Sunday, September 24, 2017

~:[CH6 - Day 262]:~ Simply Weird

~:[CH6 - Day 262]:~ Simply Weird
This group is quite strange. It's nice because the personalities are so different, but they also get along. I think this city and this sign fits them well. We ventured out into the city, went to Voodoo Doughnuts, headed to Powell's, back to Saturday Market and finished off the Nike Store. As we headed to the airport, I was pretty amazed at how much we were able to do this trip and despite the headaches here and there, it ended up being a pretty good trip. I bought a book called, You're Doing a Freaking Great Job, and I kept thinking how many of the moments during this trip could fit into many of the quotes from the book. I have had a lot of different groups that I've taken to the Oregon trip and I think all of them fit this sign. they're all pretty weird, just like Portland. Today we close another chapter in the history of our ohana, but the memories of this trip will forever be etched in our programs weird history.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

~:[CH6 - Day 261]:~ Making a Splash

~:[CH6 - Day 261]:~ Making a Splash
It was race morning. We woke up on time and headed out to breakfast. We got lucky and were able to eat before anyone else came in. We had time to wander through the course and check it all out. The mud pit was like a lake. Scratch that ... it was a lake. Knee, hip and for some, chest deep at points, the pits seemed to be quite entertaining for the team and the course a challenge that they may never see in their lifetime. Most of the athletes came back happy, knowing how great of a course it was and while we didn't place as high as we hoped, we did fairly well with a partial varsity lineup. Regardless, we enjoyed our day, cleaned up and headed home. Even with a horrible experience at KFC, it could not ruin our day, as we spent our final evening, ice skating and enjoying the evening as if it was our last. Today, we made a splash and while it's sad that it's going to be ending already, I'm glad that it happened at all. With every step that you take, whether on solid ground or if you fall face first in the mud, take each one with a smile, simply because you were able to. It's easy to wish for something better, but we can never forget to appreciate that it happened at all and in each of these moments, if we look close enough, I'm sure that we can find that we truly did make a splash each and every day.

Friday, September 22, 2017

~:[CH6 - Day 260]:~ Life's a Beach

~:[CH6 - Day 260]:~ Life's a Beach
We woke up early before heading off the Oregon Zoo after our morning run. It was great to venture around and see one of my favorite zoos around. We ran a little late so we weren't able to get to one of our spots, but it also meant we had a more relaxed day ahead. We had some time to sit down and eat, relax and get a few things down before heading to Seaside. The ride to Seaside was nice as we had the same driver we had two years ago and she definitely enjoyed having us. We had a great conversation all the way up to Seaside. We ventured up to Seaside and visited the beach before dinner. It ended up being a pretty good time. We headed to Camp Rilea after dinner and settled into the barracks. The team made friends with another team and joined in on their scavenger hunt. Aside from the dirty sheets, the team seemed to enjoy the experience, as they headed to sleep for the race on Saturday. It definitely was a day that reminded me that life's a beach. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

~:[CH6 - Day 259]:~ To Those We'll Remember

~:[CH6 - Day 259]:~ To Those We'll Remember
There are many who accomplish great things around me. It's always exciting to hear about what people are doing, what they accomplish and how they climb up the ranks. However, as time passes, the ones I will remember the most are those who made a large impact on those around them, giving selflessly, sacrificing their time and energy for those around them. Sure the millionaire and the award winner may have a bigger role in society and receive higher accolades, however, in many cases, it's the type of people who receive little to no recognition that will have a lasting impact we will never forget. As while we had to wake up early in the morning to get to Nike World Headquarters, the athletes were filled with excitement as they toured around the campus and enjoyed the experience. One of my runners even ran into his favorite athletes Suguru Osako when walking through the training area. The experience was all thanks to Annie, who gave up time in her day to show us around despite just returning from Asia. It kickstarted our day and left the athletes with something they'd remember for the rest of their lives. It began the ten mile walking trek we'd take through Portland including Pioneer Square, the Japanese Garden and International Rose Test Garden, Mississippi Street and glow-in-the-dark miniature golf. By night's end, we were exhausted, but it was a day that they'll remember and be able to talk about for year's to come. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

~:[CH6 - Day 258]:~ We've Arrived

~:[CH6 - Day 258]:~ We've Arrived
We were delayed on the tarmac at LAX, but we still made it. It was a pretty late arrival into Portland as we walked to our hotel just before midnight, but at least we got here. While exhausted, the group walked pretty fast and overall it was a good start to the trip. The flight was awesome as the flight attendant called out our athletes who "made mistakes" on the intercom such as leaving their bag in the gate checked bag area without actually checking it in or one who did not buckle her seatbelt the first time they asked. The mood led to a comfortable flight. It was tough trying to make it through the day and packing at the last minute, I know that I forgot something (I already know I forgot one thing), however, like in most cases, I'll manage and it will all work out in the end. It's been a crazy start to the year, however, I can breathe a sigh of relieve, as we've arrived. Portland, watch out! #ohanarnr

