Life becomes stagnant without some sort of change. Change in location, profession, lifestyle, or weather, experiences need to be harvested and planted anew. How, you ask? Well, I chose location. Opportunity was knocking and I opened the door to a new adventure across the Pacific.
One of my shots of the beloved Mt. Hood
I found myself in a career I love, but a surrounding all too familiar. Sitting at my desk in Sandy, Oregon watching the rain sheet across Highway 26 I received a call from my uncle. Tracy (my uncle) had heard that I had recently became a real estate broker and was calling to see how things had been. He continued to plant a bug in my ear about the possibility of joining his real estate team in Maui. After a year had passed, I could not seem to shake the alluring thought of leaving the beautiful pacific northwest and moving to Maui.
It turns out that one cannot simply pick up and move to Maui. The first step was shipping cars, we chose Horizon Lines out of Tacoma, Washington. Next was shipping our household goods, we also used Horizon Lines for this. They dropped the container off at our home in Oregon, picked it up, and delivered it to the shipping yard in Tacoma as well. Horizon handled everything seamlessly and was significantly cheaper than their competitors. The final step was shipping ourselves on an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737.
A bunch of my best buddies from Oregon just visited myself and my girlfriend, Michaela – here we are having a blast on a beach in Kihei
I have now lived in Haiku, Hawaii on the island of Maui for 6 months and life could not be better. Apart from abolishing all prior routines and local knowledge, there is something that has happened to me. First of all, driving over 50 miles per hour feels like warp speed. Secondly, my patience for anything happening quickly has grown tenfold. Lastly, I have found a rejuvenated enjoyment for the small things.
Myself, Michaela, my cousin, Jeremy, and his wife, Megan, at an awesome concert with SOJA and Michael Franti at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center
Live the Maui Life
If you find yourself wading through a stagnant pool of repetition, try my prescription. Move to Maui and fall in love all over again. I now work with my uncle, Tracy Stice, and my cousin, Jeremy Stice, and we are the Stice Team. Check us out at Stice.HawaiiLife.com.