More Than A Tree

More Than A Tree

For those who have been following my blog you are probably acquainted with the connection between my kukui tree and Alaka`i Associates. (Under the Kukui Tree, Nov. 18, 2017) It holds a very special place in my heart, to Jacob, and the work I do.Well, last week we had...
Leading with Aloha

Leading with Aloha

This past weekend I learned that someone who had an impact on my development over the last 10+ years had a stroke and her prognosis doesn’t look good. It made me pause and give thanks for her example of strong leadership and also for many others who have been Alaka`i...
The Life Pizza

The Life Pizza

This particular post called for a repost so here you go… For those of you who find food analogies more likely to spark your interest, here is a take on the balance wheel that you might find fun by one of my favorite authors and speakers, Amanda Gore. Have a look...
Sitting Here…

Sitting Here…

Today as I am sitting here waiting for Hurricane Lane to pass, the song by Jimmy Cliff, Sitting in Limbo came to mind. I knew a few of the lyrics but when I decided this would be a good blog topic and actually read them all, they provided even more reflection than I...
Teach the Children Teach the Adults

Teach the Children Teach the Adults

Recent events have stirred a new generation of youth to exhibit their incredible skills in solving problems with not only intellect but emotion. They have innovative and creative ideas that we can all learn or re-learn in creating a more compassionate and humane...
Get Happy

Get Happy

As I was searching for my topic this week (since no flashes of inspiration had come to me), the Universe reached out with a strong suggestion (about 5 different articles) that the topic was to be on happiness. So here goes… What does it mean to be happy? How do you...
Be Nice, Be Kind

Be Nice, Be Kind

Sometimes just the smallest gesture can create ripples beyond our intentions. So why not create ripples that generate a positive effect? Being nice, or being kind, doesn’t mean you say yes to everything or everyone. It doesn’t mean you give in. What it...
A Year of Enlightenment

A Year of Enlightenment

I am thrilled to say that today marks  one year since I started this blog journey and I want to thank all of you have traveled it with me so far. Being able to share my thoughts, goals, and aspirations with you has brought me that much closer to the realization of...
It’s Not All About the Stuff

It’s Not All About the Stuff

While it is easy this time of year, with all the gift giving and receiving, to get caught up in our commercialized world, I want to take a moment to focus on the greatest gift of all – LOVE. I am so privileged to have the love of family and friends surround me...
My December Star

My December Star

Twelve years ago today, Jacob Michael Almanza claimed his star, his brightness too great to be contained in an earthly vessel. Though his time on this earth was far too short for our standards he continues to shine his light and love through all those who were...
Time for Traditions

Time for Traditions

As we move into the holiday season, memories of traditions come prominently into our view and consciousness. I have a mental checklist that starts the weekend following Thanksgiving. It begins with writing and mailing Christmas cards and bringing out the Christmas...
Sacred Spaces

Sacred Spaces

Do you have favorite places that have touched your heart and soul? A place where the energy was palpable? I have a few that were such a powerful experience that each time they come to mind I can vividly see and feel them all over again. I am sure there are more but...
Connections

Connections

As humans, we have an innate need for connections from the moment we are born. Scientific evidence has shown that babies who don’t receive that human touch can have what is sometimes called “failure to thrive” and this is also seen in the elderly who...
Hula Moments

Hula Moments

I have had the good fortune of being raised in Hawaii with the influence of music and hula. When I was younger I was blessed to have had a hula teacher who I now realize had a profound influence on my love for hula. Aunty Bella Richards was both a loving and demanding...