Interview:: Louise Albertine Sarabosing // Single Mother, OR Nurse, Air Force Captain & Traveler

Just before leaving Hawaii I was able to do a portrait session with Weezie. I worked with her at Pali Momi Medical Center for just about two years and I have to tell you -- I learned more about her in the couple hours we spent together during our session than I did during our time working together. I love photography.
Anyways, as I reread this interview in preparation to share it, I'm in awe once again. Weezie has a kind of drive and resilience that you just don't see very often. As a single mom, OR Nurse and Air Force Captain -- I think she has enough inspiration for all of us.

Tell us about yourself. Who you are, where you're from and what you do:

Yikes…this is always a tough question because I never know where to start or what to say or if I’m going on and on and on. Hahaha!
Daughter of Marlon and Sandra Sarabosing. I was born and raised in San Jose, CA.
I joined the United States Air Force right after HS. Bootcamp/basic training was in San
Antonio, TX. I attended technical school air traffic control in Biloxi, MS.
My first active duty station was Kadena AB in Okinawa, JP. I spent a couple year in Okinawa and then received orders to move to the UK. I was assigned to RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, UK for a little over 2 years when I found out I was pregnant with my son Niko.
Life took some turns and long story short I was honorable discharged of active duty military and
became a single parent. About 10 months later I enlisted back into the Air Force Reserves and retrained as a AF medic to which I had to be separated from my son for about 8 months. After medic tech school in Wichita falls, TX. I went back to San Jose, enrolled in junior college studied premed/prenursing and played intercollegiate basketball and track and field which eventually opened a window for me to move to Oahu.
I was accepted into Hawaii Pacific University’s nursing school. Present day, I work as a Registered Nurse in the operating room at Pali Momi Medical Center, finishing up on RNFA training. I hit 19 total years in the military back in January and now at a rank of Captain.

What are you most proud of in your life?

There was a time in my life when I was at my lowest of lows. I was going through a catastrophic events in my life and it was one terrible thing after another.
Of course it starts with broken trust, sadness, and eventually heartbreak. I was in deep depression and was suicidal and angry at everything. I remember a specific moment, I was alone in a dark place outside and I looked up at the sky and thought, “How am I going to live through this pain?...I just want it to end.”
Suddenly, with God’s grace (because that’s the only thing that could explain it) I cried out “I do not deserve this! My son does not deserve this!"
I vowed that I would dig myself out of this deep hole that I felt I was in, constantly feeling like I was sinking. There was no one else that could have helped me come to that absolute promise to myself that night. I now know that I was the only one who could help me. I was the only one who could make that choice of “I’m going to survive this and thrive and if not only for myself but for the child that I’m raising alone.”
That…my proudest moment…so far.

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Who is someone you admire the most? Why?

I admire my son, Niko. I may be bias but he is a prime example of someone who loves unconditionally.
He is my Light and God’s gift as a sign of his awesome grace. I admire Niko for the way he has grown up to be independent in order to help more in our quality of life.
He knows I work several jobs to keep us financial stable.
He has lived on the streets with me, suffered through loss of electricity, no food, sleeping in different places to include our car and not once did he complain during our times of difficulties. The amount of strength and love he has shown me brings me to tears of joy every time.

When you're faced with challenges, what is it that keeps you moving forward?

What keeps me moving forward through adversity is knowing that I am never in it alone. I have a son that depends on me for one as well as family that will be there for me at a drop of a dime. Although, I have a difficult time asking for help but it is something I work on every day.

If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?

Slow down and count your blessings. Spent time with people who truly care for you. Ignore the people who think you can’t and don’t let anyone decide what kind of person you should be through labels and expectations. And don’t be so damn hard on yourself. You’ve been raised well…you’ll definitely make mistakes but know that you will find yourself to always do what is right.

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Tell us about the future for Weezie -- what's your vision? GO BIG, we want to root you on!

Future?!?! Such a loaded question for me because I want to do everything! Hahaha! First, I can’t wait to see my son graduate HS and enter the ups and downs of life itself. I will always be his biggest fan and strongest supporter. As far as my career goes, I definitely want to seek higher education (masters degree/PHD,etc) I have a few choices that I’ve been thinking about. (Nurse Anesthesia, Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner) Going back to school will open more opportunities in my civilian career as well as my military career. As far as my military career, I see myself staying in until at least my 30th year. I’m hoping to retrain to Flight Nursing as soon as Niko graduates. That way I can combine ground and flight experience under my belt to open myself to rank promotions. Wishful thinking, but if we talk about going big…I would mind making
it to General someday. And just for fun, I would love to go back and explore acting/performing. I double majored at HPU. Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Arts Theater Performance.

