Surfer Quotes – Life Lessons From Surfing
Are you ready to ride the waves, learn a bit more about life, and get inspired to live the life you dream? Well, you are in luck. Here are the inspirational surfer quotes that have helped many of us find happiness, direction, or simply remind us that there is so much more in life.
Table of contents:
- If in doubt, paddle out
- Ride the Waves and Go With the Flow
- Surfing Is Not Something You Retire From
- The Best Wave of Your Life is Still Out There
- How To Have a Good Day: Sand In My Shower Means I Had a Great Day
“If In Doubt, Paddle Out”
Have you ever wanted to start something new? Of course, we have all wanted to learn a new skill like surfing, start a new hobby, or maybe you want to start that taco food truck. I mean who does not love tacos on the beach?
Oftentimes, when learning something new, we are met with doubt and frustration. This is normal and part of the process of moving forward, but can halt our progress. Today, I want to chat about doubt and how we can overcome doubt to accomplish what we start.
So if you are in doubt, come with me and paddle out. Hint: the best thing you can do is get started.
Personal story alert. I like to mix in my personal story to help illustrate the points in these articles.
At the time of writing this article, Hawaiian Island Clothing is only a few months old. It all started after planning a vacation to the Hawaiian Islands and our trip was canceled because of the 2020 global pandemic. Instead of traveling to Hawaii, I decided to live the Hawaiian lifestyle. To me this means giving back to people that need help, loving everyone, and having no bad days. Oh yeah, I also needed a creative outlet, so selling t-shirts was the idea.
To this day, I struggle with doubt. “We only sold 3 shirts this week”. I doubt myself and my skills all the time. Things like, “Is it because I am not Hawaiian, or maybe our customers do not like my designs, could it be that I am too old to start a killer merch store (37 at this point)”. The point here is I all struggle with doubt, every day.
Every day I struggle with doubt. I struggle to build a brand that I know will help people in the long run. However, I have learned that the longer I let doubt control my actions, the longer it is going to take to make things happen. In my case, the longer I doubt myself, the longer it is going to take to build Hawaiian Island Clothing.
Today, it is time to paddle out. Through this post, I am going to share with you how I overcame my doubts and launched Hawaiian Island Clothing. I hope that you will be able to take something away from this and make your dreams come true in the meantime. Let’s explore the surfer quote, if in doubt, paddle out.
Choose to Get Started
The first step to overcoming your doubt is to paddle out. These means get off the couch, stop watching Netflix, and start doing. I mean this is the basis behind the quote, right?
It is one thing to paddle out. It is another thing to choose to paddle out.
Here is the difference. If you just paddle out and get started, you may give up. You may never actually accomplish what you set out to do. You will let your doubt overcome you and give in. This is not the point.
If you choose to paddle out, you are 100% committed. You are going to make this happen. You are not google to give up because you have made a choice to live a better, different life.
When you choose to paddle out, this does not mean that you say you are going to get started. This does not mean that your plan on getting started. This means that deep down inside you are going to do this. You are going to paddle out and catch that wave.
As Keanu said in Point Break, “I am going to learn to surf or break my neck”. My oh my, that is the dedication to getting started and learning how to surf. This is only something you say when you have chosen to get started and you are going to make it happen.
There is a huge difference here.
Before starting Hawaiian Island Clothing, I had tried other t-shirt shops in the past. I have always thought that it would be cool to sell t-shirts and merch for a living. Well, in the past I did not really choose to get started. I mean, I would set up a website, watch a few YouTube videos, and then never really give it a shot. The doubt of failure was always in the back of my mind.
So, what changed?
This time I have made a decision that I want to help people. Helping people has always been something that I have tried to do in my life. When I chose to help people versus “create another t-shirt company”, it made it that much easier to choose to paddle out and really give it the effort it will take. There is a purpose behind selling t-shirts.
So, if you have any doubt, choose to get started. It is the only way to get past this doubt. But you have to make the decision to give it everything you got.
The first month of building Hawaiian Island Clothing created the most doubt I think I have ever experienced. I built a website, advertised some of the early designs, and nothing happened. Well, I did sell 2 shirts, however, I was also the customer. I was putting in the effort to make things happen.
Early in month two, I made my first real sale. One t-shirt was sold and boy or boy did it feel good. After spending a few hundred dollars on advertising, it all paid off. Things were moving in the right direction. Since then, sales have picked up a little bit. I have learned a few things, made some tweaks in the design process, and moved Hawaiian Island Clothing forward.
Each week, I build a little more momentum. Social media followers continue to increase, I see more organic reach via Google, we make a few more sales, but most importantly we are able to build momentum. The momentum that is going to carry the business forward.
