Noelani Love

DAY TWO - Spread The Aloha Tour in Chino, Nagano

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Aloha Everyone!

Angela Makiと私の"Spread The Aloha Tour" もいよいよ残りわずか。。先日は都会から離れて長野の茅野市へと行ってきました。Angela Makiの友人でありヨガのインストラクターの千早さんが駅で私達を出迎えてくれ駅のすぐ横で開催されていたヨガ&トレーニングイベントへと連れて行ってくれました。the BIRTH&days 5周年祝いのこのイベント、Angela Makiは気持ちの良い芝生の上でヨガのクラスを2つ行いました。芝生の周りには3階建ての大きな窓の近代的な建物があり、周りには幾つものテントが張ってありヨガウェアーや手作りの美味しいパンなどが販売されていました。

外でヨガをするには最高のお天気!でも私の身体はヨガ疲れ。。笑 先日のAngela Makiのヨガのクラスであちらこちらが筋肉痛だったので午前のクラスはちょっと受けてその後は木の下でお昼寝。午後のクラスはお休みしました。今月は旅をしたり、色々あってとっても忙しい月だったので木の下でのお昼寝かパーフェクトでした。芝生の上でし横になりながら、Angela Makiのクラスを観察。生徒さん達はみんな楽しみながら集中をして自分の健康の為にヨガを頑張っていました。ここ茅野市にはヨガスタジオが2つしかないと聞きました。都内みたいでは無いけれど、the BIRTH&daysに通っている人は多くみんな真剣にヨガに取り組んでいるそうです。こうしてゲスト先生を迎えて大きなイベントをするという事は珍しく、でもこうして一回目を行うことでも次に繋がり、又次にとこのイベントがどんどん成長して行くのでしょう。

So far, our Japan trip has been going great! Angela Maki and I took a trip to the country side in Chino, Nagano this week to continue our Spread The Aloha Tour in Japan. Chihaya-San, a friend of Angela Maki's and yoga instructor, greeted us at the train station and walked us over to the Yoga and Training Festival in Chino, Nagano presented by The Birth & Days. This was the first time for this festival to launch and they had invited Angela Maki to lead two yoga classes outside on their lush green grass lawn. A modern looking building with large windows about three stories high surrounded us. There were a variety of vendors selling yoga merchandise, freshly baked goods, and home made crafts. 

It was a perfect sunny day for a yoga class. Yet, my body was exhausted from yoga the other day, so I decided to participate in half of the class and then take a cat nap under a near by tree and sit out of the second class completely. Especially after a full month of activities and travel, it was nice to take a break and also to observe the participants in her yoga class. They were focused and excited to work on their health with the guidance of Angela Maki. I heard there are only two yoga studios in this town. And they are pretty filled on a regular basis. And to have an event like this, bringing yoga instructors from outside of Nagano, is a rare thing. So, I could see how this festival has potential to grow. 

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夕方になり気温が下がり始め、夏が終わりを告げているのを肌で感じました。ヨガのクラスが終わりイベント会場を後にして山側へと千早さんの新しい淡いブルーカラーのSUBARUを走らせ約15分したら千早さんのお家に到着。途中で鹿に遭遇したり、美しいお米やそば畑を横に走りながら昔この辺は王様、天皇が住んでいて、山から流れてくるこの土地のお水、そしてそのお水が作り出すスペシャルなお米をこよなく愛していたと聞きました。今でもこのスペシャルなお水で作ったお米がローカルの農家の方々によってキープされていて茅野市では手に入るそうです。今回のトリップではそのスペシャルなお米を試すことができなかったので、必ず次のトリップでは試したいと思います!

Evening hit and the weather began to get a bit chilly. I could feel the shift from summer to fall as the chilled wind brushed against my skin. Yoga class was over and it was time to go. As we headed up the windy road up the mountain to Chihaya-San's house in her brand new baby blue Subaru, we watched deer crossing and passed by fields of rice and buckwheat (what soba noodles are made from). I was told that this area was where the King or Emperor resided long ago. He loved the water from the mountains here and the rice here is special because of the water. And til this very day, there is still a good amount of rice fields kept up by local farmers, but they only sell this special rice here in Chino. I didn't have the opportunity to try the rice out on this trip, but my goal is to have some on our next stay here.

