Finding inspiration in the spirit of aloha

julie hamilton designs Very happy to be spending time in one of my favorite places, the Big Island of Hawaii.The moment my feet hit the ground here I feel a sense of coming home. artistically afflicted blog Lush tropical flora and fauna,dark streaks of lava rock, sun, sand, a warm breeze and the neverending sound of birds and crashing waves all come together to feed  the senses and the soul. The Big Island is charged with tradition and culture that reaches deep. This island holds a very special place in our hearts. artistically afflicted blog I always love to do a post or two from Hawaii. Its a lovely place to share. Lots of inspiration and color. Mother nature also has a very good sense of humour here. The shapes, color and texture of the flora and fauna are so unusual.I am constantly in awe of some of the crazy things I find. julie hamilton designs-artistically afflicted blog My goal for this trip ~ lots of computer free time. Time spent observing, drawing and feeling present. julie hamilton designs-artistically afflicted blog My sense of urgency to do it all ~ designing, blogging #365 patterns ~ slowly takes a back seat to simply living life. I  will admit I find it very difficult to switch off and it takes more than a few days. I continue to feel like I am missing out on something, but with time I come to my senses and realize that everything I need is right here ~ family, friends, love and life. julie hamilton designs-artistically afflicted blog Most believe Aloha is just a greeting, but the word is a way of life for most living here on the islands. Here, Aloha is an attitude, guidance towards living  a certain way of life ~ the Aloha spirit.
A, ala, watchful, alertness L, lokahi, working with unity O, oia’i'o, truthful honesty H, ha’aha’a, humility A, ahonui, patient perseverance

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