We are finally settling into our house in Hawaii and the movers just removed our boxes this past Friday, woohoo! Speaking of last Friday, I was invited to a jewelry party. I like picking out jewelry to match my outfits and did it more so in Virginia where I had a friend that was REALLY good at picking out matching jewelry and shoes. Most of the time I would get her opinion to make sure I wasn’t making some big fashion mistake. But, for the most part, I don’t wear jewelry. Especially since moving to Hawaii. It’s mainly shorts/capris, tank tops and flip flops. So I wasn’t sure about going, however, I am trying to make new friends and decided I should go.
I am glad I went because I had a good time. I met a few ladies and actually heard one lady talking about how she gets together once a week to go hiking with other moms. I thought to myself, “that might be fun.” I have a girlfriend, who is stationed in Taiwan, suggest to join a running club. That is what she does; however, I am not a runner. The idea of hiking sounded like fun though. This island is beautiful, so what better place to try it out, right? So, I did something that had I been in high school, I would never have had the nerve to do, I sort of invited myself. I started talking with this woman later and said, “I heard you talking about hiking with other ladies…”. She then started telling me about it and asked me, “would you like to join us?” So we exchanged numbers. I then waited for the text with the information, but it’s funny, because I felt like I was dating. Is she going to text me? Ha! She did.
So I met up with these ladies and we all road together to the Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area.
As we get out of the car, I must admit I was very intimidated. One lady pulls out her backpack that has a straw coming out of it that wraps around her shoulder so she can just sip when she gets thirsty. Another woman, starts strapping on a belt with two water bottles attached. I think to myself, “uh-oh, I might have gotten myself in deep on this one.”
Then we pass a sign that says, “Aiea Loop Trail: 4.8 miles.” Oh crud, I’m in for it. The first few yards was a nice flat shaded trail and I think, “okay, I can do this”, but then the elevation starts to change and we start climbing over all of these tree roots.
LOTS of them.
I think to myself, “I am in trouble.” But, I got to see beautiful views like this:
I might not be able to get out of bed, but I did it and you know what? I had a blast! The women were great and they have kids in the same age group as mine, bonus! So now I am hoping to crash their party next week too.
While hiking, I was wondering what everyone else does when moving to a new place to meet friends. This has been a gradual thing that I have gotten better at with each move. I really have the military to thank for that. So tell me, how do you make new friends when you move?