10 Fun Facts about Hawaii

Thursday, August 29, 2013

1. Twelve letters and 1 symbol make up the ENTIRE Native Hawaiian alphabet.
          A E I O U | H K L M N P W | ' (okina - which is like a backwards apostrophe)

2. Hawaii is the only state in America that continues to grow it's land mass due to the active volcanoes it has.  We have five active volcanoes, four of which are on the island of Hawaii (aka the Big Island).  They are Loihi, Hualalei, Mauna Loa and Kilauea.  The other volcano is Haleakala on the island of Maui.

3. We are the only state in the USA that produces coffee and we also produce 1/3 of the world's commercial supply of Pineapple.

4. Hawaii has two official languages, Hawaiian and English, however... we also have our own "creole" dialect called Pidgin and knowing the Japanese language is valued due to the amount of Japanese tourists that feed our economy via our number one industry, Tourism, most school children opt to study Japanese language opposed to the popular choice of the continental US, Spanish. Back to the pidgin.  See examples below:

     brok da mout. Broke the mouth. Absolutely delicious. Ho, Tutu's malasadas so ono, brok da mout. Wow!  Great grandma's malasadas (Portuguese donuts) are so delicious, broke the mouth.

     bumbye. By and by, eventually. Eh! You get dirty lickins bumbye you no stop dat! Hey, you are going to get a spanking if you do not stop that.

     cockaroach. To steal. Eh, who wen cockaroach all da manapua? Hey, who stole all of the manapua?

     da kine. The ultimate pidgin phrase. Can mean virtually anything. It is equal to "whatchamacallit". 1)Eh, you get any da kine? 2)Ho, brah, dat's da kine. 3) She wen da kine foa get da kine foa da kine. 1) Hey, do you have whatchamacallit?  2)Hey, bro, that's whatchamacallit. 3) She went to get the whatchamacallit, but then forget whatchamacallit, for whatchamacallit.

     grind. To eat. So what you like grind? We no moa da kine. No worries, brah, I grind any kine. Do you want to eat?  We don't have _______.  No worries, bro, I'll eat anything.

     hana hou. Once more, again. Chee, LaVerne, do dat hana hou! Woo Hoo, LaVerne (typical Portuguese name), do that one more time!  *Many times after concerts we will chant Hana Hou, opposed to calling back out the band by their name.

     kanak attack. The feeling of intense laziness that one gets from eating too much. After pounding three plate lunches I had a major kanak attack.  After eating three plate lunch, I had a major food coma.

     like beef? Would you like to fight with me? Not a choice of entrees. Eh brah, you like beef? Hey man, do you want to fight?

     pau (pow). Actual Hawaiian word, used constantly, meaning finished or done. Chee, I thought you pau already! I thought you were done already

     pau hana (pow HAH-nah). Another actual Hawaiian phrase. Means after work. Also after work drink. Junior wen bus up his truck. Get too many pau hana. Junior got into an accident with his truck because he had too many drinks after work.

     try. Please. Try wait, eh? I come back bumbye. Get plenny customahs. Hi, could you please wait? I will come back, there are plenty of customers.

5. One of the only (if not the only) places you can snowboard in the morning and hit the waves in the afternoon.  Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii both stand 13,000+ feet above sea level.  In the winter months you will find snow there!  Yes, snow in Hawaii.  People have been known to snowboard in the morning, then warm up by hitting the waves in the afternoon.  How perfect would that day be?

6. 'Iolani Palace on the island of Oahu is the only royal palace in the US.

7. Hawaii has the most isolated population on earth, separated by 2390 miles of ocean.

8. Rice is the main starch of Hawaii Regional Cuisine.  We eat rice with everything, including potatoes.  For instance, Beef Stew over Rice, Curry over Rice.

9. In the early 2000s it rained for 40 straight days in Hawaii.  Thank the Lord up above I was in Portland, Oregon attending the University of Portland. 

10. Hawaii has the longest projected life span than any other state in the US.  The average projected lifespan of those born in Hawaii in the year 2000 is 79.8 years (77.1 years if male; 82.5 if female).

sources include: here and here 
xoxo, Aukele
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How to Set Up your Disqus Profile

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

How many of you love Disqus???  I have had it installed for about a month and I don't know why I didn't get on the DISQUS train sooner, but at any rate, I'm on it now!  I love that you when you reply in the comment thread that an email is sent to the replier, so that they can view it and respond back if they feel so inclined.  I think it opens the door wider than any other comment platform to further communication which leads to an easier way for us to BUILD COMMUNITY.

