Feeling Lost When I returned to work after the birth of my second child after a 15 month childcare leave (thanks Japan for your lack of daycare spaces), I was lost. Whilst I returned at the same grade and pay scale, in effect, I’d had a demotion. I’d had the bright idea to hire aContinue reading “My Lean In journey – the power of peer support”
The terrible “shoulds” – an obstacle to gratitude “I should be grateful I even have a job in this economy.” Ah, the terrible “shoulds”. Those insidious feelings – what you are supposed to do, think and feel. Many coaching clients feel guilty about what they have when there are so many people in worseContinue reading “I should be grateful…”
In mid June, my husband received a phone call from the 6th grade teacher at our daughter’s school. “Shinkai san, do you think your wife would be able to make a presentation about england to the 5th and 6th graders on the day before the summer holidays? With the Rio Olympics coming up, theContinue reading “Presentation Zen in practice”
“Each day we wake slightly altered and the person we were yesterday is dead”
– John Updike, On Being a Self Forever
In Metamorphosis: How and Why We Change, Polly Morland uses nineteen stories of personal change to discuss how the metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly happens.
A few weeks ago I had an “only in Japan” moment. I met with my tax accountant (Mori san – she’s great!) to discuss the best timing to submit the documents for my business entity. Me: I’d like to submit the paperwork on a taian… Accountant: Of course! And are there any memorable dates comingContinue reading “Meat Day?”
What does money buy?
Grab a paper and pen and answer these five questions honestly. I am ready to fully commit to changing my life – Answer Yes or No I am open to suggestions from my coach – Answer Yes or No I am ready to take the action necessary to get what I want – Answer Yes orContinue reading “Are you ready for coaching?”
To all the managers in Japan who have parents returning to work this week… Hang on! Let’s be realistic and start again. To all the managers in Japan who have mothers returning to work this week after maternity leave, Below is a post I shared on a Facebook group last week after I dropped my daughter off for herContinue reading “What it feels like to return to work after maternity leave – a message for managers”