Life

Tie Your Roots

A year after my mother’s death, angels came in the form of women who were doing a service project for foster youth.  I asked about their organization, and somehow I could hear my mother tell me to join.  I could also help Filipinos in Hawaii. I’ve been with the organization ten years.

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The women helped me to rediscover my culture.  I learned how to cook pancit and adobo a little bit better.  I learned how to make a parol and sing Tagalog songs.My mother would have been happy that I connected with people that look like me and appreciate our culture.

This year the Filipino Women’s League elected me to the Vice Presidency position, and I am also the membership chair. I invite anyone to join.  We have a diverse group of women that appreciate and celebrate the Filipino culture. You don’t have to be Filipino to join.

The League has cultural education through dance and song, we have service projects throughout the year, and we offer scholarships.  We get together once a month and review upcoming events and projects.  We also have camaraderie and connection.

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The League has been around almost 50 years.  I have learned so much about leadership, facilitation, and valuing members through this organization and many other organizations like FWL.  When you join a service organization, you learn so much about people and yourself.  I learned how to tie to my roots.  How do you tie to yours?

Next blog: Almost half a century

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One Foot in Front of No Other

Has anyone heard the song “One Foot” by Walk The Moon? http://www.walkthemoonband.com/#music-and-video-page

I changed the lyrics just a little to relate it to my situation.  I love the lyrics….  The song popped up while I was deciding to leave a job that sucked the life out of me and struggling to create a business from nothing.

I sing it to myself when I feel down or when I have that win for the day.  I love to pull a James Corden Carpool Karaoke session in my car.  You will see me on the H1 belting out the song. I have another song to set me up for speaking engagements.  That’s for another blog, another day.

My wonderful husband, Nick, has helped me to start this journey to begin to build this business.  He has been so incredibly supportive and continued to be my rock. All we have is each other. He’s got my back through this wilderness.

I don’t know what it’s like to have one foot in front of the other. I’ve had a prosthetic leg three times in my life and hated each one of them.  I don’t have one now because the entire prosthetic attaches to my body.  I don’t have a left hip and the brace would come up to my chest.  Just picture a tiny little Filipino girl carrying around a clunky, hot, itchy, and incredibly heavy object. The combination of an active person and a 30 lb. weight strapped to you does not make a great combination. I had to swing my whole body to get the leg to move an inch. Sometimes I took 30 minutes to a class that would normally take 5 minutes. I hope that answers why I don’t wear a prosthetic leg.

My life on my own terms. The phrase one foot in front of no other forces me to keep moving.  I will walk with my crutches, hop, or wheel my way forward. I will get there one foot in front of no other.