Welcome to another gorgeous week!
This past weekend was so wonderful. Ben and I kicked off our weekend with a delicious potluck hosted by Dr. Tracey’s Chiropractic office.
[Dr. Tracey, Laura + I prepping some yummy food! Thanks for the photos, Lulu!]
Tracey is not only my Chiropractor and mentor, she is also one of my very best friends. She has made such a tremendous difference in my life since moving to Maui just about four years ago.
[Random Fact: Tracey became Reverend Doctor for our sunrise ceremony.]
I absolutely adore this woman, and I jump on any chance I can get to spend more time with her, so when she asked me to come over early and help her prep a few dishes, I gladly agreed!
There was heaps of incredibly healthy and delicious food brought by the guests, who are all members of the Livity Café of Life chiropractic community.
I really love gatherings like this because they’re filled with like-minded, positive people who are conscious about their health. For me personally, that meant that:
I could actually eat most of the food. This one is huge because there are so few potlucks where I can find low-sodium, gluten-free, sugar-free, highly nutritious foods.
The company rocked. Everyone there shares a common goal: living up to our greatest potential. And we’ve all made commitments to ourselves to do so.
[Dirty feet = proof we live in Hawai`i]
Ben and I had an incredible time catching up with old friends, playing with all the babies, and getting to know new people. I feel like I took down about seventeen plates of yumminess over the course of the evening. It was the perfect start to a great weekend!
For the potluck, I wound up making three things: crackers [I added a “cheezy” touch to these homemade wheat thins, and also made some gluten-free “cheezy” crackers], a spelt berry salad, and these macaroons. Everything was a hit (the macaroons were gone in a matter of minutes), and I promise to get the new recipes up ASAP.
Then on Saturday, we were lucky to spend more quality time with positive, healthy people!
Ben’s cousin Kimo, who is from O`ahu, came over to Maui for a week and we were lucky to nab him all day Saturday.
We had planned on a hike in the West Maui mountains, but it turned out to be rainy there that day. We decided to go for a drive to the country instead. Kimo is extremely knowledgeable about Hawaiian history and plants, so we spent the day telling stories, learning about new plants, and sharing experiences.
We shared a quick lunch at home and then met up with Mom to
make trouble at explore the Marilyn Monroe house in Waikapu.
Spending the day with Kimo was such a rare treat because he is filled with such beautiful knowledge and wisdom. Of course, between him and my Mom, there was never a dull moment – both of them are so full of life, laughter, and adventure!
Being around such positive and healthy people is contagious! I had such a happy and vibrant weekend, and I know that it’s because I made the choice to spend it with such incredible people. My entire life continues to be filled with love and light because the people I choose to surround myself with are all filled with that same love and light. I can’t deny the fact that brightness emanates from me, too, and that I add to the beauty of all of my relationships. I continue to count my blessings.
Do you feel surrounded and supported by like-minded or positive people?
If you’re catching up on the Motivational Monday series, here’s what you’ve missed:
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