Category Archives: Aloha Life

What is your word?

The token I wear and have worn ever since discovering MyIntent is “Live Aloha”. People usually think of aloha as simply a greeting but it is so much more. Although I am not Hawaiian, the islands are place in the world that brings me joy. Most people think that “Aloha” is a word that means both hello and goodbye. … It is true that in Hawaii you say “Aloha” both when greeting someone and also saying goodbye. But that is not to be taken literally. The real meaning of Aloha in Hawaiian is that of Love, Peace, and Compassion.

So for me, a daily reminder of Love, Peace and Compassion…Live Aloha.

I am excited to announce that I have achieved a certification as a MyIntent Maker!  If you have not heard of MyIntent yet, you will be thrilled to learn about it.  Words are powerful and they can inspire us to do great things.  To wear a token made for you by a MyIntent Maker means you have found a word that you can wear as a daily reminder of something important to you.

Want to learn more about it or already know your word and want to get together and get your token? Contact me and we can put your word into action.

 

Mom I spilled boiling water on my foot

Not the phone call you want to take from your teenager when you are at work on a Friday night.  I work a night job and my teenager is learning to cook.  We use Blue Apron a delivery service for two dinners a week and our 13 year old has gotten pretty good at it.  Only, she gets a little ahead of herself and maybe a little too confident when she should check with her dad on the proper pot or kitchen tool.  While he was in his office the other night, she was recreating a recipe she learned for potato salad to take to a pot luck the next day.

Four pounds of potato and one giant pot of boiling water and a 101 pound teenager who is only 4’9″ do not mix well.  My Lizzie is not one for drama and when she tried to pour out the boiling water, she spilled it on her bare foot.  Now I mean ALL over the top of her foot.  She told her dad she spilled the hot water and she put cold water on it.  But he didn’t realize the severity of the situation and she didn’t elaborate.  She called me at work and asked what to put on it and my first reaction was lavender essential oil but wait how bad is it?

She wasn’t crying but said it did hurt though, understandably!  Her biggest fear was that it would stop her from competing in the first gymnastic competition of the season the next day.  The girl finished making the potato salad AND dinner before she started to become very emotional and that is when her father realized she didn’t mean she spilled hot water but that she burned the hell out of her foot!

Burns can be so nasty and this one was no different.  The next morning when I got up, I asked her to show me her foot so I could look into what I might be able to make to soothe her skin, thinking this was more like a sunburn.  Not expecting that much blistering!  More lavender, oh my goodness and a rummage through the first aid closet looking for all sizes of bandages knowing I couldn’t put any adhesive on the inflamed skin but that we would need to keep that clean and covered but able to breathe in order for her to compete.

She is a trooper for sure and had a great first competition.  Couldn’t keep a bandage from falling off but at least she kept it clean.  We already had a Doc appointment for Monday morning so I was comfortable waiting for a professional to look at it then.  In the mean time, I looked into what oils I could mix in a spray form to help support healing and support her with the discomfort.

There was no way she was going to rub an oil or a cream, but a spray seemed to be just right.  I love my oils!  I mixed Lavender, ravintsara, Roman Chamomile and German Camomile with some distilled water with a teaspoon of witch hazel. Lizzie started spraying that on 3-4 times a day about 24 hours after the initial accident.

Monday morning off to the doctor we went.  And I have to say I almost love our pediatrician more than my oils, ok not really but I really do love that she was very open minded when I said we have been using an essential oil spray mixture on Lizzie’s foot.  I explained each ingredient and why and the doctor actually said, you are doing good keep it up!

Over the next few days the blisters filled and popped and began to bleed. And then on the first day of school we had to face the issue that since it had only been six days and the blisters were so tender, she wasn’t going to be able to fit her foot into a shoe on her fist day of high school.  Oh, now it was time for drama!  We bought some suede ballerina flats and I wore big socks and stuffed my feet into them and walked around the house for hours to give them just a little more room (I wear and 9 and her an 8 or 8.5).  That’s what mom’s do, right?

