We lived off minimal furniture and household goods...hello, plastic silverware and sleeping on a air mattress for over a month...but our stuff finally arrived the week after the fourth of July. Sleeping on your own bed after about two months without it, certainly makes you appreciate it even more!
School has been awesome, intense, and at points a bit overwhelming. It kind of feels like I've not only put my mouth to the firehose, but decided to forgo the hose and go straight to the hydrant. The wealth of detailed information is there and I am simply trying my best to cram it into my head and try to keep it there...for the rest of my life, haha. The people, the place, and the new endeavors are all taking some time to adjust to but I wouldn't want it any other way. We've moved on from one stage of our life in Hawaii to a completely different one here in Texas and now it's the adaptation to not having slower, more relaxed island timing that I'm coming to terms with. But, I have brought some aloha with me and while I need to get work done, I'm also trying to take those much needed breaks to enjoy, appreciate, and be present with both my husband and myself. If I only learned one thing from my time in Hawaii (trust me, I learned much more!), it is to appreciate the present and to be present with the environment and people around us...There will always be work to do and places to rush to, so take the time to appreciate.
While I may not have the time to lounge around and read a good novel, right now, I still take the time to savory my morning ritual of making a cup of coffee or brewing an evening cup of tea before bed. It's the little moments of calm and reflection that help to keep me sane and grounded.