Happy Valentines Day

Sending love and hugs to all 💗

My First 2017 Run

What it looked like 


What it felt like 

Star Fruit Friends

Tried my hand at stop motion animation again and I think it is getting better. It is less shaky. Next item I need to work on is a story line! The star fruit friends video was inspired because I love star fruit and when I eat it, it always makes me smile! This was a quick test to see if I could fix some of the issues from my last short film. Thank you Irwin for your feedback, I appreciate it! More fun things to come soon!

Wishing you all a wonderful week and when it gets tough, visit your local farmers market for some star fruit and smiles!

Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017. May you and your loved ones experience more love, happiness and laughter. Speaking of laughter, I hope you can enjoy this short video I put together about a dancing carrot. The carrot is locally grown by Kahumana Organic Farm & Cafe and was distributed by Oahu Fresh. Two awesome companies helping to feed Hawaii.

New Year, New Goals
I am learning how to film and edit video for my personal and professional growth. The video is a little shaky to me – and I am working on trying to fix that. Feel free to give feedback below – would love to get your thoughts!

Dough 

#YOLO! I’m really living life – looking forward to going home and working out. This gluttonous lifestyle is not sustainable. Dough’s donuts are great but giant! We split these four treats among five people and we could not finish it all! Now…on to find coffee!  

with an open mind and heart

At the beginning of each day, I like to take time to set an intention. This helps me focus my thoughts and energy throughout the day. At the end of the day, I’ll reflect upon how well I was able to focus on the intention. What went well, what did not. 

Today’s intention: to have an open mind and heart. Taking everything in with an open mind and heart in New York is truly eye opening. So many people with so many interesting stories. Everyone is rushing and has some place to be. The best way to see someone’s true character is when we are in traffic. We caught four Ubers and each driver had their own way of dealing with traffic. Some got mad, some were chill, others were calmly breathing through the whole time. 

My biggest take away today: to listen more, smile more and practice forgiveness. We all could be more open and show more compassion. 

Tomorrow, set an  intention and review how your day went. Would love to hear your story, please comment below or talk story with me on Twitter @jlieu! with love and aloha 💙 namaste 

The Wythe Hotel 

Another hipster hot spot. Gorgeous views, expensive snack with tiny portions. The caramel popcorn below was $6. Pretty good, plus my stomach has more room to eat and try other places. 😆

Devoción Coffee Adventures 

“Many have said of alchemy, that it is for the making of gold and silver. For me such is not the aim. But to consider only what virtue and power may lie in coffee” – Paracelsus 

Hipsters can be found at this boutique coffee shop. The coffee is imported from Columbia and brewed by the fine people in Brooklyn New York. Latte was bold and full of flavor. Nice people. Descent bathrooms. 

Now What?

The election happened and now what? Everyone is handling the news in their own way – some are happy, sad, angry, and the list goes on. If anything, yoga has taught me that what we practice on the mat, is just as important when we apply our practice off the mat. We cannot change things that we cannot control. We can control ourselves and inspire others through our actions and words. Breathe with intention and speak with intention. Treat each day as a gift. Life is short and we never know what will happen. Right now it might be a good time for you to unplug.

When I took a break from social media, I learned a lot about myself – who I was and who I want to be. Don’t let one day or one person make/break you. Be the best version of you. Sometimes finding that best version means taking time for yourself and remembering why you do what you do for work, family and friends.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” – Steve Jobs

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