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10 Things to do in 2012

Hi everyone,

It’s a brand new year and all I want to do is slow down and get into my country life on Maui.

I plan to continue our Up-Country Farm Tours to Kula Country Farms, Ali`i Kula Lavender, Surfing Goat Dairy and Maui’s Winery and visit as many farms as possible to film and share with you. I’d like to offer private tours to hidden farms on Maui and invite you to imagine a simply elegant place with white linen, fresh cut flowers, fresh picked locally grown food prepared for you on a mountain overlooking the sea. Sip mamaki iced tea and learn about native plants of Hawaii.

We’d love to take you to Piliani Kope Coffee Farm in Lauiniupoko for a seed-to-cup experience then onto the Ka`anapali Coffee Farms to experience the amazing 180 acre coffee farm which provides the beans for the MauiGrown Coffee now gaining notoriety throughout the world. It’s a gorgeous scenic drive just minutes away from busy Lahaina town. For those that like to be escorted we’ll take you in comfort without a care. You can enjoy a wonderful lunch and learn about the agriculture of Maui.

But this post is about ten things to do in 2012. So I thought I’d give my thoughts on how to slow down.

The first thing that comes to mind is how to accomplish great things yet still slow down and keep centered despite the way the  world is moving so fast. Have you looked around lately? Even Hawaii is speeding along. As we spend time online perusing data from unlimited feeds it’s difficult to filter through it all unless you slow down and decide where you want your focus to be. I know my priorities will be on Farms, gardens, cooking, chefs, social media, Slow Food, adding my line of country farm products, designing cards, quilts, painting and inspiring others to pursue their dreams.

I’ve decided to create a monthly newsletter with content about all of the above related to the seasons on Maui.

Above all, I will continue with a passion for Maui and making everyday a work of art. So here’s what I suggest.

1. Number one each day is to take quiet time to reflect. Listen to the spirit within to guide you through each day. Write things down in order to remember and prioritize.

2. Look at your calender for the year. Set the goals you wish to achieve by the end of the year.

3. Take a look at each week  for goals to accomplish in small pieces. Don’t be disappointed if everything isn’t completed. Just get started. The only thing worse than work not completed is work never started.

4. Believe in yourself.

5. Get started anywhere. I have learned through the process of completing three books that if you put your ideas down on paper and save them each day you accomplish something and you will see it through.

6. Proceed without fear and say that you will never give up. You must have a mind tightly closed to all negativity. When obstacles come, take a deep breath knowing that there is a plan for you. Try to breeze through troubles like computer problems, family issues, work issues, knowing that you have a plan in your heart that must be achieved and no one is going to stop you. (Not your mother, father, husband, not anyone.) Be patient with them and don’t insist on being understood. Just know yourself and gather your own strengths from within. Trust me.

7. Find beauty in the small things each day. Sometimes it’s a moment here and there, quietness, a breeze, a puppy, birds in the trees, or messages from a loving friend on Facebook. Keep images of them in your mind.

8. Be happy and supportive of others. Learn from their experience. Duplicate the good, eliminate what you don’t want.

9. This should be number one: Know what you want. You must have a clear picture in your mind of what you want. See it complete. This is how dreams are imagined, created and achieved. You can start with a dream book of clippings, thoughts and ideas and by looking at these daily you will visualize the end result and take steps to achieve it. My books were designed in blank journals that had recipes, stories, garden designs, drawings that all took shape. It’s amazing what happens when you start on a creative journey and refuse to let anyone stop you.

10. My latest passion is Pinterest. It’s a social media platform where people pin images to boards they have created and categorize them. It’s a form of brainstorming with pictures. I have found the most gorgeous images and ideas to stimulate the subconscious mind. My categories are By The Sea, Gardens, Flora and Fauna, Favorite Places and Spaces, Foodie Stuff, Crafts and more to come. This is another way of creating your dream books. Search for the things you love and pin them. I will be using this to pin images from the country on Maui Country Farm Tours next. Follow me there by clicking on my Pinterest button in the side bar.

So start your year with a passion for life and keep it together by daily checklists, a vision of the entire year, daily, weekly and monthly goals. Make it measurable but don’t be too hard on yourself. Learn from the best. (Watch what everyone else is doing).

Hope you all have a wonderful year and we look forward to sharing Maui’s Agricultural Beauty. If you love  the country and want to see flowers, goats,  Maui’s Winery, Ulupalakua Ranch, Aina Lani Farm, Noho`Ana Taro Farm, Maui Tropical Plantation, Iao Valley, Ali`i Kula Lavender Farm, proteas, orchids, native plants, pineapple country, with a local Maui boy and his artsy, writing, cooking, gardening, designing, nurse, call us so we can we can take you on a personalized tour.

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