Lately I've noticed that a couple of my freqent commenters and I want to connect with have blank Disqus profiles.  I want to connect with them outside of the comment threads on twitter, facebook or maybe to visit their blogs if they have one - and am so bummed when their profile is blank.

1. Go to Disqus and sign in. In the top right, your tiny picture that pops up the following 
below, click Settings.

2. It will bring you to this page, in the Edit your profile window, click Profile.

3. Add in your name, website and a bio.  If you don't have a website or blog send us to your favorite social media profile (twitter would be good!).  We want to communicate with you!

4. Next, click Avatar and upload that pretty face!! EFFICIENCY ALERT: Scroll down and let Disqus use your Twitter profile pic, that way it should change automatically when you change your twitter profile picture. #twobirdswithonestone :)

Now, when people see you in comments and want to find out more about you, look at everything they'll see when they click your name!!
I hope you enjoyed this quick little tutorial and that you update your profiles so that we can keep on connecting and build a stronger, better community!!!

xoxo, Aukele
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Playing games are one of my favorite ways to spend time with family.  Games are fun.  They can lift your spirits.  They make you feel happy.  They can bring out the competitive side in you.  They are challenging.  They make you laugh.  My family is definitely a game family and we LOVE to get loud!!

We are always prepared to play a board game, whip out a deck of cards, reach for a dominoes set and even bring out Jenga!  Today I wanted to share some of my favorite board games (plus one that Victoria introduced me to at her blog) in lieu of not being able to play any in a while!!

From left to right, top to bottom we have Cranium, Taboo, Pit, Loaded Questions and Mad Gab. Recently we just bought Clue, which I haven't played since I was a kid so it'll be fun to play (hopefully later on this week).

What do you do for fun with your family?  Do you play any games with them, and if so which ones?? I'm always interested in trying new games.  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo, Aukele
This post is a part of Things I Love and the Collection Series
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Finding Your Passion: PRESENT MOMENT

Monday, August 26, 2013

Welcome back to the Living Your Passionate Life series.  I'm so excited you stopped by today.  If you're new to the site or series... #1) Welcome! #2) Check here for past posts.

Last time we talked about finding your passions, we talked about the past (your story, up until now).  Yes, it may have been a little deep (it's okay to be real with yourself)!  There will be none of that here today, as we're talking about the PRESENT MOMENT!!  The now.  This moment, right here!

The best thing about this is that you're probably (in some way or another) doing your passion without even knowing it.  Yep!  It's true.  The kicker?? Is putting two and two together and realizing it.

So lets get to that worksheet down below!! (Oh, you like that?? I came armed and ready today didn't I?!)

1) List the things you love!
  • Current things you love to do?  List it in the worksheet above.
  • Hobbies you don't have much time for?  List it in the worksheet above.
  • Do you "OCD" on certain things?  You know the drill, list it in the worksheet above.
  • Constantly doing something you're complimented on?  Such as make up? a blog series? cooking? List it above.!
2) Write down the cons.
Do you need more skills?  Are you doing what  you love, but in the wrong setting?  Lack of time?  Money? Not an "expert"?

Ok Aukele, feeling REAL GOOD right now, where are you going with all of this??

3) Find a Resolution!
Find a resolution to make it the ULTIMATE situation for your passion to thrive.

Say you get compliments on your make-up all the time and you would like to do freelance, but need experience.  Take a class!  Go to cosmetology school!  Do make up on a bunch of your friends and take pictures for a portfolio!

Say you love copywriting, but not when you're doing it for the real estate office you spend your 9-5 in.  Work towards doing freelance copywriting.  Find other ways to do what you love

Say you "OCD" on feng shui, but rather not go into client's (stranger's) homes, because you're not fond of germs (hey no judgement here!)  Take your feng shui expertise online and become a guru writing e-books for people to use so they can feng shui their own homes (DIY feng shui)!

Sarah - one of my, unbeknownst to her, mentors shares how she took her love of design out of the corporate world and into business for herself, here.  Check it out.

