Aloha ♥ Hello
I’m Debi Lee, the Founder & President of Makana Mai Akua, Inc.
I’m an Eskie Mom, New England Patriots fan, and multi-passionate entrepreneur with over 35 years of teaching, coaching and mentoring experience; a talent for jewelry design; an extraordinary knack for internet research; and an intense heartfelt connection to the Islands of Hawaii.
I’m also passionate about supporting and honoring our troops, veterans, and military families for which I have a Charitable Foundation in the works.
I love to interact with friends and clients on social media and to meet new people. I want to meet you, too so you’ll find all my social media links below with an open invitation… that I hope you’ll accept… to visit and chat anytime 🙂
My Favorite “Job” Title ~ Eskie Mom
On a Friday night in January 1999, in the middle of a raging snowstorm, I brought home this 6-week-old bundle of joy… my precious Niko… and began the wonderful, joy- (and fur!!!) filled journey of being an Eskie Mom. Happiest. Day. Ever.
This baby boy quickly became my best friend and the biggest joy of my life. He taught me the true meaning of unconditional love. We were blessed with 17 years, 2 months, and 28 days together and I’m grateful for every single second we had.
My Eskie Mom journey continues… 20 years and counting… with my 2nd precious Eskie boy, Kai. This spunky bundle of joy came home at the end of September 2016 at just over 9 weeks old… on a monster 26-hour round trip drive to Ohio to pick him up!
I’m blessed to be an Eskie Mom for the second time and to have another fluffy best friend. He has tons of energy, keeps me on my toes, and I’m treasuring every day I get to spend with him.
The boys even have their own Facebook page. Niko was always a hit on my personal profile so I started a page for him and, when I got Kai, we continued. Kai’s not a ham like Niko was though. He doesn’t really like to have his picture taken, but we still get some good ones. If you want to add some puppy cuteness to your day c’mon over….
I’m also a die-hard Patriots fan. I usually only get to watch the games on TV, but I never miss one (seriously… don’t even talk to me when the game is on). I go to games and training camp occasionally, and one of my hobbies is meeting my favorite players and collecting autographs and memorabilia.
Hibiscus make me happy. They’re my favorite flower and Niko & Kai (with help from their grandparents) get me one for my birthday every year to put on the deck and enjoy. All the hibiscus images in my branding are pictures of those presents from my boys.
I’m a coffee addict. I have about a dozen flavors of coffee in the cupboard at any given time. I firmly believe that with enough coffee anything is possible and I don’t start working until my coffee does!
My other addiction… flip-flops! I have them in just about every shade of every color. Pretty soon they’re gonna need a closet of their own!
I find the sound of ocean waves mesmerizing and incredibly calming. I can listen to it for hours and I often listen to audios of ocean waves while working, especially when I’m writing.
I relish the thought of someday spending a month living in an over-water bungalow and using my time there to write a book.
Cage diving with great white sharks is on my bucket list, though I’m probably too claustrophobic to ever scuba dive and might freak out if I saw one in the water with me. Ok so this may never get crossed off my list. Well, at least there’s Shark Week every summer… and I do love me some Shark Week!
In the process of building my online business, I’ve made friends with people all around the world. I dare say that’s actually my favorite part of it. I treasure the opportunity it gives me to meet amazing people I wouldn’t otherwise have met and easily keep in touch with them.
In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve got a thing for quotes. I’ve collected them for as long as I can remember. I have them all around the house. I have boards of them on Pinterest. I use them for motivation, to make me laugh, to make me think, to be inspired. And one of my favorite creative pastimes is making quote graphics… a little gift of inspiration from me to you.
I’ve always hated the question ‘What do you do?’ because I’ve always been multi-passionate and crammed a lot into my careers (all at the same time)… both during my medical career and now with my own businesses… so my answer is way longer of a list than the inquirer really wants to listen to.
I’m a multi-passionate entrepreneur and I’m passionate about all things online business. I could talk about it for hours.
I’ve been teaching, coaching and mentoring for over 35 years! These cuties were my first class of students back in 1984.
My Myers-Briggs ® Personality Type is INFJ.
My Brand Personality Archetype is Alchemist.
My Fascination Advantage ® Archetype is Advocate.
My Genius Profile Type is Dynamo.
And my Wealth Dynamics Profile Type is Creator.
I’m highly intuitive and perceive even the most subtle things. I readily notice possibilities, probabilities and patterns, and can connect dots that others don’t even see.
I’m an Interpretive Design Expert making the intangible tangible…
• emotions and memories transformed into deeply meaningful, handcrafted jewelry
• passions, skills and experience blended into lifestyle businesses and income streams
• concepts expressed visually in graphics
One of my gifts is that I’m a creative problem-solver who thinks outside the box doesn’t even acknowledge that there is a box.
(Thanks to one of my awesome clients for that one!)
Just call me “The Finder“ because I’ve got mad research skills and I’m a whiz at finding things online.
Hearing someone say “It can’t be done” gets my attention. It’s like being issued a challenge… and I’ll usually prove you wrong. Because that’s what I do. I figure out how to get shit done. I love to create opportunities and make things happen. Especially when I can create a win-win situation!
I believe the world is filled with infinite possibilities and opportunities for each of us and that online lifestyle business can unlock them for those willing to embrace it.
I’m a planner and a big-picture person. I also crave the satisfaction of crossing items off a To Do List.
I’m obsessive about color-coding things. It’s a trick I use to be at-a-glance organized. Tools of the trade: Sharpies, Le Pens, highlighters and Post-Its in a full spectrum of colors. (Also a great excuse to buy office supplies. Shhh!)
And You Might Be Surprised to Know…
This is only the 4th job I’ve ever had (unless you count my pre-16 babysitting). I worked at a dry cleaning plant in high school and college, and for 2 hospitals during my medical career (with all but 4 months being at the second one). And now I have my own business.
I didn’t grow up with computers and actually resisted them at first! Harold, one of my colleagues at the hospital, was determined to convert me so he went ahead and set me up a Yahoo email account. Imagine that! Who would’ve guessed, huh?
I may be hooked on computers now, but I’m still a pen and paper girl at heart. And I can still indulge myself thanks to my ScanSnap, Drobo and Evernote.
I’m an infinitely curious lifetime learner, but I prefer actual paper books that I can hold, highlight, refer back to and add to my quick-growing library. Here’s a sneak peek at some of my favorites.