Hello Everyone, I’d like to start today’s post with an apology. No, not the week-late blog post (I’ve apologized enough fro my tardiness), but for the last “title-less” blog post. It screwed with the system, and so I apologize if you didn’t get to leave your comments on your favorite adventure! Let’s hope I never do that again!

I did miss a week’s post because we were on the mainland for our annual birthday trip. This year, we headed to Las Vegas for the week and I capped it off with a quick trip up to Oregon to visit friends. Here’s one of the photos from Vegas via my instagram feed

While Alex stayed on the mainland, Dad & I flew back for my friend’s wedding. It was a beautiful setting at the Prince Hotel, and I even got to stay over night! Very comfortable, and great views!

Nick's friends got married at the Prince Hotel over the weekend and it was a beautiful setting!

Nick’s friends got married at the Prince Hotel over the weekend and it was a beautiful setting!

Speaking of beautiful views, I was able to take an afternoon off and witness another one of the reasons I love living in Hawai’i. Here’s the lifeguard tower under the contrast of the sunset light!

During a recent sunset in town, Nick captured this sunset on the beach!

During a recent sunset in town, Nick captured this sunset on the beach!

My final photo submission features our recent trip to ‘Iolani Palace. The story goes that when Grandpa was looking for a name to start our family business, he looked out his factory window in 1953 and saw the palace. It was my wish that our company take a tour of the palace to see where our company gets its name, and the meaning behind it all! We were so lucky that the palace agreed and treated us to a wonderful morning learning about the history of the building! Definitely check it our for yourself, visitor or kama’aina!

The ladies from 'IOLANI Sportswear were treated to a tour of 'Iolani Palace!

The ladies from ‘IOLANI Sportswear were treated to a tour of ‘Iolani Palace!

As for today’s gospel, I would like to cite a recent article I read stumbled across: “Want To Be Happier? Stop Comparing Yourself To What You See On Social Media” I have always taken a reserved approach to social media, and could write pages and pages on why my social media life is so screwy. However, I will try to summarize: my job requires following other people on social media, then I get jealous of the accomplishments of others, then I get depressed and don’t feel like sharing my measly updates, then I stop using social media and lose whatever small presence I have and start over again three months later.

My question to you is, “is social media required in today’s world?” Have we gotten to a point where we NEED to be on social media to survive? To know what’s going on in the world? To gain access to media and information that would otherwise put us at a disadvantage? Or…can we survive without it. History states we have survived thousands of years without Twitter & Facebook, but can that outlook still be achieved today?

It’s a heavy question, but I look forward to your opinions!
ALOHA!
Nick

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