- I will be thousands of miles away from family and friends. Though I have been far from family before (when we lived in California) it was pretty easy to hop in the car and $200 worth of gas later be back home. Now it will be $200 per person, each way. That's $2400 for a visit home--my cars aren't worth that much!
- Quite a few people have told me that locals don't like haoles (how-lees), white people. I am worried about my kids fitting in and me fitting in.
- The cost of living there is exorbitant. Milk is about $5 per gallon. Flour, cereal, canned goods, produce and bread, pretty much all groceries, are pricey. Gasoline is more expensive. Housing is out of this world--if we're lucky we'll be in a 3 bedroom, 1 bath, 1000 square foot home. Wish me luck
- The hassle of packing and moving is a big bummer. I've worked really hard on my home to improve it and make it what I love. I have collected many things over the years that are hard to whittle away and sell or donate. Figuring out the logistics of what to take and what to leave and when to pack and where to ship and when to depart is all very crazy and emotional.
- I love a challenge. This move will challenge me on so many levels that though I dread some of the hoops I will have to go through I also look forward to getting through and accomplishing them. Is that a little crazy? For example: I don't relish the idea of liquidating the contents of my home however I think it will be quite freeing when I get down to next to nothing. It will be a new beginning. I will have fewer things to take care of, clean, manage. That will be nice.
- As a friend pointed out last week: I have been practicing for the high cost of living in Hawaii for years. I have always been able to squeeze every last drop out of our income and we have never gone without anything we needed. I am suspecting we will not be needing as much in Hawaii. The weather doesn't vary as much as it does here so we'll need fewer clothes and shoes. We'll be playing in the ocean and climbing the mountains and enjoying the island; we'll be outside, we won't need a big house. Most everything we need including the elementary school, Dave's workplace, grocery stores and beaches will all be within walking distance of our home; we will only need one car. It may be a bit of a challenge to save up for trips home but as I said before I love a challenge.
- If there is one thing I have learned in my 10 moves through 3 states in 15.5 years it is that people are the same everywhere. They may look different, talk different, have different interests, and eat different food but really everyone wants to be loved and accepted and listened to, they want to share their ideas and teach their skills, they are all looking to surround themselves with people like themselves. I know that if I walk off that plane with the intent to find kind, happy, loving people that I will find them, my kids will find them. But if I am going with the opposite in mind I will find that too. I will go with a good attitude and look for only the best in people. I don't think this will be a challenge.
- For years we have kept a loose-coin jar on the dryer in the laundry room labelled the "Hawaii jar". I think at one time the most we've had was $50 in change in it. We've dreamed of taking the kids to Hawaii but the huge vacation price tag was always prohibitive. We have been given the once in a lifetime opportunity to go not only for a week but for as long as we want! We can enjoy the beaches every day. We will be tan. We won't wake up freezing. We don't have to wear shoes if we don't want to. We can wear shorts year round. We will wake up to the singing of exotic birds. We can walk through the beautiful mountains and pick fresh fruit from the trees. We get to have an adventure.
I can't wait to get there!