Disclosure: this is going to be lengthy, photo-filled post!
What a year it has been! This is my first complete full year living in Hawaii and I must say, although it has been a stressful year full of doubt in almost all aspects in life (and I mean, ALMOST EVERY ASPECT IN LIFE), I have to say that it has been a rewarding experience! No regrets whatsoever. I have learned so much about myself in 2014 that I will carry on with me in 2015 and I can’t wait to see what it has in store for me!
For this post, I will be posting my favorite photos from each month of 2014. I had difficulties narrowing it down so bear with me!
January was spent exploring the island with the boyfriend and getting to learn our new home. We secured a lease on an apartment the first week we arrived on the island (we flew in December 30th, 2013) and it was a lot of getting our place together. I also celebrated my birthday and my 11th year anniversary with Charles.
One of my favorite things to do on the island is search for beach swings. There’s a lot that goes on when you search for a beach swing. Luckily, my eyes are always scanning so I was able to see this swing off the side of the road. Without a trained eye, one would miss it! The following two photos are from the Lyon Arboretum.
March was the first month that we attended Eat the Street. The first photo is of various lemonades from Wow Wow Lemonade (lilikoi, pineapple li hing, strawberry, and blueberry lavender lemonade from left to right) from Eat the Street. This photo is actually one of my most popular photos on Tumblr. After Eat the Street, I caught this rainbow from the backyard. Sunset and palm tree photos will always be found on this blog (no surprise there).
In April, I flew back to LA (and forth but I digress) and got to go to The Flower Fields with my mother! Ranunculi everywhere! I’ve taken for granted how cheap flowers were in California because ranunculi are quite expensive on the island (and so are peonies). Also pictured is a photo of a yummy bowl of noodles from Lucky Belly.
May was the annual Waikiki Spam Jam; a festival fit for spam lovers! It was crazy packed on Kalakaua but I enjoyed sampling what different vendors had to offer when it came to spam! I went on more adventures around the island (how could I not?). At the end of May, I flew to Maui to do a photo shoot for a friend’s honeymoon! It was a start of something marvelous. It was an eye-opening experience where I truly found that photography and travel are definitely my passion. Not that it wasn’t already but it was something I wanted to pursue as a career.
This is probably the most photo-filled month of the year. Charles and I spent most of June and the first week of July back home in California. We went on adventures from Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles, the Anaheim Packing House, and spent a weekend in San Francisco with his family.
After a long six months, we finally got our little man Curry over to the islands (with a ton of stress of course). He was a little shy at first but he opened up to his new home and absolutely loves the beach (not the water though which was weird but okay haha)! I went searching for new places to see on the island, caught a gorgeous pink-hued sunset, celebrated Charles’ birthday in arboretums and mermaid caves, and took endless photos of Curry the Yorkie.
Two of Charles’ brothers came to visit so we hiked and checked out the infamous Waikiki Beach. Charles’ mother followed a week later and I foraged for mangoes in the backyard (oh do I miss mango season). While she was there, I flew into LA with my brother and ate the first thing that came to mind: In-N-Out. My brother flew back before I did and our mother and I flew in to Honolulu shortly after to join Charles and his family and hiked ourselves away.
Although I have been blogging for years and I started a new blog in January, September was the month where I took it and ran with it. I’m so glad that I did! The support that I have gotten was tremendous and I love getting to know you guys!
For the month of October, I frolicked in pumpkin patches and flew back to LA to work on photo shoots. That month was one of the most stressful months of them all. I went on days without sleep balancing between this blog and working on photo shoots. But if my clients are happy, then I’m happy. If my readers are happy, then I’m happy. All in all, it was a good month for me.
Almost done! These are my favorite photos from the month of November. Swimming in beautiful, blue water, wearing black because that’s the way I like it, Lanikai Beach is still one of my favorite beaches despite it’s increasing popularity in the last few years, sunflower fields, and watching pretty sunsets in North Shore.
This month is pretty much a carbon copy of my Oahu Adventures post. I couldn’t help it, it was one of my favorite sets to date. The cliff photo was critically acclaimed by most. Sunset photos in darker hues in contrast to my ever-so-bright year in Hawaii was something that I have been seeking for a very long, long time as a photographer. Decorated the Christmas table in the most minimalistic way was an achievement when it came to home decor. Lookouts overlooking Honolulu was one of my favorite sights to see especially when the lights begin to turn on. Peonies, North Shore Adventures, and tide pools are definitely some of the highlights for December.
If you made it this far, congratulations! I applaud you for sticking it out all the way to the end. I know, it was a very hefty post but I’m sure it is an appropriate year-end recap. I love seeing how much I have grown as a photographer as well as my writing. I’m not saying that my writing is eloquent at all (and heck, I’ve seen far too many grammatical errors throughout my blog) but I had the misfortune of being taught to be straightforward with my writing thanks to my bachelor’s degree in economics. My professors weren’t in favor of fluffing my essays in regards to the relationship between supply and demand and that was just the basis of economics. I have spent semesters correlating topics that are too controversial for me to write on here but I digress. I must say that writing almost every week has taught me to be more open with my thoughts in a more creative way after years of interpreting graphs and equations!
As this year comes to a close, I want to thank you all for joining me on my crazy adventure during my first year in Hawaii. I know that some days, I fall short as a blogger, but nonetheless, I know I can keep growing if I put my mind to it and you guys are the ones who keep me going! That said, for next year, my resolution is to keep blogging and provide beautiful photos to inspire you all. I want to travel to different parts of the world, try new plates, laugh more, spend time with those who mean the world to me, dream, and find inspiration. Also, I have been meaning to sell prints of my work for awhile now but finding the economical means to do so is the most challenging part. Hawaii isn’t quite shipping-friendly so I have a ton of research to work on.
What are you guys’ New Year’s Resolution? What do you guys want to see more of from my blog? Let me know please as I would love to hear your feedback! Have a Happy, Happy New Year everyone! Stay safe and I will see you on Friday!
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