New Year’s Resolution Reimagined

 

Background: After reposting the same New Year’s Resolution from 2008-2012 without success,  I had to rethink it. I replaced my resolution with a bucket list in 2013. I went from incremental goals (i.e. lose 10 pounds) to life-changing goals.

Preface: At 12:05am on January 1st, 2013, I was lying face down in a cul-de-sac in Mililani Mauka after a fireworks accident (don’t ask.) I was thinking, sheesh, can 2013 be over with already? Unlikely as it seemed then, I was blessed to meet up with my Compassion sponsored child in the Philippines and walk across the Great Wall of China by year’s end. All things are possible.

This is my current bucket list. There’s a whole lotta travel, which is my passion.

Life Goals:

• Seek after God’s heart
• Learn to speak Japanese
• Appear in a TV commercial
• Create a work of art
• Attend a Red Sox vs. Yankees game
• Go snowboarding
• Learn to cook a fancy gourmet dish
• Get a tattoo
• Own my dream car, a vintage VW bus

School Goals:

• Tie a kihei
• Run a TED-Ed event at Bishop Museum
• Create a new & innovative type of PD/PL

Ministry Goals:

• Go on a missions trip to Japan
• Start up an outreach ministry in Kakaʻako

Travel Goals:

• Visit Hong Kong
• Visit Hiroshima & Miyajima Island
• Attend Taikai in Okinawa in 2021
• Eat phở in Vietnam
• Visit London
• Visit Reykjavík, Iceland
• Visit Prague in the Czech Republic
• Go to Oktoberfest in Germany
• Travel to Istanbul
• Travel to Marrakech
• Eat Hairy Crab in Sapporo
• Travel to Angkor Wat in Cambodia

• See the Taj Mahal
• Witness the Aurora Borealis
• Attend a World Cup Soccer match

Completed Goals:

√ Visit my sponsored child in the Philippines
√ Travel to Machu Picchu
√ Walk across the Great Wall of China
√ Visit Barcelona
√ Pasta at a sidewalk cafe in Rome
√ Hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa
√ Visit Australia
√ Visit Aotearoa (NZ)
√ Visit Seoul
√ Learn to surf
√ Learn to skateboard
√ Take a solo (YOLO) trip to Paris
√ Visit my “homeland” of Okinawa
√ Find the best bowl of ramen in Hawaiʻi
√ Launch a homeless outreach ministry in Chinatown
√ Run a TEDxYouth event at school
√ Play guitar in a café
√ Publish a TED-Ed lesson
√ Own a condo near Ala Moana Beach (lifelong dream)

Amazing memories! I am also thankful that I have been blessed with things that I never even imagined.

Occasionally, I will open up my Moleskine and have a [re]imagine sesh. I believe that there is intentionality in writing things down. Continuing to work on my life goals, school goals, ministry goals, and travel goals.

Hope your bucket list is going well. Dream big!
Happy 2019! Hau`oli Makahiki Hou & God Bless!

New Year’s Resolution [Re]imagined

Background: After reposting the same New Year’s Resolution from 2008-2012 without success,  I had to rethink it. I replaced my resolution with a bucket list in 2013. I went from incremental goals (i.e. lose 10 pounds) to life-changing goals.

Preface: At 12:05am on January 1st, 2013, I was lying face down in a cul-de-sac in Mililani Mauka after a fireworks accident (don’t ask.) I was thinking, sheesh, can 2013 be over with already? Unlikely as it seemed then, I was blessed to meet up with my Compassion sponsored child in the Philippines and walk across the Great Wall of China by year’s end. All things are possible.

This is my current bucket list. There’s a whole lotta travel, which is my passion.

Life Goals:

• Seek after God’s heart
• Go snowboarding
• Appear in a TV commercial
• Create a work of art
• Attend a Red Sox vs. Yankees game
• Learn to cook a fancy gourmet dish
• Get a tattoo
• Own my dream car, a vintage VW bus
• Buy a suit (and actually wear it)

School Goals:

• Tie a kihei
• Attend SXSW EDU

Ministry Goals:

• Go on a missions trip to Japan

Travel Goals:

• Visit Hiroshima & Miyajima Island
• Visit Hong Kong
• Visit Hokkaido
• Eat phở in Vietnam
• Visit London
• Visit Prague in the Czech Republic
• Go to Oktoberfest in Germany
• Travel to Istanbul
• Travel to Marrakech
• Travel to Angkor Wat in Cambodia

• See the Taj Mahal
• Witness the Aurora Borealis
• Attend a World Cup Soccer match

Completed Goals:

√ Visit my sponsored child in the Philippines
√ Revisit New York City
√ Travel to Machu Picchu
√ Walk across the Great Wall of China
√ Visit Barcelona
√ Visit Rome
√ Hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa
√ Visit Australia
√ Visit Aotearoa (NZ)
√ Learn to skateboard
√ Take a solo (YOLO) trip to Paris
√ Visit my “homeland” of Okinawa
√ Find the best bowl of ramen in Hawaiʻi
√ Launch a homeless outreach ministry in Chinatown
√ Run a TEDxYouth event at school
√ Play guitar in a café
√ Publish a TED-Ed lesson
√ Own a condo near Ala Moana Beach (lifelong dream)

Amazing memories! I am also thankful that I have been blessed with things that I never even dreamed of.

