April 12, 2014

2014 the year of creation.

I can't believe four months have passed since the New Year already. I don't know about you, but time is flying by here on Maui. Before I know it, my year long position with West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership will be over, and I'll be saying good bye to family to move back to Oregon.

I spent New Years Eve practicing yoga and going to bed early. 
It feels so much better to wake up on the first day of the new year refreshed and well rested, 
instead of hungover. People put so much pressure on having the party of a lifetime on NYE- 
when instead it should be a time of reflection of the past year, and goals setting.

I spent the day hiking through the old volcanic crater in Haleakala National Park with my little sister. We drove up the winding road feeling like we were approaching heaven as we passed through the clouds. It was a beautiful day and just the right temperature as the clouds came in creating a slight chill (it can get deadly hot up there). We hiked all the way down into the crater, practiced some yoga, then had lunch and some wine to celebrate. 

As we hiked out, I couldn't help feeling full of gratitude for all that I've experienced thus far in life. Gratitude for my family, my internship, finding the love of my life, all my educational 
and professional accomplishments, and in that moment being able to explore 
such a magnificent place on my home island. 

December 30, 2013

Women are awesome

I'm sure you've seen the People Are Awesome videos. 
One of the many 2013's video is seen below, in the case that you haven't.

But what about the People Are Awesome Women's Editions? You won't regret checking this out- especially if you are a woman! They aren't even close to covering all of the amazing things that women do in this world... but they still leave you in awe. 

December 26, 2013

December 9, 2013

The Truth About "True Love"

"The truth is that real love requires real inner work that most people just aren’t interested in. It requires that we first be happy in our solitude; that we come to know ourselves, accept ourselves and love ourselves. We have to find our peace of mind, find our purpose, our passion, our joie de vivre.

It requires that we lay down the ego’s defenses and be naked and vulnerable; that we give up our planning and fantasizing about the future and live in the Now. Only then are we really ready to love. When you fully grasp that tomorrow is not guaranteed—that this moment is truly all that we have—there is nothing to do but give everything you’ve got, expecting nothing in return." ~Ben Neal 

Read the whole article here: The Truth About "True Love"

December 7, 2013

Brenda's celebrations

Today is my best friend, Brenda's 24th Birthday! 
Her birthday also falls on the same day as Pearl Harbor, take some time to remember all of the lives that were lost that day. I thought I'd remind you, being Hawaiian and all :)

While thinking about this beautiful woman on her birthday, I thought there was no better way to celebrate her then to share some memories I last had with her for her graduation from the University of Oregon! 
 We went to the Portland Pride event over the weekend.
Her girlfriend Annie and her
And then celebrated with her family, with a picnic and soccer game in the park.
Don't her and her younger brother David look like twins!
That night we then celebrated the right way, going out to a dance club downtown Portland…
I danced my butt off all night! 
This is Larry who was also graduating- He would be a male model if he was taller, lol.
After their graduation ceremony while we were taking pictures, a dragon fly landed right on Brenda's arm. And it stayed on her for a good five minutes. That is definitely a sign of good luck! 

She is now working as a research assistant and in the labs at OHSU (Oregon Health & Science Univeristy) in Portland, and working towards applying to medical school there to become a doctor, studying the MCATs. When she is determined to get something or somewhere, she does everything in her power to do so. She has had a fire inside of her since she was a little girl, and it will never burn out. Her middle name, Estella matches her perfectly…
She is a bright shining star who illuminates her strength and warm smile on everyone she meets.
Being an inspiration in my life, I am thankful everyday that I have gotten the chance to be a part of hers. I have learned through her to stay strong through hardships in life, that it is okay to put your own needs and your dreams in front of others, the importance and love of family, and also how to cook some delicious Mexican food! We experienced so much laughter and growth together,
meeting at the University of Oregon, working together, romping around in Eugene, sharing holidays
with her big hearted family… She was there for me when no one else knew how to be.
I love you Brenda and wish I could be there with you today to celebrate!

Some of my favorite pictures of the two of us.