Jenni from Story of My Life shares how everyone has a "thing" (passion), even if it's, "uncultivated or discovered yet."  And this, we'll be talking about in the next installment of the Living Your Passionate Life Series.  Have an amazing Monday!!

xoxo, Aukele

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Weekly Wishes & Grad-itude

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Rise and shine! It's Sunday :-)  Today I am sharing my Weekly Wishes (& linking up with Melyssa on Monday)  and sharing my Grad-itude (& linking up with Erika on Wednesday)
--Last Week's Weekly Wishes:
To be honest - I sucked at the health part.  I was good about portions but I did not PREP A THING to take for lunches.  I did okay though - with portion control.  Next week I'll have my step-son so it'll probably go smoother (always more responsible when we have him every other week).

I could not be any more pleased with my blog this week.  It was simply an awesome week.  I finally started selling my sponsorships (25% off with code: AUG25), and have my first two sponsors (see sidebar!).  Also - everyone really enjoyed the printables from Friday which is fantabulous!!
 And then there is this little tweet that MADE MY DAYYYYYY!!!!!

Lastly, today I received an email for an AMAZING opportunity to further spread my passion and message to people and I am so honored that I was even considered.  Hopefully I'll be able to share it soon!

The 'ol consulting business took a little back burner this week.  Not to fret though - I just need to take some pictures for the home page and kinda need to be "on location" for that.

-- This Week's Weekly Wish?
You know the drill! Keep it STUPID SIMPLE.  It takes 4 weeks (maybe 21 days, I forget) back to four weeks (plus another for the health one, or do I have to start all over since I took this one off?) to solidify a habit.  And so my weekly wishes (for the third week in a row) are remaining the same.  I'm going to keep on keepin' on and nothing is going to stop me!

GRAD-ITUDE 101: A Linkup By Chimerikal

--Last week's Grad-itutde:
As I kinda mentioned up above things could not have gone any better than it did this week for the blog.  And for that I am truly thankful.  Friday - all the love that was spread with people retweeting my sponsor tweets or retweeting my blog posts - even tweeting them on their own accord.  It was really an awesome experience and I am so elated by it.  It was really nice to know that one of my mentors (she doesn't know it though, Melyssa)  actually went through my blog and pick out the things she did for my sponsor post, as well as tweet about my series on her twitter.  And then Melissa Stewart (what's up with the Melyssa's?) who I have looked up to for ages on Twitter (I think I sent her a compliment just once and she thanked me; but I stalk her and favorite all her tweets to read later) randomly posts my Finding Your Passion: Your Story post just about flabbergasted me!  What a humbling experience.  This week - I want to practice giving that back.  Just out of the blue tweets sending love just because!

Have a good week yall!! Come back tomorrow for a continuation of the Living Your Passionate Life series (we're going to talk about being in the moment!)  See you then.

xoxo, Aukele

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

With some dear college friends somewhere in downtown Seattle.
Next week all the lovely undergrads are back in school at UH (Univ of Hawaii) and so ensues the treacherous traffic for my morning commute.  YAY!  In celebration of what I've been dreading all summer, I thought I'd repost my guest post at Kayli Wanders for all of you lovely undergrads!!

The idea that everyone makes $40k+ a year straight out of college... sorry guys, not gonna happen (and here is why)...
They don't make resume classes mandatory: To this day, I am still looking for ways to re-work my resume and make it look the most appealing.  It would have been really great if it were a mandatory class to take senior year of high school (or at least an elective) and definitely freshman year of college (with a possible "test out").  Lessons I've learned thus far?  Years ago, it was preferred to have your resume all on one side of a sheet of paper.  Now days, it is a full on marketing advertisement of yourself [game board resume] Also - you have to tailor your resumes to each individual job.  A school principal will not care about your housekeeping skills.
They don't teach you the value of networking:  I don't know if this just went over my head in high school or college, but I totally missed that one.  So I am definitely playing catch up and it doesn't help that I am notoriously shy when meeting others.  Networking is pretty vital.  If I didn't have the gall to introduce myself to the last presenter in my senior marketing class that the professor brought in to speak, I wouldn't have the job I have today.  And I pretty much don't know where I'd be because the business I worked at prior to my current employer closed up shop last year.
They don't stress the importance of internships:  My best friend from college, Ally, and I were just talking about this.  Only during our last semester or so in college when we started looking at "real" jobs did we realize that school is nice (its important), but guess what trumps school... EXPERIENCE.  This is the one thing I would change if I could re-do my college education. Internships internships internships.  We look at some of our close friends from college that are rollin' in the dough all due to their internships during school and the opportunity those internships presented to NETWORK.
You don't realize these are your last years of "the carefree life": If you're in college now, you may have some responsibilities - but most likely it is nothing like what it'll be like once you're done with college.  Time and time again I wish I could go back to that carefree way of life where we didn't worry about food for the house, making sure we have hot water and child care for children.  So enjoy, enjoy, enjoy it now!!  I cannot reiterate how much you should soak it up and live it to the fullest as much as you can!! (That one doesn't apply to the $40k a year, but you know - I had to throw it in there).

