A false missile alert. The destruction of an entire community, destroyed by lava…again. The death of many law enforcement officers, with one hitting very close to home. One year, almost two, since graduating from college [trust me, this can make you feel like you’ve reached your peak in life]. Career changes. Feeling stuck at times. Uncertainty. Significant losses; Ray, and as first world as it sounds, my car. Relationships that needed work. A lot of work. Wanting to give up what interests me because it has nothing to do with my career (e.g. blogging and photography). A difficult summer, an even more difficult fall. Yet hopeful and always moving forward, but struggling at times.
The decision to apply to graduate schools. Accepted to my dream school. First year at Georgetown. New challenges. Adopted another rescue pet. Watched Monsoor become healthier. Faith renewed. A spark in confidence. A job offer that was more than I could have ever hoped for. A two week break after a long fall semester. Various day trips spent at the most beautiful places. The ability to capture those beautiful places. Surprising myself at times in my ability to multitask. Turning 23. Hopeful and always moving forward, even though I was struggling at times.
2018 was a challenging year, yet regardless of the ups and downs, it was a great year that I will miss dearly.
As the bible emphasizes, to everything there is a season. 2018 was a season filled with growth, sadness, happiness, life, and death — although certain moments from 2018 seemed unbearable (the death of Ray), I was constantly reminded that it is possible to push through and that nothing is hopeless.
Life can be difficult at times, but it’s also a wonderful gift. And I am grateful to be along for the ride.
A year in the Life:
January – April
Ray! He was everything. I lost him on September 28th, 2018, however these are photos of him from April. He was always smiling and one of the happiest dogs that I ever knew.
Personally, I believe a trip to the grocery store should always end in a bouquet of store bought flowers.
The weather in Hawaii during 2018 was mostly sunny with your average chance of snow and lava. But this photo right here is sunny and of palm tress. You’re welcome.
Home. I also finished (mostly) my office.
And here are a few silly photos of me.
Silly photos aside, 2018 was filled with fantastic food.
The first four months of the year consisted of a lot of trips to Kona. The scenery (as always) was beautiful. Lush green hills, sunny (mostly) weather, and the prettiest flowers.
Sophie turned 7 this year!
May – June
Summer was approaching. I applied to graduate school. I was simply enjoying the little moments that would end up being the big moments…and my most cherished moments months later.
Here are some photos from a particularly pretty evening. My parents and I decided to sit outside for a bit with Max and Ray. I even took a photo of the ground in the driveway. Don’t ask me why I find the photo of the ground to be beautiful because I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because of the way the heat felt on my bare feet or because it was nice to have a break for a moment or because I simply stood there admiring our home and my life, simply happy to be.
A photo shoot of Ray. He absolutely loved the front porch and if he could have lounged there forever, I know without a doubt that I would always be able to find him.
My mom’s garden. She grows various types of peppers (jalapenos, ghost peppers/bhut jolokia), rosemary and other fresh herbs, blueberries, and poha berries. Apparently Max enjoys sneaking into the garden and eating the poha berries.
I also freshened up my bedroom, which is always something I enjoy doing. I decided to hang my nana’s hats on the wall and ended up hanging two of my own. Hats are my thing.
Mom’s hydrangeas. Hands down my favorite type of flower.
A “dress” from Alfani that I paired with black leggings. Manna Kadar Cosmetics priming gloss stain in “Manna Babe.” My nana’s hat that she made.
Monsoor celebrated his 2nd birthday. He continues to amaze me every single day. His face healed completely and it was wonderful watching him grow and become healthier.
From the backyard.
The next photos are from various places here in Hawaii, however a significant amount of photos are from my favorite place, Onomea Bay. I am not going to post all photos because I intend to write more travel posts and hopefully, a Big Island Travel Guide for 2019.
2018 was filled with so many wonderful places here on the Big Island. Hilo, Kona, Waimea, Onomea Bay, Volcano Village, and Ka’u.
For a while the glow from the lava could be seen even from Hilo. I remember when I first heard that cracks in the road and neighborhoods were slowly opening. I was eating a burrito outside of the mall when I was listening to the radio…little did I know that a month later a whole community would be gone and places that I grew up driving through or an ocean that I loved to swim in would be completely filled in with lava.
July – December
I adopted Miss Franny in November. She is 10-Years-Old and is so, so, so wonderful. She’s made my life 1000% better. I love her!
I hope everyone has a fantastic 2019!