Let’s Have a Passionate Chat…Shall We?

Hello everyone. Well it’s about that time for one of my heartfelt posts. So get comfortable, and be open and ready for some inspirational chit chat.

Right now I’m in the interview process for my perfect dream job (amongst others)- that if you knew me really well or even maybe a little bit- you could agree that this job and I are 2 puzzle pieces that were meant to “fit” with one another. I’m really putting all my eggs in a basket so to speak- and sending lots of positive vibes and thoughts towards obtaining this job of a lifetime. I don’t want to sound cocky in the least bit- but with my vast work experience, plain old life experience, and my passion for the ocean and education- I would only excel in this position- expand the program to even greater heights- and would wake up happy and eager every day to get to work. I’m thankful to have such supportive friends, family, and coworkers in this process who make me feel like a million dollars. I’ll obviously keep you posted on how it goes :) think happy thoughts!

Recently, I’ve been reconnecting with old friends and making a lot of new ones. It’s been super fun :) With reconnected friendships, many from high school, I throughly enjoy seeing what wonderfully happy successful adults we’ve turned out to be. With new friendships- I’ve branched out to friends of friends, girlfriends of friends, pretty much most of the Pasadena Fire Department stations, and the list goes on. The people in my life are here for a reason, and obviously the same is to be said for those who are not.

I’ve been getting a lot of praise for my passion for marine science recently, and even some criticism since it’s all some people think I talk about. Which is understandable of course, but I can’t hide what I thoroughly enjoy learning and feel compelled to share it. I’ve also been commended for my writing as well. I am a Guest Blogger for the South Pasadena Patch online newspaper. Last week, my article was published on Seafood Fraud in LA – Check it OUT! I have never really LOVED to write, but somehow you find me here with my own blog for the past couple of years filling out these pages with stories and photos :) My mom told me she cried when she started reading my blog posts because she’s seen how my writing has improved, which is definitely a huge compliment. To move my own mother to tears?? It assures me that I’m doing something right. I’m in the process of ‘blogstorming’ with another blogger girlfriend of mine- keep checking in for updates on that!

Well, I think that’s about it for my rant today. I’m excited to see what the future has in store for me. Hope you are as well! The photo featured on this post is one taken of me in the Australian town of Byron Bay. The quote is one of my top favorites of all time (for obvious reasons). I’ll continue my passion for the ocean and environment until the day I die. What is your passion? I’d love to hear about it.

Awesome Mako Shark Footage!

Credit: Florida Sport Fishing

When you see this video, you will understand just how eager I was to post it! You usually see awesome footage of Great White Sharks jumping out of the water, but Mako Sharks are giving them a run for their money! Sharks sure are fascinating creatures…and it’s almost the 25th Anniversary of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week! WHO ELSE IS EXCITED?! :D

CAUTION: Video contains graphic language- put on mute if you’d like- but I get a little giggle each time the guy says “OH MY GOD” every time the shark jumps.

The video was taken in San Diego at their annual Mako catch and release (yeah for that!) fly fishing tournament. The proceeds from the tournament go towards the Pfleger Institute of Environmental Research- rock on research! The amazing jumping mako is estimated at about 800 lbs., and 10 feet long. That’s one big fish!

It’s Your Life, Make It Amazing

If you want your dream job- go for it.
If you are in love with someone- go tell them.
If you want to move somewhere new- make it happen.
If you want to get in shape- be your own inspiration to do so.

I’ve learned that in order to do or get what you want in life, you have to take chances and jump on opportunities when they open up. Risks are what make life exciting and unpredictable!

Life is too short to wonder “What If???” 

I was talking to my neighbor last night, and he mentioned how he had so many opportunities in his youth that he just didn’t take the initiative to do. Thus, he pushed me to do as many things as I can while I’m young and free. This whole concept has been on the top of my agenda specifically at the start of this year, and I’ve tried to jump on as many opportunities as I could so far. I mean, I’ve jumped out of a plane, ran 2 5K’s, started doing yoga, made new friends, went on multiple calls with the fire department, and the list continues…

With all this inspiration, I edited one of my images from when I studied abroad in Australia with one of my favorite quotes (as seen above) that I think really hits home on this topic.

I don’t want to grow up and feel like I missed out on life, and neither should you. Even if you consider yourself older, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t opportunities you can still fulfill. You never know what tomorrow holds, so that’s why you live today like it’s the only one you have left. Smile, love, laugh, and enjoy it all!

YOUR DESTINY IS DETERMINED BY ONE PERSON, AND THAT’S YOU.

