Ikigai as flow and identity

Loved talking to Jess Gerrity about #Kyudo and #ikigai in #japan

Some highlights of the episode:

Jess’s description of flow – being in the here and now

The long journey of 11 years from the first view to being an integral part of who she is now

Identity transition – from runner to archer, how different roles serve us at different times

How the flow from kyudo (her #ikigai) spreads into other parts of her life

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About Jessica Gerrity

Jessica Gerrity was born in Auckland, New Zealand. After graduating her Masters she came to Japan to work as an English teacher with no Japanese language ability. Jessica has worked in the Japanese media industry for over 15 years. Often appearing on television to talk about her home country. Jessica currently writes for GekkanNZ a Japanese language magazine based in New Zealand, and for Kyudo Nippon, a quarterly magazine for all things related to kyudo, the Japanese martial art of archery. Jessica practices kyudo in her spare time. She started 3 years ago after watching a practice she decided that she would start too. Jessica is the Saitama Prefecture tourism and PR Ambassador: Love Saitama Ambassador. Jessica is a mother to three children, 11, 10 and 7. Her youngest child was born with microcephaly and has intellectual and physical disabilities. This month her youngest was also diagnosed with epilepsy.

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Show Notes

2:17 Starting Kyudo Japanese archery in your 30s 3:03 A life of many elements including being a tourism Ambassador for Saitama prefecture, working with artisans 5:58 transforming into a fearless warrior! 7:05 Jess’s journey into kyudo began with Robin Hood! 7:46 Stumbling upon a dojo and being transfixed by the silence, calm 11 years ago 9:28 Finding a way in took a long time – 3 kids worth in fact! 11:47 How important it is to make it easy to get beginners to find the information – although perhaps that quest is what brought her to the right timing 13:01 from fun hobby to ikigai The falling away. deprioritizing of other interests Kyudo filling the stress relief space of running, slowing her life down 15:40 A shifting sense of self and identity – does this one thing need to remain my ikigai? 17:37 Jess masterfully handles my question about why is Kyudo so blooming slow! focus on the self and the breath, not the target 18:29 dancing with strangers, developing synchronicity immediately building trust and togetherness 21:09 Individual performance versus the movement of the team 21:48 cycle of competence 23:06 Jess describes a recent experience of achieving flow during Kyudo 26:36 is it better not to have a record and just hold it in your mind? 27:36 Challenging sports yabusame – horse back archery 29:16 Sports Yabusame’s refreshing Approach to beginners 31:40 Finding the approach that matches your lifestyle needs – how to make it sustainable? 33:42 Dealing with the haters who question your approach – “How can you start something else when you haven’t mastered this?” 34:30 Different approached to mastery and living your life 36:38 Understanding your own motivation 39:01 Acknowledging the change in yourself when you are engaged in your ikigai and how it impacts other parts of your life 41:28 Changing relationship with children, physical and mental health 44:38 Advice on taking your first steps – test out the community and the environment 46:30 Building your ikigai into your lifestyle sustainably 47:56 Starting You, Me and Zen Kyudo Club https://www.facebook.com/youmeandzen/ https://www.instagram.com/you.me.and…. 49:26 Transition into your ikigai can be life changing and bring magical moments

Ikigai and Arete (pursuit of excellence)

In this episode with renaissance man, Dr. David Sweet, we talk Shakespeare, Stoicism, the parable of the talents and the evils of the snooze button. With the pursuit of excellence in all things as the essence of his Ikigai, David surprises me with a thoughtful moment of connection and celebration and shares his perspective on “Consistent persistency”.

You will also learn about how to structure a THREE HOUR (I know, right?) morning routine, the importance of mentors, and how it doesn’t actually take athleticism to be a runner. He also offers some great advice on how to drive in fog as a job seeker and I embarrass him by saying what a positive impact he has had on my life and in the last year especially.

Hope you enjoy listening to this and please go out and tell someone what they did to have an impact in your life.