xoxo, Aukele

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Living Your Passionate Life RECAP + [FREEBIES]

Friday, August 23, 2013

Oh Happy Aloha Friday!  So glad the weekend is upon us!  So far in the Living Your Passionate Life series we've talked about how passion draws people to you and your blog or business; what passion is and how to find it; finding your passion through your story; and having passionate intentions.

You don't know how blessed I feel to get the response I've gotten from this series.  I really just want to take it one step further though.  I want you to stretch!  I want you to not just be inspired by the series, but to ACT on it.  To work it out.  To take some time and truly think it through.  So - first I want you download and print the worksheet below (it coincides with the finding your passion through your story post), get your favorite beverage and fill it out.
Secondly, there are three printables below that feature some of my favorite posts on passion and I want you to use these too!  Use them for your desktop, in a frame, as wallpaper for your phone!  Just don't resell it.

Since we left off with finding your passion through your (past) story, next week we'll talk about finding it through your (present) moment.  See ya next week!

xoxo, Aukele

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*N SYNC Needs to REUNITE at the VMAs - a song tribute

Thursday, August 22, 2013

HERE WE GO N Sync! Ever since you all have parted I kept saying to the media, JUST DON’T TELL ME THAT.  I thought if any fan was going to put them back together, IT’S GONNA BE ME.  But then, Justin told the group BYE BYE BYE
to do a solo gig, and then everyone else went to DO YOUR THING and before we knew it THE GAME IS OVER.   
THIS I PROMISE YOU – at the slightest hint of N Sync GIDDY(ing) UP at the VMAs to sing SPACE COWBOY (ok, maybe not the best song choice); all of us, fans, let out squeals, cheers, hurrahs of joy!
when BSB and 98 degrees are BRINGIN’ DA NOISE and we’re all UP AGAINST THE WALL waiting for the best boy band to POP back into the scene. 
Right now, those BSB, 98 Degree and NKOTB fans are truly THE GIRLs WHO HAVE EVERYTHING! 
Now, all of the N Sync fans are on the DIGITAL GETDOWN,
 JC humping the floor during Digital Get Down on the No Strings Attached tour for Anon.
downloading your albums to their smartphones in hopes that we’ll witness the reunion of our lifetimes.  

Dearest N Sync - I JUST WANNA BE WITH YOU  for one more night.  We’re not even asking for a tour – although that wouldn’t be a bad thing.  Just one night, it doesn’t have to be THE TWO OF US but all of your GIRLFRIENDs, scratch that, fans, NO STRINGS ATTACHED.

And for the record, Justin, IT MAKES ME ILL how Britney cheated you. 
because without a doubt, YOU GOT IT.  I’m glad you finally admitted THAT GIRL WILL NEVER BE MINE and that I’LL BE GOOD FOR YOU (ok, maybe Jessica Biel will have to suffice).

But for real boys, we can SEE RIGHT THROUGH YOU, and we know you all like to be original, not follow the trends and do things in your own time (let alone some of you can be weird about your CELEBRITY status) – but please stop being SELFISH, seriously U DRIVE ME CRAZY.

Unfortunately I JUST GOT PAID last Wednesday

and it all went SAILING to bills, but believe me, I would give EVERYTHING I OWN to see you all FALLING from the ceiling as an entrance to your VMA reunion performance.  

I’m so CRAZY FOR YOU to come back together its TEARIN UP MY HEART
that you guys have been GONE for so long.  What it comes down to is that there will never be SOMETHING LIKE YOU guys ever.  Simply put, I WANT YOU BACK. 
 I NEED LOVE.  Please TELL ME, TELL ME…BABY, ARE YOU GONNA BE THERE?  If not – THAT’S WHEN I’LL STOP LOVING YOU and you'll really be *N Sucks (yah I went there, and I'm totally kidding) (ok maybe we won't stop loving you, we'll always love you, can you just live up to all this hype happening and doing a reunion at the VMAs?  It's not too much to ask.  We haven't really complained that all the other girls have watched their fave boybands reunite, but now its our turn!)


