The Intent not the Goal

Intent: “The State of Mind with which an Act is Done.” Goal: “An Aim or a Result.” The GOAL was to make our way up from south of Cape Kyan to Cape Hedo. This would be the southern point of the island of Okinawa to the most northern point (as the crow flies 66 miles,Continue reading “The Intent not the Goal”

The Peak Week

When you do something you have never done, consider documenting it. I remember many years ago I completed a 60-mile run week. I built up to it over time, and I was running 6 days a week. I remember feeling like I had accomplished something; yet, other than living in Virginia Beach, I don’t rememberContinue reading “The Peak Week”

Ginoza Garden Tour

Most people on Okinawa would say that we live in “northern” part of the island, but if you look on a map, we are really in the central region of the island. We are considered in the north because most of the population on the island resides in the south. Ginoza, the little village inContinue reading “Ginoza Garden Tour”

Four Lenses

It feels strange to share this blog without acknowledging that last week our nation experienced one of the worst days in our history. That being stated, I didn’t create my blog as a space for political commentary. Actually, I created it as a space where I could write about mindset, positivity, and personal growth. ItContinue reading “Four Lenses”

Glamping, Camping, and the New Year

Our New Years holiday weekend felt similar to most of 2020. We went from having a solid plan to seeing it slowly unravel. So many of us went into 2020 with plans, goals, and dreams, and slowly the plans dissolved, and the goals changed. Back to our New Years weekend…3 of my friends and IContinue reading “Glamping, Camping, and the New Year”

Christmas Eve & Traditions in Okinawa

60 years ago, my father’s family began a tradition. I don’t know if that year they intentionally created the tradition, or if they did something fun, and decided to do it again the next year, and then the next and then next. Sadly, my dad is no longer with us, so I can’t ask him.Continue reading “Christmas Eve & Traditions in Okinawa”

A Unique Thanksgiving

It’s the Monday after Thanksgiving, so I feel like I should share my thoughts on Thanksgiving past and present. Growing up, I remember that we celebrated Thanksgiving, but I don’t remember it being a big deal. There was always a lot of food and a lot of people, but we grew up with a bigContinue reading “A Unique Thanksgiving”

Lighthearted in Okinawa

If you read my blog last week, it was based on the premise that “You don’t have to travel the world to know the world.” I had finally come to the realization that a trip to see my family is simply not in the cards this year. That realization was heart-breaking. If you don’t knowContinue reading “Lighthearted in Okinawa”