2012 was a pivotal year in my life.

Everything changed = toxic people out, good people in.

One of really wonderful people to enter my life that year was Makai.


At the time, I was managing 16 working artists’ studios at a local theatre and she was a high school student looking for an internship in a creative field. And somehow I lucked out and this amazing girl-going-on-lady walked through the door. We [of course] hit it off right away. She was bubbly, quirky, and so green; totally reminded me of a younger, well, me. I knew she had something. Such potential. Oh, and her artwork! [WOW!] Her artwork is simply original. [LOVE IT!] Anyway, Makai was my intern for a couple of months and there was no task she shied away from. She did a splendid job and helped me with many projects I could have never completed without her help. Why am I telling you all of this? Well, Ms. Makai is leaving for her freshman year of college this weekend and I am thrilled for her because she is following her artistic passion, which takes guts.

The same guts I had when I majored in Musical Theatre.

The same guts I had when I moved from Nebraska to San Diego.

The same guts I had when I filed for divorce and chose happiness.

Makai is full with such vigor and creativity. I cannot wait to see how this one takes on the world. We were going to try to meet up for breakfast or something before her Sunday bon voyage, but she still has some stuff to finish up like packing. [Ha, ha! Classic Makai!] I guess I’m trying to say how proud I am of her, and what she’s done, and where she’s headed. I just love this picture of us. Sure, it’s not a great one of me [I’m so white I look dead] but it captures her true Makai-ness.

“Living creatively is really important to maintain throughout your life. And living creatively doesn’t mean only artistic creativity, although that’s part of it. It means being yourself, not just complying with the wishes of other people.” – Matt Groening

Best of luck in school, Makai ;) I know you are going to do extremely well!

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