It's been quite a while since my last post. I'm not really sure where to even begin how the last six months have gone. It's definitely been an interesting year so far. I was offered a celebrity endorsement, an opportunity to work with an up and coming island singer. Incredibly exciting, and flattering that anyone would be interested in teaming up with me. I was on cloud nine, feeling that all my dreams were about to come true. To make a long story short, I met with her team, we went through the design process for a collaborative collection and went into production. Unfortunately, in the end it just didn't work out. No hard feelings at all, all is great! The timing was just off, I believe that everything happens for a reason, and it just wasn't meant to be. I definitely learned A LOT from the experience, and a whole lot about myself and where I see Nana'o in the future. It was a major up and down for me, but I do treasure that experience. I just feel that experience definitely pushed me into the right direction.
I've given it a lot of thought and now I'm in the process of taking things to the next level. I've always had the idea going 'round and 'round in my head that I want to make Nana'o my full time career focus. However, I've only been putting in work half-time. Basically I only put in the time when I wanted to, and put everything else first. I realize that if I want this to be a full-time thing, I have to treat it as a full-time thing even if I don't have the full-time hours to put into it. It is difficult making time after an 8 hour work day at a 9-5 job to go sit and work some more. But really, the more time I put into this the more it will grow. Something I've always known, but haven't taken full action for.
I'm now working on restructuring my time spent on Nana'o and what my focuses need to be on. I even put together a small team to help me get going, which by the way I am very thankful and blessed to have them. It's time to make all my plans a reality. I have so many ideas and things I've wanted to do over the past year, but have neglected to work on them. Heritage of Aloha Festival is this weekend out in Santa Fe Springs - I've been putting in so many extra hours to get that going. I'm pretty proud of myself with the time I've put into it. After this weekend is over, all those plans and ideas are going into full effect. So look out world, Nana'o is coming to get ya!