(You can also check out Can Giraffes Swim? over on Amazon https://amzn.to/3uBiAlh)

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About Dr. David Sweet

David Sweet is an author, poet, entrepreneur, executive coach, and runaholic. In the Sweet Success series, his books include Sweet Success, Sweet Sales and Recruit!. His poetry includes Pop Rocks and Split Infinity Forward. He lives in Tokyo with his wife, sons, fish, ukuleles, and running shoes. He can be found at www.drdavidsweet.com

About Ikigai with Jennifer Shinkai

You’ve probably heard of the Japanese concept of “Ikigai” but are wondering how you can successfully apply it to your life. How do you start living a life of purpose, jumping out of bed, excited to face the day? Join the Tokyo based, British born facilitator and coach, Jennifer Shinkai and her guests to hear real-life stories of how regular people found and integrated their ikigai. Be inspired by how they took their first steps and how their lives have changed. Still don’t know what you want to be when you grow up? Looking for practical tips to find your ikigai? Then this show is for you.

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WOOPing up lives with Points of You®

WOOP WOOP! 🙌 Oh, I miss dancing in the club!

But the WOOP I’m talking about is a “science-based mental strategy that people can use to find and fulfill their wishes, set preferences, and change their habits.”

What is WOOP?

When I learned about the WOOP from Tokyo based facilitator, Tanja Bach, a few years ago I knew it would be a powerful coaching tool if I combined it with Points of You®. Over the last few months I have been invited to deliver the workshop for teams and communities around the world.

In addition to supporting clients #IWD #choosetochallenge APAC events with WOOP workshops – from a global Teams Live for a global materials science company, an APAC wide Japanese/ English Zoom for a food industry leader and local zoom for the Japan office of a big law firm, I was delighted to return for the 3rd time as a supporter of Women in Law Japan, giving the members a valuable time to focus on their own goals and connect in breakout rooms.

Despite the diversity of the audiences, I left each workshop with feedback that the process was insightful and powerful. The only complaint – people wanted it to be longer! Each session was between 60 and 120 minutes so it’s great to know that with engaging and personally meaningful content, participants have more staying power that you can imagine

Thank you to Points of You® Tribes in Japan and the Philippines for the Uplifting Sessions where we welcomed over 150 members of the Points of You® global tribe. I also held a more intimate event for my online “Points of You® in English from Japan” community. It was a great way to connect even though we can’t be together in person!

Contact me if you would like to bring WOOP x Points of You® or other engaging online experiences to your team!

Finding your Ikigai in a Positive Mindset: Podcast with Dr. Ashley Dash

Loved this conversation soooooo much! What an inspiring woman! We talk about recovering a positive mindset, practical tips around unemployment and the thrillingly disconcerting moment when everyone gets behind your idea! Enjoy and share your comments…AND don’t forget to like, subscribe and review (5 stars only please 😉 )

I loved talking about recovering a positive mindset, practical tips around unemployment and the thrillingly disconcerting moment when everyone gets behind your idea. I just loved chatting with Dr. Ashley Dash and after we stopped recording we went on for another 30 mins! Wish I had a director’s cut!

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Bio

Dr. Ashley Dash inspires action through her lived experiences in person and online. She often shares her greatest life challenges, including how she went from being an unemployed college graduate to landing a $100k+ job in Human Resources with Mercedes-Benz. Or revealing how years later, she restarted her life after facing foreclosure and unemployment, shifting back to six-figures with an international move to Japan.

Dr. Dash is known for her ability to help individuals identify the patterns that keep them stuck and move them into action. She is determined to create safe spaces for black business professionals in Corporate America through speaking, coaching, and courses using her high energy and direct approach. Her mission is to help people overcome personal circumstances, regain control of their lives, and find purpose through career freedom.

A self-proclaimed information junkie, she believes in Faith over Facts and Facts over Feelings. Dr. Ashley Dash has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, an MBA, and a Doctorate of Strategic Leadership. She is also a Certified Job and Career Development Coach and Job and Career Transition Coach. However, celebrating and loving Black men remains her best and all-time favorite superpower.

