When I began Styling The Inside, making a living from the words I type wasn’t even something I considered or ever thought was possible! I had no idea what I was doing, and admittedly, some days I still don’t. But I continue to keep evolving and growing this business/ brand of mine because I’m passionate about writing, storytelling, and creating content that aligns with my mission to help others create a life that feels good.
Needless to say, I’m so happy this little old blog of mine has become my business, and with the support of my community (you, my readers) I was finally able to make one of my childhood dreams come true this Summer.
When I was a young girl, I sat in my living room one day after school watching an episode of my favorite show Full House. The episode I was watching was the one where the family goes to Hawaii. Growing up in a household where we had to live within our means meant we didn’t do any extracurricular activities outside of school, and we never went on family vacations. I remember so vividly sitting on the living room floor with my eyes glued to the screen watching in envy as Stephanie and DJ swam in the turquoise blue water riding on the dolphins. I was in complete awe. “One day”, I told myself, “I was going to go there”.
And then I grew up and life happened and travel was something that wasn’t really a priority because we had our first daughter so young. In fact, we also had to live within our means.
A few years after our first daughter was born, we had our second daughter. And we began to travel a few places. My husband and I went to Vietnam. A family member was getting married so we decided it was time to check out my husband’s motherland. It was an incredible experience. In addition, we also took our daughters to Mexico and Disneyland/California and I went to Las Vegas a few times.
All of these trips were great, but they weren’t places I dreamed about visiting since I was a child. My dream vacation was Hawaii ( I can thank Full House for that) and this year when my husband and I were planning our 10 year wedding anniversary Hawaii was the place I wanted to celebrate this milestone with my family.
So, I booked our trip, and…
WE LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT IT!!!!
Below is some Instagram captures I shared during our holiday. I’ll be sure to share a more in-depth post about our adventures, but for now, I just want to say thank you. Thank you for supporting my business, and my writing and the things I share because without your support this little business of mine would not have been able to make my childhood dream vacation come true and take my family to Hawaii!
Did you know?
Studies show that experiences make people happier than possessions.
This is why I would rather spend any extra money we have on experiences instead of things! I’m so grateful for the priceless memories we made this summer in Hawaii and I can not wait to go back one day!
At the end of the day:
“We are the sum total of our experiences.”