Friday, October 15, 2010
"For it isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it." -Eleanor Rooselvelt
Basically this post is to express my support of everyone out there who gets harrassed and oppressed because of who they are. Hopefully some day our world can accept everyone for who they are, no exceptions. Regardless of color, race, faith, sexual orientation, personality, hair color,type of underwear you sport... who knows what else people will find to judge and set others apart.... anything that makes us unique.
My hope is that this little baby growing inside me will be part of a generation that is instrumental in changing the world views of humans and our "differences".
Preparing to bring this baby into the world has definitely left me some things to think about, and has jump started some changes that needed to be done for myself...that I had just never made the time to look at, or work, on before.
- "My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and my talents and I lay them both at his feet." - Mahatma Gandhi
- "Do what you feel in your heart to be right-for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't." - Eleanor Roosevelt.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
The changes have been many! In May I married my best friend, and the love of my life. I am so blessed to have found such a man who loves and cherishes me as much as he does. We had a perfect wedding day...and we are living happily ever after!
Life is good...
Monday, March 8, 2010
Sunday, February 28, 2010
We found an Internet cafe that served breakfast, YAY Coffee! We were both exhausted, and had to go sleep somewhere. I decided to call the house Hospice Hawaii uses for patient care up in Palolo. The nurse answers the phone, and I don't even ask if we can come up..When she hears its me she says come up. I love my job and the people I work with...it is the most amazing organization and works with the heart, manifested in the hands. I couldn't ask for a better work place.
We arrived at the house and spent time watching the news and attempting to sleep on the couch in the staff room. (I couldn't sleep, just toss-n-turn)We watched as Hilo Bay's(on the east coast of the big island) waters surged to and fro...waiting to see if disaster would hit...
Needless to say...the 'disaster' was avoided and the only changes seen were severe and rapid surge changes along the shore lines, no damage seen. Luckily..
However, on my way home from work I saw the most beautiful sky. Similar to the one pictured above. Brilliantly vibrant purple and blue clouds on a back drop of reds, pinks, and oranges. Beautiful...a calm after the 'storm' of a day I had. It reminded me that I am still lucky to live here, on this beautiful island and that I can make it through the challenges along the way. No matter what, there is always a beautiful sunset at the end of the day.
Much thanks and blessings to all of those who sent thoughts and prayers my way yesterday.
Friday, February 26, 2010
This poem by Mother Teresa has always inspired me, and pushed me to be a better person. As I reflect on my past week, I have decided to "re-oath" this as my life's motto. Now complete with a theme song (posted below, WONDERFUL Music Video) Of course I cried, but that is no surprise. :D
YouTube - Martina McBride - Anyway
My week was a learning experience. Cried a little, stressed a bit, learned a lot, but most importantly loved and enjoyed it all! From surfing to sea turtles to work to snuggles. I am blessed.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Since the move I find myself letting go of some doubts and fears and blossoming into a woman I can be proud of. I am letting go of being in control (for the most part) and learning to go with the flow. (Turns out its a much easier thing to do, as opposed to constantly fighting the currents).
Since the move I have also found myself holding on (and reaching out) to friends and family back on the mainland. Distance has taught me that time is precious, and I have loved catching up (and staying current) with friends both near and far. A goal is to continue doing this for the rest of my life. (I mean who doesn't like letters?!?)
So, 6 months after the big move (I know! It's already been 6 months, can't believe it) everything has fallen into place. Like a 10000 piece puzzle; extremely difficult at first but as the picture forms it gets easier and easier, until every piece has its place... Lent brings to mind the concept of letting go and holding on this year. That topic fits me perfect, can't wait to see what else life has in store.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Me and my Daddy! Good Morning beach and coffee :D
The fave snorkel spot, yep...we went every day. Love it!Me and my Momma! Bathing beauties...while the boys are snorkeling of course ;DAt the Honolulu Zoo, eating my dippin' dots. I LOVE Dippin' Dots, they are the best. My Daddy bought me some...I love my daddy :D (and not just because he bought me dippin' dots)
My hunny and me at the Zoo. Super close to a giraffe eating off of the grassy hill. AWESOME! I had never been that close to a giraffe, my favorite animal, so I loved it.