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Career Breakthrough Strategy Session: www.workwithdrashleydash.com

National Black Man Day™

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Show Notes

01:35 First culture shock – what do you mean by countryside?

02:48 Ikigai as a positive mindset Revisit your genius level as a child

03:47 Getting back to being ready to take on the day with positivity

5:11 When did the joy stop showing up?

6:58 Ashley’s journey back into positivity – talking about issues that need to be dealt with 8:35 Gratitude in a box

9:13 Music as a mood shifter and a big plug for Goal Cast! Don’t force positivity but find ways to lift yourself up

11:29 Curation of information

13:20 Innovation around Black Man Day

14:23 Who is supporting multi-layered Black men in a positive way?

16:16 Curating what a whole Black man looks like- building empowered and positive hub of resources

17:50 The power of sharing your idea – making it real

19:53 but how it can be a bit disconcerting when you are used to people pushing back!

20:48 How your ikigai can resonate with others

21:18 Magical moments – against all odds – short time, pandemic, time zones

22:43 August 8th 2021! 23:31 Don’t make finance a barrier to service

24:43 Make it Matter Book – Make your Legacy

25:31 The power of choice and intention. Integrating all the information that you have

26:55 3 pieces of practical Advice for those furloughed or laid off due to Covid

29:34 Stay in practical mode for 48 hours and then you can grieve

30:19 Why positive mindset is essential for the long term unemployed

31:01 How being open AND having clear criteria brought Ashley to Japan

31:56 Be specific and people can help you

34:55 Friday Career Affirmations – turning her homesickness into gratitude

37:50 The power of amazing bosses

39:94 Even in difficult situations you still have control

41:34 the power of the F* off Fund

42:23 Finances first

43:11 Believe you are the right candidate for the job

43:57 Interviews aren’t the time to be humble – but you don’t need to be braggadocios either!

45:30 An extra tip for when you are laid off – get your appraisals printed outa and your factual achievements on your linked in profile!

46:31 Do all Japanese people have ikigai?

47:33 Yes, but are they always connected to it?

48:15 The importance of being connected to your work and your financial drivers

49:00 Everyone is motivated… but maybe not to do the thing you want them to do

50:17 If your HR Compliance is boring then you should be excited!

51:59 Shifting perspectives and bias about roles

54:03 All you have inside of you is all you need – take the next logical or illogical step

Fabruary: Make March Matter Part XII|

This free online community was created on February 27th, 2020 as a way to support entrepreneurs, freelancers and small business owners affected by Coronavirus cancellations.

Our aim is to provide connection, accountability and inspired action. It is a community that brings smiles, cheerleaders and new ideas.

What happened in February?

One year on from the birth of the group on February 27th, 2020, we decided on the theme of Fabruary – making the most of what we have and celebrating what we can!

(writing this in mid March should give you an idea that it has been a busy few months for the community and my personal and professional life!

  • Over 260 people in the Facebook group . Our doors are always open to new members who need support and community.
  • 8 Regular Meetings –  Monday Morning Accountability Kick Off, Friday Evening TGIF Week in Review. The bookends of the start and end of the week are powerful motivators.
  • 3 Guest Speaker Content Sessions
    • Understanding America’s Racial Injustice Through James Baldwin’s Classic “The Fire Next Time” with Sabrina Hassanali
    • HOW TO MASTER DIFFICULT EMOTIONS IN LIFE AND BUSINESS? Mira Simic-Yamashita, Psychologist & Therapist
    • Why you need a podcast in 2021 and how you can make it happen: Jayne Nakata: PodLaunch with Jayne
    • Replays of all of the guest sessions video links at Make March Matter
  • 1 Virtual Co-working Session
  • Launch of Entreprenipponial Collaboration

We will continue into March 2021!

The theme for next month will be…..

Drumroll please……….:

….

 “Make Matters March: Season 2, Episode 1″

Make Matters March: Make March Matter Season 2, Episode 1

Even though we may have binge watched everything on Netflix, we are ready for a new Season of Make March Matters. I bring you Season 2, Episode 1: Make Matters March!

