Self-Care Challenge (Day 64): Cooling Off with Shave Ice

On day 64 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I eased into island life by cooling off with shave ice.

Shave ice is a Hawaiian staple – perhaps even a food group of its own. It’s made by shaving a block of ice, which creates a fine texture much like snow.

The endless flavor combinations and accoutrements can easily leave you feeling paralyzed. I stood alongside my friends for several minutes just trying to process the options, before finally ordering a pineapple/coconut/banana trifecta. It was exactly what I needed.

The cool sweetness was refreshing beneath the heat of the Maui sun’s blazing heat. In fact, it brought back memories of making snow shakes with my dad, and crafting Sno-cones (compliments of Snoopy’s newfangled machine) as a kid. While they may not have been as fancy as Hawaiian shave ice, it was still a lot of fun.

Sometimes life’s simplest self-care activities bring us the greatest joy.

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