WOW. This past weekend came up fast and surprisingly, lasted quite long in our mind. It was much needed. To be brutally honest, the week was rough. I come to the realization quite often…ok…everyday, that we are meant for more than working our life away. I may sound like a broken record. I may even sound like a hippie in some form or another but, if you follow myself and Maryrose, I think you can consider yourself in the same boat of obtaining the same level of enlightenment!
Embark with me on a small mental journey:
The busy life is a disguise. It’s a trap. It’s brutal. It’s slavery.
An average day for me (Reid) would be waking up at 3AM and heading to the gym, cooking a meal, getting Landon ready (Mary is off to work – 5:30AM!), heading to work at 7AM to get there at 8AM, ending work at 5PM, getting home around 6PM; then to eat, shower, and study for my career path (Trading). If you ask how I do it, it’s the “realization” I mentioned earlier. As work eats at my soul I can identify the necessity of it. No, not the necessity of a company that needs to be kept running to stay afloat or the ability of keeping a customer base happy to stay in operation. Instead, I identify its usefulness selfishly! – It’s exactly what I don’t want to be doing in 5 years time. Hell, even 2 years time! Don’t get me wrong. Mary and I are truly blessed with our livelihood. I accept it, acknowledge it, and am truly thankful for it. I realize we are both better off than many people not only in America but throughout the world. It can be worse, but this isn’t the “realization”.
The realization is this:
We want to do more. Be more. We want to explore. We want to help. We want to LIVE!
This weekend was a true taste of the future we will achieve.
Arriving at the Trump Tower in Waikiki was a first for us. It is a relatively new building (at the time of writing, 2 years old) and would be an entirely new experience. We ate things we never would order off the menu and loved everything about it. We went in with a positive attitude. It didn’t matter how irritating or disruptive the past week/day was, we would persevere and enjoy the weekend. That was our goal and the promise we made one another.
We are firm believers in the Law of Attraction and well, our first stop was no disappointment! Just to be in the same surroundings of multi-millionaires brought upon a different energy. Landon was well behaved and loved everything about this adventure! We ate at the Wai’olu Lounge on the 6th floor of the Trump Tower.
For more about our visit at Wai’olu Ocean View Lounge, visit here.
After our light dinner, we went exploring around the Trump Tower. We soaked in the beautiful cityscape as the sunset behind it. We saw Waikiki in a new light, literally and figuratively. Literally in the reason we have not seen the sunset behind the cityscape at the trump. Figuratively in the sense that this is the life we choose to have: More exploring, new experiences, greater adventures! Sitting there and basking in the ambiance gave me frisson, just as typing this entry does. However, it only got better.
Stage two of our weekend getaway: The Shoreline Hotel in Waikiki. A great highlight I’d like to take away is that both Mary and I did not over pack. Instead, we under packed (I ran out of clothes to wear, OOPS!) but it wasn’t a problem at all. The less we had the less worrisome it was, not to mention it was only for three days! Below is a sample of what we brought. It’s not everything but sure is 90% of it. The rest of the items (not pictured) would be Mary’s and Landon’s clothing.
For more info and pictures of our stay at Shoreline Hotel, visit here.
It was great walking around an exploring downtown as a family. We bought Landon a brand new skateboard which brought us so much joy seeing him ride like champ!
Lunch at CPK (California Pizza Kitchen)
“Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive.”
– Leah LaBelle