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家に着いたらすぐに荷物を降ろし私達が向かった場所は近くのホテル。この辺で1番良い温泉へ千早さんが連れて行ってくれました。入場料1000円とオシャレなホテルにしては良心的なお値段。お風呂場には、屋内と屋外があり外の温泉は、インフィニティプールの様になっていてお湯の先にうっすらと山脈の影が見えて、周りの木々はライトアップされ、まさに絶景!星に月、どちらも雲とかくれんぼをしていてなかなかずっと顔を出してくれなかったけれども、雲の隙間から放つ光がとても神秘的でした。

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1時間半程温泉の湯に浸かりリラックスしたら、千早さんの旦那さん、檀さんが待つお家へ帰りました。お家に着いたら、檀さんが大きな笑顔と温かいハグで私たちを迎えてくれました。家の中には、流木、カラフルなドライフラワー、ドリームキャッチャーに世界各地から二人が集めた工芸品にインテリアなど素敵な物ばかり!数々の素敵なインテリアの先には檀さんが作った長いリビングテーブルがあり、そこには彼が作った熱々の夕食が用意されていました。庭のガーデンから採れたお野菜を使ったメニューに飼っている鶏の卵を使った最高に美味しい玉子焼き。美味しい食事と共に檀さんと千早さんの素敵なお話を聞きながら2人のことをもっと知ることが出来、まさに夢を現実にしている素晴らしいカップルに私もインスパイアされた素敵な夜でした。

プロマウンテンバイカーでクリエイティブな檀さんとピースフルで明るいエネルギーを持っているヨガインストラクターの千早さんは、 Club 3719 というクラブのオーナーでもあり、年間を通して子供達や女性、企業向けにキャンプを行い美しい信州の大自然の中で自然を感じ、学び、共に過ごすという素晴らしい体験が出来る

場所を人々に提供しているのです。彼らの夢であったこのクラブ。Club 3719は、大人も子供も楽しめるアドベンチャーが盛り沢山!

We pulled up to the house and made a quick luggage drop off so we could head over to a near by hotel. Chihaya-San was excited to show us one of her favorite spas in the area. It was about $8 or so to go in to use the spa facilities. Pretty reasonable for a high end resort. This particular spa was special to me because of the indoor/outdoor onsen. Imagine soaking in a giant infinity pool filled with hot fresh water springs from the mountains and a panoramic view of the woods under the stars and moon shining bright. It was magical! After a few sessions of yoga this week and a 2 1/2 hour commute on the train, my tired muscles felt like jello melting in the pool. Our bodies totally needed this.

After an hour of relaxation, we headed to the house and met Chiya-San's husband, Dan-San. He welcomed us in with a friendly smile and warm hug. We followed him and the delicious smells through their gorgeous home, filled with colorful natural woods, dream catchers, and other artifacts from their world travels, to their dining area. Dan-San had prepared a beautiful hot dish for us, using fresh eggs and vegetables from their garden. We had great conversation and learned more about their story. It was nice getting to know such a beautiful and inspiring couple living their dream life in Japan.

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"Kitchen Garden."と言う名前のガーデニングの裏には山があり、そこにマウンテンバイクのコースやお散歩コースなどがあるのです。まるで私が大好きなハイキングコースのハワイのWaahila Ridgeにあるコースに似ていて涼しくてアクティブに身体を動かすには最高の場所。大きな芝生の庭では栄養たっぷりのふっくらとした鶏が二羽駆け回っています。きっと鶏もこんなに良い環境だからこそ毎日ヘルシーな卵を産むのでしょう。ワークショップでは、この健康的な鶏の卵を使ってふわふわのパンケーキをなんと参加者の皆さん分、19枚。プラス私達の分まで1人で作ったのです!!

Husband and wife duo, Dan-San and Chihaya-San, are the owners of Club 3719. They turned their dream home into a club, where they host year round camps for children, women and corporate team building. Club 3719 provides the perfect peaceful, adventurous and inspiring ambiance for adults and children to enjoy. They have a beautiful garden of herbs and vegetables they call "Kitchen Garden." Their backyard leads into the woods, a place where no one is allowed to build, a similar feeling to Waahila Ridge, one of my favorite hikes, over in Saint Louis Heights in Honolulu, Hawaii. The weather was a perfect cool temperature. Taylor and Ichiro, Dan-San's extra large chickens, run free and safe from roaming predators in the yard and happily lay eggs everyday. In fact after our workshop, Dan-San cooked up the largest and fluffiest pancakes, using their chicken's freshly laid eggs for our party of 19! That's a whole lot of pancakes! 

