Onward!

   I’M EXCITED!   

  • I will be connecting with educators in Columbia to share ALC through one of my best friends, Yvan.
  • My new friend, Caroline (from Philippines), is here to observe ALC today and she’s blown away! At our Set-the-Week Meeting this morning, she made an offering to hold a design-your-own-motorcycle activity and a field trip to her workplace, Ducati Triumph NY–AWESOME.
  • Caroline and I envision ALC in Philippines………..!!!!!!!!!
  • I will be at home in Hawai’i in a couple of weeks to meet with my ALC Oahu team over dinner. Most of them will be meeting each other for the very first time. Yay!
  • Topic Jam is a NEW weekly offering that lasts half an hour. It begins today! Charlotte (ALC Mosaic) and I will be video chatting and researching the topic of magic/energy. Askani (@thewitchqueen908) will be joining us and wants to learn about wizards and witches. Sweet!
  • My friend and mentor, Carol, will be coming into the city to observe ALC this thursday. She is a co-founder of the public unschool in Toronto called Alpha II Alternative. Looking forward to catching up with her around all the inspiring projects she’s up to.
  • I began a list of indigenous youth organizations/groups that ALFs/ALCs wish to collaborate with. Collaboration may entail the sharing of tools/practices, getting involved with their projects/events, developing long-term partnerships, creating new ways to support and promote each other’s causes/messages e.g. intercultural exchange programs. Looking forward to seeing this list expand to great dimensions!
  • I’m grateful to be.

The Sun Don’t Shine Without Youuu

Thanks @timotree, for showing me YouRepeat so that I can effortlessly listen to this addictive song over and over and over again. Sweeet!

Here are some yummy highlights of last week:

  • Proposed an ALC director’s operations manual project to @tomis. This will be a way for me to learn the big and little details of what he does at ALC NYC. Also, it will be a valuable training tool for whomever fills a currently open longterm leadership role at ALC NYC. Not to mention how helpful this will be for me in eventually supporting those in leadership roles at ALC Oahu.
  • Chose a date and put in paperwork for hosting the documentary screening of Race to Nowhere: Feb 12, 2015
  • Shared Domestic Transformer with @shadowjack; it’s a pretty impressive design for a little apartment in Hong Kong.
  • Started a real savings account with the intention of actually saving money. Yup! I’m finally getting serious about my personal finances. Finally.
  • Got into more and more conversations on spirits, ghosts, mediumship, and hypnosis with Luca @fireballdeath, @kingthanos and Javier.
  • My new friend, Stephanie, came in on Friday to observe. She is a PhD student at University of Toronto and is studying experimental education. We connected some months ago through our mutual friend, Rocco, who is a mentor at Alpha II Alternative, which is a public unschool in Toronto. He connected us because we are both tied to Hawai’i and alternative education. I shared my vision of opening a learning center on Oahu and he thought she’d be the perfect person to connect me to–and right he was! I’m so grateful and stoked to have finally met Stephanie in person and that she is part of my team in establishing ALC Oahu. Thank you, Rocco!
  • Askani @thewitchqueen908 enthusiastically gave Stephanie a tour of the school. Thanks, Askani! Stephanie also interviewed myself, @tomis, and @ryanshollenberger; she will be reaching out to @abbyo as well. She desires to record our narratives with the intention of promoting ALC through the papers she will be publishing. What a huge offering. So grateful for you, Stephanie!

Feeling so supported and productive. WOHOO!

 

Everything is a Miracle

Been dancing around to this springy song over the last two weeks. Enjoy!

Speaking of the last two weeks, a looong deeep breath first.

(looong deeep breath)

It’s been a whirlwind of surprises. A tsunami of breakthroughs. A roller coaster of emotions. An epic explosion of new life-long relationships. It feels like I’ve been riding on the shoulders of giants. Like I can take on the world with the tip of my pinky toe.

Yup, you probably guessed it. I inherited a billion dollars!! Just kidding. Feeling this high on such wealth of happiness and inspiration makes a billion dollars seem pretty shrimpy, actually.