Occasionally, I will open up my Moleskine and have a [re]imagine sesh. I believe that there is intentionality in writing things down. Continuing to work on my life goals, school goals, ministry goals, and travel goals.

Hope your bucket list is going well. Dream big!
Happy 2018! Hau`oli Makahiki Hou & God Bless!

New Year’s Resolution Reimagined

Background: After reposting the same New Year’s Resolution from 2008-2012 without success,  I had to rethink it. I replaced it with a bucket list in 2013. I went from incremental goals (i.e. lose 10 lbs.) to life-changing goals.

Preface: At 12:05am on January 1st, 2013, I was lying face down in a cul-de-sac in Mililani Mauka after a fireworks accident (don’t ask.) I was thinking, sheesh, can 2013 be over with? Unlikely as it seemed then, I was blessed to meetup with my Compassion sponsored child in the Philippines and walk across the Great Wall of China by year’s end. All things are possible.

This is my current bucket list. There’s a whole lotta travel, which is my passion.

Life Goals:

• Seek after God’s heart
• Go snowboarding
• Appear in a TV commercial
• Create a work of art
• See a Red Sox vs. Yankees game
• Learn to cook a fancy gourmet dish
• Get a tattoo
• Own my dream car, a ’67 VW van
• Buy a suit (and wear it)

School Goals:

• Run a TED-Ed speaking event at SALT @ Our Kakaʻako
• Publish a TED-Ed animated lesson on the Hōkūleʻa Worldwide Voyage
• Tie a kihei

Ministry Goals:

• Go on a missions trip to Japan

Travel Goals:

• Visit Hiroshima & Miyajima Island
• Visit Hong Kong
• Eat phở in Vietnam
• Visit London
• Visit Prague in the Czech Republic
• Go to Oktoberfest in Germany
• Travel to Istanbul
• Travel to Marrakech
• Travel to Angkor Wat in Cambodia
• Visit Aotearoa
• See the Taj Mahal
• Witness the Aurora Borealis
• Attend a World Cup Soccer match

Completed Goals:

√ Visit my sponsored child in the Philippines
√ Revisit New York City
√ Travel to Machu Picchu
√ Walk across the Great Wall of China
√ Visit Barcelona
√ Visit Rome
√ Visit Australia
√ Learn to skateboard
√ Take a solo (YOLO) trip to Paris
√ Visit my “homeland” of Okinawa
√ Find the best bowl of ramen in Hawaiʻi
√ Help launch a homeless outreach ministry in Chinatown
√ Run a TEDxYouth event at school
√ Play guitar in a café
√ Own a condo near Ala Moana Beach (lifelong dream)

Amazing memories! I am also thankful that I have been blessed with things that I never even dreamed of.

Occasionally, I will open up my Moleskine and have a [re]imagine sesh. Continuing to work on my life goals, school goals, ministry goals, and travel goals.

Hope your bucket list is going well. Dream big!
Happy 2017! Hau`oli Makahiki Hou & God Bless!

Bucket List 2016

After reposting the same New Year’s Resolution year-after-year with no success, I tried reimagining the process and switched over to a bucket list in 2013. I moved from incremental goals (e.g., lose 10 pounds) to life goals. It’s been transformational. Since then, I’ve walked across the Great Wall of China, visited my Compassion sponsored child in the Philippines, ran a TED Talk event at school, and led a homeless outreach ministry in Chinatown. Truly blessed.

Here’s my updated list on bucketlist.org:

Occasionally, I will open up my Moleskine and have a “reimagine sesh.” Continuing to work on my life goals, school goals, ministry goals, and travel goals.

Hope your bucket list is going well! Happy 2016! Hau`oli Makahiki Hou & God Bless.

Machu Picchu Bound….

It’s official! I’ll be going to Peru in the spring of 2016! Cheehoo! This is a dream-come-true and a bucket list item. I’ll be going as a chaperone for our high school’s EF Tour. (Here’s a link to the website that I set up for the students & parents.)

And here I am after receiving confirmation. #blessed

Story:
After hearing about the trip, I scheduled an appointment with my financial advisor to see if I could somehow afford this. It was my original intention to pay as a tour participant. After learning that this was not happening, I accepted the situation. It just wasn’t meant to be. (Not willing to sacrifice supporting ministries or missions.)

Weeks later, I learned from the lead teacher that I would be able to go for free as a chaperone if 4 more students signed up for the trip. That was highly improbable, but “nothing’s impossible.” In just one week, 5 more signed up. I believe that this was indeed a blessing from God.

At today’s Peru trip meeting, I was reunited with some of my former middle school students. They were excited to hear the announcement. And I was incredibly thankful.
Muchas gracias….