Love & Happiness

Are you happy?

Happiness is a choice.  Choose it.  It’s not hard.

Just live life as if everything is magnificent, a miracle.  Look beyond the imperfections, the teeny things that don’t matter because there’s bigger more important things that do.  Enjoy, seize and love every moment. In reality it’s not really what you have that makes you happy… or who or where you are, or what you’re doing….It’s what you think. If you’re in a miserable place but you think beautiful, happy thoughts, then you’re happy.  Believe that if you think it, it will be.  So if you want to be happy, there is no other way but to be.

And love?

Don’t go looking for it.  Because it will find you. I promise.

Love yourself first.  Love the world and the people around you, and everything will fall into place.

The person you are meant to be with- he/she will come around.  The secret is to know that the this person, they’re already a part of you.  And when that one day come, you will know. 

So don’t worry…be happy.

Honey Aubrey Millon

New Year, No Resolutions…New Attitude

Merry new year my darlings!

Mahalo nui loa for all my amazing friends and family who greeted me on my 26th Birthday this past Thursday, Dec. 27th. Hugs & Kisses from yours truly!

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2013 is fast approaching and everyone is getting their New Year’s resolution lists in time to begin midnight Tuesday.

No resolutions for me, no sir. I think it’s more important to have a new way of thinking, a new attitude in the different everyday things we deal with rather than shooting for changing things and people that we can’t control.

As I slowly learn in this life, I have come to acknowledge that the only way to deal with unchanging circumstances (and people) is to change the way you relate to them. The changes you make, this new attitude you have will precipitate change in others.

Some fresh and fabulous ways of thinking to get us through the new year. When you’re feeling down, keep these thoughts in mind. Your new attitude will get you back up and moving.

Follow your heart.
Happiness is yours to take.
This is your life and you deserve the absolute best.
Be kind to yourself.
Embrace possibility.
Believe in your power.
Exceed your expectations.
Mean what you say.
Express gratitude.
Know when you did something wrong and apologize.
Never give up.
You’re beautiful and special and there is only one you!
Love your life and the people who make it worthwhile.


Honey

The Honolulu Academy of Arts

“No great artist ever sees things as they really are.
If he did, he would cease to be an artist.”
-Oscar Wilde

Back in April I had the opportunity to chaperone my little sister and niece for a museum tour (and art lessons) at The Honolulu Academy of Arts. 

“The Honolulu Museum of Art is dedicated to the collection, preservation, interpretation, and teaching of the visual arts, and the presentation of exhibitions, films and videos, performing arts, and public programs specifically relevant to Hawai’i’s ethnically diverse community.” – The Honolulu Academy of Arts

It was an inspiring, innovative and educational experience, (several great reasons to visit any art exhibit).  The Art Docents were marvelous-knowledgeable and passionate about the subject.  The girls got to learn basic art techniques and grasped the story behind some of the most talented artists and their world-renowned work.

Located in the heart of Beretania, across Thomas Square Park, the intriguing Honolulu Academy of Arts is a must-see. The museum offers a wide-range of docent and self-guided tours for students and adults. Scheduled guided tours such as Spotlight Tours, Tea + Tour, Book Club and Walk-In tours, just to name a few, are free (with paid admission).

900 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
808-532-8700
http://www.honoluluacademy.org

Museum Hours:
Monday- Closed
Tuesday thru Saturday- 10:00am – 4:30pm
Sunday- 1:00pm -5:00pm

Admission:
Children under 4 years- Free
Children 4-17 years old- $5
Adults- $10

Sketching (pencil only, no ink) and still photography (no flash) are permitted in most galleries… yes, photo ops with famous paintings ARE available 🙂 Emphasis on NO TOUCHING any artwork please!

My favorite painting can be found in the “Orange Room”. I’d love to hang this on my palace walls one day 😉 😉

Some photos below:

If you have some free time and in the mood to be inspired, visit the Honolulu Academy of Arts! 😉

Love,
Honey

Aloha Beautiful! – The Transit of Venus

A rare and beautiful astronomical event will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, June 5th, 2012.

