First Impressions (Written By AmbassadorNique)

I’m a grad student! WOAH! The wait is over, and classes have started. My inbox is overflowing with e-mails that I get by the minute, and I am doing my best to balance work, school, my social life, on campus talks, meet and greets, my hobbies, writing, photography, my family, my girlfriend, sleep, exercise, hygiene and oh yeah… READING! Don’t get me wrong, in no way am I complaining… I am loving every second of this! Actively thinking about where I will be interning next summer and what my capstone project will be. I have some cool ideas up my sleeve that I will save for a later date.

I’ve met so many people in the last two weeks I cannot even begin to remember everyone’s name. Nevertheless I hope I have left a smiling impression and I will do whatever it takes to stay committed. I am very fortunate to be in a position to learn, grow, and move closer to achieving my goals with each passing moment. I am the author of my own story and while I can’t be everything to anybody, I can commit to myself and be exactly the man I want to be.

Be GREAT,

Domonique Meeks
AmbassadorNique Productions

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AmbassadorNique Productions Presents: “Be The Change” (Digital Story)

For almost a year I’ve wanted to create this digital story. Starting with nothing, there were many factors that slowed down the process. Nevertheless, the blame could only be placed on my shoulders. The most challenging hurdle was finding the story. For months I could not figure out what story I wanted to tell. I bounced around themes and while my original story tied in music, something i’ve always loved, this was not the story I wanted to share.

While I feel that with more time this video could have been 10x better, a lesson I was taught was that you must release art and keep working in order to grow to your full potential. I have not been following this rule, but I hope the change starts here!

In my opinion social change comes with education and collaboration. In order to break down barriers we much share our stories and shred the assumptions and ignorance that we are fed in our society. This is my first digital story of many. I hope to not only share more of myself, but more of my friends, my family and my community. You should too.

-AmbassadorNique

LIFE HACK “Creating Positive Change” (Twelve)

This one is coming in late! 

1. Write down 3 gratitude’s.

I’m grateful for being comfortable enough to walk my own path and not letting the thoughts of other dictate how I move. I’m thankful for being able to choose what fights are fight worthy, and I am thankful for the smiles I’ve been able to share with others lately. 

2. Journal about 1 positive experience you’ve had over the last 24 hours

In the last 24 hours D and I were able to travel to Canada with her younger sisters and mother. We all had a really good time and enjoyed each others company.

3. Exercise: YES

4. Meditate: No

5. Write one positive email praising or thanking someone in your social support network: No

LIFE HACK “Creating Positive Change” (Day Nine & Ten

1. Write down 3 gratitude’s.

Today I would like to show gratitude to my improvement, to my ability to stay focused on the larger picture, and my ability to push through my own struggles and make them teachable moments

2. Journal about 1 positive experience you’ve had over the last 24 hours

In the last 24 hours D and I went canoeing, ate at Boiling Point, and watched one of my favorite movies Boiler Room. Although work wasn’t great, I am thankful that she helped me make the day great!

3. Exercise: YES

4. Meditate: No

5. Write one positive email praising or thanking someone in your social support network: Yes

LIFE HACK “Creating Positive Change” (Day Six & Seven)

1. Write down 3 gratitude’s.

I would like to show gratitude for the lessons life teaches me. I am thankful for the foundation my parents were able to give me. Lastly, I would like to show gratitude for the compassion I am able to show to others. 

2. Journal about 1 positive experience you’ve had over the last 24 hours 

In the last 48 hours I have had a few positive experiences. This includes watching Jessica and Alice’s amazing showcases in the 2013 Miss China Town competition last night. I was also able to watch Breesus lead the Saints to victory, watch the 49ers game and catch up with Ace and share dinner conversation with Zac and his beautiful family while planning an upcoming project. GREAT WEEKEND! 

3. Exercise: Yes

4. Meditate: Yes

5. Write one positive email praising or thanking someone in your social support network: Yes

LIFE HACK “Creating Positive Change” (Day One)

1. Write down 3 gratitude’s each day

I am thankful to have such a wonderful support system. My family, friends and social circles and networks. Without these people I am not sure I would be able to have the number of opportunities I have been afforded. I work hard to make this community even stronger. It is this community that I will need to achieve my goals. I have no doubt that even though achieving these goals will take up a lot of time, these people will understand.

I am thankful for my resources. Although they could always be better and I work hard to continue to improve them, I know that my resources will allow me to achieve my short term goals.

Lastly, I am thankful for independent financial stability. Although more money would be nice, I am thankful that I am able to sustain a moderately comfortable lifestyle that allows me to travel, support my artistic side, and spend time with my family and friends. I have worked hard in the last year to do better financially in hopes of scaling down my life and being a lot less wasteful. So far so good.

2. Journal about 1 positive experience you’ve had over the last 24 hours 

A positive experience in the last 24 hours for me was being able to spend time with my girlfriend before she left for work today. We were able to do some shopping, eat lunch and spend time discussing our communication, our graduate school applications and what obstetrical. She definitely push’s me to be a greater human being and for this I am grateful.

3. Exercise: No

4. Meditate: Not yet, but I hope to later

5. Write one positive email praising or thanking someone in your social support network: Not today

Road To Fuji Blog — Run This Town (Day Ten)

I woke up pretty early and forced myself to go back to sleep. I would wake up, try to organize my belongings into my bags. We would be meeting Snipes who was my fathers first friend in Japan who arrived at Yakota Air-force Base with him back in 1986. He now had a civilian job after retiring. We would get the chance to sit and have coffee with him and speak about old times, what was going on now and our plans for the futures. The last time we’d seen him was when we were living in Japan as children. Facebook is awesome!

