Are you present?

What does being present mean? To me it means really being in the moment…enjoying what’s going on now. Since I returned from my first weekend of the power and contribution course, I have been keenly present. I have noticed, enjoyed and absorbed my surroundings, conversations and events.

I am in the moments when I’m folding laundry & preparing meals (I love doing things for my family); driving ( I love the trees, breezes, sounds); spending time with people ( I’m very happy with my new friends); and when I watch the sun rise ( I get up before my family so I can watch the sunrise on weekdays).

I’m present to the miracles that are my life. Knowing what I’ve learned over the past 13 months, I’m delighted and proud of myself and my family.

It tickles me to be present because I enjoy it all that much more.

How are you doing with this!?

Aloha,
Denise

Are you going big enough?

I always say, ” go big or go home.” Now it’s time to put my money where my mouth is.

I’m enrolled in the Landmark Education Power and Contribution course. It’s lead by the legendary Helen Gilhooly. I experienced some extraordinary people, thoughts and breakthroughs. I realize I’m in a game-changing place: I have to play a bigger game. I’m thrilled to have completed the first of five weekends.

I’m committed to it, whatever it looks like. I’m ready. Will you play along with me!?

Are you playing big enough?

Aloha,
Denise

New course starting.

I am so excited and worried.

Excited: I’m going to San Francisco tomorrow to begin my next course in the Landmark Education curriculum, Power and Contribution. Stay tuned. Once I know more about the course, I’ll share it with you.

Worried: hello, I’m a full-time mom. I pick up kids from practices, clean house, and grocery shop. I know Mark is brilliant and I hope he remembers to keep the schedule. I’m just a full-time worrier too.

I look forward to meeting my new classmates and teacher and reuniting with friends from other courses.

What new thing will you start today?

Aloha,
Denise

Now is the time.

When was the last time you walked with your sweetie, holding hands?

When was the last time you watched your kids’ sporting events?

Have you hugged and thanked your parents recently?

Did you show your friends you love and appreciate them?

Just a gentle reminder…

Remember, tell those you love, admire, respect and adore that you do! NOW is the time.

Aloha,
Denise

Patriot day prayer from me.

God bless those whom were taken from this earth ten years ago. Grant them eternal peace. Bless their families and friends who are missing them terribly. Watch over those new lives who were born after the tragedy. Keep them all safe and in your sight.

Let us never forget what happened ten years ago, yet keep us strong, grateful and resourceful so it never happens again.

God, thank you for keeping us all safe.

Aloha,
Denise

Home is sweet home.

I have returned from my mainland trip. I enjoyed seeing my Agel family, experiencing the Agel Cares Walk of Hope, loving the new products and kibbitzing with my friends.

Then I went to Dallas, TX to see my family. I am oh so grateful for each of them. My dad continues to recover from his heart surgery and stroke. While I was there, his progress improved so he moved from the intensive care unit to the critical care unit and on the day I left, he moved into the rehabilitation unit.

My fabulous brother and sis-in-law hosted a Labor Day dinner at which I went back for three helpings of their homemade brisket. They are strong, generous and loving people who I am SO blessed to have as my family.

I dined with my in-laws at my favorite Italian restaurant, Prego. We sat for a long time laughing, talking and reminiscing. God truly blessed me with them!! They are superb!

Now I am home, where my heart lives. Greeted at the airport by my Mark, my heart skipped a beat. I am so in love with him and grateful to spend my life in his company. He held down our fort and eliminated my worry so I could focus on my tasks. Our daughters make my heart sing! They, too, greeted me with hugs and smiles. They missed me. I missed them too.

I awoke to the ocean breezes, the sounds of the city and fresh brewed Kona coffee. There really is no place like home.

Aloha,
Denise