Hello! 2020 has brought out allllll the moods and changes, I truly hope that we as a collective are staying healthy, productive and still striving to know better so we can all do better!
This is a picking up where I last left off post, many wonderful chapters have begun amidst the challenges and if I am being taught anything at all (trust there a long list) it is living allllll, I mean ALL of my wildest dreams.
I have recently crossed over to Real Estate and in true Taurus fashion, as the bulls that we are, I am all head and heart into this hustle. I have been managing short term rentals for several years now in addition to my freelance beauty styling career and somewhere in my late 30’s I have now full heartedly decided to open and entertain the realm of endless opportunities with investing, building, developing, designing.
Please follow and support my page on instagram and I will be updating you more platforms I’ll be revolving on.
Aloha and Mahalo as always for your support, AJ
I’m still getting used to the new normal and stepping back in this main Hawaiian city, a lot has changed in the few months I was gone!
The images you have seen online where Waikiki is completely shutdown is the real deal. A quick run around my block had the luxury row deserted or boarded up, with no signs of life or immediate return.
Not too long ago, we thrived and survived on this little island that could…and I am positively certain we can do so again.
I am changing gears and exploring this new and very uncertain landscape. Discovering what it means to be essential and cater to exactly what the next movements will be.
I’ve dealt with a few wildcards in my life and even despite the odds, living to play the game is still the prize.
Life was always the prize, AJ
The last day of April and I am ecstatic to announce and really in complete disbelief that even during this time of uncertainty I had kept the promise of discipline and commitment to myself.
A great month long of intense personal development, rewirements and self love had propelled the growth and I am looking forward to what May brings. Since I have been keeping up with the physical part of the bargain, I am now committing to revamping the thoughtful intake of my food diet and trust, this area could use a tune up!
I hope you are all staying safe, positive and vibrate higher a little more today, AJ
Yes, you read that right! I have partnered with Vital Proteins a sustainably-sourced nutrition product company, promoting health, fitness and natural beauty. We do that by providing nourishing collagen and promoting our production of collagen – an essential nutrient stripped from our diets by modern food-processing.
I stumbled upon my first product from the collagen based brand at my beauty studio in Waikiki, pressed for time and needing an immediate caffeine intake, I was quickly introduced by a colleague to this new brand we started carrying.
The Original Matcha Collagen flavor which is sourced from high-quality Japanese matcha green tea and grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine hide to ensure top quality and maximum nutritional benefit.
- Bioavailable: Collagen is easily digested and absorbed by the body.
- Rich in Antioxidants: Matcha contains 137 times the amount of antioxidants as other green teas.
- Beneficial: Helps to improve hair, skin, nails and joints, ligaments, tendons.
- Easy to Use: No complicated preparation required! Simply dissolve into an 8 oz. glass of cold or hot water.
The coffee alternative, loaded with caffeine and a seal of approval being vegan and clean? I was intrigued and more than a willing participant to the magic. *I also initially thought, with green tea as a featured ingredient, I feel healthier in this journey already.
My first attempt to just try the new elixir, mixed hot water, the taste comes up as a surprising milky and a slight hint of sweetness. I had previously envisioned to be a more bland or bitter combination but was really impressed. I am definitely adding a few more components to it like macadamia milk and dark chocolate powder because this is what the taste preferences command these days.
I invite you along this wealth in wellbeing journey with me. If you follow me on the gram, you know how dedicated I’ve been.
Now to sprinkle a little magic in between, AJ
I have an exciting announcement especially for those are wanting a more in depth visual inspiration and personal communication with me.
I have now opened up another platform so you and I can connect in the most unique and unfiltered of ways.
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A unique opportunity has presented itself to me and I am excited to announce that I will be launching a fans only account that I will be sharing with you all very soon!
What better way to be involved in the mindful evolution of you and I at this time.
I have been constantly asked and had my time and energy consumed that the next step and phase of my work and platform will be elevated to this.
I am tickled and thrilled at the idea of you and I will be sharing a much more intimate and profound connection that will provide the ultimate personal luxury, growth.
Looking forward to sharing this space with you, AJ
Week into whatever quarantine month it is, I have been keeping my end of the bargain in tact. Be grateful to start the day then go out there and be great!
Keeping my personal development at top priority, in all ways starting with the physical and it has translated many times over in all the other realms. By no means have I peaked or the end of this journey, but simply celebrating what is and living in the present.
I have much to do but I’m going to take a few hours to legit, quarantine and chill.
I apologize in many weeks and now months in advance if I haven’t returned any correspondences, I have simply been minding my own business and taking some time for me.
The Wild Archetype, AJ
During this quarantine I have devoted some deep thinking and dove right into my habits and have been constantly rewiring my inner being to arrive at a prime level. Since the shut down, I have been developing and fine tuning my focus and getting to know an activator role as a signature strength.
I googled a quick “how to tap in mentally and flip the switch.”
Here are six ways to maximize your strengths:
- realize your natural (known) strengths. …
- identify your hidden strengths. …
- strengthen your strengths. …
- manage your weaknesses and limit your learned behaviors. …
- daily reflection. …
- beware of overdone strengths.
These may seem like just words on a page however I encourage you to seek and get to know your own signature strengths! There are unlimited sources out there in the inter webs and the two websites I decided to partake in are Clifton Strengths via the recommendation of a wellness conference I attended last year and Via Institute per the recommendation of my Yale professor.
Anyways, I have been actively pursing a more wholesome and active lifestyle. I’ve kept some vices but I have been stricter about my cheat day and choices. Having limited access to what my norm is totally fine. It’s part of the reboot and restarting process.
The lack of what has been consuming my time, maybe not even of the healthiest of ways has been replaced with the awareness that when one knows better, one does better.
Happy one month of commitment to me, AJ
This growing season, Ive incorporated a new addition to the apothecary.
A friend of mine in Palo Alto fondly spoke about her greens and avidly sends me her recipes and just fresh outta the kitchen photos of her brunches and dinners utilizing a fast and flavorful array of micro greens.
Upon further research, the term implies a small sprout. So basically, take any seeds you have and grow the yummy edibles from 1-3 inches, harvest and enjoy before the second set of leaves develop, but if it does, enjoy your new baby plant you’ve just germinated from seed! 🤩
In this current mix I have:
- a mix of basis
- umami asian blend: mustards, cabbages, bakchoi, pakchoi,
- a wild mix: bulls blood beet, cabbages, kohlrabi, swiss chards
It takes just a few short days starting from seed to sprout, but once you get it going, a very useful and unique harvest to add to your self sustaining round of spices and herbs.
Enjoy your new edible garden, AJ
Being quarantined brings out the best in me. I am absolutely going coconuts over my edible, ornamental and medicinal garden. Spending much needed time to be in nature and get my hands dirty. I realize after months of spending majority of my waking hours in the corporate retail jungle, its a very enriching to break the survival habits and grind to command and commit to something else that my heart desires.
It’s important to me to transfer and exchange this pent up energy and I find that my various array of plants can take just that.
My current features are as follows.
A full moon in libra harvest of micro greens, ranging from basil, dill, fennel and wild sprouts.
Of course I have a Pinterest board full of recipes I am going to teach myself on how to create being that we have time, starting tomorrow!
Green with envy? Then come join me! AJ