One week after the incident the blisters had popped and the skin was finally starting to scab.  She had continued to spray her foot regularly 3-4 times a day.  Finally we were able to start using Young Living’s Rose Ointment.  I was really worried this burn was going to leave a horrible scar.   But I had to trust that she would heal and I also have to remind myself how lucky we were that it wasn’t her face the water splashed all over!

Then as soon as the scabs seemed to heal over we were left with tender skin and so I started to research scars and oils and how to support and promote healthy skin.  I made a roller ball with helichrysum, patchouli, lemongrass, Lavender, and V-6 oil.  It may take some time but already her foot appears so much better!

She may have a lasting scar but as time goes by, it will be so small and insignificant I am sure.  Has she made potato salad since then? No, but she has boiled water.  And she uses a much smaller pot when she does!  Why I use essential oils, because they really do work!I trust them for my family and my family enjoys what they do for us.  It has been three years since I started my oily journey and I learn something new about them all the time. Do I know everything? No way but I know how to use my resources. Go without essential oils? No way!  What to learn more about essential oils?  Just send me a message, I am happy to help.

 

These are a few of my Favorite Things

The Sound Of Music!  Oh my goodness that movie makes me SING!  All the songs get to me but this one in particular:

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, Bright copper kettles and warm woolen Mittens, Brown paper packages tied up with strings, These are a few of my favorite things.”

I can hear Julie Andrews in my head and then I hear myself and know the gift of song is not one of mine!  Never the less, I can at least share some of my favorite things with you and you wont even have to hear me sing.  Trust me, that’s a blessing!

kaia hydro headbandsThere are some things I love, one of them is working out.  I found Ohana in a program called Kaia Fit, a women’s only workout program.  Never before have I had so much fun getting into shape.  We use our own body weight for many exercises but also these awesome handmade kettlebells we call handbags.  My newest one is a hefty 20 pounder!  When I work out, I definitely need to hydrate and I can’t do it without my Hydro Flask.  I bought my first Hydro Flask on Oahu, but thankfully I have bought more on Amazon and it makes it to the mainland.  Currently I am growing out my bangs, they get in my face when I exercise so I keep them in line with MeKeAlohaBands- so many colors so many choices, LOVE.

YL favsI started using Young Living Essential Oils about a year and a half ago and never looked back.  I have some very favorite oil combinations that my family likes to diffuse: Daily- 5 drops Lavender, 5 drops Lemon, 5 drops Peppermint, so incredibly refreshing.  My all time favorite oil is Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood and today I diffused 2 drops with 2 drops each of Rose and Jasmine.  My house smells like a fresh flower garden, its beautiful!  Every month I have to reorder Lavender Foaming Hand Soap; it reminds me of the Lavender Farm on Maui.  My hands smell so good after washing!  And every month I have to order Deep Relief, a blend of Essential Oils that help me with my sore muscles, because lets face it, I go hard when I work out.

Today I am especially enthralled with my Mother’s Day gift: a new leather watch band for my Apple Watch.  Which by the way, I love the Apple Watch and this new band just sings of Aloha.apple watch bandAnd my last two favorite things well, they are in argument with each other.  I LOVE coffee.  But I know that 3 or 4 Lattes a day are not good for me.  I would not survive however without Nespresso and these fantastic little espresso pods.  FullSizeRender (003)The foaming milk accessory is a must and I am trying to go to only 1 a day!  I have purchased a brand new toy to get me through the rest of the day: Breville One touch Tea Maker.  It is really fun to use and easy. And I am working my way through a bag of Jasmin Pearls & Citrus Lavender- green tea.  This tea maker is so smart.  It knows how hot and how long to brew the tea based on the type of tea it is!  It will also keep my tea warm so I can brew more than one cup and come back later for more!tea I hope to lesson my caffeine intake so this here machine should help me get it together.  Well back to singing and scaring the family pets with my voice…

“When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I am feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel so bad.”

