business, Life

Winds are Changing

Waiting for the hurricane has me reflecting on this past year as an entrepreneur.  There has been some highs and real lows.  I keep it real because that’s who I am. I am ready to take it to the next level.


There are some changes that will be coming.  I will be letting go of some things and concentrating on the core values of bambooshoot: Strength, Flexibility, and Growth.  I know that I can come through any difficulties if I stay grounded in my beliefs and my abilities.   I also need to rely on the people who believe in me and give me honest feedback.  My true supporters listen to my struggles, help me to find a different avenue, and show up when no one else does.

I also have amazing coaches. I do recommend a coach that can walk you through your difficult times and also give you honest feedback on how you are conducting yourself.   We need that mirror to build us up and to show us reality.

I will be focusing more on my speaking, training, and coaching through my other website: You can always check out my other sites that helped me with my risidual income:

Helps with stomach and mental health issues:

The clothing and jewelry I wear:





False Alarm and Awareness

Saturday’s wake up call for a ballistic missile attack was jarring for many of us in Hawaii and loved ones in the mainland and other countries.  I picked up my phone and said a short prayer, “Lord, if this is real, please help me to help people. You have given me so many gifts and experiences.  I am ready.”

My second action was to check social media and the tv. I didn’t hear the sirens. I am from Kauai, and we are used to sirens in an emergency. My son came down the stairs and his little-worried face asked if we saw the alert.  I told him not to worry, and both my husband and I thought it was a hoax or a mistake.

Being from Kauai, we are used to disasters and both my parents grew up in the Philippines when the Japanese invaded their country.  I think they prepared us well.

I have too many first aid kits.  I think we have enough food for two weeks. I do two things before a disaster. I fill up the tubs with water and do the laundry.  My kids and husband make fun of me when I do both things every time I hear a siren.  I know which room to go to if a bomb hits the islands.

I am an Americorp member from 1992, and we created the first Foodbank on Kauai after Hurricane Iniki. I know how to set up food pantries and shelters.  I know how to develop systems for separated family members. Yes, I’m a little crazy, I look at systems to find lost pets after a disaster.

For a split second, my thought was, well…ground zero could be where I’m sitting and what good would that be? This gave me a sense of heightened awareness, and I reflected on my life. I hope I served as much as I could with all that I could.

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