Post Graduation, What Do I Do NOW?

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Finally Graduated from BYU-Hawaii

As I am sitting here contemplating the last week or so time has gone by too quickly! I know I have been terrible about being consistent in my posts, but in my defense we are in between moving and I just graduated from 4 years of school at a University! Let me have a little break!

 

These last 2 weeks have been great, my parents came out to Hawaii for my graduation and we were able to stay in Honolulu for a week near the Honolulu Zoo. My wife and I feel that we have gained about 10 lbs from the excessive food consumption my parents were forcing us to eat.

Mika likes to call my mom superwoman because whenever she travels she goes HARD! She doesn’t sleep until she has seen everything possible in one day. My dad on the other hand likes to be more relax on vacations while my mom forces him to go out and adventure.

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Sunset Pillbox Hike with my parents on the North Shore of Oahu

My parents flew in earlier than expected (flying standby) because it was easier for them to get to Hawaii on those dates. We picked them up from the airport on a Wednesday night and showed them around Laie. Then on Thursday morning I took my last final and we went up to the North Shore to show them some of our favorite places there. We drove up to Ehukai Beach Park (most people know it as Banzaii Pipeline) and my friend and I went surfing at the Ehukai Sandbar. After surfing we  got food and pies from Ted’s Bakery. Then we went on our first hike all together. The Sunset Pillbox Hike is a short 30-45 minute hike (depending on pace) that I have done several times and enjoy the views of the seven mile miracle and many famous surf breaks from up above.

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La Chilena enjoying the rain in Honolulu

 

Graduation, The Next Stage of Life; Take a Leap of Faith

As I am sitting here in the last week of my college life contemplating my college experience I feel extremely blessed! Not only have I had the opportunity to live in Hawaii but I have been able to make and cultivate so many great friendships and the University as well as outside of it. I will always be grateful for the time that I have been able to spend here. Graduation is an interesting thing because, even though I am about to get my degree I am still unsure of what exactly is going to happen in the future. I think that is normal for many people but I want to eventually be a self sufficient entrepreneur, which is very hard to do if you don’t have any money to invest into your own company. I have however invested a ton of time into some of my ideas and ventures.

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It’s always difficult to decide which path to take! 

I don’t want to go into full detail of all of my ideas but there are many that I have right now and one that I am working on right now in specific is the Intentse Hanging Tent.

A couple of months  ago I decided to enter my Universities’ Great Ideas Competition, which is an entrepreneurial competition for students/community members,  21 out of 200 applicants made it to the semi-finals and I was lucky enough to be one of those finalists.

With the help of my business partner and friend, James Astle, we started Intentse and haven’t looked back since. We also acquired a great mentor James Zolman thanks to the networking through the University who has helped us tremendously with digital marketing along the way.

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Here is La Chilena in the second prototype set up at Hukilau Beach

 

Back when we started I had no idea how to do digital marketing, how to do advertising for a brand, how to write outreach emails, I basically didn’t know how to do anything and still don’t know how to do everything. As a whole I have learned so much that I know I wouldn’t have learned if I wouldn’t have tried. Granted James Zolman has been there to help guide me along the way and motivate, but I have made the decision to go forward by myself despite it being something new or scary to me.

Before we started Intentse I was nervous about ridicule or what criticism I might receive for my products or ideas but where would I be now if I hadn’t tried? I would still have the doubt or be thinking what if I tried doing this or that idea. If you have anything that you want to do or try just go out and do it! You may suck at it, you may have a natural ability or talent for it or you just may not like it all after you’ve tried, but at least you made an effort and tried!

The hard part is getting going but once you have taken those steps and made your first prototype or sent out 100 outreach emails you will feel a sense of accomplishment and you should reward yourself for your achievements. I’m not saying go crazy and party but be happy for what you have accomplished and continue trending forward.

This week I will graduate and have to go into the real world. The Adult world…..now I have to figure out what will be my next leap of faith!

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El Gringo doing a Gainer at Laie Point

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No Latinas Left Behind! Hike in Deep Cove to Quarry Rock. Our Second Adventure.

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This whole blog thing is still very new to me and even though it may not seem difficult for some people I find it difficult to organize my thoughts and write about things we have done. With that being said we have been able to do a lot of fun things since we started dating. Our second adventure was visiting Deep Cove and doing a hike up to Quarry Rock which is a part of the Baden Powell Trail. It is a short hike through a forest and once you reach the top there is a great lookout over Deep Cove and is a great place to go during the summer.

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Quarry Rock, Deep Cove Vancouver BC

The first time we hiked it Mika was mad at me because I went off ahead and didn’t accompany her the whole trail, I was used to going ahead of other people because I enjoy hiking quickly and arriving to the destination quickly, which I learned I would no longer be able to do with a LATINA! She told me that she was not like other Gringas (white girls) and that I would have to stay with her or she wouldn’t go on hikes with me anymore. I learned quickly and slowed my pace down on the way back.

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Deep Cove

As you can see the views are great from Quarry Rock. If you want advice on how to get to Quarry Rock quickly, send me an email or reach out to me on social media for shortcut info!

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Love found in the least expected place. Our First Adventure to Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge!

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It all started out in Vancouver Canada, I was in Canada doing an internship with a company based out of Richmond BC. Two weeks after I arrived I met beautiful my wife, Mikaela at a church event. She had moved to North Vancouver from Chile and was living at her aunts house studying English. I had learned Spanish while being a missionary in Uruguay and was watching Mika from afar, thinking of what I could say to this attractive girl so I could talk to her. Eventually I got the courage to walk over to the group of people she was talking to and started talking to her. I did one of the most embarrassing things of my life, I got too excited or nervous and some of my saliva hit her in the face! She just laughed it off and I was bright red and then somehow I got her number.

I began to talk to her over Whatsapp, which is really popular in South America, and I sent her a message making sure she got home alright. I invited her to go Latin Dancing (Bachata,Salsa, Merengue) with me and after that we went on other dates. I really enjoy being outdoors and doing adventurous things so one Saturday we went on our first hike together at Lynn Canyon Park. It has an awesome suspension bridge that extends 157 feet and is 164 feet above the ground and is surrounded by thick forest and great views. After our first hike we went on several more and became an official couple July 24th 2015. I finished my internship and had to go back to school in Hawaii but we decided to do a long distance relationship because we both felt good about it all.

I did a full semester of school in Hawaii all the while Skyping my future wife Mika and then decided I wanted to go back to Canada because I was sick of doing long distance. I decided to continue my schooling taking two online classes from my same school and then I traveled down to South America to visit friends and see new places. After traveling for about 2 weeks with my mom in Peru, Uruguay, and Chile I went back to Utah for a little bit before moving to Canada to be close to my Polola (Chilean slang for girlfriend). I had found love in the least expected place and in a short amount of time.