“I try to explain to them about the aloha spirit. And it’s that spirit that I am absolutely convinced is what America is looking for right now.”

Barack Obama

Do you ever wish you could just get a mini-retreat to a different life. . .even if just for a little while? One ticket to paradise, please.  For me, it’ll be a two-week ticket to Hawaii in January with my family.

Visions that come to mind with Hawaii are breathtaking, right? Endless beaches. Crashing waves. Swaying palm trees. Sipping mai tais. Watching the sunset’s purples, oranges and pinks paint the sky.  It all sounds cliche and too good to be true. . .but is it? While there are plenty of locations with summer weather and beaches, Hawaii is an absolute oasis all its own.

I was lucky enough to go with my parents and older brother in January of 2017 to Hawaii (the Big Island, Kaui, and Maui) for over 2 weeks. Now I’ll be returning and spending two weeks exclusively in Kaui with my entire family: mom, dad, older sister and brother, brother-in-law and even my lil’ niece and baby nephew.  I could not look forward to this serene escape more — especially during January. . .a cold, bleak time of year here in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It’s been a tough 2017 (both across the globe and a few spots in my family’s life), so I’m loving the idea that it’ll be the first “page” of the 2018 year for me. Whatever happens, I’ll at least be getting my piece (or should I say “peace”) of bliss in right away. ☮?

While I’m no expert whatsoever on Hawaii, the “Aloha Spirit” is something you can feel in even a few week’s time there. One of the Big Island resorts says Aloha is unconditional love, for it is the outpouring and receiving of the spirit.”  Its literal translation is “the breath of pure life within you.”  YES. Like the ebb and flow of waves, our inhale/exhale, and highs/lows of life itself. . .there’s a genuine ease here through it all. A slowing down. A soaking in of your surroundings.

It’s no wonder Hawaiians as a whole live such a simple, loving, and enriched life. They value their land and relationships, and spend the majority of their waking hours OUTSIDE.  Nature really is all the free therapy you need, right? ?

So if you’re aching to get to that ocean, let your mind take you there with these 10 simple life philosophies (and gorgeous pics & quotes) inspired by Hawaii. Enjoy!

1.   Go with the Flow of Life. . .Be Fluid Through the Ups & Downs 

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”

– Jon Kabat-Zinn (founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School)

2.   Embrace Your Authentic Self. . .and Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

“Try to be like the turtle — at ease in your own shell.” 

Bill Copeland (an American poet, writer, and historian)

3.   Forget About Societal Expectations & Forge Your OWN Lifestyle (Whether It’s Traditional or Not)

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson  (American Transcendentalist poet and essayist in 1800s

4.   Even in the Darkest Times, Be Real. . .But Try To See The Silver Lining

“Dark clouds may hang on me sometimes, but I’ll work it out.”

Dave Matthews (Musician, with song verse from “Dancing Nancies”)

5.   Remember That Any & All Pains in Life Make You Appreciate the Beauty of Life More 

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

Dolly Parton (an American country musician, songwriter, & actress)

6. Every Day is a New Beginning. . .and Every Night a New “Peace” of Mind

“’There’s always a sunrise and always a sunset and it’s up to you to choose to be there for it,’ said my mother. ‘Put yourself in the way of beauty.’”

― Cheryl Strayed (Author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail)

7. Slow Down, Relax, & Relish Each Simple Moment

“At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun.”      

Sandy Gingras (Author of “How To Live” book series)

8. Follow Your Curiosities, but Try to Think Less & FEEL More…”Facts” Can Only Take Us So Far

“Our knowledge is a little island in a great ocean of nonknowledge.”

Isaac Bashevis Singer (a Polish-American writer of short stories and novels)

9.   Put Away the Technology & Soak in Nature. . .Get Back Into “Flow”

“Smell the sea and feel the sky, Let your soul and spirit fly.”

Van Morrison (a Northern Irish singer-songwriter, instrumentalist and producer)

10.  Realize Every Place Has a Personality. . .and If You’re Lucky, One That Can Transport You Visually, Emotionally, & Spiritually


“Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace.”

Paul Theroux  (an American travel writer and novelist)

Whether you’ve been to Hawaii or not, I hope you have a “getaway” to look forward to, one that rejuvenates and relaxes youSo where’s your happy place? The ocean? Mountains? Camping in the forest? Share your travel (or micro-adventure) inspirations below!

Hannah Fredenberg

I'm Hannah - happy to meet you! I live in the (frequently chilly) Midwest city of Milwaukee, yet keep a sunny disposition year-round. I’m a corporate copywriter by day, creative blog writer by night (or morning). I light up my life with writing, reading, running, yoga & soaking in the Great Outdoors as often as possible. I'm here to help YOU dig deep and uncover your real roots (who you authentically are) so you can start to align your inner & outer worlds -- one step at a time.


Shauna · January 5, 2018 at 8:22 pm

You pretty much summed up what I thought could never be put into words after my 3 years in Hawaii…it’s that vibe that reminds you to be yourself, settle back, relax, and enjoy the ride! Much love sister:)

    Hannah Fredenberg · January 7, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Thanks, Shauna! And absolutely agreed — excited to enjoy that beauty and relaxation again in a few weeks 🙂

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