Autumn Orange Slices and Capri Suns

The fall this year has got me all up in my feelings. The cool breeze in the mornings in hand with the sunshine takes me back to the age of 7 or so. Getting up early when the grass has a bit of dew on it, sleep in my eyes and a box full of capri suns and squeeze-its ready for the end of the … Continue reading Autumn Orange Slices and Capri Suns

Falling in Happy

Do you ever sit and think about how lucky you are? I do and I highly recommend it. I recently had this epiphany (with some outside help). Life is allowed to be easy. I would feel defensive when people would say things like: You’re so lucky Count your blessings If your life is easy, be grateful Things are easy for you Looking at those statements … Continue reading Falling in Happy

PNW raised, Japan saved

HAPPY JUNE!! May 1, 2020 (I’m currently finishing up this blog and it is now June 9th…this blog is events from the past five months.) Hey you! Stop, collaborate and listen…I’m getting older so if you don’t finish that line-just consider it a generation gap. ICE IS BACK WITH MY BRAND NEW INVENTION. Happy, healthy, free, beautiful and safe. This has been the words I’ve … Continue reading PNW raised, Japan saved

The beginning of 2020

—-The journey anyone can enjoy reading— February 2020 I was struggling with the most difficult heart work I’ve yet to experience. In the moments I was crying-it didn’t feel good. It was hard. I was reflecting and acknowledging things that I’d never given the time to. My last post was November 22! Wow, do I have a lot to share with you. November, I went … Continue reading The beginning of 2020

An Open Letter to My Parents

March 28, 2020 Dear Mom and Dad, Can you believe today is the day? 30 years ago, you brought me into the world. I love birthdays. I believe whole heartily that every single person on earth should be celebrated. That’s a pretty beautiful belief isn’t it? 30 years. THIRTY YEARS. I think it’s a big day for me but I know it’s a bigger day … Continue reading An Open Letter to My Parents

Happy, Healthy, Safe and Free 愛 

私はレイちゃんです。 私はひまわりが好きです 。 Do you know I prefer to go by RayChan レイちゃん Instead of RachelSan レイチェルさん Sounds more like LayChan. Chan ちゃんhere is used for children. San さんis used for adults. Of course I prefer Chan. It’s only natural. I even got it on my new dentist card after insisting it was what I like to be called and convincing the staff to put … Continue reading Happy, Healthy, Safe and Free 愛 

Buzzed and Happy

It has been quite some time since my last post! Summer break has come to an end. In Japan, teachers have 5 days off for summer break. I was able to make it home and refill my heart tank…like gas tank. Looking back through my calendar where I try to take quick notes of what I do each day…I’m smiling as I go through my … Continue reading Buzzed and Happy

Sad should never be wrapped

Had I known how to save a life. I use to sing that song at the top of my lungs. I thought-wow this song is real. I’m sitting here now recalling the lyrics…I would have stayed up with you all night had I known how to save a life…but does that save a life? How many nights have you stayed awake to watch a person … Continue reading Sad should never be wrapped