Tuesday, November 21, 2017

~:[CH6 - Day 320]:~ Different Strokes

~:[CH6 - Day 320]:~ Different Strokes
He measures how often he plays on a weekly basis, mine on a yearly basis; however, that doesn't impact how we get along. Every year, our round in Vegas is a relaxing one where it's not about how we shoot, but the fact that we are playing together. It's a nice getaway from the overly-busy schedule I have back and home and while there is a mound of work I need to finish in the next few weeks, it's worth putting it aside for this quality time. We may be in very different situations, but we seem to be in sync with one another and our annual trip always solidifies it. There is minimal stress and lots of relaxation and while it would be nice to win a bit more money, in the end, the time we spend is priceless and no amount of money could make us happier. Tomorrow we venture back home to spend more precious time with family, but the past few days have been precious. No matter how many differences we have, I always know that we will be walking stride for stride by one another for the rest of our lives.

Monday, November 20, 2017

~:[CH6 - Day 319]:~ More Than Meets the Eye

~:[CH6 - Day 319]:~ More Than Meets the Eye
If someone were to describe this dish, the would probably taught about its beauty, how delicious it looks, etc. Our society often is quick to judge by appearances and often doesn't leave room to see more than meets the eye. Our society has been so engrossed in what something should look like and what beauty is, that they forget to look at the core. As no matter how a dish appears, what makes up the dish will be more important than its presentation. Getting away on vacation has allowed me time to relax and to think. It has allowed me to self-reflect and think about how I can change in order to make sure that the ingredients that go into me are high quality and will make my dish the best possible, making sure there truly is more than meets the eye. It's hard to avoid the social trends that have been engrained in our minds, however, I will do my best going forward that I can see people at their core and let that be what I see. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

~:[CH6 - Day 318]:~ Just Enough in the Tank

~:[CH6 - Day 318]:~ Just Enough in the Tank
It was tough for everyone after spending a day at Six Flags. We enjoyed a nice breakfast together and worked our way over to the course. It was a beautiful day and while the sun beat down on the racers, there was still a cool breeze around the park. It was a decently rough course at parks with a lot of turns which slowed the times down, but I was impressed with how our athletes came to race. Even when not feeling their best, they expended what they had and gave their best effort, which made me so proud. With four medalists and five qualifiers for Tallahassee out of five athletes, it was quite the pleasant day. We enjoyed Tpumps on our way home and I got to catch up with an alum out there before heading home. It was a bonus in a busy day, which wasn't over yet. I cleaned up, repacked and then headed out to Vegas with my dad, as we just had enough gas to make it to Vegas, yet we decided to fill up anyway. I am pooped now that I am here in Vegas, but sometimes, it's nice when you reach the end of the day and you just have enough in the tank. You may feel exhausted and ready to KO, but at least you know you made the most of your day, much like my athletes made the most of their race today. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

~:[CH6 - Day 317]:~ No Breaking the Magic

~:[CH6 - Day 317]:~ No Breaking the Magic
It was a little sad as we were driving out to Valencia, as it should have been a day that we could be racing. However, we didn't allow that to break the magic of the day. Since we were racing in the area, we headed out and spent the day at Six Flags and it was one of the best decisions we made. The lines were long, but not outrageous, as we were able to ride on all the best rides and also get some great photos ops among the new holiday decorations all around. This group of five was so well connected that the lines passed by super quickly and despite the fact that the rides broke down three times, twice when we were in front, they did not let that destroy the day. I think that's a good lesson for us all. Things are not going to go well, but ultimately, we need to keep our spirits up and our mind positive if we want to keep the magic up. Good things don't just come to people who are lucky, as a positive spirit and always keeping your eyes open to good things around you, gives you better odds at making magic. Don't limit your chances at creating magic, rather, make the most of each day and don't let minor delays and obstacles stop you from reaching all the good that is waiting for you ahead. At the end of the night, they thanked me for the day, but ultimately, I was thankful for another magical opportunity that they provided. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

~:[CH6 - Day 316]:~ Outside the Classroom

~:[CH6 - Day 316]:~ Outside the Classroom
It may not have been the best game I have played in the kickoff games, but I still had a blast. It's one thing to get to know students within the walls of the classroom, but to do activities outside of the classroom is even more important. You get to see the students in a new light and they get to see you in a new perspective as well. It's important in order to build trust and a strong relationship so that they have more respect for you and vice versa. Regardless, the staff had a strong start and barely held on to the victory while the coaches had a pretty dominating performances. With a few studs out there, I didn't even need to touch the ball on offense much and that was probably better for us. As I reconnected with alumni and sat back and enjoyed the games, I thought, this was the perfect way to start the break. It will be a busy one, but I think I'm ready for it all. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

~:[CH6 - Day 315]:~ Our Story

~:[CH6 - Day 315]:~ Our Story
I always love grading projects like this. To look through the creative stories and messages they send through their work can be inspiring. It also makes me think about people and each of our own stories. I think within our society, conformity is very common and people don't want their story to stick out from others. They want to have similar adventures and have as few bumps in the road as possible. However, the reality is that our variations is what makes this world great. It makes us interesting and while some of that story can be sad and heartbreaking it is also what develops us as people. It helps us grow and learn and become the people who we are. While there is a template for how many movie and show scripts grow, in life, our story shouldn't fit that template. We shouldn't be afraid to allow our story to go in a direction where we want it to ahead and we shouldn't be afraid to share our story, as there is no reason to be embarrassed by our present, our past and our future. Don't confine yourself by the "social norms," rather, write the story you want to write. Don't judge people around you for the lives they life, rather be there to support them and mentor them in any way that they may need. Open your eyes to the world around you and don't think that the Hollywood script is the only way that a life should be lived. I'm proud of my story, mistakes and all and  I hope that you are too. I'm here to listen to your story and hopefully together, we can all write a scripts worth listening to.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

