My “why” for fundraising

I recently started a new job, fundraising for a science-based conservation organization. I am loving it. I'm so happy to be doing work that is serving a purpose for Hawaii and the world, and to be working for an organization of its caliber. The boost in pay has been a VERY nice bonus, too! Fundraising…

The tension preceding freedom

The last couple months have been strangely suffocating. My chest has been tight and my heart rate elevated off and on. It's been purely psychological -- I'm healthy as a freaking horse. (Though I could always stand to eat more veggies and probably drink a little less wine.) I knew it was psychological in part…

Therapy is making me… raw

I don't know why I'm surprised anymore, but the end of this semester kicked my @$$ AGAIN. I was a ball of stress. Having several work trips and events on top of things WAS NOT HELPFUL NO IT WAS NOT THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I turned everything in, but my work was pretty bad. Sub-par…

Happiness and the meaningful life, and how Hawaii both helps and hurts (new-ish AOV episode)

Diane and I recorded a new podcast episode exploring the relationship between happiness and pleasure. I really like how Martin Seligman, one of the creators of the field of positive psychology, characterizes happiness: an overall state, the arc of a life that includes more positively-valenced feelings than negatively-valenced feelings. AOV Episode 24: Happiness/Pleasure The three…

At the Moment … 10.18.18

1. Last night I made homemade mayo (so easy!) and today I did 8 pullups in a row. I FEEL INVINCABLE. 2. I have been putting off getting a haircut for too many months now and my hair is officially stringy and raggedy. Also, somewhat related, my mid-30s have not been kind to my hair…

In-Between Thoughts 8.27.18

Oops, forgot to post this yesterday! I'm sure you were all waiting on pins and needles. Many apologies. Well, Hurricane Lane was a nothingburger for Honolulu. She parked herself next to poor Big Island and Maui and just dumped rain and blew wind at them throughout the Oahu hurricane warning period then died a swift…

Waiting on the storm

As you may have heard, Hawai'i is waiting for Hurricane Lane to make a drive-by. There's been a lot of waiting, anxiety, and nerves around a very unusual hurricane threat to Oahu. Usually the Big Island takes the hit and breaks up the storm for us, or the storm passes farther south of Oahu and makes…