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RECIPE: Fried Rice

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

In Hawaii, Fried Rice is something you grow up on.  It isn't just served at Chinese restaurants (which I never buy from because I can do it better), but served everywhere.  There is definitely a local spin to it that is fluid at most places that sell fried rice in Hawaii (excluding Chinese and some Asian restaurants) and that is the combination of shoyu (or soy sauce) and oyster sauce.

Today I'm sharing my INFAMOUS recipe for fried rice and I hope you try it out because it is DELISH!!

PS: It's been forever since I've done a recipe post!!

4-6 cups Rice, cooked and cold (make it the night before)
Shoyu (to taste)
Oyster Sauce (to taste)
3-6 eggs, slightly scrambled
1 can of spam, chopped
1 Portuguese sausage (linguica), sliced into rounds and quartered
Frozen Peas and Carrots

I find it much easier to make this, if I do some prep work a day ahead.  That way I just have to throw it all together.  If possible, cook your rice the night before then just throw that bad boy in the fridge.  Then (even though the two meats above are already cooked) give it a little time in the pan to crisp up.

Once those two are taken care of get out a wok and add a little oil to it.  Add in your rice and break it up.  Add in some shoyu and oyster sauce to taste.  (REMEMBER: its easier to add than to take away).  Taste it and adjust according to taste.  Shoyu is obviously salty and oyster sauce has salt but gives it a hint of sweetness and balances it out. Then add in your meats and slightly scrambled eggs.  You want the eggs to finish cooking in with the rice.  Once everything is completely heated through finish it off by adding the frozen peas and carrots and let cook until they are competely thawed out.  Garnish with green onion and serve as a side dish!

You could also use this as a filling for an omelet or add in some kim chee to kick up the flavor!

Let me know if you try it!!

xoxo, Aukele
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Finding Your Passion - Your Story

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Sometimes people struggle with finding their passion.
They want to do something, but they don't know what.
They want to help someone, but they don't exactly know how.
They want to do good, but not sure how to do it.
They want to succeed, but with all of life's options - sometimes we give up before we even try.

Is that you?

It was ME at one time. Until I found it (click for the story here).

Everyone's path to finding their passion will be different. 
Everyone will need to explore:
different things
different mediums
different settings
different target markets
different niches

Today - I wanted to discuss finding your passion through your story.  What story? The story where you risked it all and in the end became triumphant.  The story where the devil had you up in the air by the throat and you kicked him in the balls to the ground and stomped all over him.  The story where you thought life couldn't have gotten any worse and then you saw the light at the end of that dark tunnel.  Basically - the story that was meant for evil, but turned around for good.

That story - Did it light a fire in you?  Did it spark something in you to make a change?  At the end of the day, did you say I will never __________ again, and mean it?  Did you make a decision to go out and tell everyone about your story in hopes they didn't have to go through the same thing and would learn your lesson?  And if you haven't yet, do you want to?

Maci Bookout - do you know her?  She became pregnant at 16.  Her life was on blast for a few years with MTV's real-life documentaries 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom (1).  Today?  She is an advocate for Teen Pregnancy Prevention.  When faced with all the possible troubles with being a single mom, she took advantage of a bad situation and turned it around for good.

Margaret Howard -now a therapist and social worker was once a victim of human trafficking.  It has become her life's mission to advocate for other victims and educate people on how real human trafficking is (not only in the world) but even in the USA.

Laurie Palau - the organizing guru.  Laurie realized her opportunity to monetize her passion for organization when friends would constantly look at her beautifully organized home and ask for her help.  Now she is the owner of simply B organized where they conduct both residential and commercial organization, one to one coaching and seminars.

Lets bring this back to you.  Is there something that you do well that people always ask for help in?  Have you gone through something traumatic in your life that you can educate people about?  Is there something you've gone through in life that is preventable and you can be the reason it is prevented?

Think about it.  Write it down.  Share in the comments below. 
Maybe this is your path to finding your passion!