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料理のマジシャン檀さんは、いつもエネルギーでいっぱい!世界をプロのマウンテンバイカーとして旅をし、数々の試合に勝ち、今でも一日に約20kmバイクに乗るというスーパーアスリート!アーティストでもあり、常に社会にどう貢献出来るか?人々の暮らしが更に楽しくなる様に、人々が自然と深く繋がれるようにと考えていて常に新しく更に大きな夢へと向かっているのです。檀さんのコンセプトは、"一緒に料理をして、一緒に食べる"。料理を一緒にして、一緒に食べる事で会話も増え、自然と繋がりも深くなる。そのコンセプトを元に今新たなことをスタートしようと動いているのです。常に前へ前へと走っている檀さん。

今回は一緒に料理は出来なかったですが、お互いのビジョンをシェアーし、夢を語り、笑いながら檀さんの作った美味しい料理を頂き深く繋がることが出来ました。

近所の方や千早さんの友人にヨガの生徒さん達、参加者の皆さんは10:45分ぐらいに集まり大きなテントの下、蕎麦畑の可愛らしい小花と美しい八ヶ岳を眺めながら長野初のドリームボードワークショップスタート!

A true magician in the kitchen, Dan-san is always full of energy. He's traveled the world as a professional mountain biker. He's a natural artist, philanthropist, incredible chef, and the ultimate dreamer! His concept is "Cook together, Eat together." Dan-San is passionate about connecting with people through interacting in nature, with nature, and through great conversation. Which is what lead him and his wife to create Club 3719. And although we didn't cook together during this specific workshop, we were able to connect through sharing our visions and dreams, laugh and eat together.

As the sun rose the next day, Angela Maki and I stepped out to watch the sky glow with it's stunning golden morning light. Chihaya-San and Angela Maki decided to enjoy a private yoga session on the lawn, while Dan-San gave me a grand tour of their home, Club 3719. Soon after that, Dan-San brought out a tent for us to set up to shade our class. Around 10:00am, we had a nice light breakfast, which included fresh eggs of course.

Participants for our workshop began trickling in around 10:45am. Many of them neighbors, friends and clients of Chihaya-San. We gathered together in the shade under the large tent in the front yard, over looking a breath taking view of Chino's beautiful mountain range.

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まさにこれが私の夢だったのです!アウトドアでフレッシュな空気の中、美味しい料理を食べて、笑顔でお互いの夢をシェアー!まさに私のドリームボードに貼ってある雑誌の切り抜きが現実となったのです!!テントをセットアップしている時も、ランチを食べながら会話をしている時も、皆さんがシェアーをして下さった夢の話を聞いている時も、この素晴らしい夢の様な時間、一瞬一瞬を大切に大事に過ごしました。また一つ私の夢が叶った!と歓びと達成感で胸がいっぱいになりました。
夢を叶えてくれた千早さん、檀さん、そして参加をして下さった皆さん、心から感謝しています!

It was like a dream come true! Connecting with other women, out doors, in fresh air, sharing our dreams and eating a delicious and stylish home cooked meal! Seriously, I have photos of a similar looking location and people enjoying a colorful healthy meal together, making a toast, in an outdoor setting on both my Lifeboard and Business Dreamboard. So, during various times throughout the day, as we set up the tent, conversed at lunch, and ended our time with an intimate dream share, focusing on what new came up and what they enjoyed about the workshop, in the front yard, I would take a look around to soak it all in. Each moment, I felt a sense of accomplishment and joy. And I thought to myself, WOW, IT'S ALL HAPPENING! Another dream come true!

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Rise Up

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I kid you not....no more than one year ago, I was inspired and decided to commit to adding Wanderlust Festival to our company's dreamboard. Fast forward to this past week, Thursday the 25th of February, and I found myself up on stage, conquering my biggest fear, speaking to an audience of over 150 people, on the stage of the Wanderlust Festival's Speak Easy.

