Archive for January 2012

Keeping the Passion

To every season in life there is bound to be it's share of up's and down's. 
Now we all pretend that life is hunky dory 24/7, but let's face it people, our lives are not perfect. 
Over the past couple months I've felt like a seabird diving for it's dinner... up and down, up and down. 
Life has been great, but there was aspects, like this blog, I wasn't totally happy with. After traveling to Alt Design Summit, I had hoped that I'd come home rejuvenated and ready to dive back into it; but instead it made me reconsider why I was even writing this blog. Gathering so many inspiring tid-bits for work, my passion was ignited to start reworking our Gazelle Girl Blog, to collaborate with vendors, and help our stores make our women's apparel top of the line... but the fire died once I thought about my own personal blog. 

After taking some time and delving into these thoughts, I realized that I didn't want to be the typical blogger at Alt. Don't get me wrong, there are many beautiful and talented bloggers there, bloggers who I envy and draw so much insight from... but I don't want to be them. Their blog is their life, their career, their everything. My blog is my passion, but it's not my career and never will be. For some time I had been comparing myself to all these other blogs and trying to put myself in the same boat.  Once I began stressing over how much time I had to get my two posts a week done, that's when I knew something was wrong. I was pushing the inspiration, digging at the bottom of an empty bucket, instead of letting it come to me like it used too. 

I didn't want to be that wife who sat on the computer every night, begging Pinterest to reveal some hidden trend, spending hours attempting to figure Photoshop out, or oogling over all the blogs I had just read on Bloglovin. Like a good vitamin, I wanted my blog to supplement my life, not the other way around. So this last week I've decided it's time to regain the passion and keep it. My blog might not really change, but my outlook and time devoted to it will. I want the drive to be behind this blog, not a nagging feeling. Keeping the passion alive for the loves in my life, my goals, my hobbies, my health, and my spirit is my top priority... and taking a step back I realized that I want to do a better job at this. 

It is because of dedication, ambition, inspiration, and love for all things in life that we have such a passionate drive...let's motivate each other to hold on as tightly as possible and ignite that passion. So will you join with me in keeping that passion alive? In your daily life and via your blog? I hope so, because I think everyone needs a little push, affirmation, and hug to keep that fire. 

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Alt Summit & Outdoor Retailer Adventures

To be able to combine two of my favorite passions; blogging and running, into an intense trip to Salt Lake City; only good things can result. Alt Design Summit just happened to be the same time and same place as Outdoor Retailer... and since I work for a killer company, they let me go to both! Meeting so many talented individuals at both events, absorbing valuable information, and learning the ways of a buyer in the running industry impacted me in more ways than I imagined. So much wisdom to register, some of which has got me reevaluating my part here at Heart Full of Daisies... but more of that in a later post.  Here are just a few snapshots from my trip! 

Photo booth for Wilson Art HD at Alt, taken by Dave Brewer
With Kait & Phoebe

My awesome roomie, Kait, from Yuppie Love

"Swayed" art
Root chips & panko crusted tofu pesto slider from Chow Truck

A relaxing meeting with the beautiful Lole woman. 

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The Isle of Kauai - The Nā Pali Coast

One of the biggest highlights of our trip to Kauai was the day long trip Zach and I took to the North Coast. 
Our aim was to hike part of the strenuous trail along the Nā Pali Coast. This hike started from Ke'e Beach and went about two miles before hitting Hanakapi'ai Beach. We were advised to not go in the water at all for many hikers had died from the strong rip currents. From this beach, we hiked west into thHanakapi'ai Valley for another two miles until we reached the end and beheld the Hanakapi'ai Falls. 

I've never been so high up in the mountains or deep in a valley with such insane trails that were either a muddy mess, full of rocks, or just a plain river that you had to trail upstream. It took us 4 hours to traverse 8 miles and every second was worth it.  Here are the few photos I dared take during this incredible hike. 

The beginning...

Hanakapi'ai Beach

Hanakapi'ai Falls

Hopefully this gives you an idea of what the trails were like! So rocky! 
Hanakapi'ai Falls, up close and personal. 
I didn't get much closer since it was incredibly windy and cold. 
On our way back through a bamboo forest. 

The Nā Pali Coast

The muddy trails! Don't bother wearing real hiking boots...
our feet were soaked the whole time from crossing the river about five times. 
Once we got back onto a more stable footing, the running started. Talk about adrenaline rushing! 

Well that rounds up our amazing Kauai trip! I would highly recommend checking out the Kauai-an island if you are ever out that way. It is definitely a place to relax and get back in touch with the wonders of life. 

Hope everyone has a great week...I'm getting ready to head out to Alt Design Summit and Outdoor Retailer for work. I'm stoked to meet a ton of inspiring folk and check out Salt Lake for the first time! 

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The Isle of Kauai - Old Koloa Town & Waimea Canyon

One of my favorite places to eat on the island ended up being in a town called Old Koloa. This was the site of Kauai's first sugar plantation back in 1830 and it stills holds part of it's historical charm. Right when you drive into town, on the left side of the road, is a food truck called Chalupas. Miguel serves up some amazing authentic Mexican dishes. My personal favorite is the house specialty, the chalupas! I asked for a veggie verison, but it can come with your choice of meat, beans, cabbage, tomato, avacado, & fresh salsa. So yummy!  Here are a few photos of our stroll around the small town.  

About 30 miles west of Old Koloa is the largest canyon in the Pacific, Waimea Canyon. 
She is a beaut to see... deep, wide, with rock formation in rich red. Of course there were more rainbows here as well. The parents dropped us off and we set out for a couple hour hike. 

Just one more post of our vacation coming up! I hope you all have been enjoying these glimpses of our you a little "warmth" to your winter day. It finally started snowing here in Michigan. This time I'm ready for it. :)

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