maui

i am on my way home from an epic girls trip. husband surprised me about two weeks ago – he shared the news that he’d been planning a trip to maui with six of my girlfriends. the main purpose of the trip was to give me some relaxation after one of my craziest years so far plus celebrate that i am almost-cancer-free. many of you possibly followed along via instagram, and you will see a few of those pictures again in this post. the pictures speak for themselves – we enjoyed everything that maui has to offer, adventure was our theme. my friend jenn has a home in maui and she was our tour guide, and host. we all agree, it could not have been a better week. the most gorgeous weather too! so hot and perfect.

what seeps out of these pictures is a deeply rooted friendship amongst seven women who cherish one another. all differences aside. bonds that are unbreakable. we have twenty-seven children between the seven of us, and we’ve survived years of challenges and happiness no matter the space that separates us. we’ve accumulated endless hours of laughter – we can be ridiculous in the best of ways.

during this trip, we had a theme song for this stage of our lives – brave by sara bareilles. i am going to continue this post with the words of the song…

maui girls trip via seejaneblog

You can be amazing
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast

maui girls trip instagrams via seejaneblog

Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Or you can start speaking up
Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
And they settle ‘neath your skin

hello apparel hello tank tops via seejaneblog

Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins

grand wailea spa time via seejaneblog

But I wonder what would happen if you

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

maui girls trip details via seejaneblog

grand wailea via seejaneblog

girls trip at the ritz-carlton residences via seejaneblog

jane jumping 670

With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

floating in the pacific via seejaneblog

jane and becky jumping 670

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

hiking to twin falls maui via seejaneblog

jane waterfall jumping via seejaneblog

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

flatbread in paia via seejaneblog

matching rash gards via seejaneblog

be strong hats via seejaneblog

Everybody’s been there, everybody’s been stared down
By the enemy
Fallen for the fear and done some disappearing
Bow down to the mighty

casual beach style via seejaneblog

head stands on big beach via seejaneblog

Don’t run, stop holding your tongue
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is

snorkeling via seejaneblog

floating at big beach via seejaneblog

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

polaroids of maui via seejaneblog

first friday maui via seejaneblog

With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

relaxing on the paddle boards via seejaneblog

early morning paddle in maui via seejaneblog

Innocence, your history of silence
Won’t do you any good
Did you think it would?
Let your words be anything but empty
Why don’t you tell them the truth?

sea turtles via seejaneblog

sea turtle via seejaneblog

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

flowering tree via seejaneblog

With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

***

crank up the song, here. collect good friends, and be brave. xo.

{photo credits: moi, becky kimball, and jenn granum.}

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  1. FIRST COMMENT! Bet you wouldn’t have pegged me to be the first! 😉 I LOVE LOVE LOVE you to pieces. All of these ladies have a piece of my heart that is now permanently etched in! I cannot WAIT until the next girls trip. Seriously, I thought of like 6 things that I want to do next time that we didn’t do this time. ssshhhh ….. don’t tell our husbands. We will give them a year to recover. None of them are bloggers, right?!

  2. Jane you are AMAZING! Love the post and I love all of the pictures!! You are so talented at expressing yourself! Thank you for bringing to light all of the beautiful memories and GREAT laughter that we all will carry with us for ever!! Love you and Shannon, Jen, Shannon, summer and Becky! Can’t wait for next years trip!!!

  3. Umm… that’s amazing! Please can I have a husband like yours someday? LOL. Looks like a fabulous trip.

  4. How could their ever be a better girls trip! I think what I loved the most was how adventurous and “brave” each of us were! I’m a lucky girl to have you all in my life! Best trip EVER!! Maui forever!!! Xxoo

  5. Jane I LoVE YOU!!! Thanks for this blog post, it portrays how we all felt about the trip so perfectly! Love my Shan, Bex, Sus, Jenn, Summ, Jane combo… Could not have worked out more perfectly! muah to you and beautiful Maui !!!

  6. I was drooling at all your instagram pics the whole time! But now knowing that Dusty surprised you with this makes it that much better. Miss you!

  7. Thanks for sharing a beautiful post and a beautiful song..really needed to hear that today..going to play it for my daughter who needs to hear it the most!

  8. I loved following along and was surprised to see the pics of you snorkeling because D Rhodes told me once that “Jane would never snorkel again…” Something about seeing a really big fish while in Mexico. Now reading the post it all makes sense! Fun trip Jane!!