Relocating to Hawaii from the mainland requires so much planning, effort, and money that we are alarmed when families leave the island in frustration after living here just a short time. Two families in our condo complex just left, one after two years and another only six months after completing a major move of all their belongings. Watching people leave the island so quickly has made us focus on how to flourish in Hawaii. Here are things we are doing to help us live better:
Renting, instead of buying, has allowed us to experience living in many parts of the island over the past five years. Our desires in housing have changed dramatically, as we have, over the years. At first we wanted a great view of Hilo Bay, then we wanted to be closer to a white sand beach. As we got into better shape we wanted to be near great walking and swimming areas and cared less about the view. As we have focused more of our time on writing, we want more quiet, solitude, and better security. For just the cost of moving, we have freedom in recreating our lifestyle in a new location whenever we desire.
Reducing our cost of living, has kept us aware of opportunities on the island. We have been lucky to get more for less in the current economy in Hawaii. Reducing our monthly expenses has reduced our stress and brought more workability to our life style. We have significantly cut our rent expenses by timing our moves to the low season and identifying in advance where we wanted to live next. We have cut back in other areas of our living expenses by researching everything we buy and searching for the best prices. It may not seem like a big deal to buy the best coffee maker or the best coffee grinder, but year after year it adds up to a much more enjoyable life at a much lower cost.
Getting rid of stuff, gives us more space and peace of mind. We moved everything we owned to Hawaii, and though we initially had to store many of our boxes, we have had time to slowly sort through all our belongings and get rid of things. Every year we need less space as we shrink the volume of stuff we own.
Having time has been a great gift to us. We have had time to research, think, contemplate our life, and focus on our health. We have learned how to deal with our health issues, like gout, and to make changes in what we eat to lose weight and get healthier. Time has allowed us to learn how to cook new foods and implement new diets, like going wheat-free.
Any time we start to lose touch with how much better our life is on this island compared to anywhere else we have ever lived, we head over to one of the nearby resorts. We watch the sunset and listen to visitors from the mainland exclaiming with wonder over the beauty. We watch furrowed faces of people in hotel lobbies at the end of their vacation, waiting for their ride to the airport, already stressed out, yelling in their cell phones about the problems waiting for them when they arrive home. We know that what we appreciate in life we get more of, so every day we focus on appreciating every aspect of Hawaii that we love, no matter how small, so we will get many, many more years of it!
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