Once you choose to get out there and make it happen you need to continue to build momentum. It is not going to happen overnight. It is going to take time. The goal is to increase and build upon what you learned from prior weeks. Even if you make a mistake it is a step in the right direction, if you never do it again.
So, after you get over your doubt and truly choose to paddle out into the big blue ocean, continue to make small improvements in your journey. Every day you are building momentum and moving forward. Remember, nothing worthwhile happens overnight.
Never Give Up
Now that you have taken the plunge and paddled out to catch that big wave, never give up. There are going to be times when things get hard and your ideal outcome is going to seem far off in the ocean. There are going to be times when you feel you are moving backward. There are going to be times you want to throw in the towel. This is part of the journey.
When I started this new adventure, Hawaiian Island Clothing, I told myself that I would give it one year. For this year there is no starting anything new, no taking a break, and definitely no giving up. There is going to be 365 days of choosing to start, building momentum, and never giving in.
The overarching goal of Hawaiian Island Clothing is to donate $200,000 per year to organizations that are helping others. We donate 51% of our profits to these organizations. If I was to throw in the towel before the year mark, there is a 0% chance of ever hitting this milestone.
Never let your doubt determine your outcome. Never give up on the things that you want.
If In Doubt, Paddle Out
Don’t let your doubt stop you from achieving your goals or accomplishing your dreams. Remember, we all struggle with doubt in our daily lives, it is how you deal with your doubt that makes the difference. So, if you have decided there is something that you want to do, learn, or change, paddle out and get it done. Please, stop letting your doubt determine your outcome.
We learn so much about life from surfer quotes, so make sure to wear your favorite. Get your surfer quote t-shirt now!
“Ride the Waves and Go With the Flow”
Over the years, I have tried to control every aspect of my life. I graduated from high school and went to college. After college, I went to graduate school to increase the likelihood that I will find a job. After graduate school, I found an amazing job. 3 years later I was fired and jobless.
This was the start of a life change for me. This is when I started to look at life differently and start to look at the lessons surfing has taught me. I decided that I was not going to try and control every aspect of my life anymore. Since then I have been riding the waves and taking what comes my way.
Today, I do not get to the beach to surf as much as I would like, but the waves have taught me that you are not in control, there are external forces at play. I learned you have to choose the waves that are presented to you, ride the waves, and let the waves take you on your next ride.
Today, I want to chat about how to ride the waves that come up in your life.
Ride The Waves That Come Your Way
One of the goals of surfing is to maximize the time you are riding a wave. The longest recorded ride was 37 minutes. Wowzers, that sounds like fun. In order to take a ride like this, you need to find the right wave at the right time. Experienced surfers will know how to do this.
This is similar to life. You are going to be presented with many different opportunities. Some of these opportunities are going to be good, others are going to be bad. However, based on your position in life or in the ocean, you are going to take advantage of certain waves and not others.
So, if you are looking to catch that wave and ride it for a while, look for the right wave. Not every wave is going to be perfect for you and your situation. Sometimes they are too big, they might be breaking too soon, or you may need to paddle out further.
In life, not every opportunity is going to fit. Make sure your decisions benefit you long term. From your job to your spouse, you need to make sure you choose the right wave to ride. You only get one life, make sure you enjoy it.
Get Up Quickly
Now that you have found the right wave, you must get up quickly.
Surfing is a lot like life. When you pop up on your surfboard, you should be using the most momentum of the wave to maximize your ride. If you are not getting up quickly, you will not be able to stand up on your board. You need to use the wave, pop up quickly if you are going to ride the wave. Yes, it might be going fast, you may not be ready, but you need to make the decision and get up on your board quickly.
How many times have you been sitting wanting change, but never pull the trigger? From getting that new job or finding what truly makes you happy, you have to get up quickly and take action. You don’t want to miss that next wave.
This also goes for being in a bad situation. The faster you move on, the better position you will be in the future. So, get up quickly if you are going to ride the waves.
Find What Works For You
If you are looking to maximize your time in the ocean, you need to choose the right surfboard. There are multiple factors that you need to think about before you paddle out. You need to look at your fitness level, your goals, your experience, and a few other factors.
As a parent of 4, I can safely say that each of my kids requires different tactics. There is no one size fits all solution, and this is okay. We are all unique and we all have a different way to accomplish a goal, take care of a task, or live our life.
Reality is that just because something works for one person, it is not going to always work for everyone. So get to know what works for you. It is okay to be different.
Side note: Please find what works, but don’t use this as an excuse not to try. Just like surfing, if you are going to have a good time, the equipment does not matter. You just get out there and get the job done and ride the waves.