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After spending some time with him we would have to say goodbye as we were all meting with Kanako and Natsumi at 1pm.

After both arrived we would go to a toy store before eating lunch. We were able to sit for awhile and catch up and learn more about Kanako’s  new job working for the ambassador from the US.

After eating we would take the train to a traditional Buddhist temple where we would do a Japanese fortune teller. I was very nervous, Kanako, Natsumi and Rupert pulled good fortunes then crystal pulled a bad one that she tied. I would nervously pull a good one! Dez would pull a bad one right after.

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We would wash our hands at a temple toss a coin in a wishing well type thing and pray.

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After this we would visit the many small shops in the area and just walk.

This lead us to the train station that we Would take the Harajuku. We would visit more shops for hours.

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Next we would head to an arcade place where we would take booth pictures and I would win first place in Mario cart beating Rupert kanako and Natsumi!

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After we ate again at a small lounge. We talked more and shared food.

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Kanako and Natsumi would walk us back to our train station and we would say our goodbyes and head on our way back to Ginza and sleep.

Domonique Meeks
AmbassadorNique Productions

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Road To Fuji Blog (Day Seven)

August 1, 2013 was the day we climbed Mt. Fuji’s Yoshidaguchi trail. We woke up, got dressed and were on the bullet train by 620am. I am a bit hungry since I don’t eat instant oatmeal but I will find food. We eventually found food and ate at Mos Burger. Rupert and Madi started their climb from the Umaumagaeshi starting point which was about 2.5 hours from the 5th station where Dez and I would be starting. Dez and I left from the train station by bus at 2:50pm and took an hour bus ride to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji. We would get off the bus and I would buy my Fuji hiking stick, (everyone bought there’s at the train station, I didn’t because I thought the ones at the top would look different because the wood wasn’t the same as I remembered my fathers stick he received in ‘89. Dez and I would walk about 15 to 20 min to meet up with Rupert and Madi. Two Americans who taught English in Korea asked us if we were from Seattle because they noticed Dez’s Seahawks backpack. In order to meet up with Rupert and Madi, we would veer left on the trail while everyone else kept right. Simultaneously 3 people screamed “nooo wrong way!” But we informed them we were meeting our friends. After meeting the rest of our team at the 5th station we paid ¥200 for a stamp on our Fuji walking sticks. Our team literally walked about three minutes before we hit a hut selling sixth station stamps. Was this a joke?! Who knows… We paid anyway. The seventh station definitely wasn’t as close. Walking this trail really wasn’t that hard, dirt small rocks hills and switch backs. If this was what Fuji would be the entire time I could deal with it. Bathrooms were a suggested donation of ¥200 at the bottom of the mountain. I paid not wanting bad karma. We made it to the seventh station around 7pm at night. We would have to walk a few more minutes to our reserved napping hut that would cost us ¥5800 yen each. The hut had food, snacks and water but they definitely new the worth and demand of their product. After paying ¥500 for a soy sauce top ramen it was time to rest. We slept on mats until about 11pm when we would wake up, get our gear together and start our journey.

Before we started hiking we saw a picture of this guy… lol basically it says be on the look out for this guy!! YIKES!!

This is Dez on the trail when we first started and her Seahawks backpack!

Up the stairs we go! This is kind of how fuji started, switch backs and stairs.

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Almost to station 7…

We made it to our hut that was just a bit past station 7. 

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Overpriced snacks, Supply and demand baby! 

Overall, like I said the first half of the hike wasn’t bad at all, I remember telling my brother if this was how it would be I would be okay! We would then rest from 7p to 11p before waking up and starting day eight. 

Domonique Meeks
AmbassadorNique Productions

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Road To Fuji Blog (Day Four)

Woke up at 5AM again and checked the social media. I found out through his instagram post Rupert got up in the middle of the night and explored Osaka by himself in the middle of the night. He even went to dinner alone. Once he woke up him and I would explore a rainy Osaka and failed in our search for sandwich bags (water resistant) but we returned made our way to breakfast. Before we did however we stopped a grocery store in the station and night snacks. I didn’t buy any snacks because the prices seemed high and I didn’t want to carry the snacks from Monday to Thursday. We ate breakfast at a place inside the station. I had pancakes and ham.

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After breakfast we took the train to a temple

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and attempted to go to the zoo not knowing it would be closed.Although we were disappointed we decided we would go to the aquarium instead. We stopped for ramen near by.

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After eating we headed to the aquarium. Ironically this aquarium was the same one that I had been to on March 11, 2011 the day of the tsunami. I have a video of me there on that exact day.

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The ferris wheel was right outside of the aquarium.

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After the Ferris wheel we made our way back toward the hotel. We walked for what felt like miles until we found a currency exchange inside a store that looked like best buy, rei, Walmart and toys r us wrapped in one. After finally finding this place we had to find our way back to the hotel… We walked… And walked… And walked….. My legs felt as if they would give up on me. We finally made it to the hotel where I showered and lye down for a few minutes before it was time to go get sushi. We were recommended a place for sushi but after another long walk we gave up and ended up at a hole in the wall sushi place. The options were not so great and to expensive to fully enjoy. We would return to the hotel and crash.

Domonique Meeks
AmbassadorNique Productions

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