So what the hell happened over the past couple of weeks?

  • I flew to San Francisco and reunited with one of my best friends, Carolina.
  • We went to a halloween party at a grand re-opening of a club where I met a bunch of crazy cool Sebastopol dwellers along with a few Hawai’i locals; one of them being a local musician who performs all over the world. I shared ALC with him and that I’m establishing one on Oahu. Much to my surprise, he was full-heartedly stoked about all of it. Also, turns out that he used to be a preschool teacher and intends to work with children again during and/or after his music career. Words can’t come close to expressing how excited and grateful I am to have him part of this journey. Ah-mazing.
  • Carolina lovingly drove us up north for a couple of hours as we danced in our seats to the song shared above.
  • I met a bunch of people prior to arriving at a ranch in the middle of a breath-takingly beautiful nowhere; one of them being a dude, Kyle, that I knew back when I was age seven and living in Japan. We realized that we went to the same elementary school and when he mentioned the name of his younger brother, my jaw dropped because of an ENTIRE story behind my connection with him. Lets just say that I was bullied by this dude and I therefore, bullied his little brother. And got reprimanded by their mother. What a small small small small world. To have reunited with Kyle 19 years later for an intense personal development course is beyond me! How awesome to see how much we both have grown after all these years.
  • I attended PSI-7, a seven-day advanced life-success course with eighty other people from around the country (one of them from Nigeria, seventeen of us from Hawai’i). We went down into a deep dark rabbit hole of emotional clearing, extended periods of silent reflection, and partner/group challenges. We also did some ropes courses to directly feel and examine how we show up in the world; how we show up in our relationships with others and in the relationship we have with ourselves. Through all the crying, laughing, breakthroughs, coaching, dancing, and silence, we developed an incredible bond built on trust, honesty, and courage. What a powerful experience to share such a space of vulnerability and personal growth with people whom I just met. I confidently consider these new friends as family. Beyond grateful to have them in my life.
  • Along with expanding deeper into my own self-growth, I created this opportunity to share my vision for ALC Oahu. With that, I had some powerful conversations with parents around the major shifts happening in the education system today. It was so exciting for me to learn that some of the parents I spoke with were ready and willing to jump into alternative models for one or more of their kids. YES!
  • I flew to LA to spend time with Grandma and younger cousins. What a sweet surprise that my mom flew in from Hawai’i and my brother from Washington. My little cousin, Christle, has dramatically improved in her reading since I last saw her over the summer. We took turns reading The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. The last time we tried this, I noticed she was getting impatient with the story and length of the book. This time, we got through the book and picked up another one: Finding Nemo. Then she got tired of it and picked up a different book. We laid next to each other and read in silence; she was reading a book on Benjamin Franklin and I was reading a book called The Law of Divine Compensation.
  • After a conversation I had with Christle about her fear of needles, I proposed that we sew something by hand with the intention of dissolving this fear. Her first idea was to sew a pillow, then she decided on a teddy bear. We asked Grandma for her sewing supplies and sewing skills/knowledge. We began the project and I quickly realized how much I’d forgotten how to sew. I enjoyed witnessing my Grandma show Christle how to sew and Christle having fun with the whole process. I know it’ll take a bit more convincing to have Grandma trust Christle with her sewing machine. It’ll happen in good time…
  • I flew back to NYC and immediately reunited with @bear at the airport. He had just flown back from attending a conference in Uganda called Education That Pays For Itself 2014 partnered with Teach a Man to Fish. It was so moving to hear his stories and personal reflections. And to feel his excitement in moving ALC forward through new connections, new friends, new ideas, new partnerships. Inspiring as always.
  • I spent one day at ALC this week before my body demanded that I slow down and rest. I had been gone for just over a week yet it felt like an eternity! Super stoked that I got a chance to catch up with @tomis, @abbyo, @ryanshollenberger. Also super stoked that I got to have some awesome conversations with @kingthanos and learned that he intends to become an ALF (Agile Learning Facilitator) in the future–at ALC Oahu! And then eventually open up an ALC in California. Right on, Thanos!
  • Most recently, I’ve grown more aware of an incredibly magical and supportive relationship I have with my dear friend, Devlin, who is launching The Rock and Roll Playhouse in Brooklyn. She’s such an inspirational force and I am thrilled to feel her support around promoting ALC to her vast array of local connections.

