I never imagined a year ago that I would be where I am. I clearly can recall opening Highway Inn Kaka‘ako, but now it’s time for me to leave Highway Inn to pursue new endeavors, so I’m in the process of opening another restaurant.
When I embarked on my journey back to the kitchen, I developed what I call my “Ohshet Program.” Essentially, whenever I experienced something that made me uncomfortable enough to say, “Ohshet,” I would run away from it. Because of this flight program, I’ve passed on many great opportunities.
Recently, I’ve learned to change the way I react. I now recognize that when something I’m doing is scaring me a little, it’s worth doing. And my program is definitely firing like crazy.
I love the atmosphere and people who are part of the Highway Inn ohana, and while there, I was able to create some waves. I will always be grateful to Monica Toguchi for taking a chance on me after my accident, when no one else would. Now, however, I’ll be leaving the relative safety of an established restaurant and stake my reputation on something I built. An amazing opportunity is before me, and I’m taking it.
Even as I write this, the same feelings of, “Am I good enough?” cause me to question my self worth. But looking back at my experiences at Highway Inn remind me to push forward.
The things I have in my life now were incomprehensible a year ago, so as the new year approaches, I wonder what exactly 2015 has in store for me? Yes the risk is great, however, nothing worth doing is ever easy. As for my new adventure, more info to come.