Don't Leave Home without IT!

We’re always searching for new interviews, podcasts, or books to listen to. I have Audible which is so wonderful. For $15/month, I get one book for free every month, and can buy any other book – the audio version. So while we’re working, we can be learning too! This app is great and has allowed me to get through a stack of books that I don’t have time to read. We also stumbled upon Tim Ferriss. His website has a ton of free podcasts to listen to. The interviews feature celebrities, entrepreneurs and friends. His shows are funny, super interesting and easy to listen to. His podcasts cover just about everything, from gut bacteria to meditation. If you’re in the market for new material to listen to – I hope this helps!
On a lighter note –
There were a pack of ten goats in the yard today. Sometimes they escape and jump over our fence from the neighbors farm (at least the pigs don’t come over). Sport let the goats know that they didn’t belong in our yard, but they didn’t listen to his barking and whining. They just continued to walk through the bushes and we watched their jaw move in a circle while they chewed on the cane grass. They are so dang cute.
We enclosed the backyard completely so Sporty wouldn’t escape. For a while, everyday he would wander off and try to find Magic (the neighbor dog who happens to be a 12 year old Great Dane who still goes into heat). We’d hear stories of Sport crossing the highway and going to the beach. We’d find him up at Magic’s house after taking our eyes off him for 10 seconds. He was so sneaky and just couldn’t stop looking for Magic. So we built a fence to make sure he couldn’t run away anymore. Sport of course found a new hole in the fence we built. Our neighbor kindly brought him back and we gave him some scoldings.
But only a few minutes later, he’s down in the office again waiting for us to play ball with him. Our love for this little creature grows deeper everyday. Our little man.

We welcome yet another new year
As our minds are focused on the upcoming year, my eyes gaze back and my thoughts drift. They drift toward the most recent hectic holiday season, toward the speed of the quickly passing year, and simultaneously, toward all that has happened and changed within 12 months.

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Typically we’d have our Thanksgiving dinner outside in the front yard. We’d set up tables and chairs and decorate with flower arrangements and a beautiful tropical centerpiece. This is still the plan, but with all this rain, our grass is mud. Our driveway is a slip and slide for our feet and cars. The mud is thick and sticks to the bottom of your slippers and it feels like you have an extra pair of shoes on. The dogs are a disaster but somehow, the cats are still clean. Our white truck is brown and caked with mud from pounding through the pot holes and spinning out in the driveway. So – as for Thanksgiving, we are trying to find a place to set up our table. We’re expecting about 20 people. Our family of four is opening our house to 16 extra people. It should be crowded and fun. Luckily, I will have help preparing, prepping, cooking, eating, and cleaning. On this day, we give thanks. We are thankful. Thankful for life, thankful for each soul we meet, and thankful for the love we are surrounded by each day. We are so blessed and grateful to share this earth. In between all the Thanksgiving festivities, Beach Girl Jewels will still be getting some work done and preparing for the trunk show in Hanalei on Black Friday. Hope to see you there!

The holidays are approaching! Stores are calling and emailing in preparation for the expected busy season. We are trying to send orders early in hopes to avoid the last minute holiday rush. Is that avoidable though? Challenge accepted! Sport will keep us SMILING through these busy couple months! 
Lately, we’ve been working on juggling a few things. Between having company at the house, to revamping unhealthy holiday recipes, to responding to emails, to getting orders together, to keeping the office organized, to making sure Sport is in sight and safe – we are loving every surprise life gives us. It is interesting to live in a place where tourism is so popular. Every time we have family visit, they are on vacation. It is our continuous goal to find a balance between being on vacation with them while trying to stay on track with work and our health goals. What works best is taking mini vacations – even if it’s just for a few hours. This allows us to relax and feel like time doesn’t exist. To let our worries slip into the ocean. To splurge on a fancy dinner. To play hooky from work and go on a road trip around the island on a random Tuesday. Having a few fun breaks every now and again helps us regain our focus and the more experiences we find, the further we know what direction to keep on traveling.
We’ve been daydreaming of holiday recipes and realizing how the typical desserts and dishes don’t compliment our new eating habits. Wheat, dairy, corn, and processed foods haven’t seen our kitchen in months. Our diet change has resulted in high energy, clear minds, productive days, and restful nights. After feeling this good, it’s easy to say no to what were previously tempting foods. We’re happily recreating meals and desserts with whole, natural foods from earth. This Thanksgiving, a raw pumpkin cashew cheesecake will take the place of the regular pumpkin pie. This is just one of the major changes that will keep our bellies happy and our sweet tooths satisfied. Pictures and maybe a recipe or two will come in the next few blog posts 🙂