Hawaii Trip + ‘The Why’ of Life Design

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Does anyone over 21 really still go on vacations with their family? If you’re Filipino, the answer is probably yes. I know what you’re thinking… do we have supernatural powers that empower us to withstand being with our families for that long on a vacation? No, we fight just like any other family – in fact, probably louder.

I decided to accept this challenge to travel with my family to Oahu, Hawaii to attend my cousin Tabitha’s college graduation. When I booked the ticket, I also tried to justify the travel expense by agreeing that I would make the most “business” out of the trip as I could. Am I crazy? Yes. I made it a goal to organize an event that would allow me to make money and teach stand up paddle yoga and be with the family doing touristy things at the same time!

Weeks before departing organized and promoted a day workshop that included meditation, personal growth exercises, brunch and standup paddle. Even though I was excited about it, I kept encountered a number of obstacles from promoting to getting boards to rent to the weather. When I arrived, it became clearer that the event might not happen but I still pushed for it.

With obstacle after obstacle, I realized that the event turned into something that I forcing just so I could feel like I didn’t fail. I cried it out! Honestly, I’m learning that crying is huge part of entrepreneurship! My cousins helped me remember that it’s ok to fail. In fact, it’s important to fail because it gives you the opportunity to learn something new.

We took a trip up to North Shore and I remembered a huge part ‘the why’ of my whole journey and entrepreneurial adventure is my family!

Roadtrip to North Shore with my cousins!

Roadtrip to North Shore with my cousins!

With all the work that being a business owner takes, it’s so easy to get wrapped up in building & hustle, but it’s so important to be to often step away and remember why you’re doing it all. I want to take care of my family someday, so they’re a huge part of what drives me to hustle in the first place. With out ‘the why,’ many people get stuck designing a life that is not what you truly want but what someone else wants.

I took some time to meditate and remember all ‘the why(s)’ of my life! This supercharged me and really allowed me to enjoy and be in the present moment with my family for the rest of our trip in Hawaii.

What is ‘the why’ or ‘the why(s) for you?

Turtle Bay. North Shore, Hawaii. San Lorenzo Bikini.

Turtle Bay. North Shore, Hawaii. San Lorenzo Bikini.

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With my mom, my auntie Eve & my cousin Cass.

With my mom, my auntie Eve & my cousin Cass.

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How cute is my little sister. We call her Krash!

How cute is my little sister. We call her Krash!

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