Keep Learning

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

During the last few months, I have been learning more about videography. Everything from storytelling, equipment, editing, lighting and the list goes on. Videography is something very complex and when done right, taken for granted. When you watch a good video, you might hit the like button and move on to the next video. However, when you watch a video that has an unclear message/story, awful lighting or audio, it stands out. And not in a good way.

I have been creating more videos and I am working on getting better at telling an interesting story. I have been researching professionals, vloggers, production websites and everyone says the same thing:

It is not about the equipment but about the story.

The why. Why does this matter and who cares? With that in mind, I know I have a long way to go. Storytelling through video is such a game-changer. You have the ability to tell a story in so many ways. There are so many things to consider and while it can be overwhelming, it has been such an amazing learning experience.

I made a couple of videos this week and have received a wide range of feedback.

While it is not always easy to hear, it is really a wonderful learning opportunity.

Previously, I worked at a company where feedback was given directly and my younger self took the words to heart and a bit too personal. As I have gained more life and work experience, I have come to realize that feedback is a gift. A gift that should not be taken for granted. No matter the way of delivery, there is always a lesson to be learned.

The “why” of this post is a reminder to you (but mainly myself) that we should come with an open mind and an open heart when someone gives us feedback. Feedback is just that. Feedback. We have the choice to take it in and learn from it.

For all those who have shared with me your thoughts, given me pointers and recommendations – thank you so much.


Today I went for my first real Biki ride around Ward/Kakaako. It was super fun riding around the neighborhood. I still need to work on the transition of getting on and off the bike, but other than that, everything went well. I look forward to riding again and hope you will give it a try! Learn more about the program at

Slaw Wars Presents: What’s Your Hat Size

So my friends are some of the funniest people I know. I want to share with you some of the brilliant ideas that they have along with the opportunity for me to keep practicing editing and to keep being creative. Hope you enjoy!

Congrats Jesse and Bianca!


Yesterday I attended a wedding celebrating with the fabulous couple, friends and co-workers. Matt was unable to attend but he was there in spirit. Well he was there to drop me off and pick me up. Haha! That is another story I will save for later. The reason why I wanted to write about this occasion is because I did not give a card to the bride and groom. SO – My plan is to share this with the couple when I am done writing.
(This saved me $5.00) Enjoy!
Dear Jesse and Bianca

Congratulations! You guys are entering a new chapter in your life! WOO HOO! A couple of marriage tips from our family to yours:

  1. The $65.00 is non-refundable (regarding the marriage certificate).
  2. Pick your battles wisely. Reminder yourself, is this a deal breaker?
  3. Say “I love you” often and mean it.
  4. Video game time (for him) is yoga time (for her).
  5. You might be total opposites, but that is what will make your marriage great.
  6. Compromise and never sacrifice.

Love you both – The Nickel Ohana

Happy Birthday Tobi

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My final project. A work in progress.


Today we were given our assignment to create a one-minute video promoting the Jacob’s Institute. Below is a a quick recap (and my humble attempt to use what I learned).

Visual Storytelling: Day 1

This week I’m attending Berkeley’s Visual Storytelling class. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with some really talented people. Today’s top three take aways were:

  • How to prepare for an interview and how to interview
  • How to produce quality audio in any situation
  • How to shoot quality videos

I am vlogging my experience and something I learned in class – it takes time to plan, shoot and edit video. More to come!

Daily Gratitude Journal

Today I am thankful for:

  1. My husband
  2. My job
  3. My health
  4. My life
  5. The internet