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

~:[CH6 - Day 257]:~ Up in the Clouds

~:[CH6 - Day 257]:~ Up in the Clouds
It's always nice to look up into the sky and feel at ease. As if all is going to be taken care of and all is going to be right in the world. You sometimes just get this feeling that despite all the craziness that is going on, things are going to be alright. As I looked up to the sky, I realized, I would not be going to today's Angels game, but the angels were definitely going to be watching over me. It was definitely a sight that made me feel comforted and made me remember all of the loved ones that I lost in the past. In all the crazy times we face day in and day out, just taking a moment to look up in the sky could make all the difference in the world. Today, that's what happened to me. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

~:[CH6 - Day 256]:~ A Little Luck Along the Way

~:[CH6 - Day 256]:~ A Little Luck Along the Way
It was great having the athletes add in a new part to their workout routine as we ventured into the new week. It's amazing that it's nearly been a month since school started, as it's flown by so quickly. With a good run and a good workout, the day was superbly fabulous from start to finish. In the morning, I realized I had won a prize from my lottery ticket, I survived the day and then came home to see the Lions knock off the Giants, a great pick for me! The reality is, the greatest luck that I have had is not anything I have won, but in the amazing students and athletes I work with on a daily basis. I think I got luck to be where I am at today and while people say they want to hit the jackpot, I realized that I already have. While I was exhausted by night's end, shooting a second round interview video and editing it, the enthusiasm I had from all that was going right pushed me through as far as I could go. I'm tired, I'm exhausted, but I realize that I found myself a little luck along the way today.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

~:[CH6 - Day 255]:~ The Right Selection

~:[CH6 - Day 255]:~ The Right Selection
I think karaoke (nolaebang 노래방) is the best comparison to our paths in life. I think all of us have those songs that perfectly fit us. We may not be good at singing at all, but there are those songs that just fit your voice, your tone or just your energy. You seem to buy into those songs and thus, it kind of ends up being your jam for the night. Then there are those songs that you should never have typed in, but regardless, you should try them anyways and just enjoy the opportunity. In our lives, we should keep singing songs until we find that song that fits us. There will be many failures along the way, but eventually, we will find our match. However, at the same time, we can't be afraid to do that song that we love, even if we know that the chances of success are low. First, you never know, but secondly, do what you love. There will be those around you who guide you to a song or say that you can't handle a song, however, by days end, be the one that decides what song you choose. Most importantly, be confident and don't worry what others things, just be sure to give it your all so at the end of the day you know what you're capable of. The night in Koreatown today was awesome and glad that I got to reunite with my friend from Japan. It was a bit tiring today, but glad that I decided to go out as it truly was the right selection.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

~:[CH6 - Day 254]:~ Even in the Darkness

~:[CH6 - Day 254]:~ Even in the Darkness
It was a day to get work done and to catch up. I didn't do much on the day, but it ended up being a productive day, with a few odds and ends being taken care of. I still had time to take some signs around, to stop off at the TC and to meet up with a few people. When we met it was dark, but that darkness did not survive and each of them lit up the night for me, making it an extra special evening, even if it was just for a few moments. We couldn't really see much, but you don't need to see when you connect like we did. The darkness was definitely no match. As I spent the evening working on MUN materials for the conference, I kept appreciating the day and all the moments it had to offer. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

~:[CH6 - Day 253]:~ This is Me

~:[CH6 - Day 253]:~ This is Me
In our world, we're continued to push towards being the best that we can be, to be a proud representative of our families and communities and to succeed. Some people take on a win-at-all-cost approach, while others build a positive community around them to spread the workload so that the success can be shared by all. As I reflect back on my life, I see that I do not have everything I have ever dreamed of; I have not become the best that I can be, yet I have strangely fine with that. It's not like I have not tried to be the best, I just began to realize, that I did not really need to be the best, I just needed to be me. Sure, it sounds like I am being a sore loser and that I am giving up, but in reality, my success comes in my realization and acceptance of it. However, while you think this may mean I will not work as hard or give it my all, you are wrong, as this just means that I understand that "winning" does not equal success. Sometimes the winning-at-all-cost methods makes us lose those around us, it can make us stress out or work ourselves to death or simply, it can lead us to lose our self and that in itself is failure. I think one of the most important things in life is not losing yourself in the process; to keep the respect you deserve by giving respect, but also making sure you stand up for yourself and respect yourself. It's like walking that tightrope between the aggressive win-it-all-costers and those who are just trying to make it. I was thinking long and hard about this through the day, as I taught class, coached my team, ran errands with them, and finally, ended my day with a hot tea, trying to kick my cold. I thought how I probably would never be rich, elected as president, or never reach the spotlight, but I am okay with that as long as I can survive, I can smile and I can stay true to myself. We live in such a place where people try to tear each other down to raise themselves or those close to them up, however, maybe we need to re-evaluate and ensure ourselves that in the process of our rise, we take people with us, rather than stomp all over them. I have a lot of work to do and still am in the process of sorting things out, but the first step is understanding so that you can begin plotting the road map that lies ahead of you. Sometimes we run, forgetting exactly where we are headed, today, I found my direction and know that while the race to the top is what is popular these days, I rather just run where my heart tells me to, even if that means I'll never reach the top. Whether it's riches, love, adventures or none of the above that lies ahead for me, I am fine where I am headed, as long as I don't lose myself in the process.