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I’ve been here a month now. While it’s hard for me to easily define what Kalani has meant to me so far, I see my life here as a series of wonderful moments strung together.
Taken as a whole, these moments are especially important to me because they are in such contrast to my former cubicle job and city lifestyle. Things like; walking across a dewy field in the evening while the coquis chirp and the stars fill the sky, being part of the team that creates the meals that nourish this community, laughing with friends on a day off at the beach, and being so close to the awesome power of Pele.
I also love seeing people every day who care about each other, nature, the earth and themselves, and exploring movement through yoga and dance. I want to continue to be a part of the ever changing community here, knowing that its power to change me is incredible. I feel supported here and I think Kalani is an excellent place to discover my unique talents, the ones that I didn’t have the time or energy to explore in my San Francisco life. I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be right now than here.
I think the biggest benefit to being here has been the warmth and friendliness of everyone I’ve met. I can sometimes be slow to get very close with people, and the welcoming aloha spirit of the Kalani Ohana has been so helpful in overcoming my initial shyness. I’m very much looking forward to continuing to build stronger and deeper connections with people here.