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Rapid Fire:

Podcast you can't get enough of: I have not gotten into podcasts. If you have any recommendations, I would love to check it out.

Album or playlist you have on repeat: When words fail, Music Speaks – Shakespeare // I love all styles and genres of music. My favorites are old school, RnB, mo-town.

Social platform you spend the most time on: Instagram

Favorite travel destination of all time? Prague, Austria, & Switzerland are at the top of my list right now but any travel destination amazes me.

How do you fuel for the day? Exercise, prayer, daily affirmations, laughs, music

Any final words of wisdom? Floor is yours:

Every single person and experience in my life had a purpose. Some people tested my patience (some still do), some did not hesitate to use me, and some that brought out the best in me, in both good and bad situations. These positive and negative relationships I have encountered in life so far have taught me valuable lessons. The road to self discovery requires help from others whether I liked it or not. No relationship was a waste of time, even the most heart breaking ones. The wrong ones taught me lessons that I believe are preparing me for the right ones later on in life. I appreciate everyone that has entered my life because they have contributed to my growth and happiness one way or another.

Thank you Weezie for opening up and sharing your story with me. I had so much fun photographing you! 
I wish you and Niko abundant health and happiness on your journey of life! Mahalo nui loa.

2017 Holiday Cards ~

This year I had the opportunity to work with some of the most beautiful families. Photographing families for their holiday cards wasn't something I thought I'd do, but I'll admit, I loved it!

Getting cards in the mail full of peace, love, smiles and cheer with a photograph I took was one of the highlights of my Christmas, I'm not even exaggerating!

Thank you to all of these wonderful people. I appreciate you all so much!

Dirt, Dust, Sun, Sea | Session Magic with Elisa Spring

Genuine, fierce and intuitive.

Working with Elisa Spring this past weekend felt like magic.

Both of us learning --- feeling our way through the session. We had the woods to guide us, incredible light and my goodness do I love these images.

Elisa, I can't thank you enough for sharing it all with me. Mahalo nui loa, sis.

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Elisa Spring is a Community Circle Facilitator, Transformational Guidance Coach, Women's Wisdom Mentor, + Ceremonialist.

Her passion is in midwifing others through their inner process of deep transformation,
creating safe spaces for personal growth, + inviting others to reclaim their WHOLENESS.

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Shivatree Yoga // Amanda Webster

Last weekend I had the opportunity to be a fly on the wall during a Yoga Teacher Training with Shivatree Yoga School.

The session, led by Amanda Webster, had such good energy. There was detailed education, wise inquiry and laughter -- which is always my favorite part!

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Since I began taking photography classes, I've been itching to get into this familiar space, a very comfortable space for me -- the Yoga studio. I've spent countless hours in this setting, but this time I was on the outside looking in -- what a joy!

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I absolutely loved watching Amanda teach. The knowledge she brings coupled with how she explains things -- it's excellent. 
There were a few times I was drawn right into the conversation having to reel it back in -- reminding myself why I was there!

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I'm grateful for this change in perspective and stretch in creativity. It really makes me appreciate this beautiful place we call home and more importantly, the amazing people that make it so unique. Thank you Amanda! 

Amanda Webster / Shivatree Yoga
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The Health Pioneer // Katie Dye

Meeting Katie three years ago has been one of the biggest blessings.

Katie's energy is truly one of a kind and she's one of the most thoughtful people I know. Not only that, she's brilliant!

It was an honor to create some photographs for her new website as she launches her health coaching business, The Health Pioneer.

"If you're ready to start where you stand, I'm ready to stand with you." ~

Not only can Katie kick it in the kitchen (we had so much fun that morning!), when it comes to health and wellness, she really knows her stuff.

Yep, we're good friends -- but I'm serious -- anytime I have questions about anything, she's my go-to. She's helped me with meal/snack ideas after having Thomas, assisted with a nutrition plan for my Ironman training husband and if I'm a little bit off and looking for balance she keeps me motivated.

Katie will be unloading some of her thoughts over on her BLOG -- so check it out! Real, easy to digest nuggets for living a healthier life. If you have any questions about her or what she does, feel free to contact her. I know she'll be happy to share.

I'm so excited for her and the vision she has for her business. A heart-centered entrepreneur making a difference where we need it so much. Health is the greatest wealth. 

Katie Dye / The Health Pioneer
w: www.katiehealthpioneer.com | i: @idye2bkatie