What matters do you want to see march out of the door? What will you deliver and how will you finish up the Japanese fiscal/school year? And of course, our anniversary month -let’s celebrate!

You can follow all our events here

See you over at the Facebook Group

How can you support Make March Matter?

1. Contribute

Make March Matter is and will remain a free community. If you are in a position to contribute, I accept payments via PayPal to jennifer.shinkai@gmail.com. Previous contributions ranged from ¥10,000 to ¥30,000 or choose an amount of your choice. Entirely optional and gratefully received.


2. Share your knowledge

I’m actively looking for guest speakers to share your expertise, knowledge and offers to the community. You get a great platform to practice your online facilitation and an engaged and interested audience ready to learn from you. Drop me a DM if you might be interested.

3. Grow the community

Invite your friends and partners who might benefit and bring new ideas to the group.

Share the event reviews on your SNS. 

4. Shine a light

Write a testimonial on my Facebook Business Page https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach/

or LinkedIn Page http://jp.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai

Joyful January: Make March Matter Recap

This free online community was created on February 27th, 2020 as a way to support entrepreneurs, freelancers and small business owners affected by Coronavirus cancellations.

Our aim is to provide connection, accountability and inspired action. It is a community that brings smiles, cheerleaders and new ideas.

What happened in January?

(writing this in mid March should give you an idea that it has been a busy few months for the community and my personal and professional life!

  • Over 250 people in the Facebook group . Our doors are always open to new members who need support and community.
  • 8 Regular Meetings –  Monday Morning Accountability Kick Off, Friday Evening TGIF Week in Review. The bookends of the start and end of the week are powerful motivators.
  • 1 Guest Speaker Content Session
  • 8 Virtual Co-working Sessions
  • Jive for Joy Dance Session!

We will continue into February 2021!

The theme for next month will be…..

Drumroll please……….:

….

 “Fabruary”

FABruary: Make March Matter Part XII

Are you ready for FABruary?! Yes, MMMers, we are going to make this gloomy month (where we will start to get FB memories of the Diamond Princess and the first glimmers that there is a disturbance in the force) Fabulous.I love that it breaks the pattern of our previous themes but is uplifting and energising too. Can’t wait to see what you all do!

You can follow all our events here

See you over at the Facebook Group

How can you support Make March Matter?

1. Contribute

Make March Matter is and will remain a free community. If you are in a position to contribute, I accept payments via PayPal to jennifer.shinkai@gmail.com. Previous contributions ranged from ¥10,000 to ¥30,000 or choose an amount of your choice. Entirely optional and gratefully received.


2. Share your knowledge

I’m actively looking for guest speakers to share your expertise, knowledge and offers to the community. You get a great platform to practice your online facilitation and an engaged and interested audience ready to learn from you. Drop me a DM if you might be interested.

3. Grow the community

Invite your friends and partners who might benefit and bring new ideas to the group.

Share the event reviews on your SNS. 

4. Shine a light

Write a testimonial on my Facebook Business Page https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach/

or LinkedIn Page http://jp.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai

Finding your Ikigai in Lifelong Learning

In Ikigai with Jennifer Shinkai Episode 5, Dr. Justin Sanders and I talk about the connection of lifelong learning to Ikigai, the 60 year curriculum how it helps the brain, how to approach study when there are almost too many options available.

We also touch on how credentials can be away to increase your impact in the world – not just about the skills you learn but the different doors that will be opened for you.

 If you are wondering if you are too old to go back to school be inspired by the 92 year old at TUJ!