Notice the image above. It was randomly taken by Hugh E. Gentry and posted up on the New York Times of my dear friend, Noelani Love and I, as we celebrated manifestation victory at the festival last year. I was there, strictly to support my two soul sisters Noelani Love and Juri Ko Edwards, as they had been selected to teach yoga classes at the 2015 Wanderlust Festival.

How did we all get there? What I believe was hard work, determination, and a touch of manifestation, is what lead us to being invited to teach and share at the popular and largest yoga festival in the Nation, at least that I personally know of.

Let's start with my two lovely friends. Noelani and Juri, at the time, fairly newly certified yoga instructors, shared with me what a big deal it would be to teach a yoga class at this amazing and grand yoga festival, called "Wanderlust." I had only a tiny idea of what they were talking about at the time, because I've heard people talking about the festival, but I've never actually attended, nor did I ever see any photos. So, not much more than a year before 2015's Wanderlust Festival, both women decided that they would put it out there in the universe, add it to their dreamboards, to one day teach a class there.

I can't tell you how excited and happy I was for them, when they individually shared with me the exciting news, that each of them had been asked to lead a number of yoga classes at the festival for 2014. Within a year of them putting it out there, these two women had manifested what some may believe to be a miracle. How cool is that?!

Honestly, I would have never attended this festival (only because I didn't know enough about it) if it weren't for my desire to support Noelani (who introduced me to the vision boarding concept and eventually became one of my long term dream clients) and Juri (a dreamboard client since my early years of leading workshops). More so than clients, these two women have been a collective of my dearest friends and supporters. And there was no way I'd miss this for the world.

But after attending their classes and experiencing other amazing classes, all at the festival, I fell in love with what the Wanderlust Festival was all about. Not only was I proud of Noelani and Juri, but I was also inspired by the two beauties and the other incredibly talented yogis I took classes from due to their individual styles of connecting with hundreds of people per class on a very deep and spiritual level. It melted my heart to see so many people sharing a healthy practice together as a unit.

During that time at the festival, I also wound up taking a meditation class where I met a very friendly man who introduced himself as a leader of vision boards. His name was Nick Mirabello, Chief Igniter of UROCK. I was so excited to finally meet someone who actually teaches dreamboarding, because I've always wished to connect with others who shared this practice as well, in hopes of gaining insight and master minding on how we could better serve our curious dreamers and community. Nick was so excited to share that he just finished meeting with some of the coordinators from the festival and he would eventually be leading vision board workshops at future Wanderlust Festivals.

It was so interesting, because earlier that day, the question and thought of, "I wonder if this festival would ever have me lead a workshop here?" popped in my mind. And after he shared with me the news, I was hopeful that "Wow! Maybe I could do the same one day?"

Angela Aguirre and Tiare Thomas at Wanderlust 108 in Santa Monica 2014

Angela Aguirre and Tiare Thomas at Wanderlust 108 in Santa Monica 2014

Months passed by and I had shared with another dear friend and soul sister, Angela Aguirre, about Noelani and Juri's success at the festival as well as how much fun and cool this festival was for me. I told her that I loved it so much, I'd like to go every year and check out others across the country. So, when Angela and I did our next dreamboard session together, she was inspired and added it to her own dreamboard so that she would one day be able to enjoy the festival on Oahu.

Within months, Angela and I found ourselves at the Wanderlust 108 in California on the Santa Monica Pier. She was pregnant at the time and enjoying every bit of it. We participated in the mini triathlon, where we ran the beach, did yoga under the guidance of MC Yogi, joined in on a huge group guided meditation, and danced the day away to DJ Drez. I remember having the time of our lives.

After the festival, I gave it a long shot and asked one of the presenters if they had a contact to any of the lead staff so I could possibly reach out in hopes of leading a dreamboard workshop at any of the future Wanderlust Festivals. I was given an email address and name, yet never went about reaching out. My self doubt, for some reason, took over and I figured, "Maybe it's just not the right time? I mean, what would I say? And would I get rejected?"

Every person who has ever taken one of my dreamboard workshops or had a one-on-one session with me knows that I passionately express the power of positive thinking and belief. There is a block that comes up as soon as we decide we don't believe...believe in the possibilities and believe in ourselves.