UPDATE:  I created a worksheet to help you FIND YOUR STORY!  Get it below! 

xoxo, Aukele

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Weekly Wishes

Monday, August 19, 2013

Oh hello friends!  I hope all is well in blogland and that you all have had a great weekend and are ready to tackle this week!
sunset beach goals lanikai wishes encouragement
Sunrise at Lanikai, Hawaii

Last week's wishes were to continue with the wishes before in keeping the momentum going in few areas of my life: health and wellness / blog / consulting service.

Health and wellness was - eh - so so.  This week I'm coming back with a vengence.  However, a few days I was able to have really good ones.

If I could get myself to actually work out this week that would be super super super amazing!! Here's to hoping!

Passionate Living Life Business Blog Start-Up
I am really happy thrilled and excited about what is happening on the blog and the community that is building.  If you haven't been around these parts lately, I'm doing a Passionate Living series, and the responses I am receiving encourage me to continue with it because it is making a difference for my readers.

I am working with an AMAZING GRAPHIC DESIGNER to help me add an element to my logo.  I have admired her work for a couple of years now and I'm so excited about it.  I also got most of the pages put together.  I just need to finish the homepage and a few other files before we launch.  So it is exciting.  Again, if you're looking to start up a business or blog or would like a review on your site or branding send me an email (via the contact page above)!
Just like last week, we gon' keep it STUPID SIMPLE.  It takes 4 weeks (maybe 21 days, I forget) to solidify a habit.  And so my weekly wishes are remaining the same.  I'm going to keep on keepin' on and nothing is going to stop me!

(Don't forget to link up with Melyssa!)
xoxo, Aukele

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

You know what is funny?  When you're destined to do something.  When you can't help NOT doing something.  When you're passionate (isn't that a familiar word in these neck of the woods web now a days!) about something .  It oozes itself into your life - even if you attempt to reject it.  Even if you think you don't have the time for it.  Even if you feel you aren't ready physically or mentally for it.  Anyone ever been there?

Back when I was still blogging at Instant Mommie, I had an idea (oh really? self proclaimed idea guru? that's new!).  No but really, I had an idea to start writing a business blog with a focus in Marketing.  I started it, but had really bad follow through.

With all the new exciting things happening around these parts of the web lately, I find it a little comical that marketing and business ideas have found their way back to me.  Silly me - thinking I'd do another blog based on anything other than marketing - MY PASSION!

So I asked myself, why didn't it work the first time?  Why weren't my ideas bursting at the seams like they are now?  WHY?  For Heaven's sake - was I looking at other blogs for ideas on content when this is my subject of expertise?
I pursued it for all the wrong reasons (right off the bat).  I started it with the intent on making money, not enjoying my passion and this gift I've been blessed with.

This isn't to say wanting to monetize your work is bad thing, after all, the strategy to monetize was from other bloggers I look up to.  However, having this be my main intent for the blog was not the formula for success (FOR ME).  If I had put my passion for it FIRST and let the monetization happen in time (when it was the right time) it could have been more successful.

Now that I'm pursuing this with the right intent - living out my passion - things are coming together better than I could have asked for.

And you ask, "So Aukele, what's the take away?"

1. Find your passion.  Why would you waste your time and effort into something that doesn't get you excited when you wake up in the morning?

2. Before you start a project ask yourself, "What are my intentions?"  Make them clear for yourself.  If you don't know why you are doing something, why do it?  Ask yourself, "Why am I doing this?" "Is the effort worth the expected outcome?" "What is the purpose?"

3. If you want a true chance at long lasting success - first and foremost, you must ensure passionate about what you're (attempting/starting) to do. While knowing your passion is really important when it comes to risking it all and doing something for yourself, don't end up letting it be a crutch - guess what, you may have more than ONE passion. EXPLORE your passions.  Take the time to figure out if you have multiple passions.  If so - then you have more room to play with to figure out what is priority, what has more potential, what is more doable for you.

Did I just open up a can of worms?  More than one passion?  I know, I know.  You'll thank me later. I would really appreciate it if you would comment below and tell me what you think.  If you have questions ask, away.  What more do you want to know on passion and intent?

More Articles on This Series:
How to Draw People to Your Blog
Passion: What it is & How to Find It
Finding Your Passion: Your Story

xoxo, Aukele

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How I Fell IN and OUT of Love with Justin Timberlake

Friday, August 16, 2013

Anyone who knows me, knows I had a SERIOUS obsession with the lovely,
Justin Randall Timberlake.
I was his #1 fan.
I knew (obvs) his full name, birthday (1/31/81), birthplace,
parents names among other things I'm too embarrassed to further admit.