Inspiration

WWII vetMy ocean view hotel room was beautiful but my hotel had no coffee services other than the little K-Cup maker in the room.  Quite the coffee snob, I remembered seeing a little deli grocery store a few blocks away and thought I would head out bright and early before the conference began to get a real cup of espresso.  It was a cold morning on the coast and the wind off the ocean made my eyes tear up.  But nothing was going to keep me from a real cup of heaven.  As I reached the deli, I realized I was a little early and the store was not yet open so I looked over the newspaper stand to read the headlines.  In my peripheral view I saw an elderly gentleman jogging up to the store.  He stopped right in front of me and announced, “I just ran two and a quarter miles.”

What a character I was thinking as I took in his appearance, bright yellow wind breaker, WWII veteran ball cap, and leather gardening gloves.  I noticed he wore a hearing aid so I spoke up as I talked to him.  I told him it was admirable his staying in shape.  He told me he was 84 years old and I listened to him tell me his story.  He was a retired civil engineer, had 37 Caltrans projects going on at one time and designed freeways.  Sadly, his wife died just last Christmas Eve and he canceled his newspaper subscription so that he would be forced to run to the store every day to get a paper and talk to people.  He was quite social.  The gentleman explained to me that running everyday is what kept his body strong and he wore such heavy gloves so that when he did fall he didn’t cut up his palms.  He had had some face plants and grinned as he told me.  But even so he believed the daily jaunt kept his body strong so that when he did fall he was unhurt.

The deli opened and the store employees all greeted him, the regular that he was.  When I got my coffee, he had already paid for his paper and left.  I was determined to see him again; he left an impression on me that lingered and I shared his story with my conference table mates. So the next morning I rushed through my own morning routine so as not to miss him at the store.  And as he jogged up to the store, he greeted me with a big smile, “Hello again!”  We chatted a bit about his need to hire a contractor to repair his home having had a fire just last week.  He said he was able to put it out but it caused some damage and he also needed a new roof.  As he told me his problems, he just didn’t seem horribly upset about what might cause loads of stress for someone else.  I don’t doubt he will get his home repaired with any trouble, so confident he was.

I then decided I wanted to share his story with you and explained to him my desire to write about him and take his picture for this blog.  He gave me a smile as he thought about why I thought he was inspirational.  He figured he was just a regular guy. When he gave me permission, I told him he made my day.  He said, “No, you made mine.”

 

 

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou

create own luckAs the year 2015 comes to an end, we all tend to look back and try to reflect on where we have been and where we are heading. Many of us tend to spend time with family we may not have seen or spent time with all year. We tend to surround ourselves with people we call familial because of blood but not necessarily those that have become familial because of love. It forces us to see what choices we have made in our lives and to face our hopes for our tomorrow.

This reflection time sends melancholy waves through my spirit. The road I have been on and the turns I have chosen; have I chosen well? Will I continue to travel the course? Do I drive too hard to steer this course? Am I alone in the desire to reach a destination for my family, and my loved ones-those family that are not blood but who I surround myself with by choice?

All this uncertainty reminds me of a book, made movie, but a quote from that movie that I keep on a scrap of paper in journal of collected quotes:

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” –Frank Herbert, Dune.

the sleeperThe litany against fear. The first time I heard this I was but a girl. Even then it resonated with my soul and has for years like a voice on the wind steadied by resolve. We all have an inner voice that speaks volumes to us and leads us to make our life choices. As I contemplate and set goals for 2016, I will hear that voice telling me to make good choices, to live a good life, to surround myself with those I care about and to be who I can be proud of, who my children can be proud of. And to make choices that give me new experiences so that I may continue to grow and live a rewarding life.

 

Ohana

I want to talk about Ohana today. I have been so overwhelmed with so many things lately and this blog has needed new content! What does Ohana mean?

Part of Hawaiian culture, ʻohana means family (in an extended sense of the term, including blood-related, adoptive or intentional). The concept emphasizes that families are bound together and members must cooperate and remember one another.ohana

I have learned firsthand that family or Ohana is not just blood relative family but a person for whom you respect, admire, and would rush to aid if they had a need. Have you ever had a friend whom you lost touch with but years later found they were in need? I have. My friend was in dire condition. I was moved to tears to find that some of my co-workers felt that same sense of Ohana where my friend was concerned and I got to witness them all come together to see his world put back right. What a beautiful thing this Ohana.