Well, I am only human, and I battle with belief on the regular. Although, I do acknowledge it in time and attack it head on, just because I know that once I kick down that wall of self-doubt and negative self talk, my manifesting powers, in time, celebrate in victory.

Although procrastination on reaching out to the Wanderlust staff won, in time, I still decided to add "Wanderlust" to my company dreamboard. It was a few months after Wanderlust 108 in California, during the summer of 2015, when Angela and I were sitting at her dining room table coaching each other as well as fantasizing about how cool it would be for both of us to eventually be presenters at this inspiring festival.

Angela is also a Life Coach. She's actually the one who inspired me to getting my life coaching certification in the first place. We have been supporting each others dreams since the day we met.

As soon as I flew back to Hawai‘i, I immediately and officially added "Wanderlust" to my dreamboard. I didn't know how or when this would ever happen, but I knew that as long as I trust in the process, it would eventually come to fruition.

But, if you were to ask me if I ever imagined speaking on stage at Wanderlust within less than a year, you would definitely feel a shocking reaction. And I would shake my head in disbelief thinking, "that's a bit soon. Don't you think?"

Well, to my disbelief, during the end of 2014, a friend of mine shared with me that he spoke to his friend and said that I'd make a good fit for this event happening during the beginning of 2015 at the Hilton's Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu, called "Wanderlust." One email lead to the next and in a matter of a week, I was in direct contact with the coordinator of the festival who booked me immediately. OMG!!!?

I felt shocked, excited, happy, nervous, and totally blissed out! It was all happening! My dream was coming true. And I would be able to share this life changing practice with hundreds, most people know as "dreamboarding" or "vision boarding." This not only meant I'd be living my dream, but it would hopefully inspire others to pursue their dreams and live them as well.

Now, fast forward to this past Thursday. I was back stage at the festival, waiting to step out and begin my talk, when Erik, my boyfriend, gently grabs me close to him to dance to the song I chose to play for the audience to get us all into the mood of dreaming. I melted in his arms as he calmed me from my nervous tendencies when it comes to public speaking.

Tiare Thomas  center stage at  Wanderlust Fest  in Oahu, styled & clothing by  Lily Lotus

Tiare Thomas center stage at Wanderlust Fest in Oahu, styled & clothing by Lily Lotus

As I stepped out on stage. Angela was there, sitting at a table in the front row smiling with more of my dear friends. Not only had she flown in from LA to support me, but she was also living her dream, as she was able to finally participate in attending the festivities of the Wanderlust Festival. I felt so much love and couldn't help but smile and express to everyone how cool this moment was for me and how excited I was to share with them about a tool and practice that has changed my life, and for the better.

After fifty five minutes of wholeheartedly sharing significant moments through out my life journey and the key to manifesting, I ended with five minutes of a guided and then musical visualization. I asked everyone to think about a dream that they've been putting on hold or haven't committed to yet and then to imagine themselves actually living that dream.

Tiare Thomas starting off her talk at Wanderlust with Tiare, Noelani Love and son holding their first dreamboards

Tiare Thomas starting off her talk at Wanderlust with Tiare, Noelani Love and son holding their first dreamboards

The song I chose to co-create with the audiences imagination is called "Rise Up" by Andra Day. If you ever have a chance to download it and add it to your play list, this song is very moving and I hope it melts your heart as much as it does for me.

Day sings about the struggle we often feel life is like, the effect we can have on each other when a person is down and the power of rising up. The line, "all we need is hope
And for that we have each other," is everything Aloha Dreamboard and I personally stand for.

I believe by discovering and pursuing our own dreams, we give others hope to eventually pursue and live their own dreams. And in return, we have that many more happy individuals sharing a message that is inspiring and powerful.

This is exactly what happened for me when I observed Noelani, Juri, and Nick (the vision board guy) excited, believing, having the courage to pursue their dreams and then in return manifested their dreams into reality. While Angela inspired me through her enthusiasm and supportive encouragement on believing that it could one day happen for me. And as they graciously shared their stories of success with me, it ignited a passion I was fearing to spark up (due to possible rejection). And in return, the fear was put out and my dream had won!

My hope is that you too, have the courage to pursue and share your dreams so that one day it will inspire others, observing along the way, to rise up and have the courage to set and pursue their own.

 

With Gratitude and Love,

Tiare Thomas

Founder & Dream Coach of Aloha Dreamboard