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Show Notes

2:57​ Becoming a global citizen 3:52​ Education as the central solution for any global issue – pandemics, conflicts, crises 6:17​ Education is not just about classrooms 7:23​ Community Colleges and their key role in US society and only 16% of the students are the traditional full time young adult undergraduate 8:44​ Realising something was missing personally – returning to international work 9:40​ Awareness of the differences of public, domestic and private, international educations 10:56​ Starting a PhD in Osaka, Japan in depth study for 3 years 12:01​ Merging all the experiences in he continuing education role at Temple University Japan 12:39​ The mysterious path of the red thread – can only be seen in hindsight! 13:40​ What does a continuing education student look like 14:08​ The 92 year old role mode; of continuing education and lifelong learning and keeping the brain elastic as a super highway 15:42​ Lifelong learning as your ikigai: motivation, community and a thirst for knowledge 17:12​ The 60 year curriculum 19:06​ Will a robot take my job? 19:58​ Humans relationship with technology needs to evolve as does our relationship with learning 21:10​ Constantly reviewing “what skills do I need now and in the future?” Personal and professional 22:27​ How life stages impact our ikigai23:25 How do I decide the next step on my lifelong learning journey – soooooo many courses! 24:25​ Study with passion and interest – find your why or you will burnout 26:20​ Building a personal connection to the learning output 27:16​ I don’t need to be an expert I just need to be able to function 28:19​ Expanding your business savvy as a Specialist or generalist 30:11​ Map backwards 32:09​ How Justin Approached his PhD – and why the credential was an import checkpoint to allow him to make more impac 33:43​ When certification and credentialing becomes a procrastination tool Vs when the credential is a “hygiene factor” that allows you to do more 35:25​ Applications in the business space as a manager 36:48​ What type of programme should I pursue and why? 38:54​ How educational courses are going to save you time by curating the volume of information and help it to make sense for you 40:02​ Asynchronous online courses can be really helpful when you need to learn a short term skill fast 40:58​ Shared learning experiences bring accountability and critical discussion, diverse perspectives and application opportunities 43:07​ Why we need to learn how to apply skills in new contexts 44:44​ When to choose a degree course – not just taking in knowledge but creating something new 46:25​ How to get started on bringing education into your ikigai Take the first step, start small – there will always be an excuse not to start! 48:39​ Forming study habits that support you and your ikigai 50:10​ Make learning habitual in your free time 50:54​ Yayoi Kusama’s move to America – just taking the action even when it seems impossible. No excuses! 51:45​ Make March Matter – Habitual learning in our week in review – the habit of reflection 53:14​ Find your local institution to support you wherever you are in the world 54:01​ Lets all be like the 92 year old guy with a lifelong love of learning!

Guest Bio: Dr. Justin Sanders

Dr. Justin Sanders is the Director of Temple University Japan’s Continuing Education Program, one of the oldest and largest providers of personal and professional development to Tokyo’s international community. With over 15 years in the international and higher education sectors, before coming to Japan, he served as a Research Specialist and then Global Recognition Manager for the International Baccalaureate (IB), a leading global international education organization. Prior, he spent several years supporting good governance in community colleges around the United States with the Association of Community College Trustees, and served a two-year tour as an education volunteer with the US Peace Corps, working in rural Azerbaijan. Justin received an undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Arizona, an MA in Education and Human Development from the George Washington University, and a PhD in Education from the Graduate School of Human Sciences at Osaka University. His research focuses on international education and national development, institutional international strategy development, and adult learning.

Links

https://www.facebook.com/TUJContinuingEd

https://www.linkedin.com/school/35437867

https://www.tuj.ac.jp/cont-ed/index.html

https://www.linkedin.com/in/justin-sa…

Why not anybody can be your “accountabilibuddy”

Have you ever tried working with an “accountabilibuddy” aka Accountability Partner, doing Virtual Co-working, or using a Buddy System to achieve a goal or create a habit?

We humans do so love to be connected and if you have read Gretchen Rubin’s 4 Tendencies and find yourself an Obliger like me, you know that external accountability can be a powerful motivator to drive consistent action. (Rebels and Uploders can skip this blog post – other people may hinder your progress! Questioners this may answer some of your skepticism… or not!)

In the last year there have been three accountability partner systems that worked well for me and I’m going to break them down so you get some ideas of how to find and structure your accountability partnership.

Thanks to all my accountability partners who help me to achieve my goals!