Ride More Waves
Imagine, you have been surfing a handful of times. You stand up about 15% of the time. Yeah, you are going to have a good time and enjoy the ocean. However, if you learn more about the waves, learn new techniques, and learn about your surfing equipment you are going to stand up more.
Learning (riding more weaves) helps us break out of our normal patterns. The patterns that keep us doing the same thing day in and day out. Learning new skills is going to help us make better decisions, find better opportunities (waves), and let us expand into new areas of life.
The more you know, the better your surfing day is going to be. You are going to stand up more, you are going to be able to ride longer, and you are going to enjoy your surfing day that much more. Each wave is going to teach you something. Never take these lessons for granted.
Ride more waves and never stop learning.
Enjoy The Ride
I believe that this is probably the most important lesson in life. You need to enjoy the ride. Prepare yourself for the unexpected and do your best every day. I mean this, life is too short, find out what makes you happy and do it with all your heart.
Personal story alert! I have been a corporate marketer since graduating from college and I started Hawaiian Island Clothing because I wanted more in life. I wanted to be able to connect with people, give back to the community, and make an impact. Hawaiian proverbs have taught me a lot over the years and this is my way to give back and share a little bit about what I know. I may not be Hawaiian, but the lessons are still valuable and relevant. This is my way to find the meaning of aloha.
So, if you take anything away from this article, find something you love. Enjoy the ride and ride the waves of life. We only get one.
Ride the Waves and Go With the Flow
This is one of my favorite surfer quotes because it teaches us so much about life. There is a lot that we can learn about life through surfing quotes. So, let’s ride the waves and go with the flow.
“Surfing Is Not Something You Retire From”
For the last 10 years of my life, I have been in marketing. I have told myself that I really love the puzzle of figuring out how to reach more people and expand businesses.
However, I sit here during the 2020 pandemic, I have found that I really do not like what marketing has become. Yes, I still like the aspect of generating more traffic to a website, attending a tradeshow, and the overarching theme of marketing because it is creative and challenging. I love that stuff!
Here is the part that has started to turn my thinking. I see people that are not getting enough to eat, kids that are being traded and sold, and people being discriminated against. I sit here at my current job and we have a great mission statement, good people, and great attitudes. I mean we create software to help at-risk children in the school systems get food for lunch. All good. This is why I signed up.
The reality is over the last year and a half I have been exploiting the industry and using government funds to create new solutions (it is a business and I get it), ultimately selling them to our customers. The end goal is not the mission that I signed up for.
My biggest gripe is that we continue to use messaging that portrays that we help children in need, get meals. But when it comes down to it, we give our profits to our board of directors, not the kids and families that actually need the help. We market and message one way, but act another way.
As I watch ads, see the media, and see how marketing is actually being used to take advantage of situations. We see this all over the place. Social media, advertising, or just walking down the street. We are a narcissistic society that needs to get our message out to the mass.
Don’t get me wrong, in order to grow Hawaiian Island Clothing, I am going to have to get down and dirty marketing the website and promoting the brand. I need eyeballs on our products. This is why I wrote this blog post.
The difference is that I can actually give back to the community. I can build a business that really cares about people and does something about it. This is why I donate 51% of our proceeds to those in need.
It is time to use my marketing powers for good.
So over the last 2-3 months, I have actually figured out my purpose-driven life. Helping people. More specifically, kids in need.
The surfer quote ‘surfing is not something you retire from” reminds us that we need to find something in life that we love doing. We need to find our purpose and continue to pursue it. It does not have to be your full-time job or even how you make your primary living. There are tons of organizations that need volunteers to get things done. But if you can make a living with your purpose, you are a lucky dog.
Today, I want to talk about how to find your purpose-driven life and give some examples of how Hawaiian Island Clothing is helping me do this. Sorry for the long personal story to kick things off, but I think it helps build the context around the actual article.
So, let’s get started
Get To Know Your Soul
Raise of hand if you have actually sat down and asked yourself what is in your soul? What do you really stand for? Anyone?
At the time of writing this, I am 37 years old. I have never actually sat down and reflected on my purpose-driven life. Life gets in the way of this. I met my wife in high school (still the best decision ever), we went off to college, we got jobs, and then we had kids. Typical story, right?
We ended up getting “trapped” in the daily routine. Get up, get the kids to school, head to work, get the kids from school, eat dinner, and go to sleep. Wake up and do it again. The routine did not leave a whole lot of time to “get to know our souls”. We were going through the motions.
This is dangerous because at some point in your life, you look up and the time is gone. You are looking forward to retirement. You are looking to the end because this is when you are able to actually find our purpose. We have the time to do what we really want.
