Once upon a time, there was a girl and a boy. They lived...they loved...they laughed...and they were married.
For many years, this girl and boy lived their lives in the rat race of San Francisco, succumbing to the responsibilities and pressures that go along with being "adults" (highly over-rated, by the way). One Spring day, the boy asked the girl if she was ready. Ready to really begin their lives together; to slow down, live purposefully and make their dreams come true. Ready to pack up their lives and move to a place far away, where they could be "free" and live the lives they had only dreamed of.
For the next five days, they discussed logistics, but still, she was scared; scared of the "unknown." She was scared of the spontaneity of it all, scared of the huge, great expanse of LIFE that laid before them. She was scared of this experience not being part of her immediate "plan". But this girl? She loved this boy. And she trusted him.
So they quit their jobs. It was harder for the girl, because it meant walking away from a secure, well-paying job with the District Attorney's Office, but she knew that it was either now or never. So after many sleepless nights, she finally let go. And she quit. She traded her leather day-planner, her fancy business suits and beautiful (oh-so-beautiful-they-make-me-want-to-cry) swanky shoes for slippers, t-shirts, paint brushes, her camera and the dream she always held close to her heart: to be an Artist.
And thirty days later, this boy and girl threw caution to the wind, said a little prayer and embarked on a journey foreign to everyone in their lives. They ignored well-meaning voices who proclaimed that "island fever" would soon set in---that they'd regret their decision and would inevitably be back. Fueled by faith, a shared dream and the belief that Life is full of risks, they booked one-way tickets (an exhilarating and monumental moment) and packed up everything they owned. They said heartfelt goodbyes to family and friends, moved to a little place on the beautiful island of Maui and planted new roots.
It has been almost seven years, and they've never looked back.
And this girl and boy?
They are still living. They are still loving. And they are still laughing.
They are living their dream.
And life is good. It is oh, so good.