 

Feeling so supported and loved.
Grateful for all of it.

 

There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.

Albert Einstein

 

Painting, Pasta, Parent Interest Night, and Past = Present

As I slooowly begin to think about attempting to maybe one day utilize my digital Kanban board known as Trello to easily look back on all the wonderful things I get to do every week, here are some juicy reflections over the past few. How in the multiverse could I have forgotten to share these fun-filled, creative-juice-inducing, satiating activities with you? Forgive me.


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This piece here was created through a technique called drip painting. Artists: Askani, Taina, Eva, and myself

My friend, Eva, came in a couple of weeks ago and offered to facilitate this activity; it was filled with imaginative role playing, creative collaboration, feminine forces, animal energies, explosions, brains, a cupcake, a blue cat, the last breaths of a grandmother wolf, and an eagle with three eggs. Big thanks to Askani @thewitchqueen908, Taina @pinkpanda, and Eva for gifting me with such a fulfilling experience.


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Check out my epic battle scar! Taina @pinkpanda, has been practicing her make-up artist skills. I’ve given her free rein over my face as her blank canvas.

For our Comic Con field trip, she painted a version of Two-Face on me (photo coming soon, if I remember to ask @abbyo for it!). Because of this, Jacob @jacobcb was inspired to create a meme of me. Love it!


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Huge thanks to my friend, Marian, who came in to offer her passion for cooking earlier this week. Check out Taina @pinkpanda, Lescot @legolad22, and Thanos @kingthanos–the super team of sous chefs! We made veggie ravioli from scratch… whaaaat?! Amazing.


INGREDIENTS

  • Flour
  • Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • Water
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Heavy cream
  • Lemon juice
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Tomato paste
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Bay leaves, thyme, peppercorns
  • Basil
  • Parmigiano cheese

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Tomato Sauce:

  1. Chop onion, celery and carrots to a small dice
  2. Heat medium sauce pan with canola oil
  3. Add veggies
  4. Sweat down on slow heat
  5. Add 1 tablespoon tomato paste, caramelize
  6. Deglaze with water or white wine
  7. Add water and aromatics (thyme, bay leaf, peppercorns)
  8. Bring to a boil and down to a simmer for about 45 min

 

Pasta Dough:

  1. Form volcano with flour
  2. Crack egg inside volcano
  3. Mix and add EVOO and water until sticky (but not wet) consistency
  4. Roll on floured surface
  5. Cut out ravioli shapes
  6. Fill with *ricotta cheese and **egg-wash edges
  7. Fold and seal

 

*Ricotta Cheese:

  1. Bring whole milk and heavy cream (3:1) to a boil on medium heat
  2. Add lemon juice until it curdles
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  4. Strain through cheese cloth

 

**Egg-wash

Mix 1 egg with 2 tablespoons of water

 

BUON APPETITO !

 

 


Our second parent interest night (PIN) happened on Thursday. Listening to the questions of curious parents is something I’m learning so much from in terms of preparing myself for the kinds of questions I’ll need to be ready to answer in establishing an ALC on Oahu. It’s been a significant experience for me to hear the answers of our facilitators as well as parents of our own kids who were present to support in sharing their own testimonies and enthusiasm for the space we provide for young people.

It’s always inspiring to listen to @tomis, @abbyo, and @ryanshollenberger’s responses to parent questions and concerns. Time and time again, I sense the internal and external challenges of parents/adults with trusting children. As I know very well, as Ryan mentioned at this event, and as quoted by John Holt:

“Trust Children. Nothing could be more simple, or more difficult. Difficult because to trust children we must first learn to trust ourselves, and most of us were taught as children that we could not be trusted.”


