Month: December 2013

Phoneography Challenge: Macro

Photo of Red Hawaiian Ginger taken after morning rain shower  – iPhone 4 This week’s iphoneography challenge is Macro, and is hosted by Sally of Lens and Pen By Sally. I chose the Red Hawaiian Ginger blossom as my subject. A symbol of passion, strength and prosperity, these exotic beauties are sure to brighten any rainy day. You can view links to other participants’ entries on Sally’s blog at: http://lensandpensbysally.wordpress.com.  

Good Luck, Honolulu Marathoners!

On the eve of the 2013 Honolulu Marathon, I’d like to send all entrants well wishes and good juju for a successful race. Exactly one year ago, I was in your (running) shoes, digesting carbs and getting psyched up to finish 26.2 grueling miles. Last year’s race means “run a marathon” is officially crossed off the old bucket list and I might be fine if I never run another marathon again, but I won’t rule it out just yet. Here are a few lessons that came after the race: 90% mental, 10% physical I didn’t train as much as I should have, but it was no use beating myself up about it. I silenced my mind, took in the view, listened to music, and enjoyed the experience. I didn’t dwell on losing 15 minutes, standing in line at the porta-potties after mile 4, and I certainly wasn’t thinking about the finish line. I just took in everything as it happened. Whenever things started to feel bad, my mantra was, “One foot in front of the other” …

Weekly Writing Challenge: Snapshots

Afternoon Delight Throughout the entire day my appetite was ginormous.  As we were headed home, I turned to my husband and told him I was craving an ice shave. Maybe because it was a hot day and I was feeling overheated, I just needed something cold and refreshing.  We took a slight detour and headed for the North Shore and stopped at Aoki’s Shave Ice.  Luckily, since it was a Monday afternoon, there was no line!  We parked next to the building and went inside.  Greeting us as we walked through their door, was a huge sign with very clear instructions on how to order.  I guess since they catered to many tourists, they must have been tired of explaining how to order.   While the girl behind the counter started to scoop soft mounds of shaved ice, I asked for a scoop of vanilla ice cream and an order of sweet azuki beans, too.  I don’t normally order such a large treat, but this time, man, I could not resist.  As she trickled the sweet …

The Permanent To-Do List

Several years ago, I was having a 1/3 life crisis. The world wasn’t feeling as wide as it used to be. In fact, it had started to feel increasingly narrow. Having emerged from my 20’s, the thought of where my life was headed felt more like a prison sentence than an exciting adventure, so I decided to fly to the continent and spend 2 weeks away from my normal routine. In that time, I was reminded that life is as exciting or boring as I want it to be. I had always wanted a tattoo, but was never able to settle on a design. Whatever I chose to emblazon on my skin for all eternity, needed to be profound, timeless, and after my revelation on the road, serve as a daily reminder of life before and beyond the present. The one that seemed fitting was a spiral, which is also seen throughout indigenous symbology, like the Māori koru. Today, whenever I feel stagnant and saddled down in permanency, I glance at my wrist and am reassured that …