We woke up Monday morning, finished our drive to Seaford...only to get back in the car a few hours later to go to the football game at FedEx Field.  We watched the game (yes, the Steelers KILLED IT!), ate some food, sat in the wrong seats the whole time, got lost, waited in line too long...We were supposed to be 4 rows off the field...and the people helping us find our seats didn't catch that we were completely in the WRONG section! Oh well, we still had a blast, plus my rule of thumb is to "embrace the chaos," so I did! We drove back to Seaford after the game, slept like babies, got up on Tuesday and Jason declared it "Whitney Day"! I could literally do whatever my little heart wanted to. "OFF TO THE BEACH", I said! Before I knew it, my toes were buried in the warm sand and I felt like I was in heaven. We got to watch the waves roll in and out as we ate a killer lunch on the boardwalk and then the same view once we moved to a hole in the wall bar right below the previous restaurant. After our 1 hour commute back to Seaford and taking a nap (NOW THAT'S A VACATION!!!!) we all got to indulge in all-you-can-eat seafood! This is my favorite thing to do on the East Coast. The seafood is plentiful, affordable and DELICIOUS!

We woke up Wednesday morning and headed to the Iron Rooster in Annapolis, MD. It was a highly rated breakfast spot on our way home and HOLY CRAP. We'll just say that place exceeds expectations! Jason and I ordered a home made mixed berry pop-tart and a couple of SUPER tasty Bloody Mary's. Jason had a "make your own omelette" and I had a BELT, but instead of bacon, it was PORK BELLY! OH MY GOSH, what an amazing sandwich! I'd go back in a heartbeat! After breakfast, Jason took a snooze and I took over the wheel. We made it back, safe and sound, around 6:30pm. I intended to work while I was on vacation, but simply just didn't. I feel awful, but at the same time, I needed it! Below are some images I snagged while we were away...