I’m in the mood to travel a bit farther back…

I’ve been journaling since age 9 or 10. It’s something I personally consider immensely therapeutic. In retrospect, I see and know it as a very necessary processing tool for self-reflection toward deeper self-awareness. Over the past year or two, I’ve been journaling less for therapeutic purposes and more for setting intentions, stating desires and noting synchronicity after synchronicity. Here are a few short excerpts from two entries, which I just now realize, sit EXACTLY a year apart from each other. Whoa.

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Ohh, the idealism. I wonder what I’ll be writing on March 23rd of 2015. Hopefully that I’ll have received an abundance of financial support, local resources, local interest/support in this vision, and physical space to establish ALC Oahu. Or better.

Beyond thrilled and thankful to be on the path I’ve chosen for myself.

1st Comic Con + 1st ALF Weekend + Beyond

Before I write about all the fun I’m having, here is an awesome song that Adin @theskycookie introduced me to. Enjoy…


Last Thursday, I got to attend my very first Comic Convention here in NYC and it was pretty ridiculously fantabulous. I went with @abram, Adin @theskycookie, and Douglas @douglasawesome. What I loved most was the abundance of super cool toys and books as well as how much @theskycookie and @douglasawesome were super stoked about being there. I also felt an overwhelming sense of nostalgia when Douglas and I bumped into the game, Sonic The Hedgehog, one of my all time favorite games growing up.


Agile Learning Facilitator (ALF) Weekend up in beautiful Chatham, NY, was such an amazing experience for me. I got to finally meet some of the other ALC Mosaic crew: Dean @dinospumoni and Dan @dthomasson. And then there’s @drew, who holds it down ever so effortlessly at ALC Everett. Since @nancy did such a beautiful job summing up ALF Weekend in her blog post, check THIS out to delve more into what we accomplished overall.

I came away feeling a deep sense of trust and loving connection in our ALF community. Words simply fail to describe how grateful I am to be playing and working with such inspirational individuals.

To reflect further back… Over a year ago, I found myself cultivating a team of dear friends at home on Oahu for my intention of creating a learning resource center. To me, my effort slowly and sadly fizzled out because I found myself struggling to push a group of people who would be PERFECT as resource people to commit to establishing something that I alone (in this context) had the fiery passion for. After letting go of holding so strongly to a narrow pathway of getting things done (I simply didn’t know what I was doing and now, this is much less so), I have been learning so much along the way. This includes but not at all limited to:

  • communication tools
  • my level of trust in specific individuals
  • discernment among those who can help in what areas, in which ways, and in which phases of development
  • getting clear on intentions of every individual who expresses an interest in helping me manifest this vision
  • so much more about myself

In this journey so far, emphasis on my deep gratitude for having magically united with this freshly blossoming ALF family moves beyond the power of words. I’ve known since the start of my process about two years ago that I needed and desired a team of people aligned with my very personal passion for creating powerful spaces for young people to live, learn and thrive in. And so it is–I am among the badass wolf pack with a collective fire toward intentional co-creating and being the change here and now.

My favorite parts about ALF weekend was getting clear on my own intentions and making it known as well as hearing out the intentions and celebrating the strengths of everyone present. For this, we also got to learn about an awesome tool called Metamaps, to digitally organize ourselves much easier on many levels. Overall, I loved everything that came to the surface and although it was slightly overwhelming for me to take in and feel out new friends as well as situations which are seemingly inevitable within any community of purpose, I am incredibly grateful to have witnessed and played a part in the process of deepening trust, understanding and communication with new friends. My intentions coming into ALF weekend was to feel more connected to our ALC community and to laugh a lot.

ALF Weekend intentions: accomplished.