Portlandia! (Photos + Video)

As I mentioned previously- I spent my American Independence Day- the 4th of July- in Portland Oregon visiting family I haven’t seen in 7 years. I made an effort to take lots of videos and photos to compile the Youtube video as seen above. I really enjoy making this little vacation summary videos- Hope you like it!

It was by far the best 4th of July I can remember. Let me give you sort of the run down of the (busy) 4 days my mom and I were there:

- On the morning of the 4th, we jumped on a little jet plane

-Immediately we drove to Washington to buy illegal fireworks galore- literally the most intense, packed, insane fireworks store(s) I’ve ever WITNESSED!

-Met up with the rest of the family for a traditional BBQ (yummy!) 

Family BBQ (photo by: Chanel Hason)

- Then when the skies turned dark- we set off all the fireworks we bought and sparklers in the middle of the street (along with the rest of the entire block :) ) -SO WORTH IT!

- Hiked Multnomah Falls -one of the most gorgeous waterfalls I’ve ever seen- it also has been featured in a multitude of movies (i.e. Twilight)

Multnomah Falls (photo by: Chanel Hason)

- Checked out the Bonneville rainbow trout and white sturgeon fish hatchery  – saw the biggest sturgeons of my ENTIRE LIFE there! They raise this fish for release back into the wild, not for consumption (wahoo!)

Rainbow Trout (photo by: Chanel Hason)

- We stopped at Vista House at Crown Point to check out the unobstructed view of the Columbia River Gorge

- Drove to the coast – ended up at Pacific Beach where you can drive your car ON THE BEACH and park and enjoy the scenery. I got to do some tide-pooling- one of my favorite things :)

Pacific Beach (photo by: Chanel Hason)

- Visited the Tillamook Cheese Factory – had some awesome cheese samples (sharp cheddar is the BEST), and some delicious ice cream

- Went wine tasting a couple local Oregon wineries (I prefer California wines for sure ;) ) – although frolicking through the vineyards was quite fun !

Oregon Wine Tasting

- Made a stop at the Nike Headquarters - where my cousin has been working for over 25 years. It really is the size of a small town! It’s beautiful, has lots of sports fields/facilities, a lake, 2 running tracks… purely amazing! The ESPN High School 7ON event was occurring that day which meant 14 NFL players were roaming around. Being from Dallas, I’m a huge Cowboys Football fan- and luckily we got to chat with Felix Jones of the Cowboys! What a nice guy..

Felix Jones of the Dallas Cowboys

-Went shopping at the Nike Employee Store (hello 50% of all merchandise and a new pair of awesome running shoes :D )

- Partied in Downtown Portland with my cousin and his girlfriend and his best friend. Had a TON of fun dancing the night away! Then of course we hit up the famous VooDoo Doughnuts at 3am for some tasty treats. I got the Arnold Palmer donut- yummm!

Mmm VooDoo Doughnuts!

- We spent some more quality family time together… it was so nice meeting my new little cousins I can’t even put it into words- they are going to be little beach blonde heartbreakers.

Before we left for the airport, I drew them some fun chalk ocean animals on their driveway. 

Cousin Love!

I really had a great time in Oregon- we are going to try and make it a tradition to go up there every year for the 4th of July. The weather was perfect, the people were so nice, and being surrounded by family was just the best feeling in the world. Thanks for a great time Dina, Bill, Alex, Tiffany, Zach, Archie, Nolan, and Sawyer!

Arctic Marine Creatures : UP CLOSE!

Semenovo with Octopus

Feast your eyes upon these FANTASTIC photos of some fascinating Arctic marine creatures. Russian Photographer/Marine Biologist, Alexander Semenov , captured these great photos. He states,

I’m trying to act like the Discovery Channel, but as a single unit.

Alexander wants to share with the world these close up images of creatures people have never seen before (or thought were real for that matter). He’s head of the White Sea Biological Station (WSBS), which is on the cusp of the relatively unexplored Arctic Circle.

For those photography nerds out there and who want to know what kind of equipment Alexander uses: Canon 400D with some good macro lenses, underwater strobes and housing. To check out more of his photos- go HERE.

The important thing is not to find new species but to understand how every creature you already know lives. There is not so much information about underwater worlds, because scientific diving isn’t old at all, 60 years maybe. I try to make snapshots of the life-cycles of the animals I see: growth, feeding, copulation, reproduction, birth and death – all these moments can be seen and photographed.

What’s your favorite Arctic animal photo?

Lucernaria quadricornis

Sea Slug (Coryphella polaris)

Pteropod Mollusk Sea Angel (Clione limacina)

Skeleton Shrimp (Caprella septentrionalis)

Moon Jellyfish (Aurelia aurita)

Red Bull (Acanthonotozoma inflatum)

Clever Whale Shark Sucks Fish Out of Net!