Now, it is never too late to find purpose, but we should not be looking to the end of our lives to find our purpose.
In order to find your purpose, you are going to have to sit down, maybe with your spouse (recommended), and figure this out. Maybe, if you are lucky, you can take a Hawaiian Vacation, sit on the beach, and find your purpose.
Side note and personal story alert.
My wife and I were planning on taking 10 days to vacation to Hawaii. Our plan was to celebrate our 15 year anniversary and really find out what we wanted for the next 15 – 20 years. The 2020 pandemic happened and we were not able to go. Bummer!
As we continued to plan about when we can actually celebrate our 15-year anniversary, we decided to start Hawaiian Island Clothing. This was a way to drive our purpose and give back to the people we try to help.
Long story short, we took the time to find our purpose-driven life. Selling Hawaiian vacation clothing to help kids. It was an idea to help kids, our true purpose, and fulfill my creative side. Win-Win!
Shameless plug, we hope you follow along. It is our goal to donate $200,000 per year to help kids in need all over the world.
Find Who You Serve
Ok, here is where the rubber meets the road. We know that we need to make money to live. We know that we need to be productive. We know that we have to work. I mean the bills do not just pay themselves.
However, 99% of us look for the biggest, fattest paycheck. I was guilty. We think that this is going to solve our issues and problems. Many of us take the gig, like it, but don’t love what we are doing. We try to get behind the “mission” or “vision”, but we really are not working to serve others (the board of directors does not count).
In business, as a marketer I know, we tend to shine a light on the business, on profits, our employees, and never really think about who we are really serving. “It would be nice to serve others, but…”.
So, if you are looking to find your purpose-driven life, you need to think differently about business, work, and life. You need to look to serve people. Serving others will help you find your purpose. Maybe, it does not come with a big old fat paycheck or a less fancy title, but you will be happier serving people.
Start to focus on who you want to serve. I have 4 children. Love them to death. I also look at al the kids out there that do not have food, are put in harm’s way through trafficking or slavery. These are the people that I want to serve. This is what Hawaiian Island Clothing is all about and the reason I spend time working to fulfill orders and designing sweet t-shirts.
Know Your Limitations
You are well on your way to find your purpose and live the life that you dream of. Personally, I am rooting for you. I want to give you one roadblock that might come up along the way. You have limitations.
Over the years I have tried to follow a purpose-driven life, I have also taken on too many projects. This is when you burn out and your purpose becomes a “once was”. Remember, there is only one of you. There is only so much time in the day. Funds are not unlimited. There are limitations. These limitations come in all shapes and sizes. From time to skill, there are limitations that are going to pop up as you find and drive your purpose.
Here is the good news about limitations. You can get help, you can learn a new skill, and more importantly, you can get past any obstacle that comes your way. You just have to continue to push forward at a manageable pace. Don’t overdo it.
For example, when you first learn to surf, you have to learn a lot. You don’t just stand up and start shredding epic waves like Kelly Slater. It takes time, practice, and patience. Maybe even your entire lifetime.
The point here is to not give up on your purpose-driven life when you hit these limitations, get to know them, and how you can overcome them. You and your purpose will thank you later.
Purpose-Driven Life – Never retire from what you love
Do you ever look at people and wonder how they are still going strong well into their 90’s. Well, I believe that this is because they have found a purpose in life. They have never truly retired. This purpose or passion has continued to keep them moving.
So, the surfer quote, surfing is not something you retire from, helps us illustrate this. Find that thing you love, find the people that you serve. Never retire!
The Best Wave of Your Life is Still Out There – Live Life to The Fullest
As I write this article, we are sitting in a global pandemic, unlike anything we have ever seen before. The past three months have changed the way we live life. We have closed schools, offices have closed, and we all have to wear masks everywhere we go. 2020 will go down in history as the forgotten year. However, this pandemic has also given many of us the ability to look deep into our souls and find out how to live life to the fullest.
I sit here in front of my computer wondering when things will be normal again. I wonder if I will be able to travel to Hawaii for the first time (Side note: Hawaii has become a dream, not a destination). I wonder what the long term effects the pandemic is going to be on our kids and society. I then remember that we only live once and better times are ahead of us.
The surfer quote, the best wave of your life is still out there, is more true today than ever before. However, if we are going to live life to the fullest, there are a few things that we need to change. So, let’s explore how we are going to live a life worth living and how we are going to live life to the fullest. Even in a year that we all want to forget.
Change Your Mindset
Your mind is a very powerful tool. Your mind can work for us or it can work against us. But if we are going to live life the way we intend, we need to change the way we think.