Here are 5 ways I fell IN and OUT of love with the
best boy band member of the 1990s and 2000s.
(I'm still biased, as I'm sure all 20 something adults still are! I hope??)

1) This Tearin' Up My Heart Video

This was my favorite part of this music video, and you better know I re-wound and played that ish a few hundred times (yes, the days of recording every glimpse of N Sync on tv with my VCR)!

2) Need I Say More?
 You know every time they did the above all the girls squealed (sorry, but oh - Lance and look at JC's facial expression) Lol.

3)He's a Total Goofball!

And I probably watched this Disney Concert a million times.

4)Flat Out SEXY

JT you can wink at me anytime!

5) I thought he finally got rid of that girl I loved and
loved to hate (cause she had my man) - Britney Spears

and then... I FELL OUT of love with him because...

1) He's Been in an Insane Asylum

Ain't nobody got time for that.

2) Then This Donkey had to Rock the Cradle

I still kinda dislike her (she's been kinda unforgiveable ever
since she married Julia Robert's best friend)

3) Turn Off

4) Clearly He Has Issues Letting Go!

5) Who Can Compete with Mila Kunis?
I mean ok.. maybe I'll just settle for a fling??

 **Please realize this post is all in fun and not anything serious.  I still kinda love him.  No, but really - I really want to push/challenge myself with creativity and humor.  Every Friday on a local radio station here in Hawaii, they do Stupid Joke Friday.  While I'd love to share the funnies I hear - most of them are racial types of jokes (Hawaiian, Samoan, Japanese, Portuguese, - we tease them all - mostly because we're a mixing pot ourselves)  which most people probably aren't fond of .  Anyway - I thought I'd share the same joy they share with all of us in a creative way, once a week - preferably on Fridays. I hope you all enjoyed it and got a good laugh!!  Happy Weekend.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

On Sunday I shared about how – when you’re passionate about what you’re writing (or doing in general) readers and people will be more inclined to listen to you, read your blog and follow you.  Passion is infectious and attracts others to you. (If you haven't read it already, click here).

What exactly is passion?  How do I know if I’m passionate about something?  Most of all, How do I find it?  Well – I’m glad you asked!

What exactly is passion? 

Webster says that passion is a powerful compelling, feeling or emotion; a strong amorous feeling or desire; a strong affection or enthusiasm for an object, concept, etc; a state of mind in which it is affected by something external, such as perception, desire, etc. as contrasted with action.

Passion is something that gives you a reason to get out of bed in the morning; something that makes you excited about life; something that is constantly on your mind.

How do I know if I’m passionate about something, and how do I find it?

If you’re questioning your passions or are unsure if something is truly your passion – that is perfectly ok.  What a perfect time to dig deep and think about it.  Ask yourself some of these questions and write it down (or type it up). 
  • What would I be happy doing for the rest of my life?
  • What did I love or want to do when I was a child?
  • What do I love to do now?
  • What am I doing when I'm completely in my element?
  • What would I do, regardless of the payment?
Since I was sixteen I knew I wanted to own my own business.  I dreamed of being the head honcho in the office.  Once I was in college I would always get ideas for businesses - not necessarily for me to execute, but they would mostly develop from conversations with friends. 

Anxiously wanting to be an "entrepreneur" I always struggled with my product (what I had to offer and bring to the table).  I could never think up something that I felt I could really pour my heart and soul into.  I struggled with that for a long, long time.  Three online businesses, two direct selling attempts later - I finally realized that I was honing & cultivating my passion all along.  It was right in front of me and I didn't even realize it.  I though that I would never find my "thing". 

My passion is to curate ideas and help others realize their personal opportunity and potential.  My passion is start-up consulting! 

I highly encourage you to take a step back, write down all of the things you love, all of the things you are good at, all of the things that get you excited and put a smile on your face.  Take a look at your life and recollect times you've been happy doing the same thing throughout your life.  For me - it was being able to help them think a problem through and find a resolution.  Specific instances lead me to idea generation and brainstorming. 

Then, dissect it.  You'll find your passion in there.  You'll find that constant pattern throughout your life.  You'll find your reason!

More Articles on This Series:
How to Draw People to Your Blog
Finding Your Passion: Your Story
Passionate Intentions 

xoxo, Aukele

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