My momma and daddy during the hike of Diamond Head! The cute couple made it in record time, even with 100 stairs! :D The view from the top was worth it, totally saw some whales! :D Breath-taking...Fishes! This time at the Waikiki Aquarium, and not the ocean...but cool none the less. :D I love aquariums, and this nice little aquarium is all about conservation. Save the corals, and the beauties of the ocean for generations to come! Humuhumunukunukuapua'a or Bob as we like to say it....the state fish of Hawaii! In the real meat and scale! Snorkeling in Waikiki. :DMr. Puffer fish, also found while snorkeling...fun was had by all! :DAngel fish, or Scar (from Nemo) as we call 'em. These are my favorite fishes! :D
That's all folks! Lots of love to my friends and families! Come visit :D I love company and the memories made are more precious than gold and silver. <3
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Gandhi has always been one of my idols, someone I aspire to be like...but will probably fall short of. This man had immense amounts of patience and courage, and he never faltered in his stance of non-violence to change the injustices around him. I admire that, and look up to it.
Patience and courage...two qualities I'd like to think I possess. Frustrations bring out the worst in me. When I notice injustices they eat away at me because I don't know what to do, or how to go about changing them. It's frustrating and infuriating. I am not like Gandhi, I don't know how to stand up and fight for justice. I am the nurse, coming up behind a tyrant and nursing the wounds created by bad. That too takes patience and courage, but sometimes it doesn't feel like enough...
I just have to remember injustice is 'fought' when many paths join together. Nonviolence, the foundation supported by-patience, courage, faith, and unconditional love. No matter how small the injustice, the tyrant will fall. As they say "Karma is a b*&%h".
Monday, February 1, 2010
Made for a most excellent morning, which usually lend themselves to excellent days. A wonderful start to a what promises to be a wonderful week. My family is coming to visit later this week for 5 days. It will be wonderful to see them again. I am very excited!! :D
Cheers to wonderful weeks for all my friends and family! Love and miss you all!
Saturday, January 30, 2010
The most exciting part of today is that I bought material to begin learning Japanese. I chose Japanese because it is an often used language on the island, and not many people at work speak it. So, it will come in handy there as well! My wonderful Japanese roommate(from my last year in college) has given me some tips, and is sending me some toys(what better way to learn than with children's toys, I love playing :D ). I have begun my journey of attempting to learn a new language. I will
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Since early January I have been keeping busy with my new job. I love my job and feel very lucky that I could find one, let alone one that fits me this well. I don't get to spend as much time with my hunny, but it makes me cherish the time we do get together. It is all coming together the way it is meant to. It's refreshing.
Reading Tuesdays with Morrie has helped me put things back into perspective through all the hustle and bustle of my new life here, and I am thankful. Life is beautiful...
Monday, January 18, 2010
Here are some of my favorite quotes from MLKJ, along with my thoughts...enjoy.
"I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character"
- I like this one because it reminds me of where we have been, however it is also a reminder of what we've yet to do. Few people continue to judge by the color of skin, but judgement still remains. Sadly, prejudice is still a very real and very prominent problem in our world today.
" Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence by also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him."
- I love this quote because I often find this concept to be difficult. It is so much easier for me to just refuse to like 'the other opinion', to ignore their points(no matter how logical they seem) because it came out of their opinions-that does nothing to diffuse the situation. It only feeds the fire of fighting and misunderstanding. If I learn to respect their opinions(even if I don't agree) it is more likely to bring peace to myself, which must happen in order for me to feel like I can help the peace of the world on a broader sense.
And my top three:"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
- This one speaks to my heart because it's true, it just is! Often times when our friends stick up for us that is what we remember and it makes the friendship stronger. It is also a reminder for me to stop being a chicken, and to speak out if I find something offensive. Silence is not golden, and ignorance is not bliss.
- Again a (not so subtle) reminder of what my heroes (Lincoln, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr) gave up and 'fought for' no matter the cost. All three of these gentlemen were assassinated for their courage to stand up for what they believed was right. Remembering that makes 'a fear of loosing friendships, or appearing foolish' seem small, and pretty much irrelevant.
"We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now."
- This is my all-time favorite! (and something everyone should remember) We did all come from different ships, some families are brand new to this country and some are most definitely not-either way we are all in this together. So maybe we should stop bickering, attempt to respect each others opinions(and hopefully, eventually, actually respect each others opinions), and work together as one big team to bring about change that will help the country and the people. This will not happen overnight, but I believe it can happen-this is my dream.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
"You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result" -Mahatma Gandhi
Not only do I want to be the compassionate person who can do what Deputy Josie Fox did, be an everyday individual who can make a difference (no matter how small) by just reaching out a loving hand and a listening ear. I also want to be on the other end. I want to be the one who has the courage to do what needs to be done, regardless of the hurtles that loom up ahead. Russell you inspire me and I love you bunches.
Stories like these remind me that its worth it, and give me hope.