The Mauimama issue 28 – Editorial
Hold on to your saddles this is the year of the horse according to Chinese astrology. Wild, free spirited and independent this may be the year to go for it, travel the globe (if ya’ mad for it with little ones), start that business, take the plunge into whatever endeavor or just be the best you can be full pelt.
This is the year to do it, follow your instinct to take that risk and appreciate that any outcome is a blessing whether it be success or failure – both will help you learn and grow. The energy coming into this year may be as intense as a house of young boys so let’s enjoy the ride and try and hold on. It is always great to have a game plan and the beginning of a New Year is a great time to create one – prioritize what we want to achieve for our families, our communities, and ourselves in the next 12 months.
The first question we need to ask ourselves is what do we want to accomplish? (See article about dream boards on page 26). It may be as simple (or not so simple) as attempting to find the time for ourselves (see Yoga Is Everywhere article on page 12) or as epic as trying to change the air we breathe (see Clean Air for Keiki article on page 7). You may want to start an educational revolution (see Revolutionary Standardized Testing Speech article on page 23) or simply cleanse the body you live in (see The Juice Buzz article on page 10). Knowledge is power. If you can find the time research what is important to you, whether that is how to stay healthy during pregnancy and birth (see Aunty Tina’s advice on page 28 and article on page 20) or how we can help our baby’s brain optimally develop (see article on page 21).
January is a great time to research prospective schools for the school year 2014-2015. There are lots of Open Houses in this first month (see event calendar on page 13 and ads on Page 31, 22 & 23) for you to visit and explore the educational options we have on Maui and which one will best suit your child and your family. There are also many keiki classes starting back up for our preschoolers (see keiki class calendar on page 16). And let’s not forget February with Whale day festivities, Valentines and applications for the MEO Head Start Program.
Whatever you decide to do – do it! We are more capable than we think. Every morning I have been a little obsessed with listening to a song by Nahko Bear (Medicine for the People) called Aloha Ke Akua. You can watch a stunning 10-minute video that someone made to go along with this song on YouTube. May the words inspire you and hopefully you will get the same kick out of it as I do when I hear my little boys randomly sing the lyrics, “I am capable”, “I am a miracle” (made up of particles and in this existence, I’ll stay persistent, and I’ll make a difference and I will have lived it!).
Aloha Ke Akua, Aloha Kuleana……….right on Nahko Bear!
Hau‘oli Mahahiki Hou – Happy New Year!