Credit: National Nine News

This video is absolutely amazing! Check out this smart whale shark sucking out helpless silverside bait fish caught in a fishing net off of Indonesia. These gentle sharks use their vacuum-like mouth to gulp up these little fish. Guess they were doomed either way, but I think getting consumed by a “natural” marine predator beats humans each time.

Conservation Internationalwas the environmental group that caught this awesome video footage. This group has been trying for a while to place satellite tags on whale sharks, and finally they got this perfect opportunity when they started feeding on the baitfish. Luckily the fishermen in this case think the whale sharks are good luck, even though they eat most of their catch (oops).

Enjoy those fish you wild Whale Sharks!

Water, It’s a Big Part Of You and Me.

I just got back from a glorious mini-vacation in Oregon for the long 4th of July weekend! I had a blast visiting family and packing each day with fun activities. I’m currently in the process of making a video/photo montage of the trip- which I worked on until the wee hours of the morning last night (cough cough I’m a perfectionist). I’m waiting on getting some more great photos from my cousin Tiffany before I complete it though- be on the lookout for it next week!

So in the meanwhile- summer has landed in Southern California (well I know it’s really nice year round but 90+ degrees isn’t fun all the time)! My office doesn’t have a properly working AC unit- so it’s a nice 90 degrees outside and it’s 85 inside…probably going to be matching soon enough. Good thing I put on so many concerts over the summer which means I’m out of the office and on site at the Santa Anita Race Track or Walt Disney Concert Hall :)

With heat waves hitting around the world- I thought it would be pertinent to pass along this water requirement according to your current weight.

Infants bodies are made up of about 70-85% water, while adult men consists of  60-65% and adult women 50-60%..it’s pretty incredible. The human body itself is one walking wonder of evolution itself. From our highly developed brains (85% water) to our complex nervous system, humans are astounding living creatures.

H2O is one of the best things you can consume in terms of curing health issues too! Doctors should write more prescriptions for water for all that it can treat: allergies, asthma, depression, high blood pressure, diabetes, headaches, chronic fatigue syndrome, colitis, alcohol dependency, lower back pain, neck pain, and the list goes on and on..

SO DRINK UP!

If you don’t like drinking plain water, spice it up with a lemon or lime wedge. Citrus juices are good for aiding digestion. Or throw in a couple fresh berries for come color and a splash sweetness!

Radiohead + Jude Law + Greenpeace = Homeless Polar Bear

It’s no surprise that the Arctic is melting away at an extremely fast pace..so so sad.

The depletion of the Arctic is a result of a multitude of factors: oil drilling, industrial fishing practices, and political conflict. Recently, Greenpeace initiated a campaign entitled: Save the Arctic

So how do you make an impact on people nowadays? Make a YouTube Video!

Greenpeace just released this emotional video of a homeless polar bear roaming the streets of London to spread awareness about the Arctic melting. The video includes music by Radiohead and commentary by Jude Law (Awesome band and amazing actor- can’t go wrong there!). Check it out:

Pretty interesting video, huh? Thought it was worth the share. We’ve got to save the polar bears!

On that note, I’m MIA for a couple days heading up to Portland to visit family and enjoy the 4th Of July! I’ll have plenty of new videos and photos to share with you all when I return.

In the meanwhile, live happy, life free, and enjoy those around you! 

Make Monday Worthwhile.

Last week was by far the longest, craziest, hectic, satisfying, and sleep deprived of my year so far. For work we did all the production for the California Philharmonic’s inaugural concert at the Santa Anita Race Track. I took a lot of great photos which I will share tomorrow (I’m editing them now :) ).

Since this is a new week, I wanted to start it off on a good note. I got a delicious super detox tea beverage from a local tea joint in Pasadena with my co-worker, found $20 on the ground, and then I treated my co-worker to some awesome Thai food for lunch. Time is too precious to waste being lazy and negative, keep your head up high and a smile on your face. People want to be surrounded with positivity… it’s crazy how addictive a simple smile can be :)

My mom shared this photo with me today, and I just HAD to post it because it made me feel good. I’ve always wanted to swim with whales in the wild (definitely have it on My Bucket List). I want it to be me in this photo so badly!! But I know one day I will get to experience these huge amazing marine mammals in the big blue.. I can hardly wait!

So I just wanted to leave you on a positive encouraging note to : Make the Most out of your Monday

I know it’s the beginning of the workweek for most, but it’s also a chance for new opportunities and experiences. Go out and make the most of your day and overall week!