“People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty; to provide you with guidance and support; to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend, and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.

What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it. It is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons; things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.

Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.” - Unknown

Last week, my friend Joel reached out to me. It was so great reconnecting with him as it has been years. The year was 2013 and I was on a personal health journey. I had been attending Egan’s free Beach Bootcamp for a few weeks and finally decided to make the commitment to attend their classes in Manoa (at 5AM)! At class, the coaches encourage everyone to find an accountability buddy and I remember feeling so anxious as everyone seemed to know everyone! Then, Joel came up to me and asked me to be his accountability partner. I did not think much of it when we exchanged numbers. However the next day, he brought some kind of healthy snack for me and was really good about following up with me daily to talk about health, nutrition. He was an amazing accountability partner and went above and beyond. Joel was on his own personal journey as well. He was working on improving himself physically and mentally and together we formed a great friendship.

As some time passed, life happens. He found a girlfriend who eventually became his wife and we lost touch. I remember being super bummed about it and at the time, it felt like a break up. That part of me was gone as I used to speak to this person daily and see him every morning. Time went on and seeing him happy made me happy. I would get to see him from time-to-time at bootcamp but it was not the same as I knew he had other obligations and got busy. I know I could have reached out too but I feel that sometimes, we need to let people have their space.

Then, out of the blue I got a text from Joel! We wrote back and forth and made plans to meet up. It felt as if no time had passed. We caught up and talked about everything from yoga, food, travel and more. While many things in his life has changed, he as a person has stayed the same. He still loves helping people, is creative, loves nature, and is an amazing father to three fabulous kids. I feel so lucky to have this person in my life.

This is a photo with Joel and our bootcamp ohana. 2013

This is a photo with Joel and our bootcamp ohana. 2013

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Find Gratitude Every Day

Sometimes we take things for granted. Life is not easy. We all have our challenging days. We are human and have stress. However, despite all of that, I encourage you to take a moment each day to reflect and remember how lucky we are to have:

  • Our physical health

  • Our mental health

  • A core group of people who love us

  • A core group of people who we love

  • A job / career that allows us to provide for ourselves / families

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” —Oprah Winfrey
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Planning and Feedback

Today, I was reviewing my website and realized I have not really followed through with my original post of “just doing it”.
I am going to try and post something, even if it is short and be consistent. There will always be something “more important” and in the end, you have to set your goals and organize your priorities.

Check out my second episode/ramblings here

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Kauai Electric Vehicle Ride + Drive

Before I dive into the details, I would like to give you some context about my background. When I am not teaching yoga, I work at an impact investment firm. The company is working to improve the quality of life for Hawaii in four key areas: locally produced food; clean, renewable energy; and better management of water and waste. The company’s mission aligns and resonates with my personal goals and values.

On Saturday, I attended The Kauai EV ride and drive event at Kauai Community College. I was there to help promote the event online and share what was going on for those who were unable to make it. It was great to see so many people interested in the electric bikes and electric cars! My favorite moment was when Lauren from Blue Planet Foundation was riding the electric bike. Her excitement was electric and after she came back from her test ride - a lined formed to check out the e-bike. I put together a quick one-minute video recapping the highlights from the event.

This year, one of my personal goals is to improve on story telling. While it may not be perfect or professional, many of my videographer friends have said the only way you will get better is by trying, get feedback, and try again.

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Meal Prep Sundays

Today I started my morning off with a hot sweaty yoga session with Laura Mary. It felt so good to hit the mat and just let go. Afterwards I ran some errands and went to the store to prepare for a full day of cooking. I made a bunch of stuff to prepare for the week. Candice Kumai has been inspiring me. I am reading her book, Kintsugi Wellness and it is about her own journey to show how Japanese traditions can enhance not just our bodies, but our minds, our hearts and our spirits. I made a few of her recipes below:

  • Cali Style Udon (page 113)

  • Matcha Smoothie (page 76)

  • Kodiak Cakes (Not in her book, but something that I wanted to make for a “healthy” snack)

I haven’t made anything for myself in a while. When I cook, it is usually for someone or for an event. As I enter this month, I remind myself each morning that I want to take back my time and focus on me. Focusing on my physical and mental health is a priority because without this, I would be useless to others. Cooking is so therapeutic and is a great form of self care. I am excited to start the week as I am proud I finished my meal prep earlier than 9PM and night and have time to read, catch up on emails and unwind before another long work week.

“Over the years, my family and I have communicated and miscommunicated. But sometimes we found the best answer was simple sho ga nai, just letting something go. Ultimately, I'm grateful to for the struggles and the setbacks we shared together, as they have made us into who we are today. Without those times of turmoil and change, the ups and downs, we would not be able to learn and grow or enrich our lives. The struggles will become your story, And that's the beauty of kintsugi. Your cracks can become the most beautiful part of you.” ― Candice Kumai, Kintsugi Wellness: The Japanese Art of Nourishing Mind, Body, and Spirit

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Stay Focused + Balanced

One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don't invest any energy in them, because I know who I am. - Michelle Obama

I cannot believe January has come and gone so quickly. I feel like we just started the New Year. The Lunar New Year is right around the corner and I feel like I have a second chance. I am taking this month to reset. Reset my goals, take back my own time and to focus on things that matter.

Studies have shown that less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days, and only 8% accomplish them. - Forbes

To avoid being another statistic, I am going to set daily goals (small steps) that help support my long term goals.

2019 Lunar New Year Weekly Goals

  • Adopt the KonMari Method and tidy daily in my personal and professional spaces

  • Sweat for myself 4 times a week (including barre, yoga and swimming)

  • Meditate daily for 15 minutes to start my day off with a strong focus and intention

  • Be more organized when it comes to my taxes

  • Start with gratitude - always

2019 Lunar New Year Goals

  • Keep a tidy home

  • Focus on my health physically and mentally

  • Submit my quarterly taxes on time

  • Move more mindfully and with intention

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