The Amazing Things That Happen When You Get Lost: On Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Finding Yourself

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I recently traveled to Hawaii in order to celebrate the life of my Great Grandmother, and to reconnect with family who live there. I had only visited once before, and had been traveling with five other family members at the time. Anyone who has ever taken a family vacation can testify to the logistical nightmare of organizing more than two people around any particular group activity, and this time I was eager to explore this new part of my personal history, and to connect with this new branch of my family tree on my own. My uncle generously lent me his pickup, and after coffee each day I was out the door to uncover whatever it was that I could manage to find.

I had no particular agenda. I had a rough idea of some things I wanted to see or do based on old family stories and late-night Pinterest…

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