The past few weeks have been filled with family visits, from my mom and brother coming down for some very full Disneyland days, to meeting my husband's uncles from Germany. To me, family means everything, so I pull back the reins on my business whenever family is in town. When I first heard this quote, I realized Lilo & Stitch was a must watch (those were dark days of Disney in my eyes... you never knew what you were gonna get *ahem Chicken Little*). My mom lived with her family in Hawaii for many years, so the Hawaiian culture is close to my heart.
For those of you who haven't been to Hawaii, the culture embodies everything I thought family should be.
Warm. Welcoming. Respectful of their history. Proud of their heritage.
My personal heritage is very blended, but no part of my history gets left behind when I share my family roots. From my Portuguese great grandfather who played ukelele, to my Native American great grandmother who resided in the Pacific Northwest, I am proud of each and every part.
I am proud to now include German heritage in my history after marrying my husband. The German culture shares many of the Hawaiian characteristics that I love. My husband's uncle welcomed us with open arms, eagerly inviting us to stay with him in Germany. I certainly hope we make it soon!
For now, I have some incredible stories to share about my new family history. Some things will always be more important than business, and family is one of them.
During my travel to meet the German uncles, I dove head first into the New York Times bestseller #GIRLBOSS (long long overdue). It is everything I hoped it would be and more, and I'm only halfway through. I came back from our quick trip on fire, ready to blaze trails and take action.
You may notice some (awesome) updates to the elainalynn.com website, including new navigation at the bottom of the page and exciting new ways to explore the Etsy and Redbubble shops. Let me know what you all think!