Yes, this is easier said than done. That is for sure. But changing your mindset starts with small things. It is not going to happen overnight. It might not even happen this year. It is going to take time to change your mindset.
In the past, I have struggled with focus. I tend to be very scatterbrained. In the past, this has kept me from achieving some of my goals. If you know me, I was once a proud and struggling marketing agency owner. The main reason I struggled was because of focus. I would start new ventures, have limited success, and then stop, only to build something new or pursue a new opportunity.
I saw how this was an issue. Not only did it keep me from maximizing my agency, but it also put a ton of unneeded stress on my family. The new ideas or opportunities would take time from the ones I loved because I would be working on something I thought was cool. Neglecting the people that mean the most to me.
Finally, I decided to get a “real” job. This made me focus on one thing, not hundreds.
Over the last year and a half, I have been able to find a new sense of focus. This focus has helped me start Hawaiian Island Clothing because I know I can only focus on one thing. In fact, I have made a pact with myself to give this venture 2 years. I will not start anything new and focus 100% of my free time on Hawaiian Island Clothing. For me, this is a big deal.
Ok, let’s wrap this point up. By changing my mindset, I am starting to see results. I am starting to help others through Hawaiian Island Clothing. I have changed my mindset and started to live life to the fullest. I am happier now than ever.
The point here is that it has taken nearly 2 years to change my mindset. If I can do it, so can you. It will be worth it in the end. Trust me.
During this global pandemic, it has been hard to keep in touch with people. For example, my son was born on July 5th. As long as that little guy can remember he has had a 4th of July birthday party, fireworks, hot dogs, water gun fights, the whole thing.
This year, we could not do many of those things. Firework displays were canceled, group gathers were looked down, and the day was just going to be blah.
So, we decided that the best thing to do was get him a BB gun (yes, we know, he will shoot his eye out) and head out to the forest. We were able to hike around a local lake and have a really good time as a family.
It was also a reminder of how many people love the little guy. The number of text messages received, delivered presents, and Facetimes helped make his day a little more special.
What’s the point? Good question.
Make sure to take time to love the people around you. It is our belief at Hawaiian Island Clothing that Aloha is a way of life. The meaning of Aloha is more than just a greeting, Aloha is a blueprint to live your life. So, make it a point to remember those around you, your loved ones, and old friends. Reach out and say hi from time to time. You never know when someone needs a little Aloha in their life.
Be the Aloha. It will help you live life to the fullest.
Taking risks can be hard for many people. It is hard for us to ride the waves and go with the flow. We tend to look for safety, we tend to take the easy way out. We tend to hold back from our potential because of the safety net we have created.
Before we move on, I want to make sure we are on the same page. If we take risks, we are not always going to be successful and find the life we are looking for. I also believe that this is okay. These failures and setbacks are part of the process of living life to the fullest.
Another very personal story alert.
Back in high school, I would ignore this very pretty girl because, well, I was a jerk. Senior year, she wanted to go to prom with me. I chose the easy route. I went with a friend from my click and ignored this hottie. I figured I would have more fun with my group of friends and let’s be honest, it was easier to hang with friends than build a new relationship.
Shortly after graduation, I saw this pretty girl at a party. We started to talk and I found her to be pretty interesting. I guess she was pretty cool.
I finally took the risk and took her out a few times. Things went really good, maybe too good. After dating for about 3 years we eventually got married. I am glad to say we celebrated our 15 year anniversary this year.
I know the classic love story right? Totally awesome dude gets the hot chick. I know, right out of a movie.
Here is where things get really interesting. We were planning on celebrating in Hawaii for our 15 year anniversary. As the global pandemic hit, the Islands were closed. We were not able to go. Bummer, right?
Yes, we could be upset, we could be unhappy, or we could look to live life to the fullest. We started Hawaiian Island Clothing with the purpose to help children that are being forced into slavery. We now look at Hawaii as a dream (much like these children look at being free), not a destination or vacation.
So, the risk I took nearly 20 years ago will hopefully help thousands of children find Aloha. It will help them live a life that is worth living.
Personally, I do not think you can live life to its fullest without taking a risk from time to time. Taking risks is the only way to truly live life to the fullest.
Find Your Purpose
When I was younger, I thought that this was always a cliche. I would ask, “Who in their right mind can actually do what they love, find their purpose, and make enough money to live.” At the time I was out of graduate school working 50 – 60 hours and making really good money.
As I matured, I realized that finding your purpose does not have to be a full-time gig. Maybe it is like Hawaiian Island Clothing, a side hustle that you hope grows into a full-time thing. But your purpose does not have to be your day job or primary source of income.