TL;DR: 7 tips to design your accountability partnership

  1. Shared Goals
  2. Calendar Compatibility
  3. Ease
  4. Make it the default
  5. But be flexible
  6. Build in hidden extras
  7. Set a finish date

Case 1: Yoga with Adriene and my big sister

I’ve been doing Yoga with Adriene‘s 30 days of Yoga practices for several years. I’ve never really managed to do it in actually thirty days until 2020. That was a huge shock to me that I could do it without a break but it felt like a new story I could tell myself! I can do hard things.

For 2021, I decided that I wanted to join again and my biggest accountability partner was my sister. She is based in the UK and I’m in Japan and with Covid travel restrictions, I’m not going to see her for a while and it’s been over 18 months since I saw her last.

Shared Goals: We both wanted to complete the programme and improve our health.

Ease: Adriene told us what to do every day – no decision making required.

Make it the default: We set up a repeating calendar invite and the same zoom link. Plug and play!

Calendar Compatibility; If we had both wanted to do AM workouts this would not have worked but luckily my sister wanted to do evenings and I preferred the mornings so 6am JST and 9pm GMT worked out for us

But keep it flexible: we both set our boundaries. Friday night is my sister’s chill out night and I don’t want to get up at 6am on Sundays. 4 days of the week we practiced together but knowing that she was doing each day made it easier for me to keep up on the other side of the world.

Hidden Extras: I get to chat to my niece and nephews and my sister every day. The yoga is great but the 5 mins before and after are what really kept me coming back

Set a finish date: Having a limited period makes people feel that they have an easy out. In this case, 30 days of Yoga. But as it happened at around day 20 we started to talk about the future and we are continuing three days a week together. Mainly because I want to start running again now my injury is over!

Case 2: Search Inside Yourself Leadership: Mindfulness Buddy Take 2

As part of the SIYLI online course last year we were set 28 days of practice and given a structure to meet once a week with your buddy assigned in the last session. I tried a few times to connect with my buddy but the calendar compatibility wasn’t there. In the capstone meeting at the end of the 28 days, I shared in a breakout room that I hadn’t been able to connect with my buddy and I felt a bit down about that. One of the other participants said he felt the same so we decided to try Mindfulness Practice Buddy Take 2!

Shared Goals: Originally we both wanted to complete the 28 days of practice and have someone to share the experience with

Calendar Compatibility: Again this is where the global time difference is a help not a hindrance. My 9am is John’s early evening.

Ease: We followed the SIYL buddy call flow for the first few months but now we just check in as we like (and often for more than the recommended 15 minutes!

Make it the default: Tuesday morning 9am I fire up the whatsapp or we let each other know that. We also often start with a Moment to Arrive as recommended by SIYLI… but not always

But be flexible: see above

Build in hidden extras: meeting John’s new puppy, sharing openly with someone who has no connection to your daily life is so liberating, connecting with a fellow human just doing their best and trying to be better is what keeps me coming back.

Set a finish date: Again originally through the 28 days of practice but by mutual agreement we decided to continue.

Case 3: Virtual Coworking with Make March Matter

Make March Matter is a free online community that I launched in March 2020 as a response to Covid impacting small business owners. There are many ways we bring accountability to each other (part of the reason we are still going strong with over 250 members). I wanted to share a mini accountability practice. It’s usually a small group 3-4 people who come together for one event only. Not always the same people and not doing the same work so it is an interesting case study.

Shared Goals: In the virtual co-working we all have something we want to get done but are not doing – procrastination, doom scrolling, distractions are the usual culprits!

Calendar Compatibility: these are Pop up events run by anyone with a zoom account

Ease: no prep required other than adding a FB event with a link (I just duplicate previous meetings and add a new zoom link)

Make it the default: Same format each time. Share your expected outcome, Cameras and sound off for a focused work period, chatty break time, Cameras and sound off for a second focused work period, Chatty wrap up

But be flexible: Can only join for the first or second work session? No worries do as much or as little as is useful! Can’t join at this time? Set up your own event!

