Thursday, July 21, 2016

He's A Classic Man

Today my "Thankful Thursday" post is dedicated to Simi "Jimbo" Tuitama Hafoka just because I felt like bragging about him. He is a man of few words, unless he's at peace with you. Which then he allows people into his space. He is admired by all of us especially because of his faith, work ethic and being an exceptional musician. But what I love about  Jimbo the most is his "Quiet Dignified Kigatsuku" spirit that never seeks to be recognized for anything that he does. A true classic man in his own right that Im blessed to know and felt deserved a recognition shout out.



Rigorous but gentle

Encircled by his passion

Lost in his element

Found by his songs
Lyrical genius 
At the very strum of his guitar
Based on his rhythm 
Whether through Red Velvet
Or Green Destiny
He balances in the wind
Written between notes
Courting in everso slowly 
The anticipating audience 
Into a whole new world
Just to be found with his first love
Where he goes to most often
His home away from home
And where his heart
Feels most comfortable
In his music
Humility rules his soul
An all around artist 
Made whole
Jimbo is the epitome of music.

#Dedicated2 @jimboisyourdad & InspiredByJimbosMusicalTalent
Video credit our bro @ejaymulitalo

Aug 10,2016 after all of us going bowling
for our Sis Lani Moe's Birthday

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Seed of My Soul

What is my story? Why am I, who I am? Why am I so proud in being of Samoan heritage? Why am I still an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday-Saints? Why am I still not a license driver? Whyam I not where I'd like to be in my life but haven't completely given into giving up on everything? And I will tell you but first of all these are the questions that have crossed my mind. Beginning when I went to one of my favorite mission sister, Sister Brown's funeral a month ago from this past Sunday. Then to remember while recognizing that I've been back from my mission for 13 years these questions arose again. Now I have to be upfront when reflecting back to these last 13yrs. It was so easy to look at everything I had failed in, hadn't completed and fell from because I didn't really make the best choices. And due to those choices I experienced some very heart wrenching consequences. But this is what I know over all those almost depressing memories. What I know for myself today is that I'm still standing. I am still here. I am still fighting to not grow bitter about my life, fighting to still love others even if it's not given back to me freely and fighting to remaining on God's side.
And in that fight I am grateful for the many cheerleaders that have been on Team Ova & haven't left me to journey this path alone. Because in reality I know with a certainty it is so important to know that we have to not only help one another through this life. But to do it with more kindness, patience, courage, unconditional love and above all full honest forgiveness. Because being revengeful, spiteful, unforgiving and hateful will only hurt the person giving it more than anyone else. So it's not worth it. This post is for you who aren't happy, who aren't motivated and feeling extremely alone & down. Let the seed of your soul be faith in Christ & I promise you though life will through you the fiery darts of hell. You will survive as I have because you've taken the time to feed your faith versus your doubt & emptiness. Find yourself loved by God and you will find your purpose. Love YOU ALL O