Straight Trippin’ // Part 3

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We got to California on Tuesday morning. Our flight was Friday morning, Halloween. I had planned to chill for a few days. We luckily know a bunch of people in California. After we rolled into town, we went to a casual breakfast place and stuffed our bellies. After, to the mall to stretch our legs, then checked into the hotel.

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

Straight Trippin’ // Part 2

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Lebanon, Tennessee to Denver, Colorado  //  1,183 miles

First stop, twerk out. We headed to the gym to try to salvage any remnants of our normal-ish life. Pump Iron. Shower. Repack car. Go. Don’t look back.

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

Straight Trippin’ // Part 1

 

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Moving is basically the most fun and stressful thing in the whole world. It’s totally love hate 100%. I’m so relieved that it’s almost over. It’s been the best and the worst time of my life. I learned, experienced, laughed, cried, *insert every emotion*. The highs, and the lows.  ˚namaste˚

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

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.

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

Moving Announcement

SO this is a totally maje.

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//  THIS IS FOR REAL.

And it’s happening very soon. Our life is about to be flipped upside-down. I’m so excited and terrified at the same time. We’ll be moving to Oah’u, aka, the best place in the world — duh.

I’ve desperately wanted to move out of Raleigh for a few years now, forever. (Here is why.) When Elvis and I first met, I told him that when I graduated Graphic Design school, I was out. I didn’t know where but, adios amigo, bon adventure, deuces. A year later, we went on vacation to Hawai’i because I was overworked, school was really exhausting, and he needed to visit home. I FELL IN LOVE. Not lust; mad love. I cried the whole plane ride home. I vowed to myself I would return. —–I’ve seen this in movies, — where people say that, then never do.  A few months later, as a couple we decided, 2 YEARS. So now, a year and a half later, it’s a reality. Working, saving, working, saving, planning, working.

We aren’t “just picking up and moving to Hawai’i” like everyone thinks. Let me break this down…Not only do we have to work to pay our normal bills (life ain’t cheap), but also save a —pardon my french— SHIT ton of money. I’ve planned out and budgeted mostly everything. And by budgeting, I mean working lots of extra shifts, not going out or having a social life, getting a new job, and making most meals at home. It’s been hard —really hard. The sacrifices and struggle have been oh so real.

I keep telling myself that we’re almost there. We’re ready to design our new life of love, happiness, and surfing. And SUNSETS, and the BEST BEACHES IN THE WORLD, and HIKING, and so much more.

We leave Raleigh in 21 days. We’re staying with my parents for a while in Detroit to kick off the trip. Then stopping in Nashville for my girlfriends’ wedding, then driving across the country to fly out of Los Angeles.

This will be the trip of a lifetime. And yes, we’re bringing our pup Liko.

Aloha and Adventure! In either order!

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