I am moved to simply say Mahalo from the bottom of my heart – they know who they are, my Ohana.

Fortitude & Tenacity – just a quick note:

Someone I follow on FB, Instagram and Twitter said they were going to speak this week on the subject of failure and they quoted a Japanese proverb, Fall down seven times get up eight. I was so excited – I was familiar with that proverb. Never before did the subject of failure impress me as something I wanted to read about. Most of us read about success and how to be successful, not failure! And another person I follow just posted that sometimes your best isn’t good enough and said they don’t believe in participation awards. You do or do not, there is no try – to sound like Yoda. So this subject of failure is making the rounds.

What do I say to that? Fall down, get the heck up and do it again! No quitting here.

I went through a leadership course years ago and had to make a presentation using art as a medium for the subject of leadership. I chose to paint a rendition of that same Japanese proverb. I included a few more pieces to my painting. Cherry blossoms to represent the fleeting amount of time we might have on this earth, and a koi fish swimming upstream to represent trials only to become a dragon when it accomplished its goal. I like art. I never formally studied art so I am sharing this picture with some trepidation. I think you get the idea I was trying to portray.

Never give up, try again, and keep trying. You will succeed one day.leadership painting

Live with Passion

March 13, 2009. Four way stop sign intersection. Crossing guard, neon safety vest and flashing hand held stop sign. 1993 jeep grand Cherokee and a teenage driver. What do you do when you get to a stop sign? You stop and then you go. You probably should make sure it is safe to go after you stop but when you are a distracted teenager, you go.

That was my morning a few years ago, caught in the crosswalk with my then kindergartner and her Harry Potter lunch box in her backpack slung over my shoulder. Caught in the crosshairs, not able to out run a motor vehicle, nowhere to go, unable to get away, impact inevitable.

Every day a monotonous copy of the one before. Wake up, get ready, go to work – kid to school, come home have dinner go to bed. Over and over again. This terrible accident changed that. And I am fortunate for two reasons. One because although I was injured and still feel the effects of that injury often, it does not stop me from feeling alive and breathing each day. Second because we all survived and that incident changed my monotonous journey.

In that moment of impact, I remember wondering if I pushed my daughter far enough out of the way and thinking I was going to lose my teeth when I stopped flying through the air. I also realized when I landed and in the ensuing days, life is too short to not live with passion. Without purpose and without passion life is a slow death. You may not know where your passion is or what really excites you, yet, but that doesn’t mean you should accept the slow death of monotony. Keep seeking, keep hunting, searching, and when something comes along that lights that fire inside it will give you purpose.

There is never a time when you are too old and it is never too late. Let passion kill your fear and follow that dream, whatever it may be. The possibilities are endless, nothing can stop a person with passion and purpose. I keep that crushed Harry Potter lunch box as a reminder of how fleeting our time is on this Earth. Here today but maybe gone in an instant. Looking at that lunch box I can ask myself, did I try my best today, did I go out and work toward that goal, did I tell my loved ones I love them today? And as I lay my head down at night I smile knowing that I did.  Hit by Jeep 031209 011

Lets Start with Aloha!

Me Ke AlohaOh my goodness, this page is finally here!  You have no idea what a monumental effort this was.  I hate computer things.  I have a habit of breaking the internet.  Well, that at least is what it seems to be every time my husband has to fix something on my computer he asks what I did and my answer is usually, “I just clicked to open the internet.”  I married a computer guy, thank God.  And with his help Me Ke Aloha Life is now online!  I have ideas, thoughts, I am crafty, and I am always doing something!  I plan to share all these creative ideas with you now that the hard part is done, the writing will be fun.  Me Ke Aloha life is about so much more than just a Blog.  Please read our About page and save us in your favorites, you are going to want to visit and talk story often!  Anyone having been to Hawaii just once knows what I mean.  But for now, I absolutely must unwind with my “Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood” essential oil from Young Living, cue the ukulele…..dreams of sand between my toes and warm off shore breeze through my hair.