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.

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Heart, Head, Hustle

My hustle is my business.  I believe in providing value for a company or a person to improve on what they will potentially become.  I get a kick out of seeing people realize their behaviors and make a change. Their realization may be very minuscule, but I feel it and, I hope it changes them for the better.  When I coach someone or an organization on improving or changing their mindset, I begin to change myself.

I used to thwart evaluation and criticism.  I realize now that it’s feedback.  (I will include on a future blog on how to give empowering feedback and not a destructive feedback,) Feedback is essential after every session and valuable for my next sessions.  Always changing, always improving.

My best way of describing this change is the black dress analogy:  the black dress looks great on you, and when you dress up with the right jewelry (https://www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/vince) , you shine and sparkle a little bit more.  Same person…enhanced by their beauty.

Along with this hustle, I will use my heart and my head.  My friend Sean Hookano-Briel with Comprendio Inc. (https://www.comprendio.co/) use this tag for their business.  Tweet and post #heartheadhustle

I’m getting better at using my intuition when I’m meeting with a client.  I need to use my head more when it comes to payment processing and offering too much for free.  I use my head to strategizing the best training system for your organization.

I use my heart when I hustle and depend on all the people that support me on this new journey of creating a life that was always waiting for me. Now, I pray before I go into a meeting and pray after a meeting with a client.  I ask God if this is His will, then help me to provide value for this organization or person.

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