Here is the skinny, I donate 51% of all proceeds from Hawaiian Island Clothing to help children caught in slavery and trafficking. I do this because over the years and after having 4 kids, I just believe that this is the right thing to do. Mostly I can’t imagine my own kids in a situation that these kids are in. Nobody, I mean nobody should have to live like this. If I can put forth the effort, design some shirts, and help kids, I have found my purpose, I have helped kids.
Yes, I hope Hawaiian Island Clothing becomes a full-time gig in the future. It is not so I can quit my day job, I mean I like where I work. It is because it means that we (you and me) have helped thousands of children. We have helped thousands of kids find aloha.
There are thousands of people that volunteer every day for a cause. Your purpose gives you a reason to be a better person, it helps you meet others with similar interests, it helps drive you to be a better person.
So, start small, sometimes the smallest things make the biggest impact.
Take Time to Smell The Flowers
When your time comes to an end, you are going to look back and reflect. You are going to get to the end of the road and see one of two things. You are either going to see a person that you wanted to be or a person that you did not want to become. I don’t know one person that is going to say, “You know, I wish I really worked more. I really regret taking those epic vacations to Hawaii. I never really liked hanging out with friends and family”
I just turned 38 and I look back on the happy memories. There are a few that stick out, but none of them have anything to do with working over the weekends or making more money. All of my best memories are hanging out with friends and family, vacations, and the good things I have done in my life.
As you live life to the fullest, make sure to take time to smell the flowers. These are the times you will look back and remember. These are the times that build your legacy.
We all know people that hold a grudge. We have heard the stories about families not talking for years because of some insignificant thing. Here is my advice, let it go. Don’t hold on to the things that drive you crazy. Remember, you can not change people. People have to choose to change. Be the example. Be the person that they want to become.
Enough about that. Just let go.
Keep You Vibes Positive
Over the past few months, we have come across so much change. It is starting to affect the way that we interact with people. The lack of meeting for coffee with friends, grabbing lunch to catch up, or celebrating kids’ birthdays has taken a toll on society as a whole.
In order to live life to the fullest, you have to keep the vibes positive. This includes your thoughts, your actions, and the way you go about your life. Let’s talk very briefly about one easy way to keep the vibes positive.
Research suggests that children, the most carefree, positive vibes loving bunch on the planet earth, smile up to 400 times per day. The same research suggests that adults only smile about 20 times per day. Yes, as an adult we have more responsibilities and stress. So this makes sense.
The same research goes to explain that your smile is the best way to keep the vibes positive. Your smile can illuminate a room, change your mood, reduce your blood pressure, and so many other great things.
Remember to wear your smile as you look to keep the vibes positive. It will not only make you feel better, but it will also make others around you feel better. A smile is a great way to keep the vibes positive and live life to the fullest.
Get Started and Live Life to the Fullest
I hope that this article has shown you a few ways to live life to the fullest and I truly wish you the best life possible. Life is short and we only get one chance, make sure it counts. No matter your age, the surfer quote, the best wave of your life is still out there, reminds us that we have much more to look forward to in life.
To wrap up, I am going to encourage you to get started. Choose to live life to the fullest and follow the Hawaiian proverbs. It starts with you, nobody can do this for you. You have to get started and commit to it. Your time is now!
How To Have a Good Day: Sand In My Shower Means I Had a Great Day
I am a pretty happy person. If you ask anyone that I work with, friends, or family, they will tell you that I am pretty laid back. Why would I not be? Over the years, I have been very lucky. I have a great family, a solid job with great people, and the ability to help others through Hawaiian Island Clothing. I credit this to living the Aloha lifestyle.
Just like you, I have had my ups and downs. I am 38 years young and know the best waves of my life are still ahead of me, my outlook on life is just different from so many others I meet.
Maybe I found something that works. Maybe I found the secret recipe for life. I believe that I have found Aloha. Whatever it is, I want to share what works for me with you. You will see that my life is not exciting or full of adventure. In fact, my life is pretty boring if you really look at it. However, I think this is what makes it work.
As I write this, my hope is that you join me in this adventure and mindset. I hope that it will help you find your Aloha.
The Morning: Finding Aloha Starts Early
“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.” – Retired U.S. Navy Admiral Seal William H. McCraven
I am a huge believer in a solid morning routine. The morning is a time that is special to me. This time is my time and helps me get into the groove for the rest of the day. Honestly, if my morning routine is off, sometimes I can never get back on the track.
Typically, I will wake up before the house is awake. If you know my house, it is typically awake and I mean awake. My wife and I have 4 children and my parents live with us. It is an understatement to say that the house comes alive around 8 am.
So, before 8 am is my time. This is the time that I set up the day for Aloha.
