Aloha Beautiful People There are so many reasons why I love coming to Kauai, but one of them is it gives me opportunities to challenge myself, yesterday Jim and I went on a hike that has been on my 2DO list for a while, climbing the Sleeping Giant or Nounou trail, which backs onto the area we live here on Kauai. Every night we walk out in the tropical gardens, we are in the shadow of the Sleeping Giant The Sleeping Giant lays on the east side of Kauai between Wailua and Kapa’a, legend has it a giant, who after great labour or overeating lay down to rest and is yet to awaken, it is a beautiful landmark here on the island, one of many !! The hike is approx. 10km to the top and back, I would describe it as moderate, certainly not difficult, there a few steep sections and one sheer rock face to cross, with many twists and turns,but there is quite a bit of shade, I’m sure the red soil could be slippery & muddy if it was rainy, but the day we hiked it, it was perfect in every way. Whilst I would in no way put myself in the elite athlete class, I do love to get physical and move my body to stay fit, healthy and just to have fun, I also enjoy to challenge myself and push myself past my comfort zones, personally I feel I grow so much from doing this. Once while we were here during a Huna training workshop many years ago, we kayaked up the Wailua river to Secret Falls, our teacher reflected that paddling with your partner in a two man canoe tells you a lot about your relationship, I feel the same analogy could be used to describe our hike yesterday. Firstly for those who may not be aware Jim and I are about to celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary, our relationship could be best described as the most amazing, loving, challenging, developing, testing, opportunity to grow, fun, adventure of my life and I love Jim more today than I did 28 years ago, if that is possible, I also know that love is returned 10 fold. Yes I am indeed a lucky woman. Setting out on our hike, I was clear in setting my intention – to reach the top and arrive back at the car park without falling over, slipping, or injuring either of us in any way, to remain safe, enjoy every moment, have fun, embrace the adventure and be present. The first part of the trail is quite easy, Jim suggested I lead, right there I had my first challenge and learning opportunity, ‘Do I feel comfortable leading ?’ is my personality more suited to following someone else’s lead ? Not far along the trail there were choices to make as to which path to take, it was interesting Jim took the hardest, most difficult, highest, and hardest to climb whilst I was very happy to take the easy path, we still reached the same end, but we chose a different route. When I was confronted with a rock climb, that to me was super challenging, my immediate reaction was to let Jim know in no uncertain terms, he was to go first and help me across !! my mind also had thoughts of what would I do if Jim wasn’t there to help me across ? The trail from here on was a delight, the beauty of this island never disappoints, from the smallest gekko, assorted moss’s and lichens, flowers, ferns, rocks, and trees, plus the bonus of the view was spectacular, as we climbed in perfect harmony with each other and the path we walked. There were a number of harder to climb area’s as we came nearer to the top, I was happy to have Jim there to offer his hand of support, his encouraging words and a knowing smile. We reached a sign saying it was the end of the trail, and not to go beyond this area, we looked up to see other hikers way above us – choice time, do we take notice of the sign, or tap into our own selves and make our own decision ? For Jim and I there was only one way, I was not going this far and not reach the top !! It is that resolve, that ability to never give in, to keep going until the end, my desire not to give up, that is reflected in my life and in our relationship, it is simply – keep putting one foot in front of the other, with a huge desire to achieve the intention set, to make it through, to have the ability to adapt, change and be flexible, to be the very best I can be in every moment and to give my very best effort in every moment and situation. Not taking myself too seriously is another aspect of my character, that I value, I am here for a long time and a good time, spending time beating myself up would be totally futile. I was so proud of both our achievements yesterday, watching Jim [who turns 70 next year] run up and down that mountain like a 16 year old, filled my heart on so many levels. I know the effort we both put into our health – working out, keeping active, eating a balanced diet, loving life and keeping a healthy, fun attitude goes a long way to complete our relationship. To sum up the journey we experienced on The Sleeping Giant, whilst to many may have been an easy stroll, to others [like the local Hawaiians who run the trail to stay fit !] or for some who were unable to complete the hike, our experience was just that, our own personal journey, that reflected my attitude to my life, my relationship and most importantly my reflection of who I am as a person. Every one who wakes up every morning has the same opportunity to take a look at their own journey through life, how their choices impact on themselves and other around them, what do your choices say about you ?? How Do You Climb Your Mountain ??