New Hopes and Dreams

by Marilyn Jansen Lopes on December 27, 2011

What are your hopes and dreams?

As we are ending this year and looking ahead to the new one, I always feel a sense of hope. The picture above symbolizes new life to me. Freshness, aliveness, growth, abundance and beauty are so much a part of our life on Maui.

While clearing out my office, giving lots away, making room for new life, evaluating all the good in my life, letting go of the past feels healthy and positive. I love to reflect during these last few days of the year and take quiet time to plan and dream. I take stock of all the good in my life. The new friends I’ve made through Social Media have enhanced my life greatly. I’m thankful to have reached out there and taken the risk to expose my life and shared my love of beauty and Maui.

It is a risk we take to open up our hearts just as one does in love. We take a chance that we might be rejected, ignored or criticized. Hopefully we learned from every aspect and effort taken to share knowledge, beauty, humor and art with our fellow entrepreneurs and friends. It has been a fun year full of accomplishments and joy.

We congratulate Plant A Wish for planting a tree in every state and wish them great success with their film in progress. Looking forward to TED X Maui coming to the Maui Arts and Culture Center, January 22,2012.

It was awesome to watch the Slow Food Maui movement take off with a series of foodie events.

Congratulations to Melanie Boudar,  the Sweet Paradise Chocolatier on her Wailea Gateway Store and new Commercial kitchen at The Maui Tropical Plantation, coming soon with the Story of Chocolate.

Lots of new restaurants opened on Maui including Honu in Lahaina, Monkey Pod Kitchen in Wailea, Japengo at Hyatt Regency Maui and Saffron Indian Cafe in Kihei.

We honor everyone’s efforts and are inspired to pursue our dreams with a passion.

We thank all the farmers that allow us to visit their farms and welcome visitors to enjoy Maui’s agricultural beauty.

Looking back on the year what did you find most memorable?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Ihilani December 28, 2011 at 3:31 pm


So much about this post resonated with me, especially the idea of cleaning out, and making room for the new year. I’m trying to be unattached to things and only keep what is special and functional to me. I’m definitely due for a “cleaning out.”

I admire your courage in opening up to those in the virtual world. While I’ve been blogging for a couple years, I haven’t done a TON of networking, but as my blog has evolved into a little business venture, I know I’m going to have to get out there more virtually and in real life, and the fear of rejection and criticism is very present. Bravo to you, and good luck in this next year.


Marilyn Jansen Lopes December 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Ihilani, I love your blog and your artwork too. It’s so great to network with other creative people online. We inspire and energize each other. Once you get started you can’t stop. I have a passion for Maui, like you, I find so much pretty I could cry. So I keep posting via all my social media outlets like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Posterous, Flicker and love to visit the other bloggers who inspire me. It’s time consuming but if I use certain parts of my morning and night and in between stressful moments during the day, I have found it so rewarding. Thanks for visiting and commenting.


Roxanne Darling January 1, 2012 at 1:29 pm


I too have been cleaning out with a passion! The older I get the more I actually feel the energy of things and the physical clutter – not to mention the digital clutter – weigh me down! Social media just amps all of this up and actually is helping me get a better sense of what is important – to me, for now. I will be shedding all sorts of things, and just in this moment, realized I don’t even have to explain what or why. I am guessing that most of my uber-saturated friends and clients won’t even notice!

Happy new year, happy new year! Love, Rox
Roxanne Darling recently posted..Be still and remember – the wisdom of a first grader


Marilyn Jansen Lopes January 1, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Roxanne, thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I’m very inspired by you and all the arenas you enter. You’re a great spirit. We’re listening… Quietly


Leave a Comment


CommentLuv badge

Previous post:

Next post: