Welcome to ITWUSNME.COM.
Welcome to my personal web site, my little niche in cyberspace. Remember the days of geocities? My first connection to the global net started back in 1998 on geocities; itwusnme.com (IDC) launched on September 30, 2006. Since then, IDC has grown into a massive collection of my thoughts and adventures and today serves as a hub for my social media connections.
The primary platform I use for IDC is called WordPress, “a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.” Photographs are mastered using Apple’s Aperture and Adobe Photoshop.
I kick off each year with a new design for IDC, mainly for aesthetics and ease of use. The current design is from Automattic’s Intergalactic theme, which makes viewing pleasant on both desktop and mobile devices. You can check out my changelog here.
My mission is to live bravely, body, and happily, and to make a difference in the lives of others. IDC has been my venue to share this journey of self-discovery and of my human revolution with you. You can read more about my governing values and core principles here.
I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and currently live on the island of Oahu. I am a graduate of Roosevelt High School (see this post: What school you went?) and the University of Hawaii (see this post: COE Convocation). I am an instructional leader and an artist, and I have two cats and a dog. You can check out my brief bio here.
I am passionate about capturing moments of life and preserving legacies through photography and video. I am an artists at heart and have an eye for minutiae. I prefer to see the bigger picture and then work on the smaller details. I have a compulsion for organized chaos and can get easily distracted, even anxious, by anything misplaced or out of order. I strive for perfection knowing I may never get there. But most of all, I am passionate about doing something for someone else. [Read more here]
GTD and me.
As my personal and professional life changed, I needed a new way to look at how I do work. Keeping a daily list of prioritized tasks used to work for me; today, I’m lucky if I can get three hours of predefined work done as planned. Bottom line: I was trying to keep and manage so many things in my head that it eventually became overwhelming for me to keep up. I needed a new plan.
My total money makeover.
Back in March 2010, I was ready to get into better financial shape. Having to finance my own way through college, I left in my wake a financial mess including everything from college loans to credit card debt totaling $51,674.13. That’s a lot of debt!
Being an instructional leader is all about being a steward of learning for all. It’s about moving an entire organization toward a shared vision of excellence and lifelong learning. It’s about building civilizations.
Faith, practice, and study.
I have the fortune of being “born into this practice” of Nichiren Buddhism. In fact, I am a third-generation member of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) organization. “The SGI is based on the teachings and philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism, which places the highest emphasis on the sanctity of life. Members seek, through their practice of Buddhism, to develop the ability to live with confidence, to create value in any circumstance and to contribute to the well-being of friends, family and community.”