Taking My Aloha Marketing Spirit to the Rocky Mountains

Marketing from Kauai, HII have been blessed because I consider myself to have 3 homes – NYC, Boulder, Colorado and Kaua`i, Hawaii. All very special places.

I grew up in NYC, went to Colorado for my graduate degree, and lived there for 26 years. For 5 1/2 years, I traveled back & forth between Boulder and Kaua`i before making Kaua`i my full-time residence a decade ago.

For those of you who have never been here, it is a magnificent tropical paradise – one of the most beautiful spots on earth. Here I’m treated to sunshine, blue skies, the lull of the ocean waves, magical rainbows, waterfalls, and lush, majestic hillsides. As I said, I am blessed.

However, living the island life is different – remote and far from family & friends who I hold near and dear. With that in mind, the time has come for me to leave Kaua`i and return to the mainland.

Today as I post this blog, I’m heading to the airport. I am trading this magnificent tropical paradise for a paradise of another kind. I’ll be returning to the Rocky Mountains – to beautiful Boulder, CO where The Write Direction was born (in 1989).

Marketing to Boulder, COWhile I will miss my proximity to the spiritual pull of the ocean and inspiration it provides, Boulder – like Kaua`i – offers clear blue skies, sunshine and mountains (although snow-capped). I won’t say goodbye to Kaua`i, just “a hui hou” (i.e. “until we meet again”). And, you may still hear me answer the phone with “Aloha!” as it often brings a smile to one’s face.

I hope you feel fortunate to live wherever you are because as Dorothy said, “there’s no place like home.”

Have you made a big move transitioning from one home to another OR one career to another? Please share your experience in the comments section below. I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks and have a great day!

Debra Jason

Marketing & writing with heart, not hype at at The Write Direction
A recipient of the “Creative Person of the Year” award, Debra educates and empowers creative solopreneurs and enthusiastic business owners to create a lifestyle business that provides them with the flexibility, fun and freedom to do what they love. She also inspires you to communicate your marketing message in a way that captivates and converts your prospects into loyal, raving fans - even if you have been struggling with how to transform your ideas into words in the past.


  1. When I graduated from college, I took the $398 I had in my bank account and moved to Denver, CO. The only person that I knew was a boy I met on spring break in ’98.

    I married that boy seven years later, and with his encouragement began a freelance career after 12 years in corporate communications.

    Good luck with your transition and welcome back to sunny Colorado!

    Carie Sherman

  2. Congratulations on listening to your heart and moving back to Colorado when it felt right.

    I love where I live, and feel blessed to have everything I need here. At the same time, I also live near major airports that will transport me to anywhere in the world when I want to get away for a break.

    Welcome back to the continental USA. I know you’ll find peace, joy and transformation in CO.
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    • @Flora, you are blessed to have everything you need where you live. One reason for the return to the mainland is for me to be closer to family, friends & colleagues – having a major airport nearby does make it easier for me to see them more often. While Kauai is part of the U.S., some folks seem to treat it like it’s a foreign country (LOL).
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and for welcoming me back to the continental 48! ~Debra

  3. Bon Voyage, Debra! I made the big journey from Seattle to Kauai 13 years ago next month. I have felt more “home” on Kauai than anywhere else I’ve ever lived. The downside is being so far from family – can’t seem to get them to move here no matter what I say or do… The upside is finding an entirely new aloha family and of course, the daily incredible beauty we enjoy here. Each place has its own beauty, its own aloha family waiting to become known. Best of luck to you in all your new ventures.

    • Aloha @Peggy. Yes, being far from family has been hard. Like you, only one member of my family has visited me on Kauai. Not sure why they didn’t want to just jump on a plane and visit this tropical, magical place. So, I’m heading back to be closer to them and to the beauty of Colorado.
      May sound funny, but Boulder & Kauai (especially the north shore) have many similarities – blue skies, sunshine and mountains. I will miss being so close to the amazing blue Pacific, but I will be back. As you said, each place has its own beauty.
      Mahalo for sharing your kind thoughts. ~Debra

  4. Congratulations Debra!
    My bold move was coming to L.A. in 1992 for a one
    week vacation, with one suitcase…. and making
    the decision to stay & follow my dreams.

    Much has happened over these years that have
    transformed my life….. several near death experiences,
    financial ruin, 3 knee surgeries and family losses.

    I’m still here, Rockn’ it out 🙂

    Best Wishes for Rockn’ the Rockies! Paula

    • @Paula, one suitcase & one week really changed your life. Good for you for staying put and following your dreams. Even with all that happened to transform your life, it sounds like you’ve bounced back to make a BIG impact. Here’s to your awesomeness. Thanks for sharing your inspirational bold move. 🙂 ~Debra

  5. Debra, I lived on Kaua’i from 1996 to 1999 and earned my living as a freelance writer. Like you, I loved it.

    I eventually left because I want a greater variety of experiences, especially climates and scenery. I’ve since lived on the California coast and in Mount Shasta. Now I live in Ashland, Oregon.

    I still think about Kaua’i every day (especially in winter), but I know I made the right choice.

    Best of luck on the mainland.
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    • Aloha @John, as you know there’s so much to love about Kauai, but as you said to access a variety of experiences and opportunities means stepping “off the rock.” The weather is ideal, but Colorado is also a place filled with blue skies, sunshine, mountains and glorious weather. We’ll see how I feel the first time it snows! I’ll need to buy a new pair of snowboots.
      Many thanks for your well wishes. 🙂 ~Debra

  6. I applaud you for listening with your heart. It’s not easy to move when you like where you are enough to want to hang on just a little.
    As someone who has moved a lot and has begun feeling the need to uproot one more time I think you are brave and wonderful for following your path to where you need to be.

    What a beautiful transition you are making. Such positive and loving thouhgts are preceeding you! Congrats and best wishes for a smooth move. If I have learned anything over the years its that Home can be more than one place all at the same time.
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    • @Bonnie, thanks for your beautiful sentiments. Making the decision to move was not easy. I love Kauai and did hang on as it’s a magical paradise. However, it was time to be closer to family & friends. Luckily, I’ve always loved Colorado and I even love NY (but I know I don’t want to live there full time). So, yes home can be more than one place. The saying “home is where the heart is,” is true. A piece of my heart is in all those places.
      Thanks again for sharing your thoughts here. Much appreciated. ~Debra 🙂

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