March 10th: Eat Vegetarian for a Month

This is going to be hard! But let’s see how it goes!

I found this article that outlines some pros and cons of eating vegetarian: Pros and Cons of Vegetarianism. For the most part, it seems important to replace meat with high protein foods and lots of fruits and vegetables, rather than sugary, fatty and sweet foods.

I also found this graph of a good serving size of items to eat.

Source: https://nutrition.org/can-vegetarian-diet-healthy/

Hopefully, it will help me eat healthier! I think mostly I will need to make sure I get enough protein. Wish me luck, I’ll keep posting as the month goes on and I complete other things as well.

March 9th: Write Handwritten Messages to my Nieces and Nephews

Today is my last day in Maui. I know, how depressing. 😬

I hope to carry the positivity and excitement that this trip has brought me through to daily life in Denver and that I can continue on with my list. Sometimes vacations can make it even harder to return back to normal life. Only time will tell.

Today I crossed off a great one on my list. A couple years ago when I added this item to my list, as with many items, I didn’t really know what it would actually be.

But today that question was answered. I wrote postcards to each of my nieces and nephews.

I hope they enjoy a little tidbit from my trip and know that I was thinking about them!

March 8th: Have a Really Good Solo Moment

This is one of those things that happens and I check off but I don’t realize it’s happening or going to happen. I had something else to check off today, but I think this one is more appropriate.

Today is my 7th full day on Maui, and sadly my last. After a long day of beaches, food and napping (I know, sounds awful) I kind of wanted a moment to myself just to breath and take in the week.

The sun had already set but I thought it would be nice to go take in a few moments on the beach.

I won’t go into great detail, because I think a great solo moment, should remain just that, but I will say… it is important that we take moments for ourselves. I think this vacation reminded me that I don’t do that enough for myself and I need to remember to do so. ESPECIALLY when I am not on vacation.

March 7th: Swim at a Waterfall

Now this! This! Is something I have always wanted to do and what better place to swim at a waterfall than Hawai’i, particularly Maui.

It was an incredible day with tons of waterfalls as we drove along the Road to Hana. If you have never been and ever find yourself in Maui, I highly recommend taking a day and driving this road. If you have rented your own car, download the app: Shaka Guide App. It tells you great places to see, eat, explore, skip and has some tidbits of history and plays local music. I loved it!

The road itself is a very narrow, curvy and sometimes one lane trek through Maui’s rainforest. Here’s a very quick glance at the road itself:

Road to Hana

Stops along the road are amazing. Even just pull offs to catch a glimpse of the ocean or waterfalls in the distance.

View of falls

We came across this waterfall and it is where I decided to take my swim!

It was amazing! and freezing cold.

We saw some pretty amazing other sites along the way. The Black Sand Beach with lava tubes:

Black Sand Beach

Inside Lava Tube in Black Sand Beach

Ate some amazing fish and chips in the Nahiku Marketplace.

Nahiku Marketplace: Island Chef

Fish & Chips from Island Chef

Had ice cream made with coconut milk from Coconut Glen’s.

Coconut Glen’s

Coffee Toffee ice cream from Coconut Glen’s

There were some other amazing waterfalls too!

Overall, an amazing day- made even more amazing because I got to swim at a waterfall!

March 6th: Swim in the Ocean

This week has been absolutely amazing. Plus, it is exciting I am getting back into my 365 things. Hopefully, the motivation will carry through when I get home and I can get some stuff done! The hardest thing is going to be making a new list for 2021 because I have truly been knocking off some awesome things this week.

Today, I swam in the ocean. I grew up on the Gulf of Mexico, so salt water is nothing new to me. But it has been quite a while since I got in the water and today for me back in the salt water, SNORKELING EVEN!

We took a tour boat with Pride of Maui out to the volcanic crater Molokini.

The ride out to Molokini.

It was a beautiful boat ride. They feed you breakfast and even make short stops for whale watching (of it is in season, which, it is right now). It is hard to see in this video but it you look closely there is a whale breaching the surface in the background.

Humpback Whale breaching the surface.

As we got closer and closer to the crater it became more amazing.

Molokini.
We have arrived!

And there is where I went swimming in the ocean. I took a disposable, underwater camera, so sometime soon I will get those developed and post them, but for now just imagine the great swimming at this luxurious, middle of the ocean spot!

The ride back was crazy. Saw some beautiful sites like this view of western Maui-

Maui from the ocean.

We also saw lots more whales! They feed you lunch, stop at another spot called “Turtle Town”, which I snorkeled are but didn’t see many turtles… and then it’s open bar back to the island. I highly recommend this trip if you are in Maui, even if you don’t snorkel!

The wind picked up immensely on the ride back so glad we did the early trip! But today, swimming in the ocean was an amazing experience! One I will not soon forget.

March 4th: Try a New Golf Course

This week has been amazing and it is only Wednesday. So much more to come. We did a lot of things today but one was we went golfing. Trying a new golf course has been on my list for years and I never cross it off because I just always stick with the norm. Being on vacation helps to get out of the norm.

We went to Pukalani Country Club in Maui. It was a great value for being on Maui and had great views.

It was so gorgeous. I felt like I was golfing in a rainforest.

There were so many tropical plants, trees and even chickens!

It was a great day even though it rained for about 8 of the holes. We finished and I even had a decent round!

Beautiful day!

March 3rd: Go Out on a Boat

This could be the best way to cross this item off the list. We went out on a Whale Watch today!

We saw so many whales. It is breeding and birthing season so Maui’s waters are completely inundated with humpback whales.

This was the closest one got to the boat. But we saw a lot at other distances. People often probably think of them jumping out of the water when you are watching them but the tour guide says that rarely happens. Seeing them flap their tails or flappers was enough though! They are amazing creatures! It was awesome to just be around them.

Quite a way to go out on a boat! Amazing!

March 2nd: Go on Vacation

Holy moly! It’s been a crazy beginning to the year. As I say many times over the course of the year I’m working on playing catch up with my 365 things. But this week is time to slow everything down, enjoy and cross some things off the list that are incredible and amazing experiences.

Go on Vacation should be an easy one to check off but I very rarely have the opportunity. But oh my, I’m headed to Maui today! Yes, Maui!

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Here’s a little glimpse of the Rocky Mountains as I fly over them to head over! I can’t wait to check off some many other amazing things over the next week as I experience them in Maui!

 

February 5th: Bring Breakfast for Morning Crew

Sometimes I get overwhelmed when I fall behind on my 365 things. It can be hard working full time, taking care of the pups, trying to have a life… blah, blah, excuses excuses. When this happens though I tend to not want to do anything the next day or the next because I feel like I have to catch up for all the days I missed. But I need to get over that.

Today I am doing something for today and I will worry about catching up on the missed days as I can.

So anyway, today I’m on my way to work and buying breakfast for everyone I work with. Hopefully a nice surprise. Plus, it keeps me in my routine of eating breakfast.

January 28th: Go for a Long Walk

Walks have definitely been in the mix a lot more since getting Bella. Everyday getting a little longer to tire this incredibly active doggie.

Today we attempted a long one with Mia in stride to try and get them more comfortable with each other. They both love it.

We went over two miles and by the end they were walking side by side with no problems and ready for a nap when we got home.

Amazing how a new dog can change your life. It can be exhausting by snuggles and exercise are making it all worth it.