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

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My mother’s daughter….

I am my mother’s daughter…
I am her legacy.
I am my mother’s mirror.

I hope that in heaven, she feels the love reflecting from me…my sisters, and my brother.

Because we are our mother’s children.
We are her legacy.

Happy Birthday, Mama.  We all love you very much.

Born on August 1st, our mother would have turned 50 years old today, although she would always be no older than thirty-six in our memories.

Our mother was the most beautiful woman I know-

flawless fair skin, lustrous jet-black hair, dark almond shaped eyes.  Growing up I remember she would walk into a room and everyone would just turn to look at her.

I remembered thinking someday I wanted to have that effect on people. The kind of effect that would just immobilize people because of your presence.

Our mother was as beautiful inside as she was outside- always thinking the good in others, trusting them and loving them so unconditionally even though her heart broke into tiny little pieces doing so.  She was alluring, as she was tragic.

Our mother watches us from heaven.  We feel her presence in our daily lives.  I am her eldest daughter, and I made a promise to her.  My siblings- they know in my own way I am going to keep this promise.  Every year, on the first of August, on our mother’s birthday, I remember this promise and how close I am to fulfilling this.

Mothers Daughter

Because I am my mother’s daughter.

“All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”
– Abraham Lincoln

Love,
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.

***

This is all I need.
Thank you, Diary.

Love,
Honey

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Good morning my darlings!

As most of us know, Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away (Sunday, May 13).  An annual celebration to recognize beautiful mothers, motherhood, maternal bonds, and mother-figures, Mother’s Day is one of the most special days of the year.  It’s  a time to give Mom a break, take her out to lunch, have some bonding time, and just remind her that despite of the little arguments here and there, she is irreplaceable, and you are blessed with her presence.  Of course, it’s a nice time to give her a thoughtful gift as well.

If you don’t have the slightest idea what to get mom this year, here are some cute finds I saw online that just might touch mom’s heart.

Mother's Day Gifts

1. PERFUME- No. 5 by Chanel a classic, glamorous scent she’ll love

2. SCENTED CANDLES and/or CANDLEHOLDER Amber Lilies Flower Decorative Tealight Candle Holder moms can add an amber glow of candlelight in any home

3. JEWELRY- Sterling Silver Circle “Mother” Graffiti Pendant gives her wardrobe a little sparkle, while reminding her how special she is

4. HOME SPA TREATMENT- Green Tea Zen Calming Spa Bath and Body Set Gift Basket a calming Zen inspired spa set to help relieve mom’s stress

5. WALL ART/FRAME- Umbra Huddle 11-Opening Wall Frame capture and share the memories

6. COOK BOOK-  The French Laundry Cookbook encourage mom to increase her culinary experience…

7. COSMETICS- YSL Rouge Pure Shine Sheer Lipstick so she’ll always look and feel pretty

8. CASES/COVERS- Kate Spade Kindle Touch Case Cover for the tech moms, cases for iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Nook, etc….

9. COFFEE MUG- Wonder Woman Ceramic Travel Mug  because highly energized moms are always saving the world, there’s no better way to say it.

10. TOTE BAG- Michael Kors Jet Set Top Zip Tote Handbag for moms who are always on the go

For more ideas, Shop Mother’s Day Gifts


For you lucky boys and gals who still are able to spend this precious day with your mother, don’t make excuses and do what you can to make it happen.  Mothers are only around for so long, and even though I myself haven’t had the luxury to take my mother out to lunch, or buy her a Mother’s Day gift for 13 years now, I was blessed to have encountered mother figures in my life to celebrate this day with.

Love,
Honey

eternal sunshine

I was browsing through my online album and I came across one of my favorite photos. Taken five years ago by a talented aspiring photographer at the time, Keoni Kitagawa, this photo captured a candid, yet blissful moment.

It was nearing a day’s end in beautiful Hawaii nei, with the sun setting behind me. The weather was pleasant as I had remembered it- warm, yet breezy; not too hot, not too windy.

If I were to choose a photo that I could hold in my heart forever- to move me, to encourage me, to teach me… I would choose this photo.

Because this photo shows me an eternal sunshine.

The sun shining- whether it be rising, or setting, symbolizes hope to all. Sometimes we feel that the world is dark, and we may be at the bottom at times. But the sun is always there, and we will get back up, one way or another.

Figuratively speaking, no matter how terrible or rainy the day goes, you just have to breathe…because tomorrow the sun will rise. If the rain keeps coming, you just have to remember that it takes rain AND sunshine to make a rainbow 😉

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”
Anthony J. D’Angelo

A daily dose of sunshine is good for you- it’s brightening and exhilarating. Drink it up, my darlings. Don’t live in the shadows.

Love,
Honey

Don’t Worry, Be Pretty ;)

Hel-loha! I hope you are feeling pretty today, because you are 😉 Don’t let all of the stresses of life get you down. You’ll look ugly. Really, I am not kidding. Studies show that a negative mood is reflected in your physical appearance. It’s really not all in your head: Science proves that if you’re […]

New Year’s Traditions All Around the World

Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right.

– Oprah Winfrey

People around the world, pessimists and optimists alike usher in the new year in distinctive ways. Whether its to bring in great luck, or to simply just forget memories of the ending year, the New Year signifies a new beginning, and new opportunities.

Here are some interesting ways New Year’s Eve is celebrated in different countries:

JAPAN- Bonenkai or “forget-the-year parties” are held to say goodbye to all worries, misunderstandings, grudges and all other problems of the previous year, and prepare for a new beginning. At midnight on New Year’s Eve, the Buddhist temples strike their gongs 108 times, an attempt to dismiss the 108 types of human weaknesses.

SPAIN & PORTUGAL– When the clocks strikes 12, it is a tradition to quickly consume 12 grapes, one grape for each stroke of  the clock, signifying good luck for each month of the coming year.

ITALY- Red underwear is worn, supposedly bringing love and luck in the New Year. Lentil stew is also eaten when the bell strikes at midnight- one spoonful per toll of the bell.

GREECE- A special New Year cake is baked by all the members of the family, called the St. Basil’s cake. A silver or gold coin is buried in the dough and baked. The cake is distributed to everyone and whoever finds the coin in their piece of cake is said to be especially lucky during the coming year.

PHILIPPINES- Round shapes symbolize prosperity for the coming year as they represent coins. Round fruits are displayed on the dining table during New Year’s Eve, and clothing with circular patterns such as polka dots are also worn. To scare off evil spirits, people also blow on “torotots” (plastic horns), bang pots and pans, and of course, lighting firecrackers and fireworks is a tradition.

DENMARK- Danes collect old dishes throughout the year and then throw them at the front doors of friends and families. The more broken dishes you have to clean means the more friends you have.

It’s still 10:30pm here in Hawaii, and we still have an hour and half til midnight. Most of you may have already rung in the new year, but regardless of where you are in the world, what traditions you practice, may you have a fabulous, and very Happy 2012!

Love,
Honey