I want to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for. We will be hosting Thanksgiving dinner at our home for 8 of our dear friends. Since all of us are “transplants” from other places, we are now “family” and grateful to have one another.
There was no way I could have imagined that my first visit to Maui for Thanksgiving 8 years ago would have changed my life forever. I had always dreamed of “visiting” Maui, probably just like everybody else. I fell in love with Maui that first Thanksgiving so when my friend, Ellen, invited me back the next year to stay in her condo, overlooking the ocean, for a month while she traveled, I jumped at the chance.
While I was there, I was very surprised when I heard the “Small, still voice of God” invite me to come back to Maui to live for 6 months. Of course, I had to deal with all the voices in my head that said it was impossible to do. I think the strongest voice was, “Who do you think you are and that I didn’t deserve to do something that extravagant.” I had all kinds of questions like: How could I leave my family, friends, business and community? Where would I live? Who would rent my condo in Rhode Island? Of course, the biggest challenge to deal with was where would the money come from?
When Spirit puts something on your heart that seems “impossible” and you “listen, trust and ACT” doors open, almost miraculously. As I look back, I know it took a lot of courage and faith to trust myself and to trust it was the voice of Spirit and not just my own voice. I had enough experience of listening and stepping out in faith to know it was truth and I could trust the voice within.
After doing battle with God about why I couldn’t possibly move to Maui and facing my fears, I finally surrendered and said “YES.” I went back home and told my family and friends that I was moving to Maui for 6 months. Of course, they were shocked and had all kinds of concerns and questions. All I knew for sure was that I was following my heart and trusting Spirit to do the rest.
Within a few weeks of returning to Rhode Island, a woman from my church rented my condo, but I still didn’t have a place to live when I arrived on Maui, but trusted something would “show up.” Two weeks before arriving on Maui, I received a phone call from a friend inviting me to live with her and her husband in a 2 bedroom condo that they had just rented.
The condo overlooked the ocean and I paid $300 a month. That is totally crazy because to rent a room for a night is over $200. I truly was in heaven and I learned how to relax and enjoy the journey. My plan was to continue my coaching practice and speaking engagements while I was there. That was not God’s plan. I heard very clearly, “I want you to learn HOW TO BE.” I am so grateful that I listened because God’s plan was so much better than mine.
When the 6 months ended, I knew my heart belonged on Maui and that I wanted to live here permanently. Of course, I had to deal with the same voices and fears. After much prayer and meditation and discernment, I went back to Rhode Island and put my house up for sale. My house didn’t sell, but I was able to rent it, which I am still doing.
Many of you know who have been reading my blog for years that I knew I would meet my soul mate on Maui. I don’t know how I knew, but I JUST KNEW! I didn’t know it would take so long and I was often impatient. He was right in front of me all the time, but I didn’t know it. Larry and I were best friends for 2 years before my eyes were opened and we fell in love. We built a beautiful foundation of friendship, trust and respect. I have come to trust that God’s divine timing is perfect and you can’t push or make things happen the way you want them to be.
For as long as I can remember, I said to my family and friends, “Someday, I will live on the water and I don’t care if it’s a lake or a pond.” I thought it would be in Narragansett, Rhode Island, which would have been fine. Never did I dream it would be in Maui, HI.
It is beyond my wildest imagination what God has provided for Larry and I. We live in a beautiful home that has a 160 degree view of the ocean that our bedroom overlooks. We can see the whales jumping out of the water when they are here. We have no idea how long we will be here so we enjoy it to the fullest and live with an attitude of gratitude. We take nothing for granted and we live our lives to the fullest because we are not promised tomorrow, all we have is today.
So many women I hear from and friends are discouraged that they haven’t met their soul mate yet and that they will be alone, especially in the later years of their lives. I share what Spirit has done for us, not to boast, but to inspire and encourage you not to ever give up on your dreams. Larry and I have built a relationship that is built on love, honesty and respect. Spirit has brought us together and we truly have a match made in heaven.
When you follow your heart, trust, live in faith and listen to the “Small, still voice of God within” miracles will happen for you too.
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