I am not some marathon running pundit eager to pontificate on life to older people who’d rather be sitting on a couch watching Netflix, especially during a pandemic where jokes of the excruciating wait til wine-thirty are rampant or “the CoronaVirus 10” is jokingly discussed. Julie and Eric discover the joys of sitting under a […]
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New Collaboration with Tastes of Aloha-Gift Boxes
The pandemic has hit Hawaii Island hard, as we have lost 99% of our tourism in the past five months. I wanted to do something to support our island businesses. I have been spotlighting some of our surviving restaurants on my 365 Things to Do in Kona Facebook page, on the Kona Newbies group and […]
New Memoir on Moving to Hawaii Island Launches Today!
I am SUPER excited to announce the launch of my newest book! Unlike the other two books I wrote, “How to Move to Kona” and “The Insiders Guide to Buying Real Estate on Hawai’i Island” this is a story about our family and my determination to spend one year living on an island and taking […]
Don’t Wait For Someone Else To Stand Up For You
I recently had an interesting experience on a train in a dining car where a young woman of color was sitting next to me and the waiter was being so condescending to her, that I stood up for her. I wrote a post on Facebook about the experience and received over 100 likes and really […]
Tokens of Kindness
Please allow me to introduce you to a kindness strategy I recently learned from my friend Vasi, one of the most generous, but also strategic, financial award/tippers/kindness dollar awarders I have ever met. Vasi, a three degree earner, kick ass Realtor and immigrant from Romania, ensures she has three things in her arsenal of kindness- […]
Tourism – Bane or Boom?
Tourism has been on my mind lately. Seeing Moloka’i this weekend, with it’s decidedly ‘We are not going to be a tourist mecca and that’s that” flavor, and watching the hordes streaming onto rental car transportation busses at the Maui airport and being stuck in daily traffic along Alii Drive where everyone likes to cruise […]
Perks of Blogging? A Weekend in Maui!
I love to travel and have always dreamed of having a way to do it as part of my job. I helped promote real estate conferences in 2016 and flew to cities around the mainland, but nothing beats a trip to Maui! As part of an ambassadorship with our local airline, my husband and I […]
Courageous Acts in Daunting Times
Today is September 11th. Today everyone is asking each other on Facebook, “Where were you on the morning of September 11th when the World Trade Center Towers were hit?” Everyone over the age of 26 has some story, recollection or life shifting memory of that day. One memory I shared was of the image of […]
Three Things I Am Grateful For Today
I, along with my fellow Hawaii Island residents, are living through an “eruption event” that is now on its 33rd day. 33 days of not knowing what is going to happen next. Where will the lava turn? What will the SO2 levels be today? Are the state agencies doing what they can to dispel the […]
How Do You Become Successful Using Social Media For Real Estate? Patience.
My friend Katie Lance blogged about the value of patience today and then a post I wrote a year ago today popped up on Facebook. A year ago I was as stuck as anyone could be. Stuck in the snow, in a town with no friends, one client, a case of Seasonal Affective Disorder, and […]