In collaboration with Sanda Vidmar

‘We all have a hard and courageous responsibility to be happy. Usually your happiness depends merely on the perspective in your head.  It’s simple. Loving yourself is the key. It’s what makes your heart fill with exuberant joy. In the light of truth there is no twig without a shadow and there is no person without flaws. Your flaws are what makes you interesting and you should learn to love them. Admit you are an enchanting and beautiful creature and therefore for you – being happy is a walk in the park.’ – Sanda Vidmar

Today is the 21 December and it was raining all day… bye bye winter wonderland and snowy Christmas.. Some people get to have snow for Xmas, we have rain. You can’t have it all.  Though, honestly, I like all sorts of weather as each season is beautiful in its own way.

This afternoon I decided to go for a walk and take some photos. It’s such a nice change to hear rain, wind and birds in the forest instead of cars and millions of people in London. In fact breathing in the fresh air was amazing. You don’t notice much of the pollution in London but by leaving the city and stepping into a little bit of nature you are in for a big treat :)

Taking my twig ring for a walk :)

The forest today was also the perfect place to show you my twig ring by Slovenian designer Sanda Vidmar. All her jewellery is handmade and her designs are super unique. I really like the symbolism behind her creations: the twig ring, for instance, stands for loving your flaws and imperfection. And once you realise that you are an ‘enchanting and beautiful creature’, being happy becomes ‘a walk in the park’. I couldn’t agree more with that. I would always prefer a wild and imperfect forest to an artificially designed park. The same holds for people, wouldn’t it be the most boring place in the world if everyone looked and thought the same?!

Doesn’t the forest even look prettier when there is no sun? The absence of it gives the photos a much more moody vibe. I took around a couple of hundred photos as everything was so beautiful. At some point I must have got entirely lost in the moment as I turned around and there were two horses next to me haha. Hello horses! I didn’t hear them at all!

And apparently I was not the only one today who thought that the forest looks especially mesmerising in this weather: I came across at least a dozen of people who were taking their dogs for a walk. One dog even decided to jump into the water… the dog mummy must have been very happy about that :)

‘And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.’  – John Muir

‘In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike.’ – Paulo Coelho

After walking for a little while I came across this super cute little hut. Perfect timing as the drizzle started to become proper rain. I wish I had taken my kindle with me. I had put on so many layers so that I wouldn’t get cold outside. Hence it was super cosy in the hut and it would have been the perfect place to read a book. Well, ok, a cup of tea would have also been nice. Or mulled wine :)

As I didn’t have either, no mulled wine nor my kindle, I decided to play bit more with the camera.

I chose the black and silver twig ring but it’s also available in sterling silver and copper. It’s also the perfect present as it arrives in a gift box and also comes with a little note that explains the symbolism behind your jewel :) Sanda designs a variety of different nature inspired pieces. You can click over to her shop here to explore :)

Today was quite a windy and cloudy day in Maui. Whilst cloudy is good for surfing (not too much sun in the face), windy is not so good – I like my waves clean and structured ;)
So no surfing this morning. This also meant that I could sleep longer than until 7am!

Around 9am I made it out of the room and sat down with my laptop. I decided to stay a bit more in the shade today. The sun in Hawaii is quite strong, so a little break every other day is not the worst idea. Yes, you are even exposed to the sun through clouds… So I chose my spot on the terrace under the roof. Below my view from my laptop spot.

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After a couple of hours of getting a few things done and some reading afterwards, we went for a walk towards where our sunset cruise would leave.

When we arrived it actually started to rain. What a timing! We were not up for sailing in the rain and decided to reschedule. Instead we sat down in one of the local restaurant on the Kaanapali beach – just in time for cocktail happy hour at Leilani’s :)

After some food and a Margarita I went to a little jewellery shop in the Whaler’s Village and found super cute turtle earrings and a pretty silver flower ring.

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One the way back, the beach looked absolutely stunning! There is no filter used for these photos, they are straight from my Sony phone.

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Back in the hotel I went for a little swim in the dark. First in the pool and then in the ocean. I sat down on the beach in the water and looked at the horizon. Far away there were still a few lights that were slowly fading away. It looked just unreal – way too beautiful to be true.