22 Days of Thanks – Day 1 (& yes, I’m back!)

Aloha mai kākou! 🙂

I guess I’ll first start off this post by apologizing for the hiatus! Being a first-year teacher with no background in teaching/education has been a challenge, and it has definitely taken a toll on me. Add that to the tutoring job I already had, volunteering on Wednesdays, plus teaching hula classes on Fridays after school…I’m surprised I’m still standing! I’ll elaborate on all that on a later blog post (or blog posts, to be completely honest). As for now, I’ll try my best to post more than what I’ve been doing so far, even if these posts end up being quick updates!

While I’m at it, for the ones who have been reading my posts and following this blog during my hiatus – Aloha! Welcome! I’m so excited to have you along this journey! And for the ones who are still along this journey with me, I’m glad you’re still here! Let’s continue this path together!

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Now that I’ve apologized, back to the reason for this post!

In honor of 2018 being my Year of Self Love, I had been filling out a Year in Pixels (which I’ll also write about in a separate post!). As the year went on – or more like flew by – I realized there were many days where I just felt so frustrated, especially once my new job began. All I talked about to people was how upset I would feel if I had frustrating classes or students who wouldn’t listen, and I honestly feel extremely guilty for constantly ranting all the time. *Deepest apologies and thanks to those who I have been constantly ranting to day in and day out! I truly appreciate you being my listening ears!*

Since this is the first day of November, I figured this month would be the perfect timing for me to stop and reflect upon things that I am thankful for. It’s so easy to just go on with life without stopping and truly appreciating the people and things around you, even if it’s something super simple. With this in mind, I figured stopping to write a post every day for 22 days (one thing I’m thankful for every day until Thanksgiving) would give me a reason to just stop and reflect – to stop and smell the roses (or maybe stop and balance eggs?)

Day 1 of Thanks

As stressful and frustrating things may be lately, I’m extremely grateful for the path I’ve been placed on. Every time something horrible happened – a broken heart, a friendship lost, an accident, a death – I always question why such things happen. Why must I go through this pain? Why must I go through this heartache? What did I do to deserve this? Then as time goes by and new opportunities present themselves, I realize that everything really does happen for a reason.

Ke Akua has a plan for me – for all of us. I may not know what is the full extent of His plan at the moment, but as time passes and more things begin to fall into place, I slowly am beginning to see the small glimmer of what has been written out for me. As long as I do not lose faith and know that even the rough patches of life are placed in my life for a reason, everything will work out the way it was meant to be.

I’m thankful for this path I’m on. I’m thankful for this continuous journey and its endless lessons.

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See you all tomorrow!

Me ke aloha,
Mauri

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