Up next: I will be working with…

  • @tomis on more marketing stuff such as setting up a documentary screening of Race to Nowhere
  • @abbyo, @charlotte, @nancy on implementing practices of safe emotional release exercises with kids (and amongst our ALF community as well). Also on creating some sort of check-in system with the intention of clear communication and support for ALFs around any extra-challenging situations that arise.
  • @nancy, @bear, @tomis, @charlotte, @drew on creating a roadmap and support system for ALFs like me who desire to establish an ALC
  • @tomis, @bear, @drew on establishing Hawaii’s first ALC (both off and on location) in good time

And this journey continues…

 

Laaaast Week

Thanks to Logan @likeaboss, I’ve been motivated to dive back into learning French. I’ve been learning the language on and off for several years and it’s nice to have someone’s new spark of desire remind me of my own intentions. Duolingo, MindSnacks app, French movies–here we go!

I attended the first Assembly Meeting of the year. @tomis and I proposed a few marketing ideas, one of which was approved. However, I learned how to look into website traffic stats/metrics and discovered that the approved proposal was definitely not worth paying for. Thanks for showing me how to look at website traffic, @artbrock!

More on the meeting: I am/have…

  • now a member of the Assembly
  • offered to hold coherence for our new Fundraising Group
  • offered to assist in the Graduation Requirements Group

Really grateful to my dear friend, May, who came out and offered her support around fundraising efforts. It’s always exhilarating for me when old friends are especially inspired by what we’e doing at ALC and desire to take part in the fun!

I also attended the first Parent Interest Night. It was a great experience for me to listen to the questions of parents and answers of @tomis, @ryanshollenberger, and @abbyo as well as the answers and testimonials of a couple of parents of two of our own currently enrolled kids. Super stoked that the parents who attended already came with an understanding and enthusiasm of our philosophies and seemed excited and hopeful to be part of our community.

Yay for new friends!

Geocaching!

Ashley, a good friend of mine who I surf, hike, and enjoy eating pancakes with back home, loves Geocaching. She introduced me to this world-wide game a couple of years ago. It hit me recently that this could potentially be a really awesome regular activity for the kids AND also serve as a means to promote ALC.

What is Geocaching?

Finding a Geocach:

Hiding a Geocach:

More on Geocaching 101

 

ALC Incubator

This past week has been fulfilling in so many ways. I got to:

  • Work on marketing and design stuff with @tomis and @ericf
  • Play with and get to know the kids even more
  • Hang out with @bear ‘s Cloudhouse crew during their visits to the city
  • Play with and get to know our awesome staff even more
  • Begin conversations with my own team of support back home on Oahu around what I’m learning and co-creating here in NYC
  • Begin conversations about and with more people who are up and ready to  work with me in opening up an ALC on Oahu

I feel immensely grateful to be building relationships with such brilliant, beautiful people.  The amount of support and stimulation I feel in this community is endless. I couldn’t ask for a better place to incubate my vision of the learning center for Hawai’i.

Intentions for Week #2

 

First week at ALC NYC: complete!

Super stoked about all the adventures so far. With so much happening as I type along with so much more to come, I am fully present to celebrating the moment with this song.

Beginning this week, I come in on a regular weekly schedule of Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Last week I discovered a deep interest of some of the kids in going to Comic Con. Now that we’ve committed to attending this event on Oct 9th, I’ve set an intention of fully supporting them in going out to get supplies and materials, construct costumes, and make sure they attend the conference with total pride in their creations.

Last Friday, I felt so much warmth in my heart after having brought a few of the kids with me to a yoga class at Yoga To The People on St. Marks. I definitely desire for our community to have a yoga instructor come into our space and hold a class at our upstairs gym once a week. We won’t have to spend time making our way to and from an outside location which means we’d have way more time for other activities before and after the class. YES!

Now that set-the-week is complete today, it seems so easy to fill up our days with all the things we want to do together. Time flies when you’re busy having fun and doing cool stuff like making  a difference in people’s lives. It’s a pretty heavy challenge to make time and space for all the lists of infinite things to do–a challenge I gladly accept. As for this week, I’ll be wrapping my mind around marketing strategies with the intention of bringing in a more diverse demographic and especially more GIRLS!

Grateful to be working and playing within this community. Ready for more!