The story of Can’t Stay Put really started in Maui
My 3 instagram post from my birthday trip to Maui sum up why!
I often get asked, “what’s your favorite place in the world?” For the longest, I refused to answer because it was just too hard to pick a place based on all the general criteria people rate places on. So I would always opt to just do superlatives instead. ⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ However, as my birthday began approaching I started to reflect on the past couple of years of my life. I realized that I did have a favorite place in the world. A place that changed my life. A place that healed me. A place that touched my soul and encouraged me to step into greatness. It hadn’t come to mind before because this place couldn’t be measured against general criteria. Because it stood to be an experience that was perfectly designed for me at that exact moment in my life. That place……was….Maui. ⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ As I celebrate my 28th birthday, join me as I tell the story of how spending my 25th birthday in Maui (on the brink of a nervous breakdown) served as the catalyst to me becoming who and what I am today. Not too many people know this story. ⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ Also, follow me on snapchat to get all the BTS as I visit all the amazing places that affected my soul. 👻: lo_cantstayput #Iturned25Here #ImBackToCelebrate28 #3YearAnniversary #cantstayput
Thank you to everyone that wished me a Happy Birthday yesterday! It truly made me feel special! In true @lomillie fashion I was out exploring remote places and I didn’t have much service! ⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ This trip was to celebrate my 28th birthday but more importantly to celebrate my 25 year old self for having the courage to make a change. In 2012, I came to Maui for the first time because the 25th year of my life marked the most unhappiest time in my life because I felt like I wasn’t walking in my purpose. I was just existing not living. I was yearning for more, I was yearning for something that was specific to me. I was frustrated because I hadn’t figured it out. ⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ What I thought would be a quick escape from my reality ended up being the catalyst to change my reality. On the last day of my trip I was moved to pray a prayer of true conviction. The most powerful and sincere prayer I had ever said. I said, ” God if you reveal to me my purpose, I promise I’ll run 100mph towards it, I promise, I promise.” ⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ I left Maui with a since courage and relief knowing something better was on the way. Upon my arrival back to California, I put in my notice at work. At the time, I didn’t have a clue WTF I was going to do but I knew I needed to show the universe just how serious and ready I was. It would be on my second trip to Maui when I came back to celebrate leaving the matrix that God would reveal to me my purpose. The same place I said the prayer would be the same place my prayers were answered. (1/2) #cantstayput A photo posted by Go. Do. Be. (@cantstayput_) on
The second time I came to Maui was a week after I quit my job. January 2013. I still didn’t have a clue what the hell I was going to do, but tickets were only $250rt from Oakland and at the time I had money saved up and tax returns coming soon. So I figured what better way to celebrate my jump into the unknown then to go back to the place that inspired me jump in the first place. ⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ On the third day of the trip, I set out to do the road to Hana. It’s a long drive of windy roads, amazing views…passing by many waterfalls, black and red sand beaches. Just truly a magical experience. As I was walking through a bamboo forest on a hike to a waterfall, I kid you not I heard God say “you need to figure out how to do this” I said “This?” He said “you need to figure out how to inspire people through your experiences.” ⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ I then thought about my life. It wasn’t a coincidence that I started flying by myself at 5, or bought a ticket with sky miles at 12 or that I was the daughter of a million miler who sent me postcards from all over the world or that through both of my parents I was able to experience the world and was naturally encouraged to be fearless. At that moment, I realized that that was a privilege that most kids let alone adults don’t ever get to experience. I started to feel a sense of guilt because I didn’t think it was fair that I had those experiences when so many others don’t. ⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ So I vowed to use those experiences and my know-how to help people. I was determined to figure out a way to help people with what was specific to me… Going out in the world and being fearless. Unlike others who were bit by the travel bug in their 20s or studied abroad in college, I’ve never known a life without travel. I was determined to create a space for myself to use my travel experiences to inspire people to live fearlessly and pursue their dreams. That’s why I created the title, Inspirational Explorer. (2/2) // Go. Do. Be. #cantstayput