The planet Venus will be in transit…. passing directly between the Sun and the Earth and becoming visible to us as a small, dark disk moving across the face of the Sun.

photo from ecorazzi.com

The only planetary transits observable on Earth are of Mercury and Venus. Mercury has an average of 13 transits every 100 years. The Transit of Venus, however is phenomenal, occurring in a pattern that repeats every 243 years, with a pair of transits eight years apart. In this century, the prior transit was on June 8, 2004. After 2012, the next transit of Venus will take place in December 2117!

The entire event will be widely visible from the western Pacific, northwester North America, eastern Asia (including Japan and the Philippines) and eastern Australia.

I can honestly say that I will not be holding on until 2117 to witness the next transit of Venus, which is why I am dedicating a few hours of my afternoon to catch a glimpse and say my aloha to the beautiful planet.  Lucky I am an island girl and live in Hawaii, as it is one of the best locations to witness this spectacular occasion.

According to transitofvenus.org, the local transit times in Honolulu are between 12pm – 6pm.

NASA EDGE at Mauna Kea (through partnership with UH Institute of Astronomy on the Big Island of Hawaii) will also be having a live webcast during this time. Watch it here.

When viewing the sun, take precautions! Construct a pinhole-camera, or a pinhole mirror. If available utilize binoculars or a telescope, but remember, do not look DIRECTLY at the sun! Venus should appear as a tiny dot on the projected image. You can also consider purchasing a shade 13 or 14 arc-welder’s glass.

Hope everyone can get to see The Transit of Venus; you won’t want to miss such an astonishing occurrence of this lifetime.

 


Honey

Dear Diary…..

Needing inspiration to last me for the next few days and needing to keep this peace of mind going even though it is absolute madness around me, I go through my old writings to move me and I found this in an old online diary….

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We all encounter life differently. The world is cruel and unfair, and it’s only human to sometimes feel like giving up. We all have experiences that lead us to where we are and some of them even become a barrier to what we want to accomplish, where we would like to go.

Life is simple, but it is not easy.

Remember, the easier the path taken, the simpler the reward granted. It’s okay to be who you are, no matter how disapproving the world is, because in the end, all the hard work is worth it.

Believe in Beauty, no matter how ugly the world seems.

Believe in Goodness, no matter how harsh life may be.

Believe in Hope, no matter how impossible days become.

By believing this, you have the power to be the best person you can ever be and even better.

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This is all I need.
Thank you, Diary.

Love,
Honey

Happy Birthday, Doc!

In honor of everyone’s favorite Doctor + Children’s author, Dr. Seuss, Read Across America will be observed on Friday, March 2, Dr. Seuss’ birthday. (Also the opening day for the much anticipated animated film The Lorax.) Read Across America is celebrated throughout the country, bringing children, teens and adults together. The nationwide observance promotes reading […]

Giving Back- The Great Aloha Run 2012

The 28th Annual Great Aloha Run was held this past President’s Day, Monday February 20th and I had a wonderful opportunity to be a GAR volunteer alongside a few of my good friends Juvy & Jena Cudera, Retch Manipon and Slay Oyao.

Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, the Great Aloha Run is an 8.15 mile course that begins at Aloha Tower and ends at the Aloha Stadium. This year had the largest number of participants. I was not physically prepared to run or walk 8+ miles, but assisting with refreshments for the runners was definitely a yes. At 4 in the morning I woke up groggy-eyed, but totally ready to pass out bananas and macadamia cookies to the finishers of the race. Yes, macadamia nut cookies…

It was another great bonding event for us amigas. Most importantly, we gave back to our community by contributing our time to assist in a charitable event that greatly impact our communities- improving the lives of those in need.

Volunteer work, whether it is miniscule or on a large-scale is personally fulfilling and satisfying as we recognize that we can make a difference- in people’s lives within our community, our country and even the world.

Madness in my schedule will not take me away from my desire to save the world.

Love,
Honey