Life

Holidays Colliding

Today is Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday. Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday. Friday is Chinese New Year. Monday is President’s Day.

It’s holiday overload for an American from Hawaii, in love with my husband, and Catholic.

I’ve been to New Orleans once. It’s a beautiful city, and beautiful people and the city has a dark side too. When I was there, it was after Hurricane Katrina, and many homes were still being rebuilt. Life still went on, and every night there is a party on Bourbon Street.

I’m figuring out what to get my husband for Valentine’s and strategizing a game plan to get my 13-year-old son to mass on a Wednesday. I am thankful I work from home and have my own business. If I were still working in an office, I would have had to get malasadas today, chocolate tomorrow and red envelopes for Friday.

Hopefully, we run into a Chinese lion dance this weekend because I can’t strategize how to drag a 13-year-old to an event with a Chinese lion dance.

My 13-year-old gave me insight. His project this week is to create a poster and write about Barack Obama. At first, I thought, that’s a lot to give a kid and expect a project to be done in a week. Then my next thought was to see President Obama through his eyes. The next thought was to see President Trump through his eyes. He is growing up in a time of extreme change and extreme opinions. I thought the world must be colliding in front of his eyes.

Colliding holidays are minor compared to what he is experiencing.

Next blog: Culture and Leadership

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