HI THERE, I’M KASHEIKA…

Hello There! If you are reading this today, it is my 33rd Birthday and the word for this year in my life is BOLD.  If I can be honest, after my 30th birthday I have always approached my birthdays with resistance and guilt -resistance because I realize that I am no longer a 20-something year old adult and guilt because I knew that I let yet another year pass without accomplishing a goal on my to-do-list. With this personal new year in mind, I am approaching life BOLDLY.  Bold career moves.  Bold speech.  Bold faith.  Bold impact.   With this I must say that Lord, You are faithful and loving in all of your ways.  YOU have molded me, YOU have kept me, and YOU have sustained me for yet another year, and I give you ALL the honor and the praise.

I decided to share this online journal today, on my birthday because it is a symbol of new beginnings and it is something that I have always wanted to do.  So keep reading, here’s a little about me:

I am a 33 year old Florida native who currently lives in Okinawa, Japan alongside my husband who have spent over 21 years in the Marine Corps. I am a graduate student at Florida A&M University studying to obtain a Masters in Science in Nursing. I love Nursing! GOD has given me a desire to help others in somewhat could be an unfortunate time in their life. My journey to pursue nursing came from obstacles that I endured while living in Chicago, IL in my early twenties. My desire as a Nurse Practitioner is to provide quality healthcare to an underserve community which can provide both rewards and some challenges. Additionally, I believe in paying it forward, I would love to be a nursing educator. I am a firm believer in that quality nurses come from quality education and quality education needs to have quality educators. Being a nurse educator is so much more than teaching, it is aspiring those next generation of nurses to take pride in the service that they provide. I have so many more professional and personal desires with the most important involving philanthropic work.

I am a self-proclaimed fashionista who loves traveling, studying different culture/norms, writing, watching documentaries, scratching off my to- do-list and cooking. Currently, I am enrolled in a Japanese cooking class. Did you know that Okinawans are some of the longest living people on the planet and its partly due to the foods that they eat. Some of the foods that I am learning to cook are ramen noodles with fried dumplings , a variety of rice bowls and egg rolls, and homemade Japanese soup. For my husband, family and friends this is for you to enjoy.

To my husband I am the love of his life. To my family I am the first. My mothers  first and only child,  the first grandchild, the first great grandchild and the first niece, so you can easily say that I am a natural born leader. To my friends, some may say that I am the baby of the group and others may say that I am the “mature” friend.  Ask anyone of them to describe me and you may receive a different response from each on a different day (I’ll talk more about this on a later diary entry).  To you, I just want to be Kasheika who lives intentionally, fearlessly and gratefully.

More importantly, I am a believer in Christ. I am on a spiritual journey to study, to pray, to reflect and to grow my relationship with GOD. This process is unique and individual as each individual is unique. I believe that it is important to become the best you by pursuing your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. I am interested in purchasing a book by T.D. Jakes called, Soar! Build Your Vision from the Ground up. The reviews are positive, and I believe that this will be the right book to kick start my personal new year. Does anyone have any suggestions? Leave your suggestions in the comment box below.

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What will start out as an online diary will hopefully grow into something more where I am encouraging my self and others to live their best life.  I have so many ideas and have started consulting website designers to add some vigor to the site.   I started writing an online diary as I was sitting home on the couch in Okinawa, Japan and wanted to write and to share my personal thoughts and experiences.  Journaling helps to enhance ones life.  It gives an opportunity to understand yourself better, it motivates you and makes you self reflect.  Furthermore, I have always wanted to write and to encourage others with thought provoking discussion on various and sensitive topics. TheKashDiary hopes to aspire you to live your best life, to invest time and energy in your relationships, personal goals and to trust GOD. This diary will resolve around my journey to become the best me in my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being, so I invite you to tag along in the journey of self-discovery, self-fulfillment, and self-reflection

Thank you for stopping by on my birthday,

Kasheika

EST: 02/07/1985