Motivational Monday–Surround Yourself with Like-Minded People

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:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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. Smile

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:

1.) My tips for taking control of your own destiny

2.) Caitlin’s post on eliminating negative self-talk and fat talk

3.) My tips for making time for health and wellness

4.) Tips on setting attainable goals

5.) Therese’s post on getting from there to here without going crazy

6.) A reminder to stay open to reevaluation

7.) Fueling your body, mind, and spirit well

8.) The importance of accountability

9.) Creating new boundaries

10.) Utilize resources and gain knowledge

11.) Learn to give back

12.) Try new things!

13.) Celebrate your success!

Motivational Mondays are meant to offer you tips and tools to help you live a healthy and balanced lifestyle.  What would you like to see for Motivational Mondays? Would you like to be a contributor? Comment or email me at and tell me your motivational story, who motivates you, and/or your tips.

Aloha Pumehana. Whether you’re here to find balance, wholesome recipes or inspiration, I hope you enjoy the posts.  Please subscribe to Green Plate Dinners to receive automatic updates and be the first to read new posts for free!


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