Monthly Archives: June 2018

Day 28 and 29

Day 28

1) Grateful for our talented hairstylist. She runs a fantastic salon in Redondo Beach and we always leave looking and feeling great. She is also Butch’s Cousin.

So my 2) is that I’m grateful for family and the opportunity to support their small businesses.

3) I’m grateful for melatonin. Sometimes I need a little help falling asleep.

Friday, Day 29.

1) I’m grateful for my work experience. I am considered an expert in the field of Diversity and inclusion. But I never thought that my work experience at Toyota would lead me to such a personal issue. We have an employee who will be transitioning genders. I’ve been tapped to provide subject matter expertise and support. I’m grateful that our company isn’t blinking at it and the employee feels safe enough to ask for help.

2) I’m grateful for weekends. One of these upcoming weekends I will get some rest.

3) Lastly, I am grateful for my friends from back home. We all moved to So Cal for college and wound up in the South Bay. I love having lunch or dinner with them. It is always a fantastic reality check.

100 Days of Gratitude Day 27

1. Today, I’m grateful for my dorky sense of humor.

2. Rainier cherries make my summer. I don’t mind paying $5 or $6 per pound. They are delicious and for that I’m grateful.

3. And, I’m grateful that my dog makes me laugh. She hates taking a bath and as soon as she hears the water running in the bathtub, she runs and hides under my daughter’s bed. It isn’t like she is afraid of water, she just doesn’t like the idea of taking a bath. She even hides under the bed when my daughter takes a shower. Here she is drying off.

Day 26 of 100 Days of Gratitude (late again) #diversity #privilege #hollywoodbowl

1) I’m grateful for my family. My big sis took my baby girl to see Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper at the Hollywood Bowl last night. What a great bonding experience for them and life experience for my daughter. We live in such close proximity to so much art and culture, we need to take advantage of more of it in LA.

2) I’m grateful that one week of business travel in July was postponed.

3) I’m grateful that I’m aware of my privilege and I’m always learning about opportunities on how to help my community.

24 and 25

Sunday was Day 24 of Gratitude

1) I am grateful that Sensei Matt came to the dojo to train with us. He is Butch’s first black belt and is ready to start working out again.

2) After Karate we went to lunch in Redondo. I’m grateful for sunny days by the beach. We are lucky to live in So Cal. And spending time together, just the two of us, in the sunshine was good for us.

3) I took another nap on Sunday. That makes me feel happy and grateful for leisure time.

Day 25

1) I had to present to a small business group today. I’m grateful for PowerPoint.

2) I am so grateful that I didn’t have to go to dinner with my new boss. I really needed some time alone to decompress.

3) I’m grateful for Yelp! I found a restaurant that serves poke. It wasn’t the best but it was dinner.

Day 23 of 100 Days of Gratitude

1). Today, I’m grateful for my extended dojo ‘Ohana and I’m so happy for Professor Angie and Sensei Jayson. Martial arts and hula teach values that our community and our world need – Respect, Discipline, Integrity and more. It was wonderful to be with so many martial arts pioneers and other Sensei today. I’m grateful to be a part of this community of preserving the legacy of our instructors and the martial arts and hula.

2) I’m grateful for naps.

3). Honestly, I’m grateful that I can afford to have a housekeeper. It used to feel like I was shirking my responsibilities as a home owner by outsourcing chores. But I run a dojo as an instructor and as an administrator, I have a brand new job with global responsibilities, Kanoe is in her first year of college and Kihon is still a needy puppy. If I can afford to bring in someone to help with housecleaning, I should. And for that, I’m grateful.

And now, I need a nap.

Whoo hoo. It’s Day 22

1) I’m grateful for referrals. This week alone, we have had two new students work out with us. The best way to bring in new members is through personal referrals and word of mouth. Our Dojo ‘Ohana continues to grow organically. I’m grateful.

2) I’m grateful for relationships. Getting to know people, introducing families to new families, building new connections, it all feels good.

3) Candy Crush. It has given me an escape from


Late Again Day 21 of 100 Days of Gratitude

1) I am grateful for carpool lanes. The time alone in my car gives me an opportunity to listen to podcasts or think of choreography for Kata or design drills for my Togisala Tiger Cubs. The 90 mile drive to Carlsbad is actually really nice but it helps to have carpool lane access. I think that all the years of paddling and racing in San Diego and OC have made the drive to Carlsbad feel like a short trip.

2) Our work Team went off site for a little treat. There is a gelato shop in Carlsbad that makes homemade gelato and macaron. Apparently the owners moved to CA from Italy so the gelato is considered very authentic. I had marzipan with dark chocolate and it was divine.

3) I am grateful for tears. They are cleansing.