I'm a displaced Hawai'ian living in California with a loving boyfriend and one crazy cat. I graduated from college in 2005, and have settled in Los Angeles since then. I've been blogging for a few years, not on this url, but never anything really personal or consistent.

I have many interests! My love of food originally brought me into blogging, wanting to be cast amongst the obsessive foodie lot with thousands of others. I have a great love for yoga and have been trying to strengthen my practice with goals of 'more often' and more focused'. I love to write, and one day fantasize of my perfect job: being a copy editor for sci-fi/fantasy novels.

In case you haven't already noticed (*ahem* 'sci-fi/fantasy' and 'job' are in the same sentence above), I am a huge nerd and fall in to the wonderful but still rare category of "fierce female gamers". And before you ask: I'm a PC, and you'll never change me. :)

I started this blog as a way to express my new goal in life, wellness, and marry it with odds and ends from my day-to-day: humor, cooking, boyfriend, cat, video games, cycling, karate, music, writing/reading hula, etc etc...the list goes on and on! I finally feel confident that I'm at the point where I CAN make long-term changes to benefit my life.

The biggest part of that is wellness in my physical body. Yes, I want to lose weight. At my biggest I was just over 200 lbs, an unfortunate and lingering shroud of my own personal fight with depression. As someone who weighed 120-127 for most of my adult life, the extra weight has been both a physical and mental burden. I'm also trying to strengthen my heart and cardio-vascular system so that my risk of having a heart attack, like my father did in 2008, is lowered. (Don't worry, he survived it and has made wonderful changes of his own.)

Another part of wellness I crave is mental/emotional. That's why I love the ideals of Buddhism and study them often. I love the acceptance and weightlessness of it. I'll tell you though, being Buddhist is HARD!!!Learning to accept and let go are the biggest issues I have, and through Buddhist writings and meditation, I'm much improved than when I started (though I still have a lot more work to do). This is also part of the reason why I love yoga. It helps engage my body with my mind, in meditation, to embrace and experience just "the present" and nothing more. Now THAT is a noble purpose for humanity indeed.

So, those are the main things I focus on, but I can't make any promises that I won't ramble from time to time. Feel free to ask questions. Can't promise I'll answer all of them, but it never hurts to ask!

(above: O'ahu, my island. Swimming @ Kualoa Beach park in 2010, below: Off the coast by Chinaman's hat, Northshore O'ahu 2010)