ALOHA! We made it!

We made it! We traveled 6000 miles from door-to-door. 80 hours of driving, and 8 flying, #layoverssuck. It has been crazy since we left North Carolina 5 weeks ago. I say crazy, but that’s basically the understatement of the year. N.O.N. S.T.O.P. I’ve been so silent because really, this is the first time where I’ve had a few hours to myself.

People ask me all the time about how we moved. Let me explain: Worked our asses off, saved every penny, sold everything we own, and hugged our friends, and drove off.

We have officially been here for 3 weeks, and holy batman, time flies. We’re finally getting settled down, and back to semi-normal life. Currently, our mattress is still on the floor, we are half living out of a suitcase, half living out of our unfinished closet. We’re basically 100% disorganized which is the total opposite of how we have lived before. It’s okay though, because we are starting over. Completely over. I’m really thankful for Elvis’ family for letting us stay with them. I went from being around drunk adults, (basically literate children), to being around kids all the time. CULTURE SHOCK.

We’re all out of whack right now because we’re remodeling the entire house. Top to bottom. Redo. This is because the people who lived there didn’t clean at all for 5 years. I wish I was joking. Rats nest, dirty floors, white walls turned yellow, trash everywhere, cockroach eggs on the walls, mice, ants… I could go on. I’ve had to literally paint EVERY surface of the inside. I never want to paint again, and I still have it in my hair.

I’m slowly starting to understand that this is home now. It’s so weird though. I’m recognizing┬áthe roads, and getting familiar with our neighborhood. It’s a process, let me tell you. I can finally drive to Honolulu and a few other places without my GPS. By a few other places I mean, the town over (Kailua), Re-Use Hawaii, and some of my favorite beaches down the street. We have so much more exploring to do, but priorities.

Up next, is a road trip recap! It was so freeing to be on the road, and I want to tell all the details. Soon, soon, soon. Until then, much love and aloha.



Creative entrepreneur, photographer, and founder of The Modern Daydream, a lifestyle blog. Kristine is a Michigan girl, currently living in Hawaii.


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