Get outside and exercise
As I write this post, it is 9:30 am and it is 95 degrees outside. I love me some desert heat (that is right, we are not located in Hawaii, but Arizona. Sorry if this burst your bubble). That being said, running is something that I have forced myself to like and it is the first thing I do in the morning.
I am not going to go into the benefits of exercise, that is for another article and honestly, I am not a doctor or even a fitness expert. I can rehash something like, exercise helps you release endorphins or something like that, but I really do not know that for a fact.
What I do know is that when I get up and run, my body seems to work better, especially as I gracefully age. When I get up early and exercise my mind is more alert and my body seems to function better. I can focus throughout the day and seem to have more energy.
This is step one of the daily routine on how to have a good day.
Sidenote: For my job, I do travel all over the country. Living on the West Coast and traveling to the East Coast, makes it hard to get up and do a run. Who really wants to get up at 3 am home time. However, it is important to get that run in the morning to start the day off right.
Wake up to something you like – Find your Aloha in the morning
I think this is the magic of the morning. Like so many of you, I like coffee. I mean I really like it. After my morning run, I drink some water to replenish.hydrate and then get a nice cup or three of coffee (I know, I have a problem). It is something that I splurge on most of the time. No Folgers for me. My cup of coffee is something that I look forward to in the morning, it is very important.
When you wake up, you need something to look forward to. It is like a little trigger that sets you off on the right path. The point here is not to get you to drink better coffee. The point is to ensure that you have something that you enjoy in the morning. You need to find your Aloha and set your day off in the right direction.
Work on your biggest goals
I enjoy being productive and getting things done. But you never know where your day is going to end up. You might get that phone call from a customer that changes the trajectory of the day. You might get a flat tire on the way into work. Life happens and many times there is nothing we can do about it.
I have found that if I focus on one goal, one giant goal in the morning, it makes me feel better all day. Honestly, I am not sure that I know why this is, but my thought is that it is similar to making your bed in the morning. You get that one piece of productivity out of the way, setting you up for success. When all is said and done and the day is over. You can look back and say, “I accomplished something that was important.” If nothing else gets done, you at least did something to move things forward.
As you can see the morning is really how to have a good day because it starts your day on the right path. I am a big fan of the morning routine. I know that the mornings are sometimes the hardest, so make them count.
Finding your Aloha starts early.
The Day: Keep the Momentum Going
You just had the most epic morning. Your run was killer, your coffee was off the chain, and you accomplished your big goal. You are killing it son. But it is only 9:00 am. There is still a whole day in front of you.
Well, we are trying to have a good day, not just a good morning. So, let’s keep the good vibes moving. Here are a few things that I do to keep the good vibes moving forward.
Be careful what you eat
I am going to be the first to admit that this one is hard. When at work, it is super easy to run out and get that delicious burger and fries or that overstuffed carne asada burrito. Yeah, I like carbs just like you.
These meals are great from time to time. I am not a believer in diets, I think that diets are counterproductive to your overall health and set you up for failure.
Raise your hand if you have ever been on a diet and then Friday, pizza day, comes and your diet is now shot for the weekend. Yeah, I have my hand raised too, no shame. I just try to generally eat healthy. Make sure to eat some veggies, lean protein, and fruits. I would also suggest cutting out as many processed foods as possible.
Make sure that you slowly change your diet and slowly move to eat healthy. My experience is that a drastic change in your diet is a great way to ruin your day. This is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix.
Finally, reward yourself every now and again with a great lunch or epic dinner with your loved ones. Splurge on something nice and make it an epic time.
Find your mid-afternoon aloha
Like many of you, I have transitioned to work in the home environment due to the 2020 global pandemic. I am really enjoying this because I can take a break at 2:00ish and go find my Aloha. Right now, this is heading to the swimming pool with the kids and hanging out for a bit.
This has become my mid-afternoon Aloha. When I was going into the office, it was taking a walk around our building and calling my wife while she waits to pick the kids up from school.
This time is important. I am not a smoker, but I think the smoke break is important because it gives you time to recharge your battery. It is the time that you are able to connect with others, find out what is really going on, and recharge to finish your day strong.
P.S. do not smoke. It is a disgusting habit.
Make time for your loved ones
I have mentioned that I have kids (4 to be exact) and a great wife. These individuals are the reason that I work hard, get up early in the morning, and pretty much the reason I do anything.
It is important to make time for the people in your life that matter. This is not just an every now and again thing, this is an everyday thing. Never get so busy in life to not be able to give back, help, or stay in touch with the ones that you love.
