A lot of people have asked me if there's a single job from Hourly America that I think I could do for the rest of my life. Sometimes I jokingly answer that I could definitely be a wine taster at a vineyard for a living, but in all honesty, I could work in Maui for the rest of my life.
In Hawaii, I worked for Paddle On Maui, a tourist service that guides you into the Pacific Ocean on stand up paddleboards or kayaks so you can float alongside the Hawaiian Humpback whales. Do I even need to explain why this was my favorite job? It was clearly the coolest experience in our trip so far!
With it being Hawaii, many of the jobs on the island are tourism-related. Naturally since I'd never visited Hawaii before, I wanted to work a job that really captured the spirit of the islands. I called Peg, the owner of the company, and shared the Hourly America story with her. She eagerly agreed to let us join and film her staff for the day, giving me an address and saying she'd see me at 5:45 a.m. the next day.
We started our morning long before the sun in Peg's garage, where we loaded up paddleboards and oars. I met my co-workers, Brittany and Michael, and immediately knew this would be a great day.
Often while filming Hourly America, people didn't understand or accept what I've been doing as I've worked around the country. They didn't understand why I wanted to try so many jobs or why I wanted to live in an RV. But, that day, my co-workers and boss understood that the best parts in life are the adventures where you try something and where you uncover something beautiful.
We drove down to the beach to put in the boards. Brittany taught me how to carry the boards, paddle and put the boards into the water, which isn't so easy when waves are crashing into you. Admittedly, it wasn't easy work. The boards are large and heavy and doing anything with water splashing in your face isn't easy. But once you're on the board cutting through the water, you see why so many people in Hawaii don't mind working hourly, seasonal jobs.
There aren't many jobs out there that allow you enjoy the sun and the surf while appreciating the breathtaking views of the islands. Plus, during whale season, you can hear the whales singing as they swim deep in the water below you.
It's all very majestic and humbling when you get to work with nature. The stress of life rolls off your back and you see just how simple and enjoyable life really is. Hands down, if I had to choose one of my hourly jobs for the rest of my life, you'd find me floating in the Pacific Ocean teaching tourists about Hawaii.