Build in hidden extras: I find it really inspiring to see what others are achieving and the scheduled chat breaks help to re-energise. Knowing that I need to report back gives me a kick up the butt to stay on task!

Set a finish date: Recently we are favouring 50/20/50 so a 2 hour session is becoming the norm but the limited time to focus really helps keep members on track and off SNS!

What works for you?

So how about you?

What works or doesn’t work for you when it comes to accountability partners? Share your hints and hacks in the comments!

Finding your Ikigai in Public Service

Noemi Inoue is the first foreign-born woman to be elected as a local councillor in Japan. Originally from Bolivia, Noemi talks about how her ikigai around public service led to her starting an NPO, changing her nationality and then becoming a three-time elected politician in Sumida ward in Tokyo.

We had some issues with sound quality as is the joy of online recording but I loved hearing about Noemi’s story as a proud Sumida resident who is not ready to give up my British passport.

I am in awe of her!And so impressive to be interviewed in her third language too. I hope you enjoy it!

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Show Notes

2:50 From Bolivia to Tokyo

5:30 Coming back to the workforce after 10 years

6:40 Mr Inoue suggests “why don’t you become Japanese and work for the UN?!”

7:20 And now why don’t you become a councillor?!

8:20 Changing nationality as part of a commitment to her Ikigai

11:40 Rights and Obligations

12:58 The trigger between idea and action to run for office

15:01 Seeing the challenges of foreigner living in Japan and wanting to ease that

17:00 “It’s not part of my job…” but doing it anyway from an act of service

20:50 Motivation to support those in needs in daily life2

2:30 Being a voice for the disenfranchised

22:42 Talking about the Sumida Koen renewal project

25:55 Challenges as a politician – how Noemi keeps going

28:42 Her secret weapon – an approachable politician!

30:30 Being not only a councillor but a friend

31:55 Where does she get her energy from?

33:21 Advice for foreigners in Japan

35:08 Taking your first step in public service

38:30 Noemi announces the next iteration of her Ikigai! (just kidding!)

HomePage: Noemi Inoue | 井上ノエミ墨田区議会員公式ホームページ Blog: http://noemiblog.at.webry.info/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/noemi.inoue.7 Twitter:      https://twitter.com/inouenoemi?lang=en

How do I turn “Somebody should…” to “I am…” when it comes to my Ikigai

It was a delight to talk to Robin Lewis about how he moved from inspiration to action to integrate his ikigai and purpose around sustainable living. He talks candidly about the challenges of being so engrossed in your ikigai that you fail to look after yourself, finding an ikigai partner, about being an intrapreneur or volunteering  as a way to bring even more fulfilment into your day.

We also talk about home karaoke, the Princess Bride and a future career as a snowboarder. Check it out here on anchor and coming soon to Apple Podcasts

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Show Notes

3:30 The experience that raised Robin’s awareness around the need for reducing plastic waste

4:30 moving from “Somebody should” to “I will”

6:30 Fall in Love with the problem was from John Saddington Blog: john.do

8:45 Sharing your ikigai with others – the value of a partner in your quest

10:13 Starting small

10:42 Moving to Hakuba and the perils of an all encompassing ikigai

12:45 Learning from negative experiences

14:00 My plans for home karaoke

16:16 Unconscious processing

17:08 Revenge as Ikigai learnings from the Princess Bride

“Inigo Montoya:
Is very strange. I have been in the revenge business so long, now that it’s over, I don’t know what to do with the rest of my life.

Westley:
Have you ever considered piracy? You’d make a wonderful Dread Pirate Roberts.”

18:41 How Ikigai shifts

22:04 The 3.5% rule

22:39 How volunteering may be a way to integrate your ikigai

26:08 Be an intrapreneur to integrate your ikigai

28:43 Listen to the nagging voice and take action

30:42 dealing with challenges and building a morning routine

32:52 A book he was “semi forced” to read

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34:20 Talking about the Ikigai venn diagram’s origins and how we can use it

38:09 Robin imagines his sliding doors moment where he does not take a walk along the beach

39:36 How to get in touch with Robin

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