Another point here and I am guilty of this as well. When you are hanging out with your people, make sure to put the phone down. Really give them your attention, have a real conversation and connect with them. We do not get as much time with everyone, so make sure that you take advantage of the time you do have.
Your friends and family are how you have a good day. Remember, this when someone, like your kid, gets under your skin. Just let it go, maybe they need a hug.
The Evening: Prepare for Tomorrow Morning
OK, you have had a really good day. Your routine is starting to really turn everyday into something great. I love it. The evening is how you set yourself up to have a good day tomorrow.
Make sure you have me time
We all need some downtime. The kids are in bed, the house is quiet and now it is time for you to do something you want to do. It is important to take time for yourself.
Research suggests that your brain needs downtime to stay creative and fresh. failing to take this me-time can lead to more stress and exhaustion. Personally, I have noticed that when I do not take thins time I get burned out on work, family, and Hawaiian Island Clothing. In my 20’s I was able to go and go some more. Now, I need this time.
For many of us, this is the time we read, watch some TV, or actually get to chat with our spouse. Whatever you determine is right for you and your situation, make sure that you take time and have that downtime. It will help you have a good day tomorrow.
Reflect on what worked
Before bed take 5 – 10 minutes in silence to reflect on the day. More importantly, focus on the things that worked and helped you have a good day. These are the items that you should focus on the next day for days to come.
The purpose of reflecting on the day is to learn from your actions. This is the time that you are going to learn about yourself and how you go from having a poor day to having a good day.
I reflect for about 5-10 minutes before shutting my eyes for sleep. This helps me fall asleep faster, but others like to reflect first thing in the morning. It is really whatever works for you, just make sure to do it.
Go to bed at the same time every night
OK, by now you might know that in order to have a good day, you need to establish your routine. Well, going to bed is no different. Studies show that people that go to bed at the same time every night are healthier and more successful.
Personally, I believe that going to bed at the same time every night is more important than the amount of sleep you get. If I go to bed at 10:15 pm every night, I am able to get up earlier the next morning on less sleep, than if I am sporadic with bedtime.
Bedtime is a time to set the tone for tomorrow. So, if you are going to have a good day tomorrow, start by setting a consistent bedtime. Again, this helps as you gracefully age. Those days of the long study session and epic parties are behind us.
Sand In My Shower Does Not Mean
Ok, you can see that in order to have a good day, you need a routine. Not sure if I have stated that yet. Personally, I have found peace in my daily routine and it keeps me moving things forward.
There are 2 very distinct items that I have found in life that do not help you have a good day. Maybe, these are 2 things that will help you live the Aloha lifestyle.
Doing what you want, all the time
We all need some time to do what we want. A nice vacation, an epic camping trip, or splurging on a great meal. These are all good in the hood.
However, if you are like 99% of people, you are going to have responsibilities. You are not independently wealthy (if you are, please grab some shirts). You have a job, rent, and a need to provide for your family. So, you are not going to be able to do what you want, all the time.
This is why I have found my daily routine to be so important. When I am on my daily routine, I have a good day. I know what to expect and I do it. I am not looking for that next vacation or shopping trip. I am looking forward to every day.
Putting yourself over others
Call it a pet peeve of mine, but I am not a fan of selfishness and I hope you agree. I hear things like, “if it is free, it is for me” and I cringe just a little bit. Personally, I think that this is one of the biggest issues we are facing in America and the world. If we would treat others the way we want to be treated, we would all be in a better place.
Instead, let’s focus on being selfless. Instead of focusing on being concerned excessively or exclusively, for oneself or one’s own advantage, pleasure, or welfare, regardless of others, let’s help others. Let’s put others’ needs before our own.
Being selfless is part of the Aloha meaning and the blueprint for our lives.
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Reminder: every day is not going to be good
Sometimes, you need to know when to throw in the towel. There is nothing wrong with taking a day to recharge or regroup. Every day is not going to go the way you planned it or expected it to end. We all have a bad hair day (except for me, I am bald. I wish I could have a bad hair day).
Here is the important thing. If you have one of these days, where you need to throw in the towel and hit the reset button, use it. There is nothing wrong with taking a day. These days are great for self-reflection and determining what went wrong so that it does not happen again. Many times, these days are just as valuable as your really good days.
Make sure to use your bad days for good, not evil. They might actually set you up for many good days ahead.
Sand In My Shower Means I had a Great Day – How to Have a Good Day
Not all of us are lucky enough to be a professional surfer. However, this surfer quote helps remind us how to have a good day. If you set up your life and daily routine, there is no reason you can’t have a good day every day. That is the true goal in life.
There you have it. I hope that these surfer quotes have helped you live a better life, a more rewarding life, or helped you through a hard time. Here is to your best life.
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