~:[CH6 - Day 314]:~ The Past, The Present, The Future

~:[CH6 - Day 314]:~ The Past, The Present, The Future
It was a day of nostalgia for many of my athletes who went to Tetzlaff as they worked the middle school meet there. They got reacquainted with their middle school coach and got to see their siblings and old friends. Half of our group consisted of freshmen and the other half others, including five seniors. It was a nice mix of the present and the future of the team mixed in with those ten athletes who were once part of this Tetzlaff team. After scrip, I ended up catching up with an alumni over Korean BBQ and it was nice just relaxing a bit. I had a lot of my mind and needed to get away a bit so I could think clearly. By the time I got home, I was focused and got a lot of work done. Of course, sometimes when I work, it's simply a distraction from something I need to think about or plan. As what was ahead loomed in my mind, I was grateful to have a group of past athletes who established the foundation for this team, a present who get along so well together, and a young group who make our future look bright. The one interesting thing about the three is that as people move through their lives, they travel with all three trying to make sure they maintain a balance so that they don't live in the past, look too far into the future, or rush too quickly through the present. All three are apart of who you are, who you were and who you will be.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

~:[CH6 - Day 313]:~ Going Viral

~:[CH6 - Day 313]:~ Going Viral
People often tell me that I'm crazy when they hear about my schedule or something that I am planning on doing. I often go through with what I want because as much time and energy that it might take, it's well worth it to me. So after work, I jumped in a car and drove up to Santa Barbara to do an interview, since I didn't have practice today. A meeting with one, turned into a catch up with five in Santa Barbara and three in LA. This is exactly why, you do what your heart tells you to do. You just never know where it will take you or how great of a day it will turn into. I interviewed someone who takes a similar approach. He goes and does what his heart tells him, he designs what his mind wants him to and he creates it. With a packed schedule, it's not easy to do, but he does it anyway and ultimately, it led him to three viral videos with over a million hits with one having over eight million plus all those views stolen from him. It's inspiring to hear people tell stories like this because it makes you realize that while sometimes the people around you have your best intention in mind, they also aren't the ones who should be making the decisions. You may make the wrong decision and you'll learn, but you also have to trust in yourself enough to make the decisions you need to make, for you, not them. As I venture on this documentary project, I am beginning to the diversity of thought among people and it's really helping me see the world in a whole new light. If I had the choice again, I'd jump in my car and do the five hour round trip drive all over again, as spending the day with all these wonderful people is what life is all about. While this post will probably not go viral, in my own eyes, it will, as it is special moments like today that replay in my mind over and over because they hold a special place in my heart and that's as viral as it gets for me. Congratulations on your success NARMAK and it was great catching up with all of you!

Monday, November 13, 2017

~:[CH6 - Day 312]:~ Sweet November

~:[CH6 - Day 312]:~ Sweet November
It was a bit of a eerie day. A day that we don't have regular practice when I felt like we should, a scent through my room that I wish would go away, and an emotional hangover from the weekend on top of an awkward stomach due to my spicy challenges. It would have been easy to pass this day off as a loss, but it was also a day I would be able to grab my camera and get back into photo shoot mode. The day picked back up when I discovered the join venture of Curry House and Gudetama! The egg that somehow makes you smile brightened up my day and was a great transition to the start of a sweet November day. Truly, I mean sweet. I had tickets to the Museum of Ice Cream again and we got to shoot throughout the museum. It was slightly redesigned and I liked the new layout. There were some great ideas and ended up having a few new places that we could shoot. In the end, the day that started out so dreary, turned out to be one of the sweetest of them all. I guess you can never give up on a day, as you just never know how a day can turn in your favorite if you keep a positive aura and believe that even the worst of days can become just as sweet as today.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

~:[CH6 - Day 311]:~ Up for the Challenge

~:[CH6 - Day 311]:~ Up for the Challenge
I waited until today to take on the challenge. Yes, I was stupid enough to do the buldak x 2 challenge and the one chip challenge (carolina reaper) in the same night. NOT A GREAT IDEA! However, I survived both and am living to tell the tale. I guess this is what I do when I have a little emotionally hangover from yesterday. Regardless, it was photos, kdramas and challenges for me today, as I didn't feel in the mood to do much of anything else. I guess it was a good call because I was pretty productive and caught up on organizing all of my photos from the entire year. Regardless, I sit here with my stomach still burning wondering why I took on these two challenges. In life, we do the same thing. We take on challenges for a number of reasons. We should always challenge ourselves, but then again, we should think about why we are taking on the challenge. Are we doing it to better ourselves, to prove to others that we can do it, or do we even know whey we are doing it? For me, I thought it was best to look at each situation and make sure that the challenge I took on was worth the rewards I was getting and also something that I wanted to take on. Thinking back to today, I may have made the wrong choice and the price I am going to pay later will be immense, however, there always is that sense of accomplishment I'll feel as I am suffering through BTS in the morning. Yes, that's right, I may have survived tonight, but tomorrow is a whole different story.