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View from my massage cabana - looking left.

I had the most excellent massage today with a masseuse named Lisa. This is going to sound terribly spoiled of me, but I consider myself a massage expert as I get them regularly, try out different establishments and have a real opinion on what massages fall into the "healing" category and which massages are well-intended but fall into the "whatever" category.

Lisa is by far the most spiritual and giving masseuse I have ever had. And I've had a few favorites in my life! I absolutely adore Hawaii. Everything smells like Coconut and Plumeria! What a life.

So I spoke to Lisa about her life, her children, her relationships and at the very end, we touched upon the subject of business. I asked her if she would consider going into private practice because she's really just too talented to be working at a hotel, however posh it might be.

View from my massage cabana - looking straight.
She said she had a friend who wanted to partner with her and open up a mountainside retreat for women in Hawaii. Of course, I told her I'd see her tomorrow and we'd talk about it. I love hearing people's dreams and I hope that one day I can accrue enough money and experience to help them realize it.

When I was in Dar Es Salaam, I hung out with the Cuban salsa teacher for a bit, and he told me his business plans. They seemed sound, and I told him to call me when he needed investors for his nightclub. Tomorrow, I will make sure that Lisa thinks of me when she needs investors (or just a kick in the butt) for her mountainside spa/retreat. I really love both ideas and I just need a few more skills to help them plan and launch them. God life is so amazing.

Lobby of Marriott ko Olina
I'm just thrilled to be here, travel as much as I have the past few months and be able to draw out people's aspirations in the short time we spend together. I think I really am a business development person at heart. I just need to go back to school.

It's funny, hearing Lisa's story about her boyfriend makes me realize that no matter how evolved we get, we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes, have the same scars and carry the same baggage no matter what part of the world we're in or how far into the future we go. And it's times like this that I realize how much I LOVE being single. Being an only child has made me really independent, and although I have maternal instincts and would love to spend my life with a partner, I am really just having way too good of a time knowing that I can do whatever I want, whenever I feel like it, and wherever I please.

Lobby of Marriott Ko olina.

It's really the best gift that you can give yourself before you have children/a family. Kar Hai and I spoke about it too last night, how there is so much to do and see before you start thinking about having a family. And today in the LA Times, there was an article about how a 66 year old woman had twins! Holy freaking moly! And here I thought my biology limited me to 35-40, here is a woman of over 60 having children. That makes me happy. There is nothing wrong with us wanting to extend our youth and middle age as long as possible =)

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Lobby of Marriott ko Olina
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Lobby of Marriott Ko olina.
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Marriott Ko Olina
Marriott Ko Olina
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