Who am I?

“And I say, ‘Oh that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest; yes, I would wander far away; I would lodge in the wilderness;

– Psalm 55:6-7 ESV

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”

– Ansel Adams

“I know he’s here. He knows I know he’s here. But he doesn’t know I know he knows I know he’s here. So I’ve got the edge.”

– “Denver Kid” (Don Knotts) Hot Lead and Cold Feet

Hello. My name is Mahalah Novia May.

It may seem strange to you that I used my full name…. but you’ll come to discover that I am quite strange myself, so I think it’s fitting.

Actually, I just used my full name because I like how it looks and sounds. I used to not be the greatest fan of my name. Until I learned what it meant… and that it sounds Hawaiian.

Before you ask…. here’s some FAQ about my name:

Is your name Hawaiian?

No. My parents found it in the bible. Honestly, I get asked this question so often I might as well own it. It would be awesome if my name was Hawaiian, but the fact that it sounds Hawaiian is good enough for me. Going to Hawaii is on my bucket list for sure! But no… my name is Hebrew. Not that I’m complaining.

Doesn’t your name mean hello… or something?

No, it doesn’t. You’re thinking of the Hawaiian word “Mahalo,” but that doesn’t even mean hello, it means thank you. My name actually means tenderness. Most websites claim my name means sickness…. but there’s a select few that say tenderness…. so…. yeah.






Umm… no.


Just…. just… ugh. Please no.

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The rest of the story.

So…… before we move on, my full name: Mahalah (muh-ha-luh) Novia (no-vee-uh) May (mae) means “Tenderness Sweetheart Gift of God”

Okay. Enough of that! Lets move on to who I am and why I’m writing in this blog.


I am an 18 year old hobby photographer, jewelry maker, singer, and adventurer. I am currently working as a Peer Coach for STAR (a student success program) at Bellingham Technical College (BTC). Recently I accepted a job offer with ASBTC (Associated Students of BTC) entitled “Director of Administrative Affairs” or “Director of Minutes” which will be starting the last week of August and last for one year.

I was recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia (chronic pain/fatigue) and I struggle with severe anxiety. However I will not let my invisible pain and heightened emotions debilitate me. I have so much to live for; the pain I’ve endured most of my life has only made me a better person. It has humbled me, given me more empathy, and a drive to overcome the pain to achieve something greater than myself. To make a difference in the world. To be a light in the darkness. I have chronic pain and anxiety, but I don’t “suffer” from it. I choose to be the best that I can be, to do all that I can, and to put others before myself in love.

Helping people to see the good in themselves by acknowledging and appreciating them is the roadmap that I live by. I desire to make an impact on my community, to inspire an atmosphere of respect, courtesy, humility, and love. As a student, I try not to lose sight of the humanity of my instructors. I acknowledge and appreciate the effort they put into preparing, teaching, mentoring, and grading. I have learned that frequent communication with instructors is key to success!

Most people are taught at a young age to say “please” and “thank you,” but I think many of us have lost sight of the value of those simple statements. My small group pastor recently discussed what it means to “be FOR and love WELL”. To show people everyday that you are for them, that you see them, and that they matter. When you say “please” and “thank you” in a genuine manner, truly respecting and appreciating another human being; not only will you show them that you are FOR them by loving them WELL. You will in turn feel better in knowing that you helped someone else feel like they matter.

Ha! I was supposed to be writing an “About Me” page but instead I just started preaching. Though I suppose that directly shows you who I am at heart.

For those of you who know about the Myers Briggs personality tests, I am an ENFP (The Campaigner). If you are curious about that personality…. check out this link. I’ve found it quite helpful in understanding myself. Not everything is accurate but in most things it’s spot on!

“And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.”

– Luke 6:31 ESV

Over and out.