Sunday, June 26, 2011

Start with a New Title?

In an effort to regain my balance, a funny thing happened along the way.  Last week I found out I was a finalist for the Jamba Juice Ambassador of Wow contest.  Now what does that mouthful mean?  Well after submitting essays on what I am passionate about and why I would like an ambassador I was chosen as one of 25 local ambassadors that had the opportunity to be voted a one of two national ambassadors.  There are four rounds of this (I am in round 3) to pick 8 ambassadors overall.  So now I will have to use my writing and social media skills to try and generate the most votes.

So like a politician I have to now answer the question, why vote for me?  Here I will borrow from my essays that helped me make it to this first step. I am passionate about three things: my family, my fitness and the future. Let me explain those three “F’s” further. The title I am probably proudest of is father and with my wife of twenty years we have three wonderful children. Together we live a very active lifestyle going on exciting vacations and keeping physically fit. Jamba Juice is a natural part of that and as an Ambassador of Wow I would promote a healthy family lifestyle that is important to my family and should be to others with the significant obesity in the United States. To be a good example for my kids I am also very active competing in triathlons, half marathons, 10Ks, 5Ks, playing softball, and riding my stand-up paddleboard. I believe eating right and keeping physical fit is important and Jamba Juice helps. Finally I am passionate about the future as I am currently leading the design of a replacement for the Space Shuttle called Dream Chaser. I would use my position as an Ambassador of Wow to talk about the future and why I feel it is so exciting.

So if selected what would I do with this title.  Well I had to think about that too when entering the contest.  As an Ambassador of Wow I would have a unique platform to promote the idea of families staying healthy together through good eating habits and staying active physically. I would also promote the unique space project, the Dream Chaser, I am leading the design of (packed with Wow!) and it’s importance to the United States future in space. The three causes of family, fitness and future all tie in nicely with the Jamba Juice brand of a place for the whole family to enjoy, that promotes fitness, and the unique angle I bring, a company that cares about the future. Currently I am active on Facebook and I have my own blog (Aloha Fridays which ties in nicely with my favorite Jamba flavor Aloha Pineapple) so I would use these mediums to share the Ambassador of Wow messages while expanding into other social media outlets like Twitter and You Tube.

So with that all being said, voting is from June 22 to July 5 so please vote for me daily at as I need all of the help I can get.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Losing My Balance

This blog is subtitled “seeking balance in the adventure of life” and I have officially lost my balance.  When I started this blog, I did it with five resolutions in mind.

  1. Write
  2. Get in the Best Shape of My Life
  3. Give Back
  4. Live Aloha
  5. Chase Dreams
Those resolutions were going to be used to guide me in finding balance between my professional and personal life, which I have done pretty well up until a month ago when I last posted.

Wipeout in Waikiki: Author losing his balance while surfing over Christmas

That is, when as this photo shows, I fell off my board and lost my balance.  Less metaphorically that is when I stopped writing, begun to barely exercise (softball twice a week is not much of a triathlon training program), stopped helping as a Team in Training captain, and begun spending less time with my family.  I may have partially been fulfilling the fifth resolution of chasing dreams since all I have virtually been doing is working on the Dream Chaser program.  Yet I have found myself to not perform as well at work when it becomes all-consuming like it has.

But just like I got back on that surfboard after almost colliding with that other surfer, so by starting to write again (while taking up my other resolutions), I am going to try to get my balance back.  It is maybe going to take some new approaches